arizona politics

Jan 11, 2022

Ex-politician in prison for adoption scheme loses appeal

A former Arizona politician in prison for running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands has lost an appeal of one of his sentences.  The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a six-year sentence and $100,000 fine given in Arkansas to Paul Petersen, a Republican who served […]

Sep 24, 2018

The Breakdown: Must be campaign season

Two Arizona Supreme Court justices are being targeted amid accusations, without any supporting evidence, of a cozy relationship between the high court and the Ducey administration.

Debbie Lesko (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 19, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 7: ‘Hamilton’ was bound to come up sometime

The Arizona Capitol Times team didn't know how to say no to a "Hamilton" tribute, and "licenses schmicenses" was a real topic of conversation.

(Photo by Ellen O'Brien/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 12, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 6: Details, details

After two weeks in one crisis or another, lawmakers really got to work last week, and our reporters dug in.

Don Shooter awaits a vote by the state House on whether to expel him on Feb. 1, 2018. He was later removed from office by a vote of 56-3. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 5, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 5: Expelled

The Arizona House of Representatives took a historic vote on Thursday to expel one of its members, Republican Don Shooter.

Gov. Doug Ducey looks up at the gallery of the Old Capitol where elementary school children watched as he signed the opioid omnibus on Jan. 26. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 29, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 4: Moving on – or trying to

The special legislative session on opioids is over, and now, it's time to move on. But that can be easier said than done.

Gov. Doug Ducey convenes a special session on the opioid crisis on Jan. 22. (From left) Senate President Steve Yarbrough, Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard and a litany of other lawmakers and supporters joined the governor to advocate for various changes in law related to opioids. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 22, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 3: The special session clock is ticking

The governor will convene the special session on the state's opioid crisis today, and he wants to see legislation approved by Friday.

Gov. Doug Ducey (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 8, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 1: Opening day

On the inaugural episode of The Breakdown, our reporters lay out what they're expecting to see this legislative session.

Jan 3, 2018

Arizona Capitol Times to launch podcast on statewide politics

Don't just read the Arizona Capitol Times. On Jan. 8, start listening.

Jan 3, 2017

2016 Year in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Political fortunes rose and fell this year, but none more so than that of Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who began 2016 drearily but whose gamble to side with Donald Trump paid off handsomely.

Nov 23, 2015

Another blow for Democrats: State Sen. Carlyle Begay switches parties

Democratic Sen. Carlyle Begay is now a Republican. The Ganado lawmaker announced Monday morning his switch to the Republican Party, a move he said is an extension of his independent streak at the Arizona Capitol. But Democrats categorized the move as no surprise for a lawmaker who often bucked his party to vote in favor of Republican-led bills.

Jun 3, 2015

New firm Axiom Public Affairs features big names at Capitol

A trio of big names announced a new lobbying and consulting firm that’s poised to make a big splash at the Capitol and the world of Arizona politics.