Obama heading to Arizona next week
President Barack Obama will be in Arizona the day after the State of the Union address as part of a five-state, three-day tour.
County attorney wants lobbying laws overhauled after Fiesta Bowl scandal
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who is wrapping up an eight-month investigation into the Fiesta Bowl scandal, will ask lawmakers to overhaul the state’s lobbying laws, saying financial reporting requirements are confusing and out of touch with what he believes the public demands of its elected officials.
“If it’s too much of a burden for an elected official to keep the public informed … they shouldn’t be in office,” the county’s top prosecutor told the Arizona Capitol Times. “If you don’t want to do this, then go do something else.”
DPS checking computer system after hacking; Tobin outraged
State police said Friday that they are checking the security of the agency’s computer system after an attack by hackers and they are investigating to determine the extent of the infiltration.
Suspicious package prompts tower evacuation
The first and second floors of the Capitol Executive Tower were evacuated Friday after a suspicious package was left at the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.
Supreme Court blocks matching funds, throwing races into turmoil
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona’s Clean Elections system from distributing matching funds, throwing a number of high profile campaigns into disarray just weeks before candidates were to start receiving money.
Matching funds ruling helps Brewer; Mills says he can blow through the cap
It looks like Buz Mills just made a huge campaign contribution to his opponents. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 21 upheld the matching funds provision of Arizona’s Clean Elections system, a ruling that will likely inject millions of dollars into the governor’s race and other high-profile campaigns.
White powder scare shuts down Executive Tower
The executive tower was reopened about one hour after a suspicious envelope filled with white powder prompted a lockdown of the building.
Burns, Adams say Brewer’s vetoes violate Arizona Constitution
Legislative leaders say the governor exceeded her constitutional authority in some of her line-item vetoes of budget bills this month, but they decided against taking the matter to court.
Gov. Jan Brewer said she “absolutely” stands by her action, adding she didn’t give much thought to the lawmakers’ statement that she doesn’t have authority to line-item veto items that don’t have to do with appropriations.
Midyear property tax repeal a potential ‘nightmare’ for counties
Legislative Republicans may have to reconcile themselves to at least one year of the state equalization property tax. It would be theoretically possible to repeal the tax retroactively during the next legislative session, so that property owners would be reimbursed for the taxes already paid under the equalization rate. But any lawmaker hoping to do so can expect fierce opposition from county treasurers.
Arizona delegation responds to Obama health care speech
President Obama on Sept. 9 offered what could be his administration’s last direct attempt to convince Americans to rally around his health care plan, offering an outline Democrats found encouraging. But even as Democrats hope for a new wind on health care, Republicans were largely unswayed, with Arizona Rep. Trent Franks calling the address “divorced from reality completely.”
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