2018 elections

Beginning top left in blue, clockwise: Thomas Gunnigle, 10, Mia Dybvig-Pawelko, 13, Emily Gunnigle, 10, Wyatt Dybvig-Pawelko, 11, Vivian Gunnigle, 7, Hannah Samuels, 8, Mathieu Dybvig-Pawelko, 8, Violet Gunnigle 4, and Mandy Samuels, 12.
Sep 28, 2018

Parenting and politics – a mix moms navigate, defend

One of the reasons these three women decided to run for office was for their children. And they’re pushing back against the notion that mothers shouldn’t run for office, saying that being a mom actually makes them more qualified.

In this July 11, 2015 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes up speaking before a crowd of 3,500 in Phoenix. Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Sep 17, 2018

The Breakdown: Ducey and The Donald

If President Donald Trump is the most bombastic figure in the Republican Party right now, Gov. Doug Ducey may be his polar opposite, leaving the governor in an increasingly awkward position this election cycle.

A screenshot of azjustice44.com, a website that aggregates Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick's written opinions and articles.
Sep 14, 2018

Justice Bolick starts ‘boring website’ amid political clamor

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has a website featuring his written opinions and articles, a rare step for a judge but one that becomes more explicable in an election year.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, accompanied by President Donald Trump, right, speaks during a meeting with governors in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018, to discuss border security and restoring safe communities. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sep 14, 2018

Doug Ducey’s Donald Trump dilemma

With reports swirling that Trump will headline an upcoming rally in Phoenix, his likely visit has put Gov. Doug Ducey in an awkward position as the governor toes the line in embracing the Republican Party’s most bombastic figure.

Sep 10, 2018

The Breakdown: Flamin’ hot races

With the final vote tally finally in, Arizonans now know who will be vying for their votes in the November General Election.

Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction Kathy Hoffman chats with Republican candidate Frank Riggs during the Arizona Capitol Times' Meet the Candidates event. PHOTO BY KATIE CAMPBELL/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
Sep 7, 2018

Newcomer sheds doubts to win Democratic schools chief primary

Nothing can capture the feeling Kathy Hoffman had when she knew she was victorious quite like a photo tweeted shortly before 10 on primary election night.

Sep 7, 2018

Control of Legislature comes down to a few crucial races

This year is different, some Democrats say. And while they say that every year, their hope boils down to a handful of races that could decide which party controls the Senate, and perhaps increase Democrats’ share of representation in the House.

Sep 7, 2018

Voters shatter state record for turnout in primary election

More Arizonans voted in the 2018 primary election than in any other primary in the state’s history, a surge that was in part fueled by strong gains from Democrats at the polls.

Sep 7, 2018

Women, minority candidates emerge in Democratic slate

The statewide Democratic candidates who emerged victorious from primary elections reflect a diverse slate, with people of color and women making up the majority of the nominees. The Republican nominees reflect quite the opposite.

David Garcia and Doug Ducey
Sep 6, 2018

Ducey, Garcia to debate in Phoenix, Tucson

Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic challenger David Garcia will go head-to-head in back-to-back televised debates on Sept. 24 in Phoenix and Sept. 25 in Tucson.

U.S. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally
Sep 4, 2018

Arizona Senate race likely to be a tale of 2 pivots

The Senate race in Arizona is shaping up to be a tale of two pivots – Sinema’s transformation over the years against McSally’s more abrupt swing on Trump, the most divisive issue in politics today.

Sep 4, 2018

The Breakdown: Farewell

So much has already been said about Sen. John McCain, but his absence raises so many questions for the future of this state. Namely, who comes next?