• Former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick mulls another run for Congress

    Former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is considering a possible run next year for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.

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    Arpaio makes last-ditch effort to delay his contempt trial

    Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is asking a judge to delay his criminal trial that's scheduled to start Monday.

  • Greg Patterson (Source: azregents.edu)

    Ducey appoints new regent to replace chairman who resigned

    Gov. Doug Ducey says he's selected a new regent to fill the spot vacated by Greg Patterson following controversial comments Patterson made to a state lawmaker.

  • (Source: OHalleran.House.gov)

    Rep. O’Halleran calls for health care transparency for veterans

    U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., called the media to a local American Legion Post Monday morning to express his concern over the Trump administration’s Obamacare replacement plan, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA).

  • Sen. John McCain (left) says his sometimes confusing line of questions to fired FBI Director James Comey was aimed at getting Comey to say whether he believes President Donald Trump had obstructed justice. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Sen. John McCain's confusing questioning of former FBI Director James Comey

    "Bizarre," "confusing" and "strange" are a few of the words being used to describe Sen. John McCain's questioning Thursday of former FBI Director James B. Comey.

  • Steve Farley (Source: Facebook)

    Democrat Steve Farley launches bid to be next Arizona governor

    Democratic state Sen. Steve Farley announced Monday that he has formally entered the race to knock Republican Gov. Doug Ducey out of office next year. 

  • Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks to members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Arizona Sen. Flake walks tightrope as 2018 election looms

    As Republican Sen. Jeff Flake returned to Arizona this week during a congressional break, he was constantly reminded of the tightrope he must walk as he gears up for his 2018 re-election bid.

  • Mesa Mayor John Giles is the victim of a 'catfishing' scam. (2 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5]

    Mesa mayor used in 'Catfish' scam

    Someone was using pictures of the Mesa mayor, not to get votes, but to lure ladies. Mesa Mayor John Giles, who's been married for over three decades, now finds himself in the middle of a bizarre "catfishing" scam that stretches from the East Valley to Canada.

  • (Source: MirandaforArizona.com)

    Bloody glove found after break in at AZ Sen. Catherine Miranda's office

    A suspect reportedly broke into an Arizona lawmaker's office this week, leaving behind a bloody glove. Police say it happened at Senator Catherine Miranda's office. She is a Democrat who represents the 27th Electoral District.

  • Gov. Ducey said he was open to the idea of appointing members of the Arizona Corporation Commission instead of voters choosing them. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Gov. Ducey 'open' to picking Corporation Commission instead of voters

    Should voters still elect members of the corporation commission to oversee utility companies? Gov. Doug Ducey weighed in on the issue.

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    Ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio loses bid to bar campaign comments at trial

    Prosecutors at former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's upcoming criminal trial over his refusal to stop his immigration patrols can use campaign statements he made about his fight against border problems, a judge has ruled. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Utility regulators look at big changes following federal indictment

    The head of the Arizona Corporation Commission says he's looking at major changes following a political scandal now being described as one of biggest in state history.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona Democrats pounce on bribery case against ex-official

    A bribery and fraud case that federal prosecutors brought this week against a former Republican statewide elected official and three others gave Arizona Democrats a new line of attack Friday ahead of the midterm elections.

  • Arizona high court rules ex-AG Tom Horne didn't get fair hearing. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona high court rules ex-AG Horne didn't get fair hearing

    The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that former Attorney General Tom Horne didn’t get a fair hearing during his appeal of a finding that he violated campaign finance laws during his 2010 campaign, giving him at least a temporary reprieve from having to repay $400,000 to donors.

  • Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature to seek dismissal of initiative law challenge. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Legislature to seek dismissal of initiative law challenge

    The attorney for the Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature told a judge Thursday they will seek to have a lawsuit challenging a new law targeting citizen initiatives thrown out of court.

  • FILE- In this Aug. 26, 2010, file photo, Republican candidate for Corporation Commission Gary Pierce, campaigns with other Republican candidates in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

    Former Arizona utility regulator indicted on bribery charges

    A former Arizona utility regulator has been indicted on bribery and fraud charges in what prosecutors said was a scheme to funnel $31,000 in payments to him and arrange his purchase of a $350,000 property in exchange for favorable votes for a utility. 

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    Arpaio asks US Supreme Court for jury trial in contempt case

    Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his request to have a jury, rather than a judge, decide whether he should be convicted of criminal contempt-of-court charge for defying a court order in a racial profiling case.

  • Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would allow Arizona's three universities to borrow up to $1 billion. (Source: azgovernor.gov)

    Ducey signs $1B university loan plan, considers other bills

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed legislation that allows the state's three public universities to borrow up to $1 billion and puts the state on the hook for $27 million a year to help cover the payments. 

  • Gov. Ducey acted on 33 remaining bills on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A glance at bills signed Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey

    Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday finished up work on the 2017 legislative session by acting on 33 remaining bills, including signing legislation creating a $1 billion university loan program and 26 other bills.

