Kirk Adams was elected speaker of the House after campaigning on a platform of opening up the budget process to make it more transparent to lawmakers and the public. How well that was achieved has been debated throughout the session at the Capitol, but Adams maintains the Legislature is moving toward that goal.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer won’t call a special session requested by a contractors’ industry group to postpone ...
Jockeying for Senate leadership positions has begun, and one incumbent member of the Republican’s le...
Arizona high schoolers who can’t name at least one branch of government, define the United States as...
Away from the media limelight, another political race is shaping up that will have tremendous reperc...
The new Department of Child Services is asking for an additional $27.6 million for fiscal year 2016 ...
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is declaring a statewide emergency because of flooding from major storms tha...
Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate...
Lawmakers may not be finished with their work for the year, but many are already looking ahead to 2010, when they can resurrect the plethora of bills that fell victim to the budget crisis. Senate President Bob Burns’ strategy of ...Read More »
Lawmakers and legislative staff members say there are two distinct sides to Bob Burns: The ideological Burns shows up in January, and the pragmatist Burns usually winds down the session.Read More »
Lawmakers saw little success in 2009 when it came to getting legislation approved. Much like the mighty Casey of baseball lore, representatives and senators were sent back to the dugout with little to show for their turn at bat.Read More »
(Note: This is the second part of a series on a new law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that will change how Arizona schools address daily conflicts between freedom of religious expression and the U.S. Constitution’s non-establishment clause.)Read More »
The Senate met for a few minutes today (July 31), but only to adjourn the special session until Aug. 4. Even then, though, it’s not clear whether leaders in the Senate will be able to gather enough votes to pass the budget legislation that has tied them up for the past several days.Read More »
The budget package passed by the House includes the repeal of a bill that was originally intended to help lenders recoup losses from foreclosed homes.Read More »
In the early days of the session, several key House Republicans assembled to announce their intention to take on what they lambasted as a tool of Big Brother and a monument to shady and secretive government action – photo traffic ...Read More »
With the changes being proposed to her renewable energy tax credits bill, Rep. Lucy Mason believes the legislation can now pass muster with Gov. Jan Brewer. But whether the governor is willing to amend the special session so the bill ...Read More »
Despite intense lobbying, Republican leaders failed to persuade Sen. Pamela Gorman to vote for a referral for a sales tax increase. Brewer talked with Gorman, the majority whip, for more than an hour at Gorman's Senate office, but the governor was apparently unable to persuade the senator to change her mind.Read More »