Analysis

Collateral damage: Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes another $600 million in school funding

BY: - August 25, 2021

When the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against an income tax hike that voters approved last year, it illuminated another K-12 funding issue that could strip $600 million a year out of Arizona schools.  Funding from the legislature’s 2018 extension of an expiring sales tax is likely to count against an education spending limit that voters […]

Fact vs fiction: Getting to the bottom of what ‘audit’ leaders claimed

BY: - July 20, 2021

Leaders of the Senate’s election review made claims last week that have roiled right-wing media outlets and bolstered claims from Trump supporters that there is definitive evidence of election fraud in Arizona. But several of those claims were swiftly debunked, and others were unsupported by any evidence and have been refuted by elections officials. The […]

Poll: Arizonans don’t want to re-elect Biden, but will support him over Trump

BY: - June 29, 2021

Arizonans don’t want to re-elect President Joe Biden to another term in 2024, but will again give the state’s 11 electoral votes to him if he’s running against Donald Trump, according to a poll released Tuesday. And U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has better job approval ratings from Republican voters than from her fellow Democrats, who […]

A GOP senator marshalled her supporters to back a gun store owner to lead the redistricting panel

BY: - January 20, 2021

A bombastic pro-Trump state senator from Flagstaff is supporting Robert Wilson to be the fifth and final member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Committee, and residents of her legislative district have flooded the panel with comments urging his selection as chairman.

Some Arizona Republicans defended, excused the violent pro-Trump mob

BY: - January 7, 2021

Several Arizona Republican officials defended Wednesday’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, sought to blame political enemies for the pro-Trump mob’s criminal activity or spread conspiracy theories deflecting responsibility away from the president’s supporters.

Welcome to battleground: New poll shows why Dems are bullish in AZ in 2020

BY: - May 27, 2020

New polling that shows Democrats leading the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Arizona demonstrates why Arizona will be one of the political epicenters in 2020.

Corporation Commission

GOP write-in candidates face steep challenges in Corp Comm campaign

BY: - May 19, 2020

Two Republicans have filed to run as write-in candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission, but face a difficult path as they seek to ensure that the GOP doesn’t concede a seat on the powerful regulatory body to the Democrats.

Juan Martinez

The State of Arizona v. Jodi Arias … and Juan Martinez

BY: - March 27, 2020

The case caption said, “State of Arizona v. Jodi Ann Arias,” but it might just as well have said “State of Arizona v. Juan M. Martinez.”

Tax credit review panel will meet, but after legal deadline to do so

BY: - December 12, 2019

Earlier today, I wrote about the possibility – nay, the likelihood – that a dormant panel charged with reviewing tax credits might actually meet in 2019 and fulfill its statutory duties. It turns out I was partially correct.

Gosar skipped all 15 closed-door impeachment interviews, transcripts show

BY: - November 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has railed for weeks against the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, accusing Democrats of conducting a “secret kangaroo court” in order to oust Trump.

AZ near bottom in US for salary growth since 2008

BY: - October 21, 2019

In the last decade, Arizona ranks near the bottom of states for salary growth, even as it has been among the national leaders in terms of overall job growth. 

Hoffman to Bowers: Stop spreading conspiracies from hate groups

BY: - September 19, 2019

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is punching back at House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who on Saturday called her “a radical” for wanting to teach medically accurate sex ed in schools and today said her proposal was tantamount to “teaching my kids how to masturbate.”