The ASU Angle: from midterms to impeachment

A politics roundup featuring national, local and campus news

News moves fast. Keep up with national, state and local political happenings with this week's politics round-up from The State Press: 

In the ever-active world of politics, there's nothing like the week leading up to an election. The races are close and the tensions are high. 

Happening in the next week

The Arizona transgender community and supporters will protest outside the Arizona Capitol on Friday, Nov. 2 in response to reports that President Donald Trump could redefine gender. 

Undergraduate Student Government Downtown will hold an Election Night Watch Party on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The event, which was planned in partnership with the Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service and the Walter Cronkite College Council, starts at 7 p.m. and will feature free food and trivia games.


Graphic published on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

Your guide to the 2018 midterm elections

Getting ready to vote near ASU? Check out The State Press' guide for the 2018 midterm election. From the big races to the small ones and all the races in we've compiled the candidates' views into one handy voter guide. 

The Legend of Bill Pierce: Arizona's newest political outsider

A gritty and colorful 70-year-old, Bill Pierce is bringing interest to the race for Arizona Mine Inspector. 

The ASU-trained engineer attained "meme-status" when photos of him in his eccentric attire were shared on Twitter and Facebook. 

David Garcia: from ASU student to gubernatorial candidate

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate and ASU professor has led a long career in education policy and research and has promised to improve funding for education.

David Garcia is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. If elected, Garcia would be the the first Latino governor Arizona has had in over 40 years. 

Proposition 305 earns the ire of teachers and confuses voters

ASU education students say that a controversial proposition on the ballot this November will hurt the state's school funding if passed. 

Proposition 305 would maintain an expansion of education savings accounts which grant money for K-12 students to attend private schools. These grants were previously only given to students with disabilities or special needs who wanted to attend private schools. 

Arizona voters are given the chance to change the future of service taxes

One side wants to prevent new taxes to service-based companies. The other thinks that it would hurt the economy. 

As Arizona's economy relies less on goods-based businesses, service industries are booming. Proposition 126 would eliminate all future taxes on services in Arizona. 

Campus Politics

John Gimenez, USG Tempe Vice President of Policy, poses for a photo on ASU's Tempe campus on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

USG Tempe issues impeachment articles against policy VP

A dispute has broken out within the Undergraduate Student Government Tempe as to whether Vice President of Policy John Gimenez should continue to hold his position. 

Gimenez was accused of misconduct and misfeasance in an impeachment resolution issued late Tuesday night. An executive session will be held Monday, Nov. 5 to continue deliberation on the issue. 

Activists from March For Our Lives to visit ASU Tempe campus

The March For Our Lives movement will visit ASU on Saturday as part of their nationwide get-out-the-vote campaign and will march for action against gun violence and mass shootings in the Homecoming Parade starting at 9 a.m. 

The activists consider Maricopa County to be one of the most crucial swing districts in America. 

That's everything happening in politics around ASU this week, read more State Press politics coverage here.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Bill Pierce was mistakenly identified as being a “78 year old,” when he is 70 years old. This error has been corrected.

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