Politics

Bannon and his ‘OG MAGA’ crew rally in Arizona for a private border wall

Steve Bannon and other Trump acolytes gathered in a conference room in a gated community in Sahuarita on Friday evening to speak to members of the Quail Creek Republican Club and their guests about their plan to use private funds to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Proposal would shift control of voucher program from Education Dept to treasurer

Administration and oversight of a controversial school voucher program could soon be stripped from the Arizona Department of Education and transferred to the state Treasurer’s Office, in part because the new Republican state treasurer supports the program and the new Democratic superintendent of public instruction is a critic.

Bill would purge inactive voters from permanent early ballot list

Arizonans could face a use-it-or-lose situation with the Permanent Early Voting List under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Thursday.

Trump’s State of the Union, another kick in the head

To paraphrase a certain red-faced, golden-haired president with a gift for Orwellian rhetoric who delivered a State of the Union address Tuesday night, what you saw and what he said was not what was...

Valenzuela fuming over flyer calling police, lobbyist support ‘blood money’

An incendiary political flyer hit the race for Phoenix mayor last week.

Bill banning early ballot drop-offs appears doomed

Senate Republicans advanced a controversial bill that would bar Arizonans from dropping off their early ballots in person at polling places, but GOP holdouts appear likely to stop it from going any further.Republican Sens....

Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox

There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings...

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

Arizona continues to race to the bottom on public education

The Arizona strike revealed a sad reality: Arizona’s public school system is in a race to the bottom.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.