A report by Arizona State University shows the foreclosure rate in the Phoenix area has continued to decline, but that the trend may not be sustained.Read More »
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House Speaker Andy Tobin said his chamber would only extend unemployment benefits that are slated to expire this week if the Senate and the governor agree to also institute major tax reforms that were vetoed during the legislative session.Read More »
Legislative budget analysts say preliminary revenue reports for May show the state could wipe out the bulk of its red ink in the current fiscal year.Read More »
Two Arizona Republicans are angrily questioning whether the United States Forest Service is to blame for the wildfires raging out of control in the eastern part of the state that have charred more than 230,000 acres.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency retroactive to May 29 in Apache and Greenlee Counties in response to the Wallow Fire.Read More »
If a cactus and sunset don’t suit a driver, Arizonans can now opt for one of the 49 specialty plates when they register their cars.
But some call the numerous specialty plates, including the ironic Tea Party plate and one for the embattled Phoenix Coyotes, a threat to public safety and private groups using the government to pad their bottom lines.
With Rep. Steve Court’s ascension to majority leader, other lawmakers have been appointed to fill the seats he has left vacant on various committees.Read More »
The long and short of 100 days: Faced with vetoes, some GOP lawmakers question quality of bills in fast-paced session
As legislators were filing into their offices in January, preparing for the start of the 50th Legislature, Republican leaders set a lofty goal: to be finished in 100 days.Read More »
Escaping his ‘comfort zone:’ How an experience in Rio and a Vince Lombardi quote led Justin Pierce to a House seat
Justin Pierce remembers when the calls started coming in.
Former House Speaker Kirk Adams had officially announced his resignation and the precinct committeemen for Legislative District 19 were beginning their search for a replacement. Pierce, a labor attorney, son of Arizona Corporation commissioner and former state lawmaker Gary Pierce, a grassroots activist and generally affable guy, was on their list of people they’d like to see in the House seat.
Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, was sworn in at the House of Representatives this morning.
Flanked by family, friends and new legislative colleagues, Pierce stood on the House floor and took the oath of office.