Arizona Republicans Pressure Yellen Not to Claw Back COVID Aid

Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation have a demand for United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen: don’t take federal relief funding away from the state.

Arizona is scheduled to receive $4.2 billion from the federal government as a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan; it has received nearly $1.2 billion of that money so far.

However, the United States Treasury Department has warned the state that it may forfeit $163 million if it doesn’t change its actions.

Read More

Arizona State Rep. Jake Hoffman Ken Cuccinelli, Russ Vought, and Other Prominent Officials Demand Gov. Ducey Follow Through with His Speech and Address Border Invasion

Four illegal aliens apprehended in dense brush by members of the U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team are led to awaiting vehicles near Eagle Pass, Texas, June 19, 2019. As Border Patrol agents are tasked to conduct intake and processing of the recent surge in migrant arrivals at the border, members of BORSTAR have been assisting in pursuing illegal aliens afield. CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett

Arizona State Capitol demanding that Gov. Doug Ducey do something about the “border invasion.” The officials were responding to Ducey’s final State of the State Address, which focused on the border crisis. The numbers of illegal immigrants coming across the southern border, especially into Arizona, has skyrocketed since the Biden administration took office, with migrant counters in the Yuma sector up 2,405%. 

Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump and former Attorney General of Virginia, said, “It takes not just the governor, but a commitment of these legislative folks right here.” Due to all the dangerous drugs coming across the border, “Every town, in Arizona and across the country, is now a border town.” 

Read More

Governor Ducey, Arizona Sheriffs Urge Federal Legislation to Address Border Crisis

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday met will eleven different sheriffs from across the state to discuss efforts to secure the U.S. southern border.

Ducey and the law enforcement urged action from the state’s Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly.

Read More

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Pledges to Continue In-Person Learning, Provides Funding to Families Impacted by Virtual Instruction

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday pledged to continue in-person learning for students across the state, even if it requires unconventional methods.

Ducey created the Open for Learning Recovery Benefit program, which will provide financial assistance to families who may face unexpected barriers due to school closures.

Read More

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Challenges Biden over Hypocrisy of Federal Vaccine Mandates

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who has been a constant critic of vaccine mandates, challenged President Joe Biden over his apparent hypocrisy in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent address, Biden claimed it is not up to the federal government to solve the coronavirus pandemic. However, as Governor Ducey noted, Biden has remained determined to impose federal vaccine mandates for individuals across the country.

Read More

Report Shows Arizona Has Recovered All Jobs Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic

Job fair by Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

Arizona has recovered all jobs that were lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).

The data shows that the state’s economy has gained 101 percent of jobs lost during the initial months of the economic shutdowns associated with the pandemic.

Read More

Governor Ducey Designates Funding for Arizona Food Banks

Governor Doug Ducey (R) on Monday designated funding from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to food banks throughout Arizona.

The funding will be distributed to various aid organizations with a focus on helping rural families. Often, rural residents were heavily hit by the coronavirus and its economic consequences.

Read More

Governor Ducey to Send Law Enforcement Officials to the Yuma Sector of the Southern Border

Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that he will send law enforcement personnel and equipment to the U.S. Southern border.

The decision comes in response to thousands of migrants attempting to enter the country in Yuma.

Read More

Arizona Gov. Ducey Continues Investments into At-Risk Populations, Provides Funding for Youth Mentorship Program

Two men standing on balcony, smiling

Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday awarded funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Arizona, aimed to establish a new mentorship program.

The $750,000 will be used to create a program that will serve approximately 550 Arizona kids over a two-year period.

Read More

State of Arizona to Invest Millions to Fight Homelessness

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) on Tuesday detailed that the state will invest $15.35 million in federal funding for projects to combat homelessness.

Specifically, the grant money will be allocated to three projects in three different cities throughout the state: Flagstaff, Kingman, and Phoenix.

Read More

Arizona Governor Ducey Tours Tucson Border Patrol Headquarters, Calls for Action from Biden Administration

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday toured the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector Headquarters, praising the employees for their work.

States along the U.S. Southern border have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of migrants entering the country illegally.

Read More

Arizona Department of Economic Security Launching Program to Subsidize Utility Bills for Some Customers

Doug Ducey

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday that the state will launch a program to help subsidize utility bills for certain customers.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will allow the state to enter a partnership with multiple private companies in order to ease the payment burden on residents of the state.

Read More

Maricopa County Judge Rules Arizona Ban on Mask Mandates Unconstitutional

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled on Monday that the Arizona state legislature’s ban on mask mandates in the state is unconstitutional.

In her ruling, Cooper issued an injunction against the measure, which will prevent the ban from taking effect in public schools throughout the state.

Read More

Arizona Governor Ducey Slams Biden’s ‘Dictatorial’ Vaccine Mandate

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday slammed President Joe Biden’s announcement of a broad-reaching vaccine mandate.

Biden announced on Thursday that his administration and the Department of Labor plan to require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans.

Read More

Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Two Arizona Voting Laws, Claiming Voter Suppression

A coalition of groups filed a lawsuit against two voting laws passed in the last session, arguing that the statutes could disenfranchise thousands of voters. 

