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Arizona Appeals Court Upholds State’s Mail-In Voting System
In The States
Arizona Appeals Court Upholds State’s Mail-In Voting System
2023-01-19 17:50:53
by Dan McCue

PHOENIX — Arizona’s mail-in, early voting process does not violate voters’ constitutional right to privacy, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Tuesday’s ruling by a three-judge panel is a blow to the Arizona Republican Party and its chair, Kelli... Read More

Supreme Court
Justices Rule Against Arizona GOP Leader in Jan. 6 Records Fight
2022-11-14 18:07:49
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol to access phone records belonging to the Arizona Republican Party’s chairwoman. As is their long-standing... Read More

2022 Elections
Potential Deadlocks Abound as Critical Senate Races Come to a Close
2022-11-04 21:24:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With the Senate chamber evenly split, 50-50, and several top Senate races simply too close to forecast, 2022 may well come to be remembered as the year of the prolonged wait to determine which party ultimately holds control... Read More

2022 Elections
Federal Judge Blocks QAnon Linked Group's Close-Up Scrutiny of Ballot Drop Boxes
2022-11-02 15:37:41
by Dan McCue

PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that will keep members of a QAnon-linked group from standing within 75 feet of ballot drop boxes and from openly carrying firearms or wearing body armor... Read More

In The States
Arizona Judge Revives State’s 19th Century Near-Total Ban on Abortion
2022-09-26 14:46:57
by Dan McCue

TUCSON, Ariz. — A near-total ban on abortion written nearly 50 years before Arizona became the nation’s 48th state must be enforced as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a state circuit court... Read More

Broadband
Broadband Dollars Keep Flowing
2022-08-30 21:32:44
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — Broadband dollars are continuing to flow into states as the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced more than $500 million for programs in Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska and North... Read More

2022 Elections
Arizona GOP Primary Tests Power of Trump's Election Lies

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans were deciding Tuesday between a well-known former news anchor and a development attorney in the race for governor of a crucial battleground state. Former President Donald Trump backed Kari Lake, who walked away from her nearly three-decade... Read More

In The States
Federal Judge Blocks Arizona Law Granting ‘Personhood’ to the Unborn
2022-07-13 16:42:10
by Reece Nations

PHOENIX — U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes on Monday ruled against an Arizona law passed last year granting civil rights to unborn fetuses after abortion rights groups argued in court the restrictions were unconstitutionally vague. Arizona enacted its “interpretation... Read More

In The States
Arizona’s Ducey Signs Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Vote
2022-03-31 00:36:19
by Dan McCue

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday intended to ensure only U.S. citizens — with documentation of their citizenship — vote in the state’s election. “Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally... Read More

In The States
Coalition of Attorneys General File Amicus Brief Opposing Arizona Abortion Ban
2021-12-28 22:04:02
by Reece Nations

PHOENIX — Attorneys General from 23 states signed on to an amicus brief that challenges an Arizona law prohibiting abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities. The coalition contends in their brief that the preservation of women’s reproductive autonomy can and... Read More

Census
Latino City in Arizona Grew, But Census Says it Shrank

SOMERTON, Ariz. (AP) — It's a Thursday evening in Somerton, Arizona, and parents and students packed inside a middle school gym are roaring for the school's wrestling team at decibels that test the eardrum. The young wrestlers are seventh and... Read More

Climate
Western States Face First Federal Water Cuts
2021-08-17 17:43:39
by Dan McCue

Federal regulators on Monday declared the first-ever water shortage at Lake Mead, a reservoir that feeds into the Colorado River and serves approximately 40 million people in the West. The declaration, issued as part of an outlook for the river... Read More

Diplomacy
Jeff Flake’s Next Act: Biden Ambassador Nominee
2021-07-14 18:47:27
by Dan McCue

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who backed President Joe Biden over his own party’s nominee, President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, is now Biden’s nominee to be the United States’ next ambassador to Turkey. Flake is the... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions
2021-07-01 15:11:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold two provisions of Arizona’s election law that critics argued unfairly impinged on the rights of Black, Hispanic and Native Americans voters. By a 6-3 margin, the justices held that a 2016... Read More