  • Ryan Winkle spoke at 4 p.m. on Wednesday about his arrest at a news conference with his wife. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Mesa councilman arrested for DUI wants 'to make amends with the community'

    “I will be taking a voluntary leave of absence to kind of get through the legal stuff and also take the pressure off of City Hall,” Ryan Winkle said Wednesday.

  • Republican state Sen. Steve Smith. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona legislator announces run for Congress

    Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran will have at least one primary challenger for his 2018 re-election bid with the announcement that Republican state Sen. Steve Smith will seek his party's nomination for next year.

  • The legislative session is over and we've got hundreds of new laws soon to be on the books. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Notable legislation passed before legislative session ends

    The legislative session is over and we've got hundreds of new laws soon to be on the books. And Arizona once again finds itself in the national spotlight.

  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Gov. Ducey signs $9.8 billion Arizona state budget package

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a $9.8 billion state budget that provides an average $500 a year pay raise to public school teachers, adds cash bonuses for high-performing K-12 schools and authorizes the state's three public universities to borrow up to $1 billion for repairs and new construction.

  • Arizona state Rep. Mark Cardenas, right, D-Phoenix, speaks on the House floor during debate with Rep. Jeff Weninger, left, R-Chandler, regarding a tax credit bill at the capitol Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Ducey's education plan makes small mark in big shortfall

    The Arizona Legislature's 2017 session put the spotlight on education spending and policies in a big way and provided a glimpse of expected election battles next year over how the state pays for schools and teacher salaries. 

  • Lawmakers are racing toward the end of this year's session. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona lawmakers pass tax breaks as session ends

    After approving a small teacher pay raise when they passed a $9.8 billion state budget package last week, the Arizona Legislature's 2017 session raced toward its conclusion Wednesday with Republican lawmakers focused on giving tax breaks to corporate interests to drive economic development in the state.  

  • A crowd of people lined both sides of Camelback Road Wednesday evening, protesting outside the offices of Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Protesters demand McCain, Flake stand up to Trump

    A crowd of people lined both sides of Camelback Road Wednesday evening, protesting outside the offices of Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. 

  • A group called Save Our Schools wants to collect enough signatures to put the law extending school voucher eligibility to all schoolchildren on hold until the November 2018 general election. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Group wants voters to repeal Arizona school voucher bill

    A group that opposes a major private school voucher expansion bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday that it will push to ask voters to repeal the legislation.  

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Legislature passes budget with university bonding OK

    The Arizona Senate approved a $9.8 billion state budget package late Thursday, including a contentious program that will allow the state's public universities to borrow up to $1 billion for new buildings and maintenance. 

  • Rep. Don Shooter wouldn't answer questions about where he lives. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Abusing the system? State lawmaker cashes in on questioned residency

    A state lawmaker is making thousands of dollars based on far away from the state Capitol he lives. But now his residency is being called into question.

  • Republican Rep. Anthony Kern argues in support of a provision in the Arizona budget package that strips cash from Maricopa County Sheriff's office in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Source: AP Photo/ Bob Christie)

    Arizona House OKs university bonding, Senate up next

    The Arizona House approved the most contentious part of a $9.8 billion state budget package Thursday evening, clearing the way for approval of the package in that chamber.  

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone blasted a proposal to strip away $1.6 million away from his office. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Sheriff Penzone blasts proposed cuts to MCSO funding

    Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone criticized Republican state lawmakers on Thursday for proposing to take away $1.6 million away from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in the state budget.

  • Some Republican lawmakers in Arizona want to cut off about $2 million in funding for Planned Parenthood in the state budget. (Source: Planned Parenthood)

    Arizona budget proposal includes hit on Planned Parenthood

    A recently signed law by President Donald Trump has prompted Republican lawmakers in Arizona to include a provision in the state budget that cuts off about $2 million in funding for Planned Parenthood. 

  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Paul Penzone, left, and Thomas R. Shope, right. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    GOP lawmaker: Budget cuts send a message to Democratic sheriff

    A state Republican lawmaker says his party may be using the state budget to send Maricopa Country Sheriff a message -- step  up your immigration enforcement of face the budget ax.

  • Teachers dressed as boat captains and dragged inflatable rafts to the Capitol grounds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona teachers bring 'bills, not boats' protest to capitol

    Even with the apparent two percent raise lawmakers seem ready to approve, Arizona teacher pay will still rank among the lowest in the nation, if not the lowest. Dozens of teachers gathered at the Arizona State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding a four percent raise. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona budget deal cut, but Republican opposition remains

    An agreement has been reached between Republican leaders in the Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1 but it still faces opposition from some majority Republicans.

  • The bill would ban municipalities from closing the so-called "gun show loophole." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Ducey OKs ban on background checks for private gun sales

    Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that block state and local governments from requiring background checks on private gun sales.

  • A group of school districts and associations representing school officials and teachers sued the state of Arizona on Monday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona schools file suit saying state owes them billions

    A group of school districts and associations representing school officials and teachers sued the state of Arizona on Monday, saying that the Legislature has shorted them billions of dollars in required capital project funding over the past decade.