Jeremy Duda
Sep 30, 2022 - Politics

IDA hopes bonds encourage charter schools to open in Arizona

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The project manager for Arizona's Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is hoping that the bonds it's issued to a national charter school chain to build new facilities in Tennessee will encourage it to open up shop in Arizona.

Context: The IDA approved a $25 million bond proposal in March for KIPP Public Schools to refinance debt and to help fund new charter schools in Nashville. The organization is expected to seek additional bonds later this year, Axios' Nate Rau reported.

Jeremy Duda
Sep 29, 2022 - Politics

National Democrats will spend big in Arizona to support Adrian Fontes

A split screen showing Mark Finchem and Adrian Fontes during a debate
Screenshot of the Sept. 23 debate between Mark Finchem, left, and Adrian Fontes.

A national Democratic group is preparing to fund a likely seven-figure ad campaign to help Adrian Fontes in the secretary of state race.

Driving the news: The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS) announced on Tuesday that it's preparing a $25 million nationwide campaign to back Democrats in races to be their states' top election officials.

Jessica Boehm
Sep 29, 2022 - Politics

Arizona faith and political leaders talk religious freedom and human dignity

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Religious, political and legal leaders from Arizona and beyond gathered in downtown Phoenix on Monday to discuss how to work together to protect freedoms of people of all faiths and of those who aren't religious.

  • The Coalition on Human Dignity and Religious Freedom hosted the event at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor Law School.
Jeremy Duda
Sep 28, 2022 - Politics

GOP looks to get more bang for their buck in Arizona in Lake campaign

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Screenshot of an ad being run by the Yuma County GOP's coordinated campaign committee with Kari Lake.

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is providing more assistance to GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake by funding a new coordinated campaign.

Driving the news: The RGA is canceling about $6.5 million in TV airtime it reserved through Election Day and is instead shifting that money to the Yuma County Republican Party.

Jeremy Duda
Sep 27, 2022 - Politics

A year after Arizona's audit of the 2020 election, questions linger

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From left, Ben Cotton, Doug Logan and Randy Pullen in the Arizona Senate in 2021. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

It's been one year since the team behind the so-called audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County presented its largely debunked findings in the state Senate.

Flashback: Senate President Karen Fann ordered a review of the election in response to baseless but widespread allegations that it was rigged against Donald Trump.

The future of abortion in Arizona under pre-statehood ban

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A Pima County judge lifted an injunction Friday that allowed a pre-statehood law banning almost all abortions to take effect.

  • Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who sought to have the injunction lifted, said the ruling provides clarity about the state's abortion laws.
Jeremy Duda
Sep 26, 2022 - Politics

New laws from Arizona's 2022 legislative session go into effect

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Saturday was the general effective date for laws passed by the legislature this year. We took a look at some of the more significant ones, including new statutes on elections, education, COVID-19 restrictions and more.

Jeremy Duda
Sep 23, 2022 - Politics

SCOTUS abortion ruling drives voter registration for Arizona women

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The overturning of Roe v. Wade sparked a wave of women in the U.S. registering to vote, and there are indicators that the trend has extended to Arizona.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping that the reversal of Roe will drive women to the polls to vote for candidates who support abortion rights and boost their chances in a year that otherwise should favor Republicans.


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