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Pushing up the deadline for disenrollment would require more staff, at a cost of around $16.7 million.

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage over the next year because they are no longer eligible, and some state lawmakers are looking to speed up the disenrollment process. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Democrats' dissent wasn’t enough to stop the Arizona House Municipal Oversight and Elections Committee from passing four Republican-sponsored bills aimed to instill faith in the election process back into voters, whom Republicans say have less trust following recent elections. Read more»

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged lawmakers to lift the cap, warning that an already dire teacher shortage would be worsened if schools are forced to lay off staff towards the end of the year. 

An impending school funding ceiling is one of the first hurdles on the Arizona legislative agenda, and while schools are facing nearly $1.4 billion in budget cuts if it isn’t lifted, Republican legislative leaders say they will take action — just not immediately.  Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs gives her inaugural State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2023.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs called for collaboration between Republicans and Democratic lawmakers during her first state of the state speech Monday as some Republicans turned their backs on her and others walked out of the room to show how they felt about her policy plans.  Read more»

A Border Patrol agent at 'tent-like' facility in Tucson, set up to manage children who traveled to the U.S. without parents or guardians.

A Republican proposal moving unimpeded through the Arizona legislature conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading. Read more»

Mayors would no longer be able to order businesses to close during a state of emergency under a GOP-backed proposal fueled by anger stemming from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Arizona cities ordered many businesses to temporarily close. Read more»

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, of Citizens for Renewing America, joined a group of Arizona GOP lawmakers to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to use his power to curb illegal immigration from Mexico.

Ken Cuccinelli - a top Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration - spoke at the Arizona Capitol while flanked by several Republican state legislators to urge Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border. Read more»

Republican legislators spoke at Patriot Double Down, a QAnon conference. L to R: Rep. Leo Biasiucci of Lake Havasu City, Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu City and Sen. Wendy Rogers of Flagstaff.

Four Republican members of Arizona’s state legislature attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas over the weekend that included speakers from the fringe of the conspiracy world as well as antisemitic imagery. Read more»

President Joe Biden visited NIH on February 11, 2021, where he met with leading researchers at the Vaccine Research Center to learn more about the groundbreaking fundamental research that enabled the development of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Reactions to President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate fell sharply along partisan lines in Arizona, with outraged Republicans demanding legal action against what they deemed a tyrannical policy and Democrats, though largely quieter, supportive of the policy. Read more»

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in 2020 at an event in Phoenix.

Fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud made in a video last week by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are the basis for a series of public records requests two Republican state legislators have filed with elections officials across Arizona. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shakes hands with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., after a news conference in which she joined Democratic lawmakers who called on Congress to pass a background checks bill.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone told KTAR that the bill was confusing and would put law enforcement in an awkward position.

Gov. Ducey signed a bill Tuesday evening that makes Arizona a “2nd Amendment sanctuary” and bars law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal gun control measures, ignoring a last-minute plea from gun control groups urging him to veto it. Read more»