The Open Government Committee has had the campaign trail all to itself for the past year as it collected signatures and spread the word about the “top-two” primary election system it hopes to create in Arizona.Read More »
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Republican U.S. Senate rivals Wil Cardon and Jeff Flake announced a slew of new television ads, with Cardon passing the $3 million mark in spending on the air.Read More »
If the feds can’t force Arizona to move forward with the massive Medicaid expansion, it’s a near certainty the Republican-led Legislature won’t do it for them. Though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand health care for the poor by threatening to take away other Medicaid funding.Read More »
A planned special session to modify an initiative to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona won’t happen after some senators pulled their support because they didn’t think Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal went far enough.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.
But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.
A Scottsdale businessman has already spent $1.2 million and even mortgaged his house to put a measure on the ballot that he says would allow Arizona to nullify any federal law it deems unconstitutional. And he’s vowed to spend whatever it takes on the campaign to make sure it passes in November.Read More »
A campaign seeking to create a “top-two” primary election system submitted 365,486 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday, a campaign that has thus far cost nearly $1 million.Read More »
Voters routinely reject proposed pay raises for legislators, but for the second election in a row, they won’t have the chance to decide.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the heart of SB1070, but it pulled out the teeth. And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cut off the arms and legs. The victory declared by Gov. Jan Brewer and other supporters of Arizona’s landmark illegal immigration law will almost certainly ring hollow, at least as long as President Barack Obama is in office.Read More »
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on SB1070, lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to take on the sequel. While some lawmakers say Arizona should keep building on what they see as a victory in the high court and keep pushing for new legislation — including a handful of bills that failed in 2011 — many others, even some staunch illegal immigration hawks, are reluctant to go further.Read More »