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GOP leaders pressure Hobbs to donate $1.3M in excess inaugural cash
The top two Republican lawmakers want Katie Hobbs to put money left over from the inaugural celebration into a state account — where it can't be used to elect more Democrats.
Arizona hires new directors for corrections, public safety
Arizona has new directors for its Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety. Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday that Ryan Thornell will take over the DOC while Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover will be the next head of the DPS.
Jan. 18, 2023
Gosar to return to House committees after 2021 removal
House Leadership made committee assignments on Tuesday. Among them, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar was tapped to rejoin both committees that previous leaders removed him from in 2021.
Jan. 17, 2023
Mail-in voting upheld in Arizona Court of Appeals
The state Court of Appeals has ruled that mail-in voting is legal and doesn’t violate Arizona’s constitution. The unanimous decision upheld the ruling from a Mohave County Superior Court judge.
Jan. 17, 2023
Bill proposed to outlaw early voting in Arizona
A Republican state lawmaker who also wants to overturn the 2022 election results is continuing the push to outlaw voting by mail.
Jan. 17, 2023
Water fight heads to court as Rio Verde Foothills runs dry
Rio Verde Foothills residents have filed an injunction against the city of Scottsdale after it shut down water delivery services to the community.
Jan. 17, 2023
How Gov. Hobbs is positioning for state budget negotiations
Gov. Katie Hobbs’ $17 billion budget includes more money for public education and would put $150 million into the state’s housing trust fund. But it also gets rid of two high-profile programs from the Ducey administration: universal school vouchers and the Border Strike Force.
Jan. 17, 2023
Faster results or longer early voting? Richer wants AZ to decide
There are a lot of ideas across Arizona for ways to change the way the state conducts its elections. And Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has several of his own. Richer has released a 28-page document outlining some areas he thinks could use some adjustments.
Jan. 17, 2023
Elvia Díaz: Hobbs focus on public education is refreshing
New Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs made funding education — and defunding vouchers — a center point of her budget. It’s a shift in priorities that the Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic welcomes. Editor Elvia Díaz joined The Show to talk about about why.
Jan. 17, 2023
Senates transgender pronoun bill is DOA for Gov. Hobbs
State Sen. John Kavanagh’s Senate Bill 1001 requires school employees to call a student by the pronoun that aligns with their biological sex, not the one the student identifies with — unless their parents say it’s OK to use trans pronouns.
Jan. 17, 2023
House Republicans plan impeachment for Mayorkas
Having retaken a slim majority in the U.S. House, Republicans plan to initiate impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko supports the move.
Jan. 16, 2023
Save Our Schools AZ reacts to Hobbs plan to eliminate school vouchers
On Friday, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced her executive budget and revealed her desire to eliminate the state’s universal school voucher program. Nonpartisan organization Save Our Schools Arizona praised Hobbs, saying her agenda will benefit public education.
Jan. 16, 2023
Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Tonopah on Jan. 19
On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Tonopah, Arizona, to celebrate the groundbreaking of a high voltage transmission line known as the Ten West Link.
Jan. 14, 2023
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs collected $1.5M from corporations, special interests for inauguration
Gov. Katie Hobbs collected nearly $1.5 million in donations from corporations and other special interests to cover the cost of her inauguration. But the event cost only about $207,000 to put on.
Jan. 14, 2023
Is an 18-year-old mature enough to serve in the AZ legislature? One lawmaker thinks so
A proposal by newly elected Rep. Matt Gress (R-Phoenix) would set the minimum age for legislators at 18. They now have to be 25 to take office. Voters would have the final say if approved by the Legislature.
Jan. 13, 2023
Hobbs first budget proposal gets cold reception from GOP lawmakers
Arizona’s new Democratic governor on Friday rolled out a state budget proposal that pours new cash into tax credits for low-income parents and takes aim at a housing crisis that has triggered a big increase in homelessness.
Hobbs wants to repeal universal expansion of AZ school voucher program
Jan. 13, 2023
Proposed Tempe Coyotes district to face public arguments
A proposed Arizona Coyotes’ hockey arena and entertainment district in northwest Tempe will be decided by voters in a special election in May. Before then, any individual or organization can make arguments for or against the project.
Jan. 13, 2023
Arizonas 2nd I-10 expansion plan hits a funding snag
Some legislators want to widen a second section of the Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson to create a smoother ride. But Arizona was rejected from getting federal funding.
Jan. 13, 2023
NewsCap: Will Republicans meet Gov. Hobbs halfway?
Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones and Democratic strategist Tony Cani joined The Show to talk about Gov. Katie Hobbs’ State of the State address and lawmakers’ reaction to it, Maricopa County bringing in a former state Supreme Court justice to look into Election Day printer problems and more.
Jan. 13, 2023
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer proposes 12 election reform laws
The proposals range from closing early voting days sooner, reforming campaign finance laws, and making the county recorder a nonpartisan position.
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Jan. 12, 2023
What teachers want Horne to know following his State of Education address
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne gave his State of Education speech Wednesday and touched on a number of issues — including school vouchers, English immersion and a campaign pledge to return to traditional discipline.
Jan. 12, 2023