Prison reform group alleges severe health problems in Arizona system
A Quaker group that advocates for prison reform released a report today chronicling alleged healthcare horror stories in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Brewer to lead trade mission to Taiwan
Gov. Jan Brewer will lead a trade mission to Taiwan to promote Arizona businesses, build trade relations and encourage tourism.
High court hears arguments on marijuana driving case
The Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether the Legislature intended to keep the roads free from unimpaired people who have metabolites of illegal drugs in their system.
Report: Federal shutdown will slow state’s fourth-quarter growth
The federal government shutdown last month could shave 0.3 percent off the expected growth of Arizona’s gross state product in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a recent report.
Speeding trucks and a flying SUV: Farley survived fatal crash on I-10
Barely an hour before the crash Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, participated in a contentious and successful attempt to overthrow a Democratic leader. But sitting still in the middle of a freeway on his way back to Tucson, with his hands behind the wheel and with zero visibility, Farley thought how inconsequential the morning’s political drama had been against the tragedy that unfolded before him.
Surgeon to challenge Worsley in Senate primary
An orthopedic surgeon from the East Valley is poised to challenge Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, in next year’s Republican primary.
Judge overturns most counts in $128,000 fraud case against former legislative staffer
A federal judge today overturned jury convictions on eight of nine counts of wire fraud for a former legislative staffer who had admitted in court that he took about $128,000 in campaign funds from former Speaker Jim Weiers.
Raucous crowd debates merits of Common Core standards
Panelists of a Common Core symposium played to a full house in which there were lots of murmured snide remarks and an occasional cat-call between raucous applause Wednesday in the Arizona Senate building, demonstrating how charged the issue of the state’s learning standards is.
GOP leaders will ask Supreme Court to reinstate new contribution limits
Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin will ask the Arizona Supreme Court to allow the state’s higher new campaign contribution limits to go into effect, saving a lower court argument that the old limits are unconstitutional for another day.
Leave it alone
The Maricopa County Community College District may push for the Legislature to rescind a 2010 law adding two at-large seats on its governing board, just as the first candidate for one of the new positions begins his campaign.
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