Arguing that struggling schools and students need more class time and less summer vacation, state representatives approved a bill to allow such schools to increase their calendar year to 200 days, and pull in some extra state money in the process.Read More »
An Arizona Senate panel cleared legislation that would require political organizations to better organize signatures they collect and reward those that conduct background checks of their own paid circulators.Read More »
Two more election-reform bills cleared the Arizona Senate Monday afternoon as Democrats ramp up their efforts to convince the U.S. Department of Justice that a series of election bills would harm minority voters participation.Read More »
More than six weeks after Gov. Jan Brewer surprised fellow Republicans by announcing her plan to push for Medicaid expansion, the proposal has yet to be formally introduced in the Legislature.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan has no shortage of critics, but for those opponents, the Ninth Floor wants to know the answer to one question — what’s the alternative?Read More »
When Gov. Jan Brewer announced her plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, one of the few hospitals in Arizona to object was the Mayo Clinic.Read More »
Democrat Felecia Rotellini, who narrowly lost the attorney general’s race in 2010, is coming back for another run at the job, setting up a potential rematch with Tom Horne.
Rotellini filed a campaign committee to run for attorney general in 2014 Monday. In 2010, she lost by 3.8 percentage points to Horne, making her the most successful statewide Democratic candidate in a banner Republican year that saw every other statewide Democrat lose by double digits.
With the committee deadline to hear bills in their chamber of origin passed, the major work of weeding out bills is done. But like weeds, bills are never really dead, and can sprout back up at any time before the session ends.Read More »
Democratic gun measures die as Republicans move to strengthen Second Amendment rights
As many states debate gun control following the grisly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Arizona lawmakers have joined the ranks of legislatures pushing for gun owners’ rights.
House Speaker Andy Tobin is sailing ahead in his attempt to pass a comprehensive long-term water plan for the state, even in the face of a flood of opposition from rural cities, counties, ranchers, farmers and conservationists.
Tobin’s marquee water legislation, HB2338, headed for a vote in the House Water and Agriculture Committee on Feb. 19. But when opponents showed up en masse, the committee decided not to hold a vote.