Arizona officials have asked to replace federal standards under the No Child Left Behind act with state-level student performance standards and a school accountability system that they say will be more efficient and less burdensome.Read More »
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The cash-strapped Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet on Friday to discuss its ongoing budget problems.
The meeting – the IRC’s first since January – comes as the commission faces the possibility of running out of money before June 30, the end of the 2012 fiscal year. And uncertainty over the 2013 budget is even greater.
Republican governor and GOP Legislature are digging in for long budget fightIt may have been the opening shot to an all-out war.
While Arizonans were celebrating President’s Day on Feb. 20, legislative leaders unveiled a budget that ditched her major spending initiatives.
The Governor’s Office responded in kind, describing the legislative budget as “shortsighted” and “reckless.” Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer threw a counterpunch at GOP lawmakers following the Monday release of their budget plan, ordering a halt to meetings between the two sides’ budget staffs until the legislative budget plan is changed to address some of her key concerns.Read More »
House Speaker Andy Tobin is trying to keep alive his proposal that would ask voters to accept alternate redistricting maps, but the special election plan he is considering appears dead on arrival thanks to logistical and legal roadblocks — and a lukewarm reception from some of his Republican colleagues.Read More »
Five pieces of new legislation introduced by House Speaker Andy Tobin have taken power-grabbing to a whole new level, and would set redistricting back to a time of shadowy legislative deals. We could start by asking the now worn-out phrase, “What part of independent does the Arizona House not understand?”Read More »
Rep. Richard Miranda is resigning from the state House of Representatives, claiming health and family issues.Read More »
Tobin’s attempt to give voters the option of discarding the IRC’s maps in favor of lines that he and a House staffer drew in secret is on life support, but he said today that he’s not giving up on his push for a special election.Read More »
Rep. Justin Olson introduced Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel plan Tuesday, just in time for the 275-page bill to be heard in committee on Thursday.Read More »
In ordinary circumstances, the most politically safe and easy course of action is to do nothing. On the other hand, it’s especially risky to foment actions that would alter the outcomes of voter initiatives.
In the case of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, it’s important to conclude one way or another whether the intent and desires of the voters have been violated. If they have been, we should provide voters the mechanism with which to fix the situation. It’s obvious to me the process was hijacked.