Rios plans comeback in 2 years
Sen. Rebecca Rios lost her reelection bid this month, but it’s not the end of politics for the scion of one of Arizona’s most well-known political dynasties.
Panel to screen applicants for redistricting short list
Steve Lynn, who chaired Arizona’s inaugural Independent Redistricting Commission, is scheduled to offer his advice today (Nov. 16) when the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments meets to screen 78 applicants for the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Medical marijuana initiative heads toward passage
Ten days after the general election, Arizona’s medical marijuana ballot measure appears to be headed toward passage as Maricopa County election officials race to finish counting early and provisional ballots.
Just before 6 p.m. Friday, the Secretary of State’s Office reported the measure was leading by more than 4,000 votes. It was the first time the measure had more yes votes than no votes since the ballot tally began Nov. 2.
House adds 2 committees; Harper gets Ways & Means
House Speaker Kirk Adams issued committee assignments Nov. 12, making Rep. Jerry Weiers chair of the powerful House Rules Committee.
Pearce appoints himself Rules chair, creates new committees
Incoming Senate President Russell Pearce will concurrently chair the powerful Senate Rules Committee, one of the most sought after chairmanship positions in the chamber. He also named the rest of the committee chairs for the Senate.
Court rejects request on Arizona ballot issue
A federal appeals court is refusing to order Arizona to count provisional ballots cast by voters whose citizenship wasn’t confirmed when they applied to register to vote.
Many Democrats spent big, lost big
Many candidates who spent big and lost big this election cycle were bound by one thread — they’re Democrats.
Indeed, Democrats in several races outraised and outspent their opponents by tens of thousands of dollars while others benefited as much by independent spending aimed at helping their campaigns.
Maricopa County won’t finish ballot counting until next week
The fate of three close statewide propositions may not be known until next week as Maricopa County elections officials need more time to process early and provisional ballots.
Maria Garcia sworn in, tells Senate colleagues to remember ‘underprivileged’
Maria Garcia, wife of the late Democratic leader Jorge Garcia, became the Senate’s newest member Nov. 10 after being sworn into office.
Voter turnout lower than expected
Voter turnout sputtered in the general election after a strong showing in the primary. About 52 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in the general election, according to the latest tally. And while the breakdown of voters by party registration is still unavailable, the lower numbers appear to have hurt Democratic candidates, according to political consultants and pollsters.
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