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Incumbents have the edge, but redistricting scrambles Arizona House race outlooks

Arizona’s congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads – but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has “put us all in a state of limbo” for the 2022 House races. ... Read more»0

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Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. ... Read more»0

In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

Congress restored earmarks this year, and more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests - but Arizona lawmakers were modest: No Republicans asked for earmarks and all five Democrats were in or near the bottom half of the amounts requested.... Read more»0

Arizona independent voter registrations surge as parties fall

The major political parties in Arizona have continued to lose voters since the November election, with strident partisanship “turning off” voters and driving them to register as independents, and experts said that the shift is not unique to Arizona.... Read more»1

Few assistance dollars reach renters as eviction moratorium ends

The federal government’s COVID-19 moratorium on renter evictions ended Saturday, leaving thousands of Arizona renters vulnerable while state and local officials have distributed just a fraction of the funding aimed at keeping people in their homes. ... Read more»0

Critics: $5.7 million in private funds for Arizona's ballot 'audit' taints results

Cyber Ninjas, hired by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to 'audit' Maricopa County’s 2020 elections, said this week that its work was funded by $5.7 million in donations from conservative groups, a revelation that raised as many questions as it answered for critics. ... Read more»2

Court: Ex Rep. cannot sue over expulsion from Arizona House in harassment case

A federal appeals court Thursday refused to reinstate former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter’s challenge of his 2018 expulsion from the Legislature for violating its policies against sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace. ... Read more»0

With Arizona Senate seat again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign where both parties are fighting to take control of an evenly divided Senate. ... Read more»0

Arizona Democrats call for 'audit' probe, as federal panel starts its own

Arizona Democrats called on Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the state Senate’s 'audit' of Maricopa County election returns as a congressional panel launched its own investigation into Cyber Ninjas, the private firm contracted by Senate President Karen Fann.... Read more»0

Romero, Phoenix mayor join White House push for infrastructure plan

Tucson Mayor Romero and Phoenix Mayor Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House on Wednesday to push for the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of “massive underinvestment.”... Read more»0

Direct child tax credit checks start for thousands of Arizona families

Monthly payments from the IRS are set to begin to most American families with children - beginning now through December - part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and an advance on 2021 tax returns that could mean up to $300 a month per child.... Read more»0

Arizona executions put on hold over snafu with death-penalty drugs

The state’s plan to execute two death-row inmates as early as this fall were derailed Monday when the Arizona Supreme Court ordered the state to first determine the viability of its execution drugs before pressing ahead.... Read more»0

Az venues awarded $45M in COVID relief, but many are still waiting

Federal officials have awarded $45.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds to 68 Arizona concert venues, a vast improvement over the single grant awarded a month ago but still far short of the need, advocates say. ... Read more»0

Habitats for black-footed ferrets in Arizona on way back, but hurdles remain

Federal officials want to greatly expand habitats for black-footed ferrets in Arizona and possibly into neighboring states, but the endangered animal, once thought extinct, still faces several hurdles, including a "need to secure the prey and secure the habitat.”... Read more»0

Commuting times, costs fell sharply during pandemic year

Cities across Arizona and the U.S. saw drops of 50% or more in the number of hours and dollars they wasted sitting in traffic, and a reduction in gasoline burned while idling in a traffic jam, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp drops in commuting and subsequent declines in traffic congestion.... Read more»0

Rate of electric car ownership relatively high in Arizona

Arizona had 28,770 registered electric vehicles as of June, according to the U.S. Department of Energy - the seventh-highest number among states - and when ownership is measured per 1,000 residents, Arizona inches up a notch to sixth place with just over four electric vehicles per 1,000 people.... Read more»0

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