Elections

Ruling on discriminatory AZ election laws on hold, likely until after 2020 election

BY: - February 11, 2020

An appellate court ruling last month that found Arizona laws barring the collection and delivery of early ballots and the state’s discarding of ballots cast in the wrong precinct are discriminatory likely won’t affect the 2020 election after that court halted its ruling to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to take up the matter.

COMMENTARY

Monday Musings: Will Dems win in 2020 only to see GOP control in 2021?

BY: - February 10, 2020

Zzzzzz…. Is this the sound of State Capitol legislators, lobbyists, staffers or journalists grabbing a few minutes of sleep? Unfortunately, no. The Zs, as they are known in political circles, are a group of Democratic House incumbents being recruited hard by big business interests.

Sanctuary city bills are ‘today’s SB1070,’ immigrant rights groups warn

BY: - February 7, 2020

Immigrant advocacy groups on Thursday called on Gov. Doug Ducey and lawmakers to stand down on efforts to strengthen the collaboration between law enforcement and immigration officials. 

Elections officials, advocacy groups spar on early ballot signature bill

BY: - February 6, 2020

Arizona voters who forget to sign their early ballot envelopes might have their votes nullified, under new legislation approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

COMMENTARY

Trump gave us a scary, nihilistic State of the Union speech

BY: - February 5, 2020

Impeached President Donald Trump’s one hour and 18-minute State of the Union rant was a new low in American politics, even in these unprecedented times.

Iowans in Queen Creek choose Amy Klobuchar in first-ever AZ caucus

BY: - February 4, 2020

As Democratic officials scramble in Iowa to pick up the pieces after a disastrous caucus night that has left the nation waiting to learn who won, the state’s earliest gathering of voters happened in a decidedly non-Iowan venue and had a clear outcome.

Ducey signs ‘electronic adjudication’ bill to speed ballot counting

BY: - February 3, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed Senate Bill 1135, which allows county elections officials to use a process called “electronic adjudication” to identify ballots that can’t be read by standard vote-counting machines.

COMMENTARY

Monday Musings: Ducey for president – but in D.C. or Tempe?

BY: - February 3, 2020

An often-asked political question by State Capitol observers these days: what will Gov. Doug Ducey do when his current, final term in office is over? What’s his next dream job?

Never-Trumpers: McSally is a ‘Trump hack’ who won’t be remembered

BY: - January 29, 2020

A conservative anti-Trump group has launched a scathing ad of Sen. Martha McSally, dubbing her a “Trump hack” who is headed for defeat – again – in 2020 because of her decision to support the president in the impeachment trial.

Hecklers interrupt Ducey speech over ‘red flag law’ support

BY: - January 27, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey was forced to halt his speech to the GOP faithful Saturday amid jeers from Republican protesters who say the governor is advocating unconstitutional gun control measures aimed at stopping gun violence.

COMMENTARY

Monday Musings: Celebrating MLK amid Trump’s white nationalism

BY: - January 20, 2020

Our current president is not only working against many of the principles espoused by Dr. King, he is also indirectly soliciting white nationalist political support.

Disgraced ex-lawmaker David Stringer running for Yavapai County Attorney

BY: - January 10, 2020

Disgraced former lawmaker David Stringer, who resigned last year after 1983 charges for paying an intellectually disabled boy for sex in Baltimore in 1983 came to light, is mounting a campaign to oust longtime Republican Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.