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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.
Gosar touts grant money for Kingman airport paid for by Dems bill
The Kingman Municipal Airport won a $32,000 federal grant to help pay to keep the facility COVID-19-free. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar sent out a news release saying he’s pleased to announce the awarding of the grant paid for by a bill passed by Democrats.
Dec. 13, 2021
Phil Boas: Critical race theory is a problem, and Kari Lake isnt helping
Several of the current Republican candidates for governor have put a heavy focus on the state’s K-12 schools. But perceived frontrunner Kari Lake generated the most controversy recently when she suggested putting cameras in public school classrooms so parents could keep a closer eye on how teachers are instructing students.
Dec. 13, 2021
Longtime mayor of Goodyear dead at 83
Georgia Lord, mayor of Goodyear for the last decade, has died. The city of Goodyear confirmed Lord's death. In a statement, city officials said she died Sunday afternoon at her home surrounded by family. Lord had recently broken her hip in a fall. Her health declined after that.
Dec. 13, 2021
Rep. Greg Stanton urges Amtrak to deliver passenger service between Phoenix and Tucson
At a congressional hearing, Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton pressed the president of Amtrak on the company’s commitment to bringing passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson.
Dec. 10, 2021
NewsCap: Will GOP embrace cameras in the classroom?
Attorney and former congressional staffer Roy Herrera, and Marcus Dell’Artino of First Strategic joined The Show to talk about Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ latest apology, Kari Lake’s idea of putting cameras into classrooms and more.
Dec. 10, 2021
How to avoid turning gatherings into political fights
We are in that time of year when families and friends are getting together to celebrate the holidays. But those gatherings can go sideways really quickly when there are differences of opinion on issues that are important to people — especially when it comes to politics.
Dec. 10, 2021
Arizona Daily Star: More migrants are dying in AZ deserts than ever
The number of migrants dying in the deserts of southern Arizona now is higher than it has been in decades.
Dec. 10, 2021
Senate staffer Talonya Adams, once fired by Katie Hobbs, is unmoved by latest apology
Saying her reputation has been damaged, Senate staffer Talonya Adams is taking the first steps Thursday to suing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs.
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Dec. 9, 2021
These were KJZZs top 5 most-viewed stories in 2021
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Dec. 27, 2021
AZ Supreme Court picking up Corporation Commission dark money case
The state Supreme Court decided to take a case to decide if a Arizona Corporation Commissioner can investigate companies' records related to elections.
Dec. 9, 2021
Republic series Destination: USA spotlights struggles of migrants en route to the US
A new five-part series from the Arizona Republic is attempting to put a face to the migrant crisis. The series profiles three women that journalists Rafael Carranza and the late Nick Oza met in their reporting in Nogales, Sonora: Elena Ramirez, Antonia Castillo and Josefa Ramirez.
Dec. 9, 2021
MAG agrees to work together to deal with homelessness in the Valley
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council approved a plan Dec. 8 to try to deal with homelessness in the Valley.
Dec. 9, 2021
Leaders want Sinema, Kelly to back House version of Build Back Better
A rewrite of U.S. environmental policy is part of the sweeping social spending bill passed in November by the House of Representatives. Local leaders are pushing Arizona’s Senate delegation to back the lower chamber’s plan to confront climate change and deliver environmental justice.
Dec. 9, 2021
Ducey criticizes Kari Lakes idea for classroom cameras
Kari Lake proposed putting cameras in classrooms to make sure teachers stick to the curriculum, but Gov. Ducey says that could lead to predators monitoring students.
Dec. 8, 2021
Ducey heads to Yuma as officials report rise in migrants
Officials in Yuma say about 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers have presented themselves to the Border Patrol since the end of last week. The news drew Gov. Doug Ducey to an afternoon press conference at the border there Tuesday.
Dec. 8, 2021
Phoenix halts COVID-19 vaccine mandate for 14,000 employees — but it could return
Phoenix is halting plans to require all employees to get COVID-19 vaccines. Just hours before Phoenix City Council members were scheduled to discuss a vaccine mandate for more than 14,000 employees, a federal judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide injunction.
Dec. 8, 2021
Senate confirms Chris Magnus as CBP commissioner
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to confirm Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner.
Dec. 8, 2021
Arizona congressmen are at odds over the path to raise the nations debt limit
Senate leaders are looking to attach legislation to increase the debt ceiling to the annual defense reauthorization bill, but congressional Republicans are pushing back against the plan.
Dec. 7, 2021
Students supporting voting rights bill go on hunger strike
A group of 20 Arizona college students pushing for the passage of a voting rights bill in Congress have started a hunger strike.
Dec. 7, 2021
AZ Redistricting Commission getting ready to craft maps for next decade
The members of the Independent Redistricting Commission are getting ready to recraft proposed congressional districts. Notably, the district maps keep more of Tucson together and separates non-Hispanic areas of Yuma from the rest of the city.
Dec. 7, 2021