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Gov. Doug Ducey gives his 2019 State of the State address on Jan. 14. Ducey announced in January that he plans to pass $600 billion in income tax cuts in the 2021 legislative session.

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey aren’t changing their plans for big tax cuts this year, despite a provision of the latest federal COVID relief bill seeking to block states from using the money to fund tax reductions. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a press conference about updates to COVID-19 restrictions in Arizona on May 12, 2020.

All five of Arizona’s House congressional Democrats have signed a letter urging Gov. Ducey to spend more of the state’s allocation of federal relief funds related to the coronavirus pandemic — and explain why it used $400 million of the money to offset existing government spending instead of fighting COVID-19. Read more»

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, like many Republicans in the House, criticized the timing of the impeachment, noting that President Donald Trump will have left office before the Senate can take up the issue. But Democrats – and some Republicans – said Trump’s part in an assault on the Capitol demanded action.

No Arizona lawmakers broke party ranks as the House impeached President Donald Trump on a mostly party-line vote, just one week after a deadly mob attack on the Capitol that critics said was incited by the president. Read more»

All five of Arizona's Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are among the 214 who have signed on to a measure to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Read more»

Arizona resident Jake Angeli, the self-styled 'QAnon Shaman,' has been a ubiquitous presence at Trumpist rallies in the state for at least a year — standing next to GOP Chair Kelli Ward and shaking hands with a smiling Rudy Giuliani. Now he's at the top of the D.C. police's list of people wanted for questioning about the swarming of the U.S. Capitol by Trump-incited rioters.

Crazy talk: that's the thread connecting the decade-ago attack on Gabby Giffords and constituents in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13 on the sidewalk outside a grocery store, and the storming of our nation's Capitol this week. Read more»

Pro-Trump insurgents entered the U.S. Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC., delaying the certification of Joe Biden's electoral win.

After a day of insurrection and deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers certified Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election. Read more»

Almost 565,000 new voters registered in Arizona between the 2018 and 2020 elections; with under 296,000 of those registrations coming just since this year’s primary. Most of the new voters were Democrats, which party leaders attribute to years of grassroots effort and a Trump backlash.

Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years – but still failed to overtake Republicans in total number of registered voters. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., receives his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 on Dec. 22.

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are deciding largely along partisan lines whether to avail themselves of the early access they're getting to the new COVID-19 vaccine. Read more»

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, was thought to be the most vulnerable member of Arizona’s House delegation, but he has now won his re-election bid.

Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni conceded to Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in the race for Arizona’s 6th District congressional seat Saturday, after days of counting saw her election night lead evaporate. Read more»

Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni clung to a narrow lead Tuesday over embattled Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in early returns in the race for Arizona’s 6th District seat in Congress.

Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni clung to a narrow lead Tuesday over embattled Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in early returns in the race for Arizona’s 6th District seat in Congress. Read more»

If it passes, Proposition 208 would increase funding for teachers, support staff and education programs through a surtax on high earners.

The proposition would allow districts to hire more teachers and raise salaries of a workforce that is at high risk during the pandemic in a state that consistently ranks low on teacher pay, school funding and student performance. Read more»

President Donald Trump, shown here in a file photo from July, raised eyebrows – and concerns – with his remark in Tuesday’s debate that violent right-wing groups should “stand by.” He later tried say the problem is the left-wing groups, and accused former Vice President Joe Biden of refusing to endorse law and order during the debate.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his debate comments on the right-wing extremists known as the Proud Boys, but reaction from officials in Arizona ranged from dismissal to dismay. Read more»

A federal court said Tucson’s system of electing city officials, an “unusual” hybrid of ward-based and at-large voting, unconstitutionally violated the one-person, one-vote principle.

Arizona was identified by Democrats Monday as one of six battleground states for this fall’s election, a status that state lawmakers said has been 10 years in the making. Read more»

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona.

Conservationists in Arizona say President Trump's choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management holds positions on issues that would hurt the state's public lands. Read more»

Native people account for 21.2% of deaths from COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez told viewers of his May 28 town hall on Facebook to continue practicing health and safety measures: stay at home, limit contact with others, eat healthful food and wear a face mask.

As Congress pursues another federal aid package — it’s fourth since the pandemic upended American life — members of the state’s congressional delegation want to change federal policies they say are making the situation more difficult for Native communities. Read more»

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