Politics

Not the ‘blue wave’ they hoped for, but Democrats made gains in 2020

WASHINGTON - For years, Democrats have argued that Arizona was about to turn blue. But while they grabbed the top two races on the ballot, Democrats made little headway in state, local or other congressional races - close, but not the "blue wave" they were hoping for.


Democrats pass independents, can’t overtake GOP in voter registration

WASHINGTON - 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 failing to overtake Republicans.


After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

WASHINGTON - After years of steadily slashing the number of refugees it will accept, President-elect Joe Biden has said that he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 from the Trump administration's current cap of 15,000.


Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration cited national security for its efforts to boost uranium mining. but environmentalists saw it as an attempt to open the door to mining near the Grand Canyon. President-elect Joe Biden may be ready to shut that door for good.


Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start

WASHINGTON - The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think, and hope, President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception.


After four years of tumult, businesses hopeful for Biden trade policy

WASHINGTON - Despite four years of tumult, trade between Arizona and Mexico has been stable under the Trump administration, with a dip this year blamed on the pandemic, and an outlook that has one expert hoping for a "renaissance" in North American trade.


Biden’s work cut out for him in plan to undo Trump immigration policy

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has promised to roll back many Trump administration immigration policies - but he's got his work cut out for him, as President Donald Trump has touched virtually every part of the issue, from the wall to travel bans.


6 Arizonans discuss the impact Ruth Bader Ginsburg had on their lives

PHOENIX – Six women residing in Arizona put into words the impact of the life and career of the woman many knew as the Notorious RBG.


High-stakes races sparked high-dollar giving by Arizona voters in 2020

WASHINGTON - Arizonans were heavily invested in this fall's elections in more ways than one, donating a total of at least $110 million to support candidates and high-profile ballot initiatives, a sharp increase from the $60 million state voters donated just four years ago.


As legal challenges continue to fall, Biden electors set to meet, vote

WASHINGTON - Add one more thing to the list of normal activities upended in 2020 - the normally mundane job of the state's presidential electors has been thrust into the spotlight by ongoing GOP attempts to upend the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

Safe Bet

Three Arizona tribal leaders on diverse slate of 11 electoral voters

WASHINGTON - The slate of 11 Democratic electors who will cast Arizona's Electoral College votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden includes, for the first time, leaders of three tribes: the Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation and Tohono O'odham Nation.


House calls: Arizona lawmakers land in COVID-19 quarantine more often

WASHINGTON - Four of Arizona's nine House members have quarantined since the start of COVID-19, either because they were exposed or tested positive themselves, giving Arizona has the highest percentage of delegation members who have quarantined.