Biden, John McCain, Tempe
Sep 29, 2023

Biden honors McCain, denounces ‘MAGA extremists’ during Tempe event

President Joe Biden invoked the spirit of the late Sen. John McCain while denouncing “MAGA extremists” as a threat to democracy, during a speech Thursday at the Tempe Arts Center.

conspiracies, GOP, Republicans, ad hoc committee
Sep 28, 2023

Republicans relapse into inflammatory conspiracies

At the beginning of the month, we saw our state’s GOP once again relapse into the inflammatory conspiracies of the 2022 campaign cycle. During a hearing of the new Ad Hoc Committee on Oversight, Accountability, and Big Tech, members of the Arizona GOP trotted out both old and new theories to rationalize their electoral failures. 

Lake, Senate, Trump, election
Sep 28, 2023

Lake will launch US Senate campaign in Arizona

Republican Kari Lake, a Donald Trump ally who has refused to acknowledge her loss in last year's race for Arizona governor, will soon launch her campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by independent Kyrsten Sinema, a senior adviser said Thursday.

Biden, Trump, presidency, Arizona
Sep 28, 2023

Biden targeting Trump’s ‘extremist movement’ as he makes democracy a touchtone in reelection bid

President Joe Biden is arguing that "there is something dangerous happening in America" as he revives his warnings that Donald Trump and his allies represent an existential threat to the country's democratic institutions.

Mesa, city council, Barbara Parker, planning and zoning, hotel
Sep 26, 2023

Republican lawmaker urges Mesa to stop hotel shelter program plans 

A second Valley city considering a hotel shelter program for homeless people caught attention from a legislative Republican seeking to preempt the program.  

Hobbs, Trump, director nominations, Senate
Sep 25, 2023

Hobbs attempts to avoid Senate confirmation process

After months of arguing with Senate Republicans, Gov. Katie Hobbs pulled the plug on their appointee confirmation process by reassigning her picks to lead state departments as “deputy directors.”  

Biggs, Crane, government shutdown, Congress, budget
Sep 25, 2023

Biggs, Crane join conservatives who block Defense bill, as shutdown looms

Two Arizona lawmakers were among five GOP House members who broke ranks recently and voted to block the Defense authorization bill, the latest twist in a budget fight that could cause a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

tribal water, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Sep 21, 2023

Tribal water infrastructure needs more than one-time fix, senators told

The infusion of federal money for infrastructure projects is a welcome first step toward fixing deep problems with water systems on tribal lands, but it’s only a first step, an Arizona official testified Wednesday.

Sep 21, 2023

Consultant: data hard to find on ESA program

The first of several planned legislative hearings to study Arizona’s growing Empowerment Scholarship Account program ended Wednesday with many unanswered questions.  

Cochise County, La Paz County, elections director, Trump, false claims, voter fraud
Sep 20, 2023

Cochise County elections leader who promoted voter fraud conspiracies resigns

The elections director of a rural Arizona county who pushed false claims that voter fraud was behind President Donald Trump's 2020 election loss is resigning five months after being hired.

Prop 211, campaign spending, Goddard, Symington, Tedesco, Voters' Right to Know Act, campaign spending
Sep 19, 2023

Arizonans might get chance to ditch historic system of electing public officials

Arizonans may get the chance to scrap the historic system by which nominees for public office are chosen, a move that, if successful, could reshape the state Legislature and congressional delegation.

Hobbs, Trump, director nominations, Senate
Sep 14, 2023

Hobbs says state officials don’t have unilateral right to keep Trump off ballot

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs said neither she -- nor any other state official -- has the unilateral right to keep Donald Trump off the ballot for the state's presidential preference primary based on the 14th Amendment.