Latest Arizona state government News

Sinema faces blowback in Arizona for votes defying Democrats

Jan. 22, 2022 00:27 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many Democrats consider essential to preserving democracy. Sinema faces a...

Arizona sues Biden to keep school anti-mask rules

Jan. 21, 2022 19:54 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Friday over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don't have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The lawsuit filed in federal...

Appeals court rejects Arizona Senate's privilege argument

Jan. 21, 2022 19:12 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A state appeals court says legislative privilege does not broadly protect the Arizona Senate from having to release hundreds of public records related to the review of the 2020 election. The Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court's narrow view of the...

Man accused of shooting at law enforcement officers

Jan. 21, 2022 13:20 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An El Mirage man faces charges accusing him of shooting at law enforcement officers on at least five different occasions in the Phoenix area. No officers were injured in the 2021 incidents that resulted in the arrest Wednesday of Saul Ballardo, 38, but a...

Republicans on Senate panel OK guns on college campuses

Jan. 20, 2022 19:53 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The seemingly never-ending fight between Arizona gun rights advocates who want students to be able to carry guns and colleges and universities that opposes allowing firearms on campuses is back yet again. Republicans on the Arizona state Senate Judiciary committee...

Arizona court upholds convictions, sentences of slain inmate

Jan. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the convictions and sentences of a death row inmate who himself was killed in his prison cell last month. Criminal prosecutions normally stop upon a defendant's death, but the court said it ruled on an appeal for Kenneth...

Republican lawmakers target Arizona school boards group

Jan. 19, 2022 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona School Boards Association, which successfully sued the Arizona Legislature to invalidate key parts of the state budget last year, is now being targeted by Republican lawmakers who have long opposed its efforts to lobby for local school boards. A...

Ducey quietly taps $95M in virus cash to boost trooper pay

Jan. 16, 2022 11:42 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — 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. The Republican governor's office did not announce that...

Arizona Treasurer Yee drops out of GOP race for governor

Jan. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EST

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday she is dropping out of Arizona's crowded race for the Republican nomination for governor and will instead run for re-election to her current position. Yee announced her decision in a statement that did not...

Arizona judge upholds Ducey's cut of extra jobless benefits

Jan. 15, 2022 17:48 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has upheld Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision last year to cut $300 in supplemental monthly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. Rejecting jobless workers' claims that they were entitled to the extra money, the ruling...