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Driggs’ fundraiser out of this world

Rep. Adam Driggs is planning a fundraiser (his first ever since the two-termer has run publically financed both times) for Oct. 23 with a national hero as the guest of honor: Buzz Aldrin. "I'm hoping it will bring out a little more than the normal people who turn up for political fundraisers," Driggs told our reporter.

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Laughing off old times

Given former Gov. Fife Symington's newfound interest in running for governor, Yellow Sheet asked Gov. Jan Brewer if she thought Symington was a good governor - and whether she would like to see her fellow Republican returned to office. Her response...

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History on Brewer’s side – mostly

For everyone watching closely to see if the governor will choose to go into retirement next year or fight to stick around for a full term, she came closer to revealing her intentions this Sunday (Sept. 13) than she ever has. On Channel 12's Sunday Square Off, Brewer (the lone guest) told host Rick DeBruhl that she's "leaning" towards running.

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Brewer: McNeil was ‘a very good employee’

Gov. Jan Brewer addressed the departure of long time employee Brian McNeil, saying: "We're going to really miss Brian. I've known Brian forever and he's been a very good employee, and I think that he's just made a decision that he wants to do something else, look at some other opportunities.

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It’s my party – now leave

Democrats partying it up at the Wrigley mansion Friday (Sept. 4) night were pretty surprised when city councilman Sal DiCiccio, a Republican, showed up at their high-end fundraiser. DiCiccio and wife, Deb, were apparently there to enjoy the view at the hill-top locale. But DiCiccio's rival, Democrat Dana Kennedy, thinks he was actually crashing the party.

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Resigning to ignore the law

In the latest chapter of who may or may not be violating the state's murky resign to run law, it seems at least one legislator didn't know the law even existed. Rep. Ray Barnes, termed out in the House next year, has already formed a Senate campaign committee: not an exploratory committee - a committee.

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Deal or no deal?

With three days left until the governor needs to act on the budget, Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia, Sen. President Bob Burns and Gov. Jan Brewer met again this morning on the ninth floor to discuss a proposal laid out by Senate Democrats...

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Enjoying the show?

Meanwhile, former state Republican executive director Sean McCaffrey seemed to fan the flames of those Democratic fears, telling our reporter that the Dems have "never relished their role in the minority so much."

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Five-party talks in peril

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema spoke to our reporter at the conclusion of today's five-party talks. "I'm not sure there's going to be any more of those meetings," she said. She identified the repeal of the equalization tax as the biggest obstacle. She said Republicans "won't budge" on reinstating the tax...

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Campaign 2010

Rep. Nancy Barto, who is not termed until 2012, has opened an exploratory committee for the District 7 Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jim Waring, who is term-limited next year. Rep. Ray Barnes, who like Waring is termed in 2010, opened a Senate exploratory committee back in February.

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