election denier, Senate, settlement, Cyber Ninjas, American Oversight
Apr 20, 2023

Senate settles public records lawsuit filed by watchdog American Oversight

The state Senate settled a longstanding public records lawsuit filed by left-leaning watchdog American Oversight, but The Arizona Republic is still pursing records in the case.

renovations, Senate, House, caucus meetings, Petersen, Toma, Shope
Mar 28, 2023

Legislature spent $8.5 million on renovations, more spending possible

The Senate spent millions on renovations inside the building and a new fence at the Capitol, including more than $20,000 for a new majority caucus table and almost $70,000 on new door handles, but Sen. President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said he won’t approve the last $2 million in spending that was originally planned.

vote, voters, elections, task force, Hobbs, Purcell
Mar 21, 2023

Senators vote to require new elections when voters claim disenfranchisement

State senators voted Tuesday to require new elections any time a certain number of voters claim they were "disenfranchised.''

Democrats, Republicans, protest
Mar 1, 2023

House Dems vote ‘no’ on all bills to protest Republican approval of their bills 

Democrats in the state House of Representatives voted “no” against every single bill up for a floor vote on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest Republican leadership.  

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Dec 12, 2022

Hobbs appears poised to side with school districts in legal fight

Incoming Gov. Katie Hobbs appears ready to side with school districts in their legal fight with the state and legislative leaders over whether they were illegally denied money for years they need to maintain classrooms and build new schools. And that could affect the outcome of a trial set to begin next month -- and the more than $6 billion they say they have been shorted so far.

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Dec 9, 2022

Husband, wife lawmakers will attend after long absences  

Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, and her husband Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, will return to in-person meetings at the Legislature next session, according to Mendez. Salman and Mendez have avoided coming to the Capitol in-person since the onslaught of the Covid pandemic in March of 2020, but the other 88 lawmakers came back to work in person last year.   

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Dec 9, 2022

Lawmakers seek data on pot-related DUI

Arizona lawmakers are seeking to better understand drug-related DUI cases for future legislation that appropriately addresses marijuana and other drugs. The Legislature created the Driving Under the Influence Data Collection Study Committee, which met twice, once in October and once earlier this week.

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Nov 29, 2022

Judge tosses Hamadeh’s legal bid to be declared winner in AG race

A judge on Tuesday tossed out Abe Hamadeh's legal bid to have himself declared the winner in the race for attorney general.

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Nov 15, 2022

Senate Republicans select new leadership team led by Petersen

The Senate Republicans selected a new leadership team headed by Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, but allowed candidates currently losing their races to vote. 

drought, Colorado River, Lake Mead, crisis, water, Arizona State University, groundwater depletion
Nov 8, 2022

Bolding announces final appointment to WIFA board

Arizona’s new Water Infrastructure Finance Authority Board is complete after House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, announced the final appointment of the nine-member board Monday. 

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Nov 7, 2022

Feds will be watching polling in five Arizona counties

Federal officials will be watching polling Tuesday in five Arizona counties. But no one is saying how the Department of Justice selected those five -- or exactly what form that monitoring will take.

election, residency, general election, November, Hobbs, La Sota, Fann, Weed, Ken Bennett
Nov 3, 2022

Verifying a candidate’s address isn’t required – yet 

Legislative District 22 Senate Republican write-in candidate Dick Weed doesn’t live in District 22, according to a quick search of his residential address. His home is actually in the heavily Democratic District 26. And he’s not alone. In fact, several candidates this year – and in past years – don’t live in the districts where they run.