Charlene Fernandez

Dec 3, 2021

Slew of newcomers fill empty seats in Legislature

The House will start 2022 with nine new members who were appointed to fill spots that opened due to a slew of resignations after the 2021 session. And that means new faces will be heading a couple of powerful committees. 

Nov 12, 2021

Ruling could lead to longer sessions

Some Arizona lawmakers say a court ruling that will limit adding policy provisions to budget bills could make for a very different session next year, and possibly a longer one. 

Nov 4, 2021

Fernandez resigns to join Biden administration

Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, is resigning to join the Biden Administration, the White House announced today. 

Aug 30, 2021

Fernandez fights Finchem, Kern lawsuit against her

A Yuma Democratic lawmaker is asking a judge to toss a defamation lawsuit filed against her by two Republican legislators and a member of Congress.

Jun 30, 2021

Sine finally die!

After 171 days and several false starts and with mere hours to spare before a government shutdown, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget and the Arizona Legislature finally succeeded in adjourning sine die at 4:54 p.m. Wednesday.

Jun 24, 2021

House Republicans pass massive tax cuts, measure goes to Ducey

House Republicans pushed through the plan to sharply cut taxes on the rich Thursday -- but only after changing the rules to limit debate and objections by Democrats.

Jun 17, 2021

Special session yields $100M package for wildfires

Arizona lawmakers ended a three-day special session by passing a $100 million bill on June 17 to help people affected by wildfires.

May 5, 2021

House approves measure to govern ‘controversial issues’ in class

Republican lawmakers voted today to punish teachers who don't present both sides of controversial science or events, a move that some lawmakers say could force them to seek out and present contrary views on everything from climate change and slavery to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Holocaust – and even whether Joe Biden really won the election.

Mar 30, 2021

Finchem starts run for top election official

One of the leading proponents of the claims of election fraud in Arizona now wants to be in charge of the system.

Mar 2, 2021

Finchem, Kern claim in lawsuit Fernandez defamed them

A current and a former state House member are suing Rep. Charlene Fernandez, saying the Democrat defamed them when she asked the FBI to investigate their connections to the deadly Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol.

Nov 11, 2020

Bowers, Fann retain leadership posts; Dems choose Bolding, Rios

Legislative Republican and Democratic caucuses met separately this and last week to select leadership following a topsy-turvy election that saw statewide Democrats succeed but the party’s legislative candidates flounder under the weight of expectation. The GOP kept its top lawmakers in each chamber, with House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, and Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, […]

Nov 3, 2020

Blame falls on Fernandez for Dems not taking House

Several key races in the state House remain too close to call with the first batch of Election-Day ballots counted, though Democrats, as has been the trend for the last week, are leading in early votes.