Elections

COMMENTARY
U.S. Rep. David Schweikert

What was good for David Schweikert in the time of Trump might not be after redistricting

BY: - December 3, 2021

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert might end up being a case study in how escalating extreme rhetoric to avoid the wrath of former President Donald Trump and his voters turns from an advantage to a liability because of redistricting. Schweikert won his seat in Congress in the GOP wave year of 2010, knocking off incumbent Democrat […]

COMMENTARY
Katie Hobbs inauguration

Katie Hobbs is a liability. Democrats need a plan B in the governor’s race, now.

BY: - December 1, 2021

Arizona Democrats are worried. And for good reason. Katie Hobbs — their frontrunner in the race for governor — has a credibility issue, and it seems to be getting worse with each passing day. The onus for this problem lies squarely with Hobbs. She had an opportunity to show real leadership after Talonya Adams won […]

Patriot Party Daniel McCarthy

‘Patriot Party’ misses deadline to be an official political party in 2022

BY: - November 30, 2021

The fledgling Patriot Party skipped an appointment with the Secretary of State’s Office to submit signatures so it can be recognized as an official party, meaning its candidates won’t be on the ballot in the 2022 election cycle, the first since its formation. According to Murphy Hebert, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, […]

Talonya Adams verdict looms over Hobbs, governor’s race

BY: - November 24, 2021

Just a few weeks ago, things were coming together for Katie Hobbs in a way that few Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Arizona could ever say. Buoyed by the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, a widely mocked affair conducted by conspiracy theorists who reached a series of dubious conclusions after months of […]

Corporation Commission

Corp Comm defends ethics policy on campaign cash, recusal to legislature

BY: - November 22, 2021

The Corporation Commission rejected legislative staff’s assertion that its ethics policy restricting campaign contributions from regulated utilities is illegal, arguing that it doesn’t violate state law or the Arizona Constitution. At the request of Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, the Legislative Council in September examined the commission’s ethics policy, and found a number of alleged […]

Income tax cut referendum qualifies for ballot, secretary of state says

BY: - November 19, 2021

Arizona voters will get the final say on Gov. Doug Ducey’s legacy income tax cut package that was signed into law earlier this year, after a coalition of public education groups successfully forced a public vote in 2022. The Secretary of State’s Office announced Friday that the referendum effort gathered more than the 118,823 signatures […]

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hobbs defends firing Talonya Adams, says race and gender weren’t factors

BY: - November 18, 2021

Katie Hobbs defended her role in firing policy adviser Talonya Adams from the Senate in 2015, saying the termination was for performance and other issues, not because of her race or gender. Speaking publicly for the first time since federal jury found that the Senate fired Adams was for complaining about discriminatory pay, which a […]

jordi santos

GOP senator wants to cancel 2022 vote on in-state tuition for Dreamers because GOP senators were in the minority

BY: - November 18, 2021

A Republican lawmaker says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges because not enough Republicans supported the proposal. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita on Tuesday introduced a proposal to reverse the passage of […]

Stephen Richer

Stephen Richer creates PAC to back ‘pro-democracy’ Republicans

BY: - November 17, 2021

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one, courtesy of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. Richer, a Republican who was elected in 2020, has created a new political action committee called Pro-Democracy Republicans of Arizona. The PAC will […]

Arizona audit

Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

BY: - November 16, 2021

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud. Monmouth University polled 811 people across the United States earlier this month, asking a series of questions about the state of the country, the Jan. 6 […]

Group hopes to bring ranked choice voting to Arizona cities

BY: - November 12, 2021

Ranked choice voting may be coming to a city near you, and possibly the state as a whole not long after that. Voter Choice Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to bringing ranked choice voting to Arizona, is planning a campaign to put the system before voters next year. The campaign to add several cities […]

Hobbs: Parents should be ‘partners’ in the education system, not adversaries

BY: - November 4, 2021

Katie Hobbs avoided a mistake that contributed to her party’s upset loss in Virginia this week, saying that Arizona parents should have a great deal of input into what their children learn in school. Asked about parental control and the effect the issue had on the Virginia governor’s race, Hobbs, the frontrunner for the Democratic […]