Rep. Victoria Steele said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell threatened to kill her legislation and committee assignments next year in retaliation for her endorsement of Fred DuVal in the 2014 governor’s race.Read More »
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This year marked a recent low in proposed legislation, with only 1,158 bills introduced and 256 signed into law, compared to 1,395 and 362 respectively last year.
There were also fewer “kooky” bills than in past years, and fewer of Arizona’s proposed laws made fewer national headlines this year than in previous sessions.
A law enacted to give the governor more choices in appointing judges is expected to join Medicaid expansion and an elections package as 2013 legislation that will wind up in court.Read More »
One marked difference in 2013 was the lack of legislative mid-session resignations, particularly following lawmaker scandals.Read More »
Lawmakers typically insist that nothing is personal in politics. After all, it’s just policy.Read More »
Sen. Jack Jackson, Jr. has accepted a White House appointment to serve as advisor and liaison for the U.S. State Department. He will resign from the Arizona Senate on July 12.Read More »
It may have taken House Speaker Andy Tobin longer to realize, but eventually he came to the same conclusion that Senate President Andy Biggs reached months ago.Read More »
House Speaker Andy Tobin is hopeful he can get at least 31 Republicans to support the House version. But he still thinks spending is too high.Read More »
House Speaker Andy Tobin has steadfastly said there aren’t enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion through the House, although he seems to be the only one who still thinks that.
Most lawmakers, even ardent Medicaid expansion opponents, acknowledge there are enough votes to pass Medicaid expansion in the House, and that they have been there for several weeks.
But Tobin said there is still a single vote missing that makes all the difference: his.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on May 21 striking down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy came as no surprise to most who were involved in the case, although for differing reasons. And now sights are on an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More »