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Biden more active on southern border issues than Trump, research finds
Former President Donald Trump's list of priorities when he took office had immigration and border enforcement at or near the top. But the actual number of executive actions or orders related to immigration by Trump pales in comparison to what President Joe Biden did in his first year in office.
Phoenix looks to hire small, local landscapers for public jobs
Phoenix is launching a new process to reach underrepresented businesses for landscaping jobs.
Jan. 17, 2022
Ducey quietly uses federal funds to boost worker pay
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey quietly tapped $95 million in federal coronavirus relief money in November to boost pay for state troopers, prison guards and workers in several other state departments deemed essential.
Jan. 17, 2022
Activists say Arizona is ground zero for the modern fight for voting rights
Martin Luther King III and his family hosted an event in support of the John Lewis Freedom to Vote Act in Phoenix on Saturday. A similar event will be held in Washington, D.C., for Martin Luther King Day.
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Jan. 17, 2022
Treasurer Kimberly Yee drops out of AZ governors race
Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday that she will drop out of the race for governor and focus on running for reelection for her current position. Yee, a Republican, said in her announcement that there is “more work to be done” as treasurer.
Jan. 16, 2022
Q&AZ: Why does Homeowner Assistance go to utilities?
In early November, the state housing department launched the Homeowner Assistance Fund, meant to help people affected by the pandemic avoid foreclosure. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why has the fund mostly helped homeowners with utilities and not mortgage payments, so far?
Jan. 17, 2022
Trump bashes AZ Republicans who dont push election lie
Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP governor, Doug Ducey.
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Jan. 16, 2022
Arizonans participate in hunger strike for voting rights legislation
A hunger strike is once again being used to put pressure on Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to help pass federal voting protections. Three groups began a hunger strike in front of the Arizona Capitol building on Friday in support of the Freedom to Vote Act.
Jan. 15, 2022
Sinemas stance on filibuster the focus of rally led by King family
Elected officials, civil rights leaders, interfaith leaders and community activists joined Martin Luther King III and his family at an event in Phoenix Saturday, focused on the passage of federal voting rights protections.
Jan. 15, 2022
Issues with online petition system may leave some Arizona candidates off 2022 ballots
The E-Qual system allows Arizona political candidates to qualify for the ballot by gathering signatures online, instead of having to go door to door. But a problem with the online system may leave some of those candidates out of the 2022 race as the primary deadline approaches.
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Jan. 15, 2022
Gallego says Sinemas view on the filibuster is inconsistent with Arizonans needs
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says her opposition to altering the filibuster. Rep. Ruben Gallego told CNN that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is listening to a "little D.C. inner circle" when it comes to the filibuster and voting rights, not Arizonans.
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Jan. 15, 2022
Phoenix suspect denies charges in Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy case
A Phoenix man denies being part of a plot to stop a vote by Congress, which led to the transfer of power from former President Trump to Joe Biden.
Jan. 14, 2022
AZ may let substitute teachers stay at school indefinitely
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that the state is taking new measures to keep students in classrooms, including potentially removing limits on how many days substitute teachers can teach.
Jan. 14, 2022
Gov. Ducey proposes $14.25 billion spending plan
Buoyed by strong state revenues, Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing a $14.25 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year, about 8.6% more than this year, including tax cuts aimed at the poor to reward them for working.
Jan. 14, 2022
Treasury official sets deadline to get Ducey programs into compliance
The U.S. Treasury Department is threatening to take back more than $170 million in recovery funds or withhold money unless Gov. Doug Ducey's office can address issues it sees with two education programs within 60 days.
Jan. 14, 2022
NewsCap: What Ducey left out of his State of the State
To discuss Ducey’s final address and Trump’s impending visit to Arizona, The Show spoke with David Lujan of Children’s Action Alliance and Jaime Molera of consulting firm Molera Alvarez.
Jan. 14, 2022
2nd AZ lawmaker reports having COVID19 since session started
A second Arizona state representative reports having COVID-19 since the Legislature's annual session began Monday.
Jan. 14, 2022
Arizona lawmaker proposes removing state sales tax from gun sales
Republican state Rep. Steve Kaiser is introducing a bill that would eliminate sales tax on guns and firearm safety equipment like safes.
Jan. 14, 2022
Civic organizations push for GOP to reinstate virtual testimony at AZ Capitol
Dozens of civic organizations are calling on top legislative Republicans at the Arizona Capitol to reinstate options for the public to testify virtually in House and Senate committees.
Jan. 13, 2022
Health workers want more action from Ducey. His office urges vaccines
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said the pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll as the state surpasses 25,000 total deaths from COVID-19. But the governor’s office did not respond to several questions from KJZZ News about the state’s pandemic response.
Jan. 13, 2022
Sinema dooms Dems push to pass voting rights bills
As Democrats in Washington, D.C. ramped up efforts to pass federal voting rights legislation, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema effectively doomed the effort in a floor speech on Thursday.
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Jan. 13, 2022

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