Jeans, boots and country music: Republican candidates in CD1 vying to run against Ann Kirkpatrick
Country music plays in the background as state House Speaker Andy Tobin tells Graham County Republican Party leaders at a Safford restaurant he has spent seven years fighting for them at the Legislature, and he’s ready to take the fight to Congress.
Farther north, freshman state Rep. Adam Kwasman rallies a rowdy crowd at a Show Low Tea Party event, telling them to stay focused on the project at hand: nominating him to take on the Democratic incumbent in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
Biggs heading up committee to support Senate Republicans
Senate President Andy Biggs has created an independent expenditure group to help Republicans defend their seats and capture new ones in next year’s elections.
Judge: No county zoning rules apply to medical pot shops
Anyone looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in unincorporated parts of Maricopa County no longer needs zoning approval from the county, a judge ruled last week.
‘Dark money’ group apologizes to Horne for ad, settles lawsuit
A group that ran television ads attacking Attorney General Tom Horne apologized for falsely stating that he is still under investigation by the FBI. The apology was part of a settlement over a defamation lawsuit that Horne filed.
CPS workers close out thousands of cases before they are investigated
Montgomery, Carter tangle over CPS cases that weren’t investigated
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and DES Director Clarence Carter co-chaired a task force to make Arizona children safer in 2011 and were united in a plan to make that happen.
Regents reject tuition reduction for students “lawfully present’’ in U.S.
The Arizona Board of Regents this afternoon rejected a motion that essentially sought to reduce the tuition rates for students who are in the country illegally but who have received deferment from deportation under a federal program.
State’s jobless rate falls as economic growth improves slightly
The jobless rate fell to 8.2 percent in October, compared to 8.3 percent in the month before, the state’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics reported today. In contrast, the U.S. jobless rate rose – to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent over the same period. Arizona gained 14,200 jobs last month, which, at a growth [...]
Thousands of uninvestigated CPS cases traced to brief cost-saving measure in 2009
A brief Child Protective Services cost-saving measure that was supposed to end after five days in December 2009 has led to the failure to investigate thousands of cases of alleged child abuse, an official testified today.
Splitting the House
Shope eyes smaller districts for state representatives
Rep. T.J. Shope wants to cut Arizona’s massive House of Representatives districts in half.
The first-term lawmaker hasn’t completed his plans yet, but is strongly leaning toward a proposal that would split the House districts in half. Rather than have each legislative district elect two House members at large, Shope’s plan would create two separate House districts that would be contained within each Senate district.
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