Who knew a Caucasian man would end up changing his name to Cesar Chavez and re-registering as a Democrat in the hopes of representing a heavily Latino congressional district? The weirdness of that story once again confirmed Arizona’s reputation as, well, the Wild West of state politics.Read More »
The slide in the percentage of education funds that ends up in Arizona classrooms appears to have st...
Constitutional issues stalled legislation that aims to update Arizona laws regulating microbrewerie...
State lawmakers are moving to let Arizonans fly off on vacation to New York, Hawaii or even just to ...
Action from yesterday’s legislative session included passage of bills creating a separate set of ani...
A Cronkite News review of all bills introduced this legislative session found that those authored by...
Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Arizona House of Representatives today to kill a bill...
Common Core appears to be here to stay, at least for the time being. ...
All 90 lawmakers kept their noses clean through the legislative session, marking 2014 as one of the rare years when a personal legal trouble didn’t become an issue at the Capitol.Read More »
The 2014 legislative session will forever be remembered as the year lawmakers attempted to approve a bill allowing religious-minded business owners to discriminate against gay people, landing Arizona in the national spotlight as much as the immigration measure, SB1070, previously did. But lawmakers debated dozens of other bills that made interesting headlines and many that flew below the radar. The Arizona Capitol Times takes a stroll down memory lane to recall some of the most attention-grabbing bills of 2014.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Legislature’s lawsuit against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on March 2.Read More »
As one of his first acts as Speaker-elect, David Gowan is making some renovations to the “People’s Chamber.” Gowan has spent and accepted bids totaling more than $335,000 for a variety of renovations in the House, including a new coat of paint throughout the building, testing for asbestos and installing new carpet on the House floor and members’ lounge.Read More »
Try to change Arizona’s budget-making process, and you’re bound to bruise a few egos. Sen.-elect Jeff Dial found that out the hard way this week, as word of his proposal to bring back appropriations subcommittees – once a staple of the budget process for Arizona lawmakers – spread throughout the Capitol.Read More »
In light of devastating projections of a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in the current and next fiscal years, a Democratic lawmaker is proposing a tax on e-cigarettes, saying that the modest revenues the new tax could bring in would be a small start to bridging the deficit.Read More »
An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer reported finding more liquor than coffee in Rep. Albert Hale’s car when he arrested the Arizona Democrat in November. Prosecutors are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if Hale, D-St. ...Read More »
Prosecutors dropped charges against Republican Rep. Bob Robson of Chandler for allegedly stealing a roadside political sign that was critical of him during the Republican primary, but one of his fellow GOP lawmakers isn’t letting the issue die.Read More »
Hoping to bring some free market principles to the prison industry, Sen.-elect John Kavanagh wants to raise the wage cap on inmates’ hourly pay.Read More »