From the state Capitol to Washington, D.C., to New York, conservatives are reprimanding Gov. Jan Brewer over her Medicaid expansion plan. For the governor, this is hostile but familiar territory. In 2009, she earned the ire of conservatives across Arizona in 2009 when the opening gambit of her tenure turned out to be a temporary sales tax. But while that battle was primarily a local one, Brewer’s embrace of one of the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act has gotten national attention.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers are going after teenage drivers who use wireless devices. A Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday seeking to prohibit teenagers from using cellphones and other wireless devices while they have their learner's permit and during the first six months of their license.Read More »
The door-to-door ballot collection that has characterized many a recent get-out-the-vote efforts by activist groups may be a thing of the past. On a 4-3 party line vote, the Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Sen. Michele Reagan’s Senate Bill 1003, which would make it a Class 5 felony for anyone other than a relative or household member to turn in another voter’s mail-in ballot.Read More »
After years of waging a dogged and largely successful campaign to pass a slew of stricter anti-abortion laws, the Center for Arizona Policy, the state’s most influential pro-life group, is shifting gears to defend those laws at the Capitol and in court.Read More »
After the approach was compared to prison scenes in the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” a Mesa lawmaker took the first step Monday toward ending the practice of placing unruly schoolchildren in isolation rooms.Read More »
House Democrats introduced their fiscal 2014 budget proposal on Monday, touting it as a more responsible, compassionate echo of the governor’s plan for the coming year.Read More »
Parents with custody of their children who want to move across town would have to notify the other parent beforehand to give them a chance to object in court under a bill approved by an Arizona Senate committee Monday.Read More »
When Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery accused Attorney General Tom Horne of illegally coordinating his campaign with a supposedly independent expenditure group, state law restricted him to seeking civil penalties.Read More »
The pledge that for years has been a holy grail of anti-tax conservatism is dwindling in popularity at the Copper Dome.
Only 11 lawmakers, including just one of 17 Republicans in the Senate, have signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Only two of the 14 new Republican lawmakers this session have signed.
Imagine logging on to Facebook one day and trolling a friend’s page for new photos and status updates, and finding instead a notice that he is a registered sex offender.Read More »