Arizona Elections

The Maricopa County Elections Department has launched a new website to help voters prepare for the 2020 election season. Spokesperson Erika Flores says the county elections department is expecting a historic voter turnout for the March 17 presidential preference election.
APS has announced an ambitious plan to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free energy by 2050. But there is a difference between "clean" and "renewable," and soon after the big announcement some environmental activists called for more — and sooner.
Jan. 23, 2020
A Tempe lawmaker has followed up on a local Girl Scout troop's request asking for a ban on balloon releases into the atmosphere in Arizona. Democratic state Rep. Mitzi Epstein equated it to throwing trash out of a car window, and called it just as damaging to the environment.
Jan. 23, 2020
Impeachment is likely to play a big role in Senate campaigns this fall. And one of the biggest races will be here in Arizona. Just over a year ago, Arizona got two new senators in Congress. The Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won an upset victory. The loser in that contest was Martha McSally — but she was then appointed to the vacant seat left by the late Sen. John McCain. Now that she’s running for a full term, her opponents are energized.
Jan. 23, 2020
In 2014, the Goldwater Institute waded into a longtime debate over the validity of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. The act mandates child welfare agencies prioritize placing children taken from dangerous domestic situations with families that share their Native American heritage. The Goldwater Institute argues the act puts the traditions of the tribe above the safety of the children.
Jan. 22, 2020
The legislative agency that tracks state revenues and spending came out with a very optimistic forecast. Arizona is on track to have a budget surplus of $1 billion come July.
Jan. 22, 2020
Democratic state representatives introduced a slate of criminal justice reform legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. Despite Republicans still controlling the chamber, Rep. Kirsten Engel is one of several House democrats proposing ambitious criminal justice reform legislation. One of the advocates for criminal justice reform, Matthew Charles, is one of the first people released from prison due to the First Step Act.
Jan. 22, 2020
Newly appointed APS CEO Jeff Guldner is committing to delivering 100% clean, carbon-free energy to customers by 2050. To get there, he has laid out a plan to include more renewable energy in the company’s portfolio and to end all coal-fired generation by 2031.
Jan. 22, 2020
Democrats are challenging the way candidates are listed on the Arizona ballot. Under state law, 2020 Republicans will be listed ahead of Democrats in 11 of the state’s 15 counties.
Jan. 22, 2020
You might have seen a viral video last year that showed a Texas shopper licking a carton of ice cream and putting it back on a store shelf. Now an Arizona lawmaker wants to make that illegal. Republican Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge says his bill would protect consumers.
Jan. 22, 2020
Rather than wait for the federal government to cough up the funds, some Arizona lawmakers voted Tuesday to spend state dollars on a bridge over Tonto Creek.
Jan. 22, 2020
Any election year brings spending by the tens of millions of dollars, and a presidential cycle increases that exponentially. And the estimated numbers for the spending we can expect in Arizona this year are remarkable and stunning.
Jan. 21, 2020
A proposal by Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) would spell out that anyone who is living in a dormitory "or other temporary college or university address" is presumed to be there only temporarily and would not be able to vote in that precinct.
Jan. 21, 2020
Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko is one of eight Republican members of Congress named to President Trump’s impeachment team. “I will continue to fight against this corrupt and unfair process and look forward to assisting President Trump as a member of his impeachment team," Lesko says.
Jan. 21, 2020
A new NPR poll found widespread worry from voters that the elections won’t be fair and accurate. Americans feel uneasy about disinformation and voter suppression. In Arizona, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs says she’s working to build partnerships across the state to improve election security.
Jan. 21, 2020
Conservative think tank the Goldwater Institute of Arizona is backing litigation about legal requirements to pay union dues. They argue that a Supreme Court ruling on public sector unions also applies to bar associations.
Jan. 21, 2020
The Senate is holding an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Watch live video from NPR.
Jan. 21, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his budget plans on Friday. The proposed budget of about $12.3 billion lays out how he’d like to see his priorities funded — without going on a spending spree, which he has repeatedly warned legislators against. Howie Fisher of Capitol Media Services joins The Show.
Jan. 20, 2020
The more than 50,000 Arizona military retirees receiving pensions might not have to pay state income tax on those earnings under Governor Ducey’s proposed 2020 budget.
Jan. 19, 2020
Addiction experts say high-profile people like U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick seeking treatment for alcoholism often makes others do the same.
Jan. 18, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing a $12.3 billion spending plan that still won't restore state aid to education to where it was in 2008. Ducey wants to use $45 million to allow retired military to avoid paying any state income taxes.
Jan. 17, 2020

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