Chuck Coughlin

Hobbs, Toma, Petersen, Hoffman, budget, housing,
May 15, 2023

Hobbs, GOP lawmakers tout wins in budget as battle to define spending ahead

Two media events on Monday highlighted the coming political battle to define the $17.8 billion budget that lawmakers passed, and the governor signed last week.

record retention, public records, Senate, House, Republicans, emails, Democrats,
Feb 1, 2023

Senate denies records request after limiting retention  

After changing rules around public records retention last week, legislators are now free to delete vast swaths of electronic records, and they’re turning down requests to get those records before they can be destroyed.  

budget, lawmakers, House, Senate, continuation budget,
Jan 24, 2023

GOP lawmakers ready budget to send to Hobbs

Legislative Republicans are gearing up to send a budget to Gov. Katie Hobbs soon, which will likely be met with a hasty veto.  

Biden, Bowers, Profile in Courage award, Presidential Citizens Medal, Trump, insurrection, U.S. Capitol, Lumen Strategies, Highground
Jan 9, 2023

Biden honors Bowers, others, on second anniversary of Jan. 6 insurrection

Former Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers was honored with 11 others by President Joe Biden on Friday for their “contributions to democracy” during and after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Jan 3, 2023

After 8 years, Ducey hands off a changed Arizona to Hobbs

Former Gov. Doug Ducey officially turned over the governor’s office to Gov. Katie Hobbs on Monday, marking a shift in party power at the state’s highest office and the end of a lengthy and consequential era in Arizona politics. 

Nov 10, 2022

Tight races may not lead to moderate governing

The tight governor’s race seems to confirm a trend that’s emerged in recent years: Arizona is becoming a purple state. But will that impact how the state’s next top executive governs?

Oct 20, 2022

Multiple complaints of voter, election worker harassment as early voting begins

A group of people photographed, filmed and followed two voters when they deposited their ballots at a Mesa drop box on Monday, according to a complaint filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

Apr 15, 2022

Audit probe poses problem for next AG

The extraordinary interim report that Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued on his election fraud investigation last week indicated that the probe might take months or even years to finish, which suggests it might not be over by the time Brnovich leaves office next January. That means the controversial and politically charged investigation could be dropped […]

Apr 8, 2022

Primaries set, some legislative incumbents face off

While some state Senate candidates can relax – nine are unopposed both in the August primary and the general, and a few others are facing only token opposition in districts that are safe for their parties – other would-be legislators have tough races ahead of them. 

Dec 17, 2021

Classroom cameras spur Lake challengers

A proposal to put cameras in public school classrooms has stirred two Republican candidates for governor to go on the offensive against the front-runner, providing a preview of battles to come in the primary race. 

Nov 26, 2021

GOP schools platform: parents, curriculum

Heading into the 2022 governor's race, the political fault lines surrounding education are moving quickly, with a new focus on parent influence in schools and curriculum items like "critical race theory."

Nov 19, 2021

Border top issue for statewide GOP hopefuls

Republicans running for Senate are sticking to the same simple message about border security – the border is a mess, President Biden is to blame and a return to former President Trump’s approach is needed.