Caitlin Sievers

Caitlin Sievers

Caitlin joined the Arizona Mirror in 2022 with almost 10 years of experience as a reporter and editor, holding local government leaders accountable from newsrooms across the West and Midwest. She's won statewide awards in Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin for reporting, photography and commentary.

Mark Finchem’s fealty to the ‘Big Lie’ was center stage in debate with Adrian Fontes

By: - September 23, 2022

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state who has built his campaign on baseless claims the 2020 election was marred by fraud, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night.  His Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes, said voters will have to make the choice between “laws and lies.”  Fontes, […]

Katie Hobbs vs. Kari Lake on education in Arizona: What are their plans?

By: - September 22, 2022

While Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake spends her days throwing barbs on Twitter at her Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs, and Hobbs does her best to avoid interacting with the media, their actual policy plans might be lost on voters.  Both have released detailed education policy plans that, if implemented, would affect the more than 1.1 […]

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake are fighting over a medical procedure called ‘D & C’

By: - September 21, 2022

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is again attacking her opponent Katie Hobbs, this time for Hobbs’ claim that Lake wants to criminalize a procedure that woman often need after a miscarriage.  “When I had a miscarriage, I needed surgery to protect my own health,” Hobbs said in a tweet. “That lifesaving treatment was the same […]

Republicans angry over ratio of Republican to Democratic poll workers in Maricopa County primary

By: - September 19, 2022

Republicans are once again criticizing elections officials in Maricopa County after learning that more Democrats than Republicans worked the polls in the August primary election.  The Republican National Committee on Sept. 9 sent a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, slamming the county for hiring 857 Democrats to work the polls on Aug. 2 […]

Democrats urge Republicans to keep promise, lift cap that will stop schools from spending $1 billion

By: - September 15, 2022

Democrats and public education advocates are urging Gov. Doug Ducey and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to keep their promise to lift the state’s annual school spending cap.  Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature together passed a budget in June that dedicated more than $600 million to new, permanent funding for K-12 […]

Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters

AZ Republicans plead with Mitch McConnell to spend millions of dollars to help Blake Masters

By: - September 13, 2022

The Republican Party of Arizona is begging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his weight — and his leadership committee’s wallet — behind U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters.  So far, McConnell has not publicly done so.  Masters, who won former President Donald Trump’s endorsement over the summer and rode it to victory in a […]

Katie Hobbs is a ‘chicken’ for ducking a debate, Kari Lake’s campaign claims

By: - September 12, 2022

Democratic candidate for governor Katie Hobbs is being hammered by her opponent’s campaign, after she for the second time declined to participate in a televised debate with Republican Kari Lake. While the Lake campaign called Hobbs a “chicken” for opting out of the debate, some Democrats said that declining the debate was a smart move.  […]

Judge temporarily blocks AZ law that would ban recording video of police

By: and - September 9, 2022

An Arizona law that would make it illegal to create video recordings of police in certain circumstances will not go into effect Sept. 24 as planned, after a federal judge temporarily blocked its enforcement. The judge on Friday morning granted a temporary injunction of the law, essentially putting the law on hold while a court […]

Katie Hobbs wants to avoid a debate with Kari Lake, but Clean Elections rejected her town hall proposal

By: - September 8, 2022

Democrat Katie Hobbs will not get her wish for separate televised town hall interviews of herself and fellow gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Arizona’s Clean Elections Commission decided Thursday.  The decision was a blow to Hobbs, whose campaign had requested the elimination of direct interaction between the candidates, arguing that Lake “only wants a spectacle.”  The […]

AZ teacher, school staff pay raises at risk if spending limit isn’t lifted

By: - September 8, 2022

Schools in Arizona could lose access to more than $1 billion lawmakers gave them this school year if the state doesn’t take action to lift a 40-year-old spending limit placed on school districts.  School superintendents from districts across the state with markedly different student populations — from Bullhead City School District on Arizona’s western border, […]

#redfored teacher pay

Arizona teachers face a 32% pay penalty, among the worst in the nation

By: - August 29, 2022

Arizona has one of the biggest teacher pay gaps in the nation. Public school teachers across the country are paid significantly less than their similarly-educated counterparts, and a new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that teachers in Arizona faced a 32% wage penalty in 2021 compared to college-educated workers employed in other fields. […]