Environment
Groups Call for Reintroduction of Jaguars in US Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups and scientists with two universities want U.S. wildlife managers to consider reintroducing jaguars to the American Southwest. In a recently published paper, they say habitat destruction, highways and existing segments of the border wall... Read More

Congress
O’Halleran Pushing for Funds for Rural School Repairs
2021-03-15 20:34:28
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., is urging his colleagues to fund a backlog of school construction projects in rural, tribal and other underserved communities. “In far too many communities in rural Arizona, students attend class in condemned school buildings... Read More

In The States
Arizona Schools Must Offer In-Person Instruction
2021-03-08 14:09:42
by TWN Staff

PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order last week requiring public schools to offer in-person, teacher-led instruction by Monday, March 15. According to the Republican governor, 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties are in phases where all schools... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Likely to Uphold Arizona Voting Restrictions
2021-03-02 21:25:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – All six conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to support voting restrictions imposed in Arizona that critics say discriminate against racial minorities.  The case, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (Consolidated), is one of the most... Read More

U.S. Senate
Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly Lands in Senate, Shrinking GOP Majority

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kelly took the oath of office Wednesday, following the path of Ohio's John Glenn and others who once orbited the Earth and later landed on Capitol Hill. The Arizona Democrat, a former NASA astronaut and Navy pilot who flew combat missions in the Persian Gulf, was sworn... Read More

2020 Elections
Trump Nears 'Checkmate' Stage in Last-Gasp Bid to Undo Election

President Donald Trump's path to reversing the election result has nearly closed after all the key battleground states certified their vote totals and took steps to appoint electors ready to formalize Joe Biden's victory. Trump continues to hurl unsubstantiated accusations of voter fraud on... Read More

2020 Elections
Arizona and Wisconsin Confirm Biden's Victories Over Trump

Arizona and Wisconsin confirmed Democrat Joe Biden won in their states on Monday, dealing the latest blow to President Donald Trump's campaign to overturn his defeat. Biden defeated Trump by 10,457 votes in Arizona, according to the official results certified by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in Phoenix. The process was... Read More

2020 Elections
The Trump Election Lawsuit Chronicles
2020-11-24 21:33:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Getting a formal concession, finally, might all come down to this. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals on Monday granted a request from President Donald Trump's campaign to consider, on an expedited basis, an appeal of a... Read More

Litigation
Trump's Challenge to the 2020 Vote: A State-By-State Guide

President Donald Trump's challenge to the 2020 election results runs through six battleground states, five of which he won in 2016. This time around, Democrat Joe Biden has five-digit vote leads in all six states with some counting continuing, including three where he leads... Read More

House Watch
AZ-06: David Schweikert (R)
2020-10-30 19:47:02
by TWN Staff

About Schweikert: David Schweikert is serving his fifth term in the United States Congress.  He holds a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served on the Financial Services Committee.  He also sits on the bicameral Joint Economic... Read More

House Watch
AZ-01: Tiffany Shedd (R)
2020-10-30 01:12:21
by TWN Staff

About Shedd:  Tiffany Shedd grew up in Pinal County, Ariz.  A small business owner, farmer and natural resource attorney, she is also a former bi-lingual kindergarten teacher, who worked her way through college and law school at the University of... Read More

State News
Cannabis, No Longer So Divisive, Draws More Conservative Support

As Americans head to the polls more divided than ever on social and economic issues, there's one thing they're actually coming together on: cannabis. Much has been made of whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, or a potential liberal... Read More

Senate Watch
AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
2020-10-28 13:55:38
by TWN Staff

About Kelly: Mark Kelly is a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kelly, the son of two police officers, grew up attending public schools from elementary school until enrolling in the United States Merchant Marine Academy and U.S.... Read More

Senate Watch
AZ Senate: Martha McSally (R)
2020-10-28 13:53:15
by TWN Staff

About McSally: Incumbent Martha McSally earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in 1988 before receiving her master’s from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1990. McSally was graduate number 21 of 103 in... Read More

Elections
High Court to Hear GOP Bid to Reimpose Arizona Voting Restrictions
2020-10-02 19:21:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider a bid by Arizona Republicans to overturn a lower court ruling that struck down recently imposed voting restrictions in the state. In January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of... Read More

2020 Elections
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

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