Does controversial partnership between Barstool Sports, Arizona Bowl suggest attempt at image change?

PHOENIX - The controversial partnership between Barstool Sports and the Arizona Bowl sheds light on the media company’s attempt to reform.


Chickasaw woman gets USDA post, one in a string of Indigenous nominees

WASHINGTON - For the first time in history, an Indigenous woman is overseeing U.S. agriculture law - but Janie Simms Hipp is just the latest in a number of Native Americans nominated to top posts in the Biden administration, highlighted by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.


Climate advocates, lawmaker urge Sens. Sinema and Kelly to support Biden budget plan

PHOENIX – Arizona’s senators are being urged to support the “Build Back Better” budget to provide funding for clean energy initiatives and jobs to address the effects of climate change as extreme heat becomes more common.


Senators review draft of election audit, as critics redouble attacks

WASHINGTON - Arizona Senate Republicans are expected to begin their review Wednesday of a partial Maricopa County election audit, but critics are not waiting until then to target the report as little more than "invalid and unreliable" partisan propaganda.


Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona’s needle exchange law is set to take effect next month. Exchange programs have been in operation in the state for years, but advocates are looking ahead to how the law will change operations.


Arizona Afghans relieved after Ducey’s refugee proposal, still worried

WASHINGTON - Afghans living in Arizona welcomed Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement this week that Arizona will accept refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan - but they also worry that the state and U.S. responses will be too little, too late for their countrymen.


Incumbents have edge, but redistricting scrambles House race outlooks

WASHINGTON - 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.


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

WASHINGTON - 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.


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

WASHINGTON - When Congress restored budget earmarks this year, 332 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests to fund local projects. Arizona lawmakers were part of that rush, but with requests that were relatively modest compared to the rest of the House.


Party poopers: Independent voter registrations surge as parties fall

WASHINGTON - The major political parties in Arizona have continued to lose voters since the November election, according to the latest state data, with analysts saying strident partisanship is "turning off" voters and driving them to register as independents.


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

WASHINGTON - The private firm hired 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.


Justice Department issues clearest warning yet on Arizona election audit

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department issued guidance Wednesday on voting rights and on the pitfalls of post-election audits, reminders that were sent to all states but clearly aimed at Arizona and its audit of Maricopa County elections.