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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.
Lawyer for Arizona Senate election audit firm wants to quit
Jack Wilenchik’s request to step aside as lawyer for Cyber Ninjas comes after a series of losses in cases brought by groups seeking records of the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of Maricopa County's 2020 election results.
Dec. 30, 2021
Longdon joins disability groups in fight against abortion ban
Rep. Jennifer Longdon joined multiple disability rights organizations and advocates urging a federal panel to uphold a decision blocking Arizona from enforcing a ban on abortions for genetic abnormalities.
Dec. 29, 2021
Why the redistricting commission easily OKd congressional maps but not legislative
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission's vote on the state's new congressional map was unanimous, but discussions on the legislative one started to get ugly before the chair sided with the two Republican commissioners in a split 3-2 vote.
Dec. 28, 2021
These were the 3 most-viewed politics stories on in 2021
Arizona's political year was filled with drama and change — and the KJZZ News team was there to keep you in the know. Here are KJZZ's top three most-viewed politics stories in 2021.
Dec. 27, 2021
OHalleran announces hell be running in newly drawn CD2
The newly drawn congressional districts were released Wednesday and one Arizona Congressman has already announced that he will be running for his old job in a newly drawn district.
Dec. 23, 2021
Democratic state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai resigns
Another senator has resigned from the state Legislature Wednesday. This time the democratic senator from District 7.
Dec. 23, 2021
Judge: Voters can have say in revising AZ $1.9B tax cut
A judge has ruled Arizona voters have the right to review and potentially override the $1.9 billion tax cut approved by the state Legislature earlier this year.
Dec. 23, 2021
The yearlong Arizona redistricting process is finally over. Heres how it happened
Arizona is one of 21 states with some form of nonpartisan or bipartisan redistricting commission. The Independent Redistricting Commission began its process at the start of 2021 and submitted its final maps this week.
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Dec. 23, 2021
OHalleran introduces bill to amend Bennett Freeze
Arizona Congressman Tom O'Halleran has introduced a bill to amend a decades-long land settlement between the Navajo and Hopi tribes.
Dec. 22, 2021
Experts urge masks for all in Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey says its personal choice
Public health policies and politics continue to collide in Arizona. Pima County is reimposing a mask requirement in public places as the omicron variant spreads. But Gov. Doug Ducey says that kind of mandate is unenforceable in the state.
Dec. 22, 2021
Pima County supervisors pass another mask mandate
The Pima County Board of Supervisors passed a mask mandate to address the spread of COVID-19 as hospitals struggle with the latest outbreak.
Dec. 21, 2021
AZ lawmakers examine Forest Service wildfire practices
The Arizona Legislature continued its hearings on wildfires last week.
Dec. 21, 2021
Phoenix may revise streets policy to recoup costs from developers
Phoenix could change a key development ordinance to align more closely with state statutes. The goal is to allow more flexibility and opportunity for the city to recoup expenses.
Dec. 27, 2021
AZ redistricting commissioners make final pleas for district lines
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet again Dec. 21 and 22 before finalizing congressional and legislative lines that will remain in place for the next 10 years.
Dec. 21, 2021
Board of Regents files complaint against Brnovich with state bar
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking the state bar to investigate Attorney General Mark Brnovich. In a complaint, the board’s chairman Larry Penley accused Brnovich of actively criticizing and filing lawsuits against the Regents after representing them in other cases.
Dec. 21, 2021
AZ college students advocating for voting rights bill end hunger strike
A group of about 20 Arizona college students ended their 15-day hunger strike on Monday after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled that the Senate will consider a federal voting rights bill early next year.
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Dec. 20, 2021
How the GOP exerted maximum influence on AZ redistricting
Arizona’s redistricting commission is one of only a few in the nation that doesn’t have lawmakers deciding what districts will look like. But that hardly means the process is apolitical or unbiased.
Dec. 20, 2021
Boas: Supreme Court doesnt need to be expanded — it needs term limits
U.S. Supreme Court appointments have been an extremely political exercise for several decades. Bob Robb of the Republic says the response to that should be the possibility of term limits for the court rather than adding justices.
Dec. 20, 2021
If Build Back Better fails, it could hurt Sinema and other Dems
Tempe pollster Mike O’Neil says if the Build Back Better plan is not passed soon, it may damage public perception of Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, as well as Democrats up for re-election in 2022.
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Dec. 19, 2021
Arizona college students take their hunger strike for voting rights bill to Washington
Friday marks 12 days since a group of about 20 Arizona university students embarked on an indefinite hunger strike as part of their push for a federal voting rights bill.
Dec. 18, 2021