After initially denying rumors that she planned to resign from the Arizona State Senate, Sen. Linda Lopez finally conceded that she’ll leave her post in January. But rather than resign immediately, the Tucson Democrat has drawn criticism from her colleagues for staying at the Legislature to gain another year of service in order to pad her retirement benefits.Read More »
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Early voting in the 2014 primary begins in nine months, and candidates are already firing up their campaigns.Read More »
Rep. Albert Hale won’t go to court to challenge Sen. Carlyle Begay’s qualifications for office, but Hale may run against Begay for his Senate seat in 2014.Read More »
Arizona’s attorney general has declined to take legal action to remove one of the state’s newest senators from office, citing a lack in clarity of state laws dictating appointments to office.Read More »
The newest senator from northern Arizona brings a different perspective to the Senate, one that is in large part guided by an upbringing as a Navajo and the unique needs of the state’s rural areas.Read More »
The chairman of the Apache County Board of Supervisors told county attorneys they shouldn't start a legal battle over Sen. Carlyle Begay’s qualifications to hold office. Rep. Albert Hale claims that Begay has lived in Gilbert, not Ganado, for the last seven years, and therefore can't represent Apache County in the Arizona Senate.Read More »
Legislative District 16 precinct committeemen from Maricopa County GOP are scheduled to meet Saturday evening to nominate three candidates to serve as the district's next Arizona state senator.Read More »
An attorney for Sen. Carlyle Begay called Rep. Albert Hale’s request that the Apache County Attorney’s Office challenge Begay’s recent appointment to statewide office an “inappropriate attempt… to advance his own agenda” and raised questions about the legality of such a challenge.Read More »
New senator has lived in many homes far from his district
By all accounts, new state Sen. Carlyle Begay is highly qualified for public office.
He has impressed lawmakers, county and city officials and even the Governor’s Office with his credentials as a student of public health. And he boasts extensive work with American Indian communities as the vice president of business development at the American Indian Health Management and Policy group in Phoenix, where he has worked since 2006.
The Apache County Attorney’s Office will seek to remove Sen. Carlyle Begay from office unless the freshly sworn-in lawmaker can present evidence proving his proper residency is within the county, not the town of Gilbert.Read More »