Salmon proposes term limits for Congress
Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon has proposed legislation to impose term limits on Congress, a proposal that could one day leave him without a job.
Thomas files to run for governor, maintains innocence after disbarment for abuse of power
Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas maintained his longstanding insistence that he was unfairly targeted for taking on corrupt officials as he jumped into the 2014 governor’s race, attempting to revive his political career.
Election bills face further problems in conference committee
Lawmakers attempted to push through a set of bogged-down election bills in a comprehensive 43-page amendment in conference committee Wednesday afternoon, but the committee was called off minutes after the amendment began circulating at the Capitol.
Legislature wants ballots to detail tax increases
A bill requiring ballots for municipal and county bond elections to contain details of the debt and how they’ll increase property taxes has passed the Arizona House.
Melvin’s campaign for governor would focus on school choice, tort reform
Sen. Al Melvin, R-SaddleBrooke, has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor.
In a press release posted on the blog Sonoran Alliance, the three-term senator said his motivation for exploring the race sprang from his frustration with a lack of progress at the Capitol and “genuine optimism” for Arizona’s future.
Arizona regulator won’t seek re-election
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term.
Brewer’s slow-down warning leaves 100s of bills waiting in legislative pipeline
The impasse between Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leadership over Medicaid expansion, sales tax reform and Common Core educational standards has left many lawmakers reluctant to send her their bills for fear of encountering a veto.
Lobbyists expect pressure to give more to politicians
So-called hell week, the annual spate of fundraisers before the start of the legislative session, may get more hellish for lobbyists because of new campaign finance rules that allow contributors to give far more money.
Opponents say higher contribution limits violate Clean Elections, Voter Protection Act
A provision in the 1998 ballot measure that created Arizona’s Clean Elections system may hold the key to whether the state’s new campaign contribution limits will go into effect for 2014.
New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns
Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.
Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.
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