ARIZONA 360

Minimum wage increase - Discussion - Most Arizonans earning minimum wage got a $.50 raise at the start of 2018. Under the voter-approved Prop 206, Arizona's minimum wage will gradually go up to $12 by 2020.

McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona ‘mavericks,’ don’t …

Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump. McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona 'mavericks,' don't have to pull punches against Trump Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump.

Upstart Republican now in headlights of Arizona Senate race

In a Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 photo, former Republican Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward smiles as she is greeted by supporters at a campaign fundraiser, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ward was expected to run against Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake in the Arizona 2018 primary, but Flake has bowed out of a re-election, announcing his retirement on Tuesday.

Nine months in, Rep. Martha McSally is Arizona’s most reliable vote for Trump agenda

The state's GOP members voted less reliably with the Trump administration between July and September than during the first six months of the year. Nine months in, Rep. Martha McSally is Arizona's most reliable vote for Trump agenda The state's GOP members voted less reliably with the Trump administration between July and September than during the first six months of the year.

Leaders in McCain’s home state frustrated by repeal failure

Sen. John McCain sent shockwaves through the Senate early Friday morning when he cast the deciding vote rejecting the GOP's heath care effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While his dramatic thumbs-down rejection drew gasps and cheers in Washington, D.C., leaders in Arizona have responded with a mixture of disappointment and frustration - but little in the way of direct criticism in this Republican-heavy state.

Officials: Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

An extended family that lost nine people to a roaring flash flood in an Arizona canyon was a tight-knit group that gathered in big numbers for nearly every occasion. Federal records show former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility.

Trump recruiting challengers to GOP Sen. Jeff Flake

President Donald Trump and White House officials have had a series of conversations with prospective Republican candidates about challenging Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in the 2018 primary. Kelli Ward, who has already launched her campaign, and Robert Graham, a former state GOP chair and Trump adviser who is considering it, both told CNN on Monday they have had multiple conversations with White House officials about opposing Flake in the Senate primary.

Senate health bill will ‘blow a hole’ in Arizona budget, business leaders say

Senate health bill will 'blow a hole' in Arizona budget, business leaders say Arizona hospitals and business leaders worry the Senate health bill could harm health providers, patients and Arizona's economy. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2thfXco The Congressional Budget Office estimates twenty-two million fewer people would be insured by 2026 under the GOP's proposed health care plan.

Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill curtailing ADA shakedowns

"Arizona Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law an amendment to the Arizonans with Disabilities Act designed to make it more difficult to bring lawsuits against businesses based on claims that they are not accessible to individuals with disabilities. The amendment requires potential plaintiffs to give business owners notice of alleged access violations and allows businesses 30-90 days to correct the issues before a lawsuit can be filed.

Western States Remember Internment 75 Years on

States in the American West are marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Adults, including the elderly, and children could only bring what they could carry and were transported by bus and train, often with blacked-out windows, They were sent, ostensibly to avoid sabotage and spying, to camps in California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and other states as far away as Arkansas.

The Latest: Ducey delivers State of State speech


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Gov. Doug Ducey is outlining his vision for Arizona in his State of the Speech address whose theme focuses on creating "boundless" opportunities for residents. The Republican governor has said previously that he wants education spending to be a top priority in the 2017 Legislature, along with cutting people's income taxes.

Democrats, Clinton counting on Latinos to win Arizona

Sara Morales became an American citizen in 2010 and has voted in every election since. This year, the Phoenix resident will be casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton, joining the tens of thousands of Latinos who Democrats hope will swing the traditionally conservative state in their direction.

Memorial set for Ariz’s first female governor

Friends and family of former Gov. Rose Mofford plan an Oct. 30 memorial and celebration of the life of Arizona's first female governor, who died Sept. 15 at age 94. Memorial and celebration of life scheduled for Rose Mofford PHOENIX - Friends and family of former Gov. Rose Mofford plan an Oct. 30 memorial and celebration of the life of Arizona's first female governor, who died Sept.

US Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona death sentence case

This undated booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows James McKinney. The Supreme Court won't hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court ruling that overturned McKinney's death sentence and opened the door for other death row inmates in the state to challenge their sentences.

Hillary Clinton Wins Presidential Endorsement From Arizona…

Paper's choice marks its first endorsement of a Democrat in a general election since it launched more than a century ago The Republic announced Tuesday that it had endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat in a presidential election since it launched in 1890. "The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting."

Arizona inspires broadcasters to target opioid addiction

National broadcasters, anti-drug advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week unveiled a campaign to target opioid addiction, an effort that was partly inspired by a 2015 documentary on heroin addiction in Arizona. Arizona inspires broadcasters to target opioid addiction WASHINGTON - National broadcasters, anti-drug advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week unveiled a campaign to target opioid addiction, an effort that was partly inspired by a 2015 documentary on heroin addiction in Arizona.

Why was Donald Trump bashing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter?

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign spends money on TV ads in red-state Arizona, Republican nominee Donald Trump on Sunday resumed his feud with one of Arizona's Republican senators. Why was Donald Trump bashing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter? As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign spends money on TV ads in red-state Arizona, Republican nominee Donald Trump on Sunday resumed his feud with one of Arizona's Republican senators.

The Skinny

If you think it's hard to get away from politics now, just wait until the TV ads start running for all those midterm elections. To get you ready, here's a preseason primer on what's going on in some of the high-profile races the Weekly will be following this year.