Arizona’s News Roundup: Senate expels Republican lawmaker, Hobbs looks back on first 100 days

Apr 13, 2023, 1:00 PM | Updated: 1:39 pm

Rep. Liz Harris (Photo By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)...

Rep. Liz Harris (Photo By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

(Photo By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

PHOENIX –- Politics at the local and state level dominated headlines this week.

If you feel like you can’t keep up, check out KTAR’s Arizona’s News Roundup, the podcast that gets you caught up on all the local headlines on your time.

Here’s what was covered this week:

Arizona House votes to expel Republican lawmaker

The Arizona House voted to expel Republican Rep. Liz Harris this week after letting a witness make accusations of bribery during a February election reforms hearing.

The resolution to expel Harris was approved by a 46-13 vote, leaving state Republicans with a single-seat majority until a new Republican is elected to take her place.

Gov. Hobbs commemorates her first 100 days

This week Gov. Katie Hobbs looked back on her first 100 days in office.

In that time, she has issued executive orders involving the state’s prison system, passed and vetoed bills, and took three trips to the state’s southern border.

Suns kick off playoff run Sunday

The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers will face off in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with Game 1 set for Sunday.

This playoff run holds a new kind of pressure for Valley fans who are used to falling just short of a championship.

Many on the team and in the state are hoping to see the team take the title, not just for them but for legendary announcer Al McCoy, who is set to retire after 51 years with the team.

Other topics covered in this week’s podcast include:

– Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne reiterated his urge for all schools to have resource officers on campus.
– Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is the latest to announce his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2024.
– The Phoenix “Canal Killer” was found guilty on all charges in 1990s murders that rocked the Valley.
– Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego touts water, tech as big parts of the city’s future.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...

Arizona Humane Society waiving adoption fees for pets 1 year and older starting Thursday

The Arizona Humane Society is hosting an adoption event that will run Thursday-Sunday, waiving fees for all pets one year old and older.

5 hours ago

(Flickr Photo/ADOT)...

ADOT begins first of 23 pavement repair projects set for this summer

The Arizona Department of Transportation has started the first of 23 projects to repair damaged pavement across the state.

5 hours ago

Honeybees approach the entrance of their hive at a farm in Colina, on the outskirts of Santiago, Ch...

3 people taken to hospital after encounter with bees in Scottsdale

Three people, including a firefighter, were taken to a hospital after an encounter with an active swarm of bees in Scottsdale on Wednesday

5 hours ago

Girls Ranch is a residential facility for pregnant and parenting teens. Pictured is the back of the...

Jacinda Palomo/Cronkite News

Girls Ranch group home provides safe haven for teen moms in Scottsdale

Nestled in a quiet Scottsdale neighborhood is Girls Ranch, a residential group home that has become an environment of love and support for pregnant and parenting teens.

5 hours ago

(Facebook Photo)...

Child critically injured in accident involving police vehicle in Phoenix

A child was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being struck by a Phoenix Police patrol vehicle on Wednesday.

1 day ago

Photo of a homeless encampment in Phoenix. Six Arizona jurisdictions were awarded nearly $20 millio...

Nearly $20M awarded from new Arizona fund to combat homelessness

Six Arizona jurisdictions were awarded nearly $20 million to combat homelessness, with more than half going to the city of Phoenix.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles



Here are the biggest tips to keep your AC bill low this summer

PHOENIX — In Arizona during the summer, having a working air conditioning unit is not just a pleasure, but a necessity. No one wants to walk from their sweltering car just to continue to be hot in their home. As the triple digits hit around the Valley and are here to stay, your AC bill […]


OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center

How to identify the symptoms of 3 common anxiety disorders

Living with an anxiety disorder can be debilitating and cause significant stress for those who suffer from the condition.

(Photo by Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)...

Cox Communications

Valley Boys & Girls Club uses esports to help kids make healthy choices

KTAR’s Community Spotlight focuses on the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley and the work to incorporate esports into children's lives.

Arizona’s News Roundup: Senate expels Republican lawmaker, Hobbs looks back on first 100 days