Senate alters governor nominee review process
Republicans in the Senate deviated from past precedent on Thursday, creating a new committee to review Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominations to various offices.
Democrats eye new Congressional opening
The heavily Democratic Congressional District 3 is seemingly open for takers now that Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ, has announced that he’ll run for Senate. Several Democrats are considering a run, but it’s a big risk. In such a blue district, whichever Democrat wins the primary is almost guaranteed the seat, and there’s no limit on how many primary candidates can run.
Republican lawmakers plan to send bills to Hobbs they know she’ll veto
The 2023 legislative session gets started today with perhaps the worst-kept political secret: Republican lawmakers are going to send bills to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs even knowing ahead of time she will veto them.
DOJ subpoenas election officials in Arizona, other states Trump disputed
Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local election officials in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, asking for communications with or involving former President Donald Trump, his 2020 campaign aides and a list of allies involved in his efforts to try to overturn the results of the election.
Hobbs certifies election, setting stage for lawsuits
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs certified last month’s general election on Monday, marking the official conclusion of the election and effectively opening a new phase in which lawsuits are expected to challenge the outcomes of several races.
Hobbs names transition team leaders, outlines Day 1 plans
Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs announced on Thursday that the top executive of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a former Janet Napolitano aide will lead her transition team.
Will Hobbs face Lake? Debate prospect unclear
With one deadline already in the rearview mirror, it’s still not clear if the Democratic nominee for governor will get on a debate stage with her opponent before the November general election.
Democrats fail to modify ‘harsh’ sanctions in cash assistance bill
Democrats tried to get rid of some strings attached to a restoration of cash assistance benefits pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey, but their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.
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.
Democrats offer plan to raise $4 billion for education
In response to education funding plans proposed by the governor and legislative Republicans, Democrats today released their own school funding plan, boasting that their proposal would raise nearly $4 billion dollars over 10 years without increasing taxes.
Poll shows rough start for Ducey
Arizonans aren’t impressed with job Gov. Doug Ducey’s first five months in office, according to a poll conducted by a Democratic firm that showed far more disapproval than approval for his job performance.
Feisty debate: Democratic legislative candidates duke it out in central Phoenix bar
In downtown Phoenix’s Democratic stronghold of Legislative District 24, House Minority Leader Chad Campbell is stepping down from the post he has held for the past eight years as one of the district’s two representatives. That is creating a power vacuum and a bitter battle between two Democrats vying to replace him.