The Rios family has represented Pinal County in the Arizona Legislature for the past three decades, establishing a Democratic dynasty that has withstood numerous challenges over the years. But this year a Republican with Tea Party leanings has rousted a surprising level of support in a district that has been a Democratic stronghold ever since the lines were drawn.Read More »
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The state has borrowed more than $2 billion during the past four fiscal years, boosting its total debt load to $9.7 billion. At least one-third of the state’s debt must be repaid using money from the same account that lawmakers draw upon to pay for public education, Medicaid programs and other basic government services.Read More »
Hispanic lawmakers stopped short of saying there was a racial undercurrent in the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in South Phoenix last week, but they demanded that the Phoenix Police Department ramp up its cultural sensitivity training for officers.Read More »
Two judges have issued contradictory rulings on whether a new law regarding expert witnesses and testimony is constitutional, and attorneys are now asking the Arizona Supreme Court to decide the matter.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer said she believes the state can balance its budget next session without another tax hike, but she didn't rule out the possibility. "I am hoping that we do not," Brewer said at a Sept. 30 press conference on the steps of the Executive Tower.Read More »
Forecast information released Sept. 29 by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff has the state's current $8.5 billion budget facing a potential shortfall of up to $825 million. That's up from the previous forecast for a midyear shortfall of up to $700 million.Read More »
Just months into the current fiscal year, Arizona's budget picture is again grim as lawmakers prepare to hear new economic forecasts.Read More »
A new poll shows majority support among likely voters to retain an early childhood development program whose revenues are targeted by the Legislature.Read More »
Many Republicans in highly competitive Senate races are facing a financial disadvantage going into the general election.Read More »
Sen. Richard Miranda, a Democrat from Tolleson, and Rep. Steve Farley, a Democrat from Tucson, are seeking the House assistant minority leader position.Read More »