Latest Arizona state government News

Governor creates commission to study Arizona prison problems

Jan. 25, 2023 19:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission to study problems in Arizona’s prisons, including staffing levels and the health care offered to those behind bars. The creation of the commission by Hobbs, Arizona’s first Democratic governor...

Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat

Jan. 23, 2023 18:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest. Gallego...

2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted

Jan. 19, 2023 17:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following a scathing independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly...

Appeals court: Arizona early voting system is constitutional

Jan. 18, 2023 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s early voting system is constitutional. In an 11-page ruling Tuesday, the three-judge panel rejected the Arizona Republican Party’s argument that mail-in voting violates the secrecy clause in the state...

Neighbors sue Arizona city to restore water cut in drought

Jan. 17, 2023 19:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Residents of a community just outside Scottsdale, Arizona are feuding with the city they long depended on for water now that the Phoenix suburb has cut off their supply, saying it needs to guarantee there is enough for its own residents amid a deep, long-lasting drought. ...

Arizona judge delays trial in fight over education funding

Jan. 07, 2023 13:42 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit over how much money Arizona's lawmakers allocate for school maintenance, buses, textbooks and technology won't go to trial next week, after a judge granted a request for a delay by the state’s incoming attorney general. Democratic Attorney General Kris...

Ex-Arizona Supreme Court judge to probe ballot printer issue

Jan. 06, 2023 15:14 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona Supreme Court judge will lead an independent investigation into how ballot printers at Phoenix-area polling sites became defective, sparking Election Day chaos and accusations of misconduct from Republican candidates. The Maricopa County Board of...

Hobbs calls on elected officials to end conspiracy theories

Jan. 05, 2023 15:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs pledged in her inaugural address Thursday to work with her political rivals as she ushers in a period of divided government and Democratic ascendance in a state long dominated by Republicans. She also called on elected officials to reject...

Arizona death row inmate withdraws request to be executed

Jan. 05, 2023 12:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona death row inmate has withdrawn his request to be executed. In a handwritten motion dated Wednesday and addressed to the Arizona Supreme Court, Aaron Gunches cited three recent executions that were “carried out in a manner that amounts to torture" and...

Virginia community college system gets new chancellor

Jan. 04, 2023 16:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An experienced higher education executive from Arizona has been tapped to lead Virginia's system of 23 community colleges after a lengthy search. The State Board for Community Colleges hired David Doré to serve as the next chancellor of the Virginia Community...