Democrats won’t control the AZ House, but their power has increased
Democrats are still the minority in the Arizona House of Representatives, but are poised to capture more seats in the Legislature’s lower chamber than at any time since Republicans took control in the 1966 election. If the current leads in several contested House races hold, Democrats will gain four seats. That will give Republicans the […]
Don’t believe everything you read on social media
The midterms are just about to enter their final stage and politicians, PACs and pundits are in overdrive – but so is the disinformation. Over the weekend, researchers released information about what they believe is a coordinated effort on Twitter using the hashtag “#VoterFraud.” They identified 200 accounts that have been tweeting about alleged voter […]
More votes cast early in 2018 than in all of 2014
The number of ballots voted early in 2018 has surpassed the total number of votes cast in the 2014 elections, the last time Arizona voters went to the polls to elect statewide officers.
Federal civil rights observers coming to AZ for Election Day
The U.S. Department of Justice is deploying personnel from its Civil Rights Division to four Arizona counties tomorrow to “monitor for compliance with... federal voting rights laws.”
The security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past
One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.
Arizona ranks low on representation by population
Some people say less is more, but could that old adage apply to representation in Washington, D.C. for Arizonans?
More migrant families are showing up on the border
More adults are choosing to migrate with their children to the U.S., data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol shows. Fiscal year 2018 hit a record in number of family members arrested by Border Patrol at 107,212, the highest figure since at least 2012.
Charter school association head stepping down after election
Arizona Charter Schools Association President and CEO Eileen Sigmund is leaving the organization after more than 11 years at its helm, amid a series of controversies in recent months.
National spotlight shines on Christine Marsh
The race for the state Senate in Legislative District 28 got some national press today, courtesy of a piece in Teen Vogue on Christine Marsh’s transformation from high school teacher to Democratic candidate for elected office.
Top of the ticket may not be much help for Democrats
If the reputed blue wave of 2018 is coming to Arizona, it isn’t apparent from early ballot returns -- and the top of the ticket could be a factor in why Democrats aren’t seeing a surge of excitement.
Corp Comm candidate Sears being investigated by AG for disclosure violation
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating Kiana Sears, one of the Democratic candidates for Corporation Commission, for violating state campaign finance law. The investigation comes after Harry Young, a voter in Mayer, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office in September detailing several LLCs owned in part by Sears that were not included […]
Puerto Rico not sending its inmates to Arizona as planned
Plans made public in August that would have seen Puerto Rico transfer inmates to Arizona have been scrapped, but the island’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) is still looking to transfer over a thousand people from its prison population to the mainland.