Brewer orders DES to continue welfare payments during shutdown
After days of press reports labeling Arizona as the only state to halt welfare payments during the federal shutdown, Gov. Jan Brewer ordered the Arizona Department of Economic Security to redirect $650,000 from its budget to continue the payments through the end of the month.
State representative stands by her comparison of Obama to Hitler
Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on her Facebook page today in a post urging county sheriffs to revoke authority from the National Parks Service “thugs” who are enforcing the federal shutdown on national parks lands.
Tobin officially enters race for CD1
House speaker Andy Tobin today announced today what many political operative have been whispering about for months: He is running for Congress in Arizona’s First Congressional District.
Brewer, AHCCCS challenge lawmakers’ standing in Medicaid lawsuit
In a motion to dismiss the case, attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer and the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System contend 36 lawmakers who opposed Medicaid expansion don’t have standing to challenge the program in court.
Flake asks ADOT to help veterans find their way to VA facilities
Citing concerns raised by veterans, Sen. Jeff Flake is urging the Arizona Department of Transportation to assess whether roadway signage pointing to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities is adequate.
Senator’s wife seeks divorce two months after he was cleared in sex abuse case
Penny Raye Murphy, wife to Sen. Rick Murphy, has sued for divorce in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Ambulance industry could face battle over competition
Ambulance industry could face battle over competition next session
An ad hoc committee on the ambulance, medical and social service transportation industry set the stage for what could become a contentious debate over ambulance laws in 2014.
Human trafficking recommendations complete
The governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking wants lawmakers to enact tougher penalties on pimps who sell underage prostitutes and customers who pay them, while easing punishments against child prostitutes and treating them more as victims under the law.
State Supreme Court rules Legislature must abide by will of voters
The Arizona Supreme Court sided with schools today, ruling that the Legislature violated the Voter Protection Act by not funding inflation for K-12 education three years ago.
Stroke was very serious but Rep. Goodale is improving rapidly, sister says
Republican Rep. Doris Goodale of Kingman has made significant progress since suffering a severe stroke caused by a blood clot on Sunday, her twin sister said.
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