Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed a bill to eliminate merit protections for most state employees, which she called a historic reform that will modernize the way Arizona manages its employees.Read More »
Sen. Lori Klein said she doesn’t plan to move to a new legislative district after all, an idea she once considered to increase her chances of getting re-elected.Read More »
Sen. Frank Antenori, a Tucson Republican, is seriously considering dropping his bid for Congress and turning his full attention to re-election in the state Senate.Read More »
The author of a measure that seeks to prohibit people from running for office if they have outstanding elections-related fines will be asking the U.S. Department of Justice for an expedited review of the bill.
The measure, if enacted before the deadline to file candidate paperwork in this year’s elections, would impact former Rep. Doug Quelland, who has refused to pay a $31,000 Clean Elections fine.
House Speaker Andy Tobin on Monday announced that he will forgo a run for Arizona’s new 4th Congressional District.Read More »
The Arizona Commerce Authority set off alarms at the Goldwater Institute this week after the government agency announced it would be awarding thousands of dollars to companies that were eliminated from a competitive grant program.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents began the legislative session seeing nothing in any budget proposal for two of its prime spending requests: Money for parity among the three universities and for the Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona medical school.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court was able to work out a deal allowing the Legislature to take money from a variety of smaller accounts rather than a larger, more critical one that lawmakers were targeting.Read More »
Lawmakers wrapped up their work at 8:25 p.m. on May 3 after nearly four months in session, having stashed away money for anticipated rainy days ahead, approved a sweeping measure that allows state workers to be more easily fired and fought on the unending battlefronts of abortion, taxation and border security.
And like the year before, lawmakers with conservative leanings shaped the agenda at the Capitol.
A housing advocacy organization is planning to sue the state over a budget sweep of $50 million intended to help alleviate the effects of the foreclosure crisis.Read More »