Cochise County, elections, David Stevens, Bob Bartelsmeyer
Apr 26, 2023

Newly hired Cochise County elections director draws criticism for social media posts

The Cochise County Board of Supervisors’ vote to hire Bob Bartelsmeyer, former La Paz County elections director, to take over the election operations, drew criticism as some cited his social media posts dabbling in election denial sentiments.

diversity, equity, inclusion, Arizona,
Apr 18, 2023

GOP states targeting diversity, equity efforts in higher ed

Republican lawmakers in at least a dozen states have proposed more than 30 bills this year targeting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in higher education, an Associated Press analysis found using the bill-tracking software Plural.

ESAs, Hobbs, school funding, K-12 education, vouchers, Horne, parents
Jan 27, 2023

Pandemic, culture wars revive ‘school choice’ policy push

With memories fresh from pandemic-era school closures and curriculum battles — particularly over how matters of gender and race are taught — legions of parents are trekking to the marble floors of their state Capitols to fight to create education savings accounts, also known as ESAs. Such accounts exist in Arizona and West Virginia, though Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs argues the dollars would be b[...]

Twitter, social media, Gunnigle, posts, Republicans
Sep 15, 2022

Do past social media posts sway voters?

Unsavory comments from the pasts of political candidates are often dredged up during the campaign season, but Republican consultants say voters don’t necessarily care. 

abortion, partial birth abortions, debate, PBS, Masters, U.S. Senate, Kelly, abortion, election, Lake, Trump, Hobbs,
Aug 19, 2022

Masters hopeful for McConnell support in Senate race

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters said Friday he hopes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will back his close campaign in Arizona, striking a magnanimous tone toward the GOP leader he fiercely criticized during the primary.

Apr 27, 2017

Saying new law can act as a ‘teacher,’ Ducey signs texting ban on teenage drivers

Saying sometimes parental admonitions are not always enough, Gov. Doug Ducey this morning signed legislation to make it illegal for the state’s newest drivers to use their cell phones behind the wheel.

A sign on the door of the Montana Capitol in Helena tells visitors not to bring weapons. (Photo by Justine McDaniel/News21)
Aug 21, 2014

Growing movement targets federal gun laws with state-level nullification

Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms - more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found.

May 19, 2014

Lethal mix: Arizona in spotlight of debate over execution drugs

Arizona is about to become a hotbed of debate over the secrecy surrounding executions, an issue in which the U.S. Supreme Court has taken notice.

Screen shot from Rep. Bob Thorpe's Twitter account.
Aug 14, 2013

Thorpe erases tweets, locks down Twitter account following racism accusations

Rep. Bob Thorpe locked down his Twitter account, barred reporters from following it and erased several comments after Democrats and civil rights activists called several of his tweets racially insensitive.

Feb 8, 2012

Analysis: Romney losses show conservative woes

Mitt Romney just can't shake his difficulty attracting conservatives. And that reality is undercutting his effort to cast himself as the inevitable Republican presidential nominee and prolonging a race that each day exposes deep divisions within the party.

Jan 19, 2012

USDA: $5.2 million for Ariz. in disaster funds

Arizona is set to get $5.2 million in disaster aid from the Department of Agriculture.

Sep 29, 2011

Portrait emerges of Loughner’s daily prison life

Jared Lee Loughner passes his days alone in a cell at a Missouri prison facility in therapy sessions with psychologists, watching TV, looking at photos of his pets and snacking on junk food.