Mi Familia Vota, Arizona Coalition for Change, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), and Chispa Arizona alleged in the lawsuit filed on Aug. 17 that the bills “violate the right of all Arizonans to vote.”

Read More

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Calls on Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to Resign Following Explosive Leaked Comments

Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Friday called on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign after reports of leaked comments made by the top security official.

In the comments obtained by Fox News, Mayorkas said, “A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”

Read More

Arizona State Lawmakers Call on Ducey to Withhold Funding from Schools with Mask Mandates

A group of Arizona state lawmakers on Wednesday urged Governor Doug Ducey to take direct action against school districts that have seemingly ignored a new state law that prevents mask mandates.

In total, 26 legislators called on Ducey to withhold funding from school districts with mask mandates and authorize temporary school vouchers for students in the districts with mandates.

Read More

Arizona State Senator Kelly Townsend Files Ethics Complaint Against State Sen. Navarrete, Calls for His Expulsion

Tony Navarrete and Kelly Townsend

State Senator Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) introduced a formal ethics complaint against her colleague Senator Tony Navarrete (D-Phoenix) and urged Governor Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to expel the embattled state legislator.

Navarrete was arrested on Thursday and charged with seven felony counts connected to allegations of sexual conduct with two minors. He faces up to a minimum of 49 years in prison.

Read More

Top Two Arizona Gov. Ducey Aides Leave Administration

Gov. Ducey Aides Leave Administration

Governor Doug Ducey’s top two aides, Chief of Staff Daniel Scarpinato and Deputy Chief of Staff Gretchen Conger, announced on Thursday that they will leave the administration to pursue other career interests.

Scarpinato has been named as a partner at Ascent Media, a national advertising and political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C, and Conger serve as Senior Advisor to the Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign.

Read More

Tucson Unified School District Ignores State Law, Implements Mask Mandate

Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) announced on Wednesday that all students and staff must wear a mask during the upcoming school year, a direct violation of state law.

The mandate will be implemented on Thursday, when the new school year begins and over 40,000 students resume classes.  

Read More

Arizona Republican Juan Ciscomani Launches Congressional Campaign

Juan Ciscomani, a native Arizonan and an advisor to Governor Doug Ducey, ignited a bid for Congress on Tuesday to represent Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. 

“Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi are pushing failed policies that are hurting Southern AZ: An avoidable border crisis, efforts to force a federal takeover of our elections, crushing taxes & out-of-control spending that leave the American Dream out of reach for so many,” Ciscomani described as his reason for declaring his intent for the seat.

Read More

Phoenix Union High School District Issues Mask Mandate, Breaking State Law

Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) issued a mask mandate on Friday, in violation of state law. The mandate was issued three days before the district began its fall semester.

“We teach and trust science, follow guidelines and recommendations from health experts, and use health data to drive our decisions. The science is clear that the best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and known variants is to get vaccinated,” announced PXU. “In an effort to protect our staff, students, and community, PXU has a good faith belief that the following guidance from the CDC and other health agencies regarding mitigation strategies is imperative. Therefore, Phoenix Union will begin the school year on August 2 enforcing our existing Board-adopted mask requirement of universal indoor masking only, regardless of vaccination status.”

Read More

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Files Amicus Brief to Ask Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday joined 11 other Republican governors and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to ask the court to overturn Roe v. Wade — which created a federal ban on preventing abortions.

“Every single life has immeasurable value. That includes children who are preborn — and I believe it’s each state’s responsibility to protect them. It is time for the U.S. Supreme Court to fix their mistake and return this authority to the individual states as the democratic process intends,” Governor Ducey said in a statement.

Read More

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Slams ‘Updated’ CDC Guidelines

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recently “updating” its guidelines on masks.

Earlier this week, the agency changed their policy to recommend that some vaccinated individuals resume wearing masks in certain situations. Additionally, the group suggested that all K-12 students continue to wear masks when returning to the classroom this fall.

Read More

Arizona Gov. Ducey Urges Biden Administration to Keep Health Restrictions in Place at Border

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sent a letter on Tuesday to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the leader to not reverse specific health restrictions that are currently in place at the U.S. Southern border.

The current rule, Title 42, was put into place by President Donald Trump in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.

Read More

Tucson Pledges Allegiance to Biden Administration on Gun Regulation, Snubs Arizona’s New Second Amendment Protection Law

Tucson will side with the federal government over state law when it comes to gun regulations, according to its city council’s latest resolution. 

According to the resolution, passed last Tuesday, states don’t have the right to reject federal law. The city council directed the city manager to continue using city personnel and financial resources to carry out any federal actions or programs regulating guns. It also directed the city attorney to engage in litigation concerning Second Amendment sanctuary laws or proclamations.

Read More

Arizona Senate Passes Budget After House Democrats Walk Out to Block Proceedings

Arizona Senate Passes Budget

The Arizona Senate worked late into the night on Tuesday in order to pass the state’s budget and other key initiatives, such as expanding the state’s school voucher program and blocking Critical Race Theory (CRT) education.

The proceedings began on the Senate side after Arizona House Democrats refused to show up at the Capitol, blocking the deliberative body from being able to conduct debate on a budget and tax cuts for the state’s residents.

Read More