Real cross-party dialogue on major issues like the budget and immigration was pretty much non-existent this past session, where compromise, once a virtue, acquired a negative connotation. But veer away from the spotlight and you’ll discover pockets of cooperation initiated by rank-and-file members, and many bills actually passed with bipartisan support, a handful of them unanimously.Read More »
At the end of the year, it’s easy to look back and recognize the high points and low points. But often the most memorable moments are neither high nor low — they’re just ridiculous.
Immigration, gays in the military, abortion — these are all weighty topics. But in the hands of politicians, these subjects get pretty wild and, in some cases, twisted.
The saga surrounding the removal of former House member Doug Quelland from the Legislature isn't over quite yet.Read More »
Sen.-elect John McComish, a Phoenix Republican, has been assigned to a third Senate committee, proof that sometimes you have to withstand the ire of those in authority in order to see results.Read More »
The guns-on-campus bill is back. And John Kavanagh has a new plan to stop an education association from using taxpayer money to influence elections.
Both proposals were among the 20 bills that lawmakers had filed as of Dec. 22 in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session, which will kick off Jan. 10.
Arizona's economy showed more signs of recovery in November, the fourth consecutive month of year-to-year growth in state revenue.Read More »
A Republican senator who will be joining the House next year has brought along a familiar gun bill to his new chamber, even though it has failed three times in the past.Read More »
Rep. John Kavanagh, who backed this year's ballot measure to sweep hundreds of millions of dollars from a childhood development agency, has a message for an education group that opposed the effort: You don’t kick a hornet’s nest without risking a sting.Read More »
The Senate has hired a House staffer to become the chamber’s new rules attorney.Read More »
A recount has confirmed that Arizona’s Proposition 112 failed by the slimmest margin in state history.Read More »