• Lawmakers advance secret-ballot measure -Day 1 (access required)

    In almost staccato fashion, Senate and House committees on Aug. 9 approved new legislation aimed at guaranteeing people’s right to a secret ballot in union elections. Gov. Jan Brewer called the ninth special session this term to fix the anti-union ballot measure, which the courts earlier ruled unconstitutional.

  • Goddard urges Brewer to review prison system in special session (access required)

    In the wake of a prison break that set three convicted murderes free, Attorney General Terry Goddard called on Gov. Jan Brewer to amend her special session call to include a review of budget and privatization issues that he said have weakened Arizona’s corrections system.

  • GOP governors group dwarfs Dems in fundraising (access required)

    The Republican Governors Association appears to be paying a lot more attention to Arizona than its Democratic counterpart. The RGA has about $1.2 million in its Arizona political action committee, compared to just $4,500 in the Democratic Governors Association Arizona PAC.

  • Reporter Luige Del Puerto talks about the special session for Proposition 108

    Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige Del Puerto discusses the special session called over the Prop. 108 ruling.

  • Immigration issue boosts Brewer in Arizona race

    As the year began, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer faced a competitive field of fellow Republicans who wanted her job, with some GOP critics sensing she was particularly vulnerable as she sought voter approval of a sales tax increase she’d proposed to shore up the state budget.

  • GOP candidates crowd Arizona congressional races

    Four of Arizona’s eight congressional seats are likely to be competitive in November’s general election, three held by Democrats and one in a Republican-leaning district being vacated by a Republican who is retiring.

  • Rocky campaigns (access required)

    The candidates hoping to become Arizona’s next mine inspector agree that mining safety for workers and the public needs to be increased. How to accomplish that goal, just like everything else between the candidates, is a matter of debate.

  • Quayle’s letter to Napolitano: You are wrong about border security

    As a former governor of Arizona, you know the devastating effects illegal immigration and the Mexican drug cartels have on our state. As secretary of Homeland Security, you know the Tucson Sector along Arizona’s southern border has become the gateway for drug cartels and human smuggling activity.

  • Neo-Nazi political trap (access required)

    For conservative Arizona politicos, especially those on the forefront of the debate over illegal immigration, connections to hate groups have become an embarrassing pitfall.

    Groups whose racist or white nationalist views include vehement opposition to illegal immigration often seek to align themselves with politicians who lead the anti-illegal-immigration movement. But politicians who put themselves in league with such groups — mistakenly or otherwise — usually spend years dealing with the fallout and repairing their images.

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