Health measure won’t appear on Arizona ballot

PHOENIX — Arizonans won’t get a chance to vote on a measure designed to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can get affordable health insurance.

Arizona education tax measure to appear on November ballot

PHOENIX — Arizonans will get a chance to decide if they want to hike taxes on the state’s most wealthy to help fund K-12 education.
Cindy McCain, wife of former Arizona Sen. John McCain, waves to the crowd after being acknowledged by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey during his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix.

Cindy McCain details husband's friendship with Biden for DNC

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Cindy McCain is going to bat for Joe Biden, lending her voice to a video set to air during Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention programming focused on Biden's close friendship with her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
President Donald Trump arrives to speak to a crowd of supporters at Yuma International Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Yuma, Arizona.

Trump angling for votes with immigration talk, nod to women

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Grappling for votes — and the spotlight — as Democrats hold their national convention, President Donald Trump targeted voters in a pair of key swing states Tuesday and pardoned Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women's suffrage movement.
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., smiles as she removes her face covering to speak prior to Vice President Mike Pence arriving to speak at the "Latter-Day Saints for Trump" coalition launch event Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz.

McSally expresses concern about Trump-Kelly voters

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally expressed concern to GOP activists that some supporters of President Donald Trump may not vote for her, an indication of her struggles to avoid the defection of Republicans whose support she’ll need to keep her seat.


Poll: Phoenix voters support prohibition of the sale of flavored tobacco products

Phoenix voters are concerned about the sale of flavored tobacco products to youth and support an ordinance to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Phoenix, according to a new poll …

Maricopa County Recorder credits partnerships, tech for primary election's success

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes speaks to Daily Independent about this year’s primary elections process and his thoughts on how his department, working with partners across local and state government, were able to improve on previous years’ efforts.
Jan Brewer

Brewer: As a mom, I don’t trust Joe Biden to keep our kids safe

As a mom of three, there is nothing more important than the safety of my family. In Arizona, there are millions of moms like me who are willing to fight for the safety of their children. Under the …

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.
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Independent Newsmedia launches collaborative commenting platform at

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At, which is powered by the work of local …
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Henninger: Your Scottsdale vote is a paramount decision this August

In this heated political season that is upon us, just about any issue can be made into a platform for public discourse. Masks are just the latest. The day after Scottsdale, like other cities …

Rhoden: A letter to my kids regarding #BlackLivesMatter

I last wrote a public letter to you six years ago in BKNation. During that time, in 2014, we had just moved to the Phoenix area and I was a recently minted PhD. The world at that time seemed in …