As legislators were filing into their offices in January, preparing for the start of the 50th Legislature, Republican leaders set a lofty goal: to be finished in 100 days.Read More »
Escaping his ‘comfort zone:’ How an experience in Rio and a Vince Lombardi quote led Justin Pierce to a House seat
Justin Pierce remembers when the calls started coming in.
Former House Speaker Kirk Adams had officially announced his resignation and the precinct committeemen for Legislative District 19 were beginning their search for a replacement. Pierce, a labor attorney, son of Arizona Corporation commissioner and former state lawmaker Gary Pierce, a grassroots activist and generally affable guy, was on their list of people they’d like to see in the House seat.
Angelica Hernandez excelled in high school and did just as well in college, graduating earlier this month as the distinguished graduating senior in mechanical engineering at Arizona State University.Read More »
A veto by Gov. Jan Brewer may cost students at a proposed Arizona State University campus in Payson an additional $2,000 per year in tuition — if the project is actually completed.Read More »
Teachers unions and advocacy groups that sunk Arizona’s private school voucher system two years ago haven’t made any moves to strike down its successor, even though they say it is blatantly unconstitutional.
But school choice advocates say they followed the instruction of an Arizona Supreme Court justice and the previous program’s critics in crafting the new system, which will allow it to withstand the inevitable lawsuit.
Since the late 1970s, rising crime has led lawmakers to require prison time for many non-violent offenses.
But some say eliminating the options of fines, work release, substance-abuse treatment and house arrest in favor of prison time can turn non-violent offenders into career criminals.
Now, as states face large budget deficits, calls for reforming sentencing for non-violent offenders also are coming increasingly from conservatives who call prison costs unsustainable.
Arizona State University President Michael Crow says the Lake Havasu City ASU campus will be open by the fall of 2012.Read More »
New U.S. Census Bureau figures showing how home and apartment vacancies have soared in the state aren't news for the residents of a block-long stretch of West Brown Street in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.Read More »
Jim Small, editor of the Yellow Sheet Report, has been named Arizona News Service editor. In his new position, Small will be responsible for overall editorial content of Arizona Capitol Times, azcapitoltimes.com, Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report.Read More »
Arizona added more than 655,000 new housing units between 2000 and 2010, but U.S. Census Bureau figures made public on Thursday show a lot of them remain vacant.Read More »