Jeremy Duda
18 hours ago - Politics

Stephen Richer and Adrian Fontes to talk AZ election reforms

Side by side photos of two men speaking.

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images (Richer), Rebecca Noble/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Fontes)

Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer will host a Wednesday discussion on whether and how to change the way Arizonans vote and conduct elections.

What's happening: Fontes and Richer will talk at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix at 6:30pm for a discussion on one of the hottest topics in state politics — the election system.

Jessica Boehm
Feb 3, 2023 - Politics

Phoenix considers adding council districts next year

Illustration of the city of Phoenix with shifting green and purple districts inside it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Phoenix City Council might need a bigger dais soon.

What's happening: The council voted Wednesday to start the formal council redistricting process. During their discussion, four council members — Deb Stark, Jim Waring, Carlos Garcia and Sal DiCiccio — asked staff to look at adding more districts.

Gabby Giffords maintains hope in gun safety battle

Gabby Giffords in December 2022. Photo: Presley Ann/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords displayed her inextinguishable optimism in a New York Times interview published earlier this week about her continued fight for gun safety legislation.

Flashback: On Jan. 8, 2011, a gunman shot Giffords at point-blank range as she greeted constituents at a "Congress on your Corner" event at a Safeway outside Tucson.

Critical race theory debate may have "chilling effect" on Arizona teachers

Illustration of a Black teacher's hand erasing the word "history."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Arizona enters Black History Month with no official critical race theory ban but with a political landscape that could still restrict how teachers build curriculum around race.

Why it matters: Pushes for so-called CRT bans in states with conservative legislatures, including Arizona, have led some educators to scrap once-noncontroversial Black history lessons over fears of firing and social media shaming, Axios' Russell Contreras reports from a new RAND Corporation survey.

Jeremy Duda
Feb 1, 2023 - Politics

Feds could take cues on water cuts from proposal

A water line shows how much water levels in Lake Mead have dropped.

Lake Mead's water level in June 2021. Photo: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California was the lone holdout on a proposed framework that six of the seven Colorado River basin states submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Monday; but the plan could still be influential as the feds determines how to apportion water cutbacks that everyone will take.

Driving the news: Tuesday was the deadline for the seven basin states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — to reach an agreement.

Jeremy Duda
Jan 31, 2023 - Politics

GOP lawmaker wants voters decide on splitting up Maricopa County

A map of Maricopa County, Arizona, split into four separate counties.

A 2022 proposal to split Maricopa County is similar to Rep. Alexander Kolodin' s proposal. Image: Arizona Mirror

Two GOP lawmakers are proposing to break up Maricopa County into four separate counties.

Driving the news: Rep. Alexander Kolodin, R-Scottsdale, sponsored HCR2018, which would refer the plan to the November 2024 ballot.

Jeremy Duda
Jan 27, 2023 - Politics

State Republicans and Democrats both have contested chair races

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Arizona's Democratic and Republican parties will each have new leaders on Saturday when their respective state committees meet to elect new chairs.

Why it matters: State parties help dictate election strategy, determine how significant amounts of money are spent and generally set the tone for their parties.

Phoenix counts people on the streets as metro's unhoused population jumps

A woman in the driver's seat of a car.

Chandler Neighborhood Resources director Leah Powell scans a Walmart parking lot for people experiencing homelessness. Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

More than 1,500 volunteers spread across metro Phoenix early Tuesday to find and count all the people experiencing homelessness in the Valley.

  • They looked in encampments and alleys, along canals and railroad tracks, outside closed storefronts and in desert washes, at parks and in shelters.

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