UpClose with Norris Nordvold: Former Phoenix official monitors elections in struggling democracies
Nordvold, a registered lobbyist and former city of Phoenix governmental affairs director, sat down with the Arizona Capitol Times to discuss his Election Day, Super Sunday in Azerbaijan, and other monitoring tales involving armored escorts and sleeping with ballots in his hotel room. He also recalls the first time he met Terry Goddard while riding on a bike path.
Post-election interviews with Democratic and Republican party heads
The Arizona Capitol Times sat down with Republican party chairman Randy Pullen and Democratic party chairman Don Bivens to talk about the election results, their parties’ fortunes and their professional futures.
UpClose with Don Bivens; Dem chair: 2010 losses were inevitable despite high-caliber candidates
When Don Bivens moved to Arizona in the late 1970s to begin practicing law, he asked people how he could get involved with the Democratic Party and quickly met a young politician named Terry Goddard who ushered him into the organization.
Since then, Bivens has stayed active in the party, ascending to party chairman in 2007.
State Republican chairman defends party’s spending choices
After leading the Republican Party to historic wins this year in the Legislature and statewide offices, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen has stressed the need for Republicans to get down to the tough business of fixing Arizona’s finances.
Goldwater Institute lawyer puts principle over party
Long before Clint Bolick earned a living terrorizing bureaucrats and politicians in court, he was a teenager trying to figure out why he didn’t fit in with his high school Republican club.
Despite setbacks, chief conservationist doesn’t consider her efforts futile
Lobbyists tend to avoid the spotlight, often preferring to moderate their comments on pressing issues if they’re quoted at all. That’s just not how Sandy Bahr operates.
County elections director hails permanent early voting system
Karen Osborne has been leading the Maricopa County Elections Department for 15 years. Osborne sat down with the Arizona Capitol Times on Oct. 12 to discuss elections reforms, past voting controversies and what the future holds for voters.
UpClose with Ron Ober: Lobbyist left D.C. behind for AZ public policy battles
The longtime lobbyist, who heads up the firm Policy Development Group, became Sen. Dennis DeConcini’s top staff member at just 24 years old, but didn’t take long to decide that the Beltway wasn’t for him. Since then, Ober has been at the forefront of some of Arizona’s most contentious public policy debates.
UpClose with Paul Eckstein
Eckstein is one of the most renowned constitutional attorneys in the state and the go-to lawyer for the Arizona Democratic Party. And during his four-decade career at the prestigious law firm Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, Eckstein has played major roles in some of Arizona’s biggest cases and most heated political debates.
UpClose with Renée Bahl; State Parks chief concerned that higher fees may deter visitors
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Renée Bahl’s career has always been centered on the environment. She’s on her second stretch with Arizona State Parks, with a seven-year stint in-between running the Parks and Recreation Department for San Diego County.
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