This is one of a series of biographical sketches Cronkite News Service is producing about new members of the Arizona State Legislature. Each follows this format and includes a mugshot and video.Read More »
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Frustrated by the federal government's refusal to solve illegal immigration, some lawmakers want the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve who exactly is an American citizen.
In trying to define citizenship, birthright busters will have to navigate not only through the U.S. Supreme Court, but the U.S. Senate, other states and even their own caucus.
When the leader of a civic-improvement think tank declared that term limits drain much of the effectiveness from the Arizona Legislature, she was speaking to an audience that welcomed her opinion.Read More »
Legislation intended to derail a Southern Arizona tribe's plan to build a Las Vegas-style casino-hotel in a Phoenix suburb is on a fast track in the Arizona Legislature's 2-week-old session, with the full House scheduled to consider it Tuesday.Read More »
I don't understand how people who profess to represent me just decide to kick me in the teeth and watch me bleed? Sending a request to the President asking to waive the requirement for States to maintain eligibility for public health benefits is doing just that to me, and others like me.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature likely will start a special session on Wednesday so lawmakers can consider asking the federal government to allow Arizona to drastically reduce medical coverage for its residents.Read More »
Senate Minority Leader David Schapira is a young man with responsibilities usually associated with more seasoned politicians. As a leading representative of Democratic interests in the Capitol, his job is to persuade Republicans to listen to alternative solutions, whether about balancing the budget or fixing the economy, and to try to forge partnerships with some of them to pass or block legislation.Read More »
National politicking in the wake of the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson has been plentiful, but the conversations ascribing blame or motive have been almost entirely absent in the halls and floors of the Arizona Legislature.Read More »
This week's unveiling of the birthright-citizenship legislation marked the beginning of the next crusade for illegal-immigration hawks and signaled a call to arms for Democrats. But it led business-friendly Republicans in the Arizona Legislature into a political minefield.Read More »
The unveiling of what may become the most controversial immigration legislation of this era will have to go on without one of its primary architects.Read More »