Indigenous advocates work to combat fake sober living homes in Arizona

PHOENIX – After Arizona legislation targeting fake sober living homes failed, tribal advocates across the state are working to combat the $2.8 billion Medicaid scheme that targets vulnerable Indigenous individuals.

‘No dull days’: Pages get front-row seats, help keep the Capitol running

PHOENIX - They sit on the sidelines of legislative hearings in their blazers, ties and khakis, or bustle around the House or Senate delivering papers to lawmakers. They are the Legislature's pages, quiet but essential workers called "the oil in a machine that keeps things running."

Succeeding by failing: ‘Virtue signaling’ runs high in the Legislature

PHOENIX - A GOP bill to ban "gender identity" was quickly vetoed by Gov. Katie Hobbs, one of 52 vetoes this year. Bills are often introduced with little chance of becoming law, part of the "political theater" aimed less at legislating and more at getting voter attention.

Should you focus on lawmaker effectiveness to cast your ballot? Voters, experts say yes

PHOENIX - With 10 of Arizona’s 11 congressional seats up for election this year, experts and voters urge Arizonans to consider the range of an incumbent's performance, from how many bills they passed to how often they show up and how well they work across the aisle.

‘Fake electors’ indictment charges GOP leaders with felony fraud, forgery

Eleven top Arizona Republicans were among 18 people indicted on felony fraud, forgery and conspiracy charges for their part in a plan to present themselves to Congress as the state's presidential electors and throw the election to Donald Trump.

Abortion law status remains unclear, even as lawmakers near repeal of ban

PHOENIX - As state lawmakers push to repeal a near-total ban on abortion, Planned Parenthood of Arizona said it will continue to provide abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy "until the last legal moment." But when that last legal moment is depends on who's talking.

House votes to repeal near-total abortion ban; bill still needs Senate OK

PHOENIX – The Arizona House voted Wednesday to repeal the state’s near-total ban on abortion, with three Republicans joining all Democrats to reverse the law despite emotional rhetoric from anti-abortion lawmakers.

State of the City: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego highlights jobs, housing, sustainability

PHOENIX – In her annual State of the City address, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego focused on creating a successful, sustainable and safe Phoenix to enable residents to live comfortably. Phoenix is looking to build its economy by addressing climate and housing issues along with increasing investment opportunities.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego delivers her annual State of the City address at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel on April 23, 2024. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)

Supreme Court turns down Lake, Finchem suit to ban electronic vote tallies

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from Kari Lake and Mark Finchem, apparently ending their two-year bid to block the use of electronic voting tabulation in Maricopa and Pima counties.

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake set up a press conference outside the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Arizona State University’s downtown campus Oct. 12, 2022, and denounced Arizona PBS, Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs and ASU. Lake called Hobbs a “coward” and said that she is killing decades of political tradition. (Photo by Jack Wu/Cronkite News)

Arizona students still unsure of financial aid for fall as Gov. Katie Hobbs announces FAFSA campaign

PHOENIX – FAFSA delays mean that students and parents are still unsure how much financial aid they will be offered for the 2024-25 school year, which may delay college decisions. Arizona universities are hoping the information will be ready by the end of April so they can relay financial aid information to students.

Adelynn Padilla, a sophomore at Arizona State University, says FAFSA delays are affecting her, leaving her unsure how much federal aid she will qualify for next year. (Photo by Athena Kehoe/Cronkite News)

Abortion-rights advocates, opponents continue to spar, with eye on fall ballot

PHOENIX - While lawmakers inside the Capitol jockeyed over the repeal of a near-total abortion ban, the hundreds of advocates on both sides of the issue who gathered outside the Capitol Wednesday were looking forward to fights at the ballot box this fall.

Republicans stall, but don’t kill, effort that would repeal 1864 abortion ban

PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate took tentative steps toward a repeal of the state’s 1864 abortion ban Wednesday, just hours after House Republicans blocked efforts to do so.