Five lawmakers, including the Senate majority leader, have given Matt Salmon their endorsement in the upcoming congressional race.Read More »
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The toppling of Senate President Russell Pearce will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.
And depending on who replaces him, that shakeup could also mean changes in the makeup and chairmanships of committees.
When the drafters of Proposition 106 took their idea to the ballot in 2000, they knew they had to address the possibility of the state needing to remove a member of the Independent Redistricting Commission. They wrote that a commission member could be removed by the governor, with the support of two-thirds of the state Senate, for acts considered “gross misconduct” or “substantial neglect of duty.” Thank goodness they included that in the proposition approved by Arizona voters.Read More »
Republican lawmakers got a lot of blowback over their new redistricting committee from legislative Democrats and sympathetic members of the public, but they got what they wanted when a parade of speakers stepped forward to air grievances against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
Arizona Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs says the Legislature will likely have a special session so lawmakers can make recommendations on a state commission's proposed maps of new congressional and legislative districts.Read More »
Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs on Tuesday summarily dismissed the counter-complaint that Sen. Scott Bundgaard, R-Peoria, filed against three members of the ethics committee. “I have reviewed your complaint,” Biggs wrote in a letter to Bundgaard. “... I find that the allegations do not constitute conduct that is unethical under the rules. Therefore, the complaint is dismissed.”Read More »
This week’s most outstanding utterances, gibes and quips.Read More »
Advocates of an ill-fated tax cut proposal meant to spur small- business growth believe they’ve finally found the key to overcoming longstanding opposition and are rounding up early support to head off any problems as they prepare for the 2012 legislative session.Read More »
The panel of senators investigating whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard breached ethical rules split along partisan lines today, with Republicans adopting a higher standard of proof that could make it more difficult to remove the Peoria Republican from office.Read More »
A Capitol railbird today said the letter of support for Pearce that Biggs and Pierce are circulating among caucus members was a bad idea. “I would not have done that,” the longtime Capitol observer said.Read More »