Nicholas Fontana was sworn in today as the newest member of the House of Representatives, just in time to do the one thing the Constitution requires of the Legislature: approve a budget.Read More »
Former Senate President Russell Pearce is facing a wealthy opponent in this year’s elections, but his campaign could receive a six-figure windfall from the state treasury if some Republican lawmakers have their way.Read More »
Talks on the budget may be on the verge of breaking down, as Gov. Jan Brewer today told Republican legislative leaders that she will not sign any more bills until the budget is done.
Republican lawmakers and Brewer have been at loggerheads over a budget deal all session. The governor called for increased spending in education and some social programs, but Republicans have said she wants to spend too much money.
An embattled Tucson lawmaker facing expulsion will have no greater access to the House of Representatives than the reporters covering the sordid saga of Rep. Daniel Patterson.
But the leading Democrat in the House says that’s not good enough.
House Minority Leader Chad Campbell says he may seek for the expulsion of Rep. Daniel Patterson as soon as Tuesday because some members of his caucus believe their lives are in danger as long as Patterson remains an elected official.Read More »
An embattled Tucson lawmaker this morning formally left the Democratic Party and became the Legislature’s only independent.Read More »
To prevent his family from becoming the target of attacks, Sen. Rich Crandall says he decided not to seek re-election if it meant running against former Senate President Russell Pearce.
Instead, Crandall is backing SkyMall founder Bob Worsley, who announced March 19 that he is seeking the Republican nomination in the Senate race in the new Legislative District 25.
House Speaker Andy Tobin is planning to ask lawmakers to sue the state’s redistricting commission over the constitutionality of the legislative map the panel crafted.Read More »
Legislation aimed at barring the Arizona Corporation Commission from adopting renewable energy standards that are more stringent than what is currently in place is an unconstitutional power grab by lawmakers, the Commission’s lead attorney says.Read More »
The cornerstone bill in Gov. Jan Brewer’s 2012 agenda was supposed to be debated on the House floor today, but it was left off today’s House floor calendar, pushing off debate of the sweeping personnel reform legislation until later in the week.Read More »