Attorneys defending the state’s redistricting commission against allegations of open meeting law violations are touting an appellate court decision today as a victory. So is the county prosecutor who pursued the allegations.Read More »
Bill Myer paces, watching the crowd grow outside his Glendale storefront’s floor-to-ceiling windows. His son Ben is in the back, behind bulletproof walls and windows, preparing for a long-awaited opening.
Outside, people are joking about Sheriff Joe Arpaio coming to arrest them when sirens are momentarily heard in the distance. Many had wondered whether police would show up on this brisk December morning.
Following several close contests and two weeks of counting, Secretary Ken Bennett and other state officials today signed the official canvass and certified last month’s election results.
The move effectively ended the 2012 campaign cycle and heralded the start of the new one.
A surge in the number of dependency cases is overwhelming juvenile courts around the state, straining the foster-care system and prompting agencies in the child-welfare system to ask for millions more dollars for the next fiscal year.Read More »
The last of several lawsuits spawned by sweeps of dozens of specialized funds to balance the budget in 2009 was resolved with a Court of Appeals decision on Nov. 23 allowing the Legislature to raid workers’ compensation funds.Read More »
The only state Supreme Court justice on the retention ballot is striking back at Republicans calling for his removal because of a ruling on a ballot measure to change the state’s election system.
Republican committees in Legislative Districts 12 and 18 circulated flyers calling for a no vote for Justice John Pelander, a Republican who was Gov. Jan Brewer