A judge is considering whether retired elected officials can again receive cost-of-living raises to their pensions. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Buttrick will hear closing arguments next month in a lawsuit brought against the Elected Officials' Retirement Plan by some state retirees.Read More »
Following the damning news that the House Ethics Committee formally recommended his expulsion, Tucson lawmaker Rep. Daniel Patterson resigned his seat today, before the full House could take a vote on the motion to expel him.
With no fanfare, House Speaker Andy Tobin announced that he accepted Patterson’s resignation.
After two hours of back-and-forth discussion, the House Ethics Committee today voted to recommend Rep. Daniel Patterson’s expulsion from the House of Representatives, and one committee member said to expect a full House vote on the recommendation later this afternoon.Read More »
Sen. Lori Klein, a Republican from Anthem, is exploring a run in a new, mostly north-central Arizona district that she has been drawn into.Read More »
Rep. Daniel Patterson today demanded that the House Ethics Committee give him an opportunity to testify before its members, cross-examine his accusers and address each incident of impropriety anonymously claimed against him.
Patterson said the ethics charges against him result from a group of lobbyists and lawmakers who sought a reason to have him kicked out of office, and one civil rights activist even said the Tucson lawmaker is being treated unfairly because he is white.
Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake, is leaving the Legislature to run for a seat on the Navajo County board of supervisors.Read More »
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has fired the first shot in the primary race against former Senate President Russell Pearce, calling him out for spearheading a boycott campaign against the advertisers of an alternative newspaper.Read More »
The Arizona Senate has held off voting on legislation that would allow people to carry guns into public buildings where they're currently banned.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature has approved an anti-abortion bill that includes generally banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.Read More »
The Senate today skipped voting on legislation to allow employers with a religious objection to deny contraception coverage to their workers, which indicates that proponents have yet to persuade enough lawmakers to back the controversial proposal.Read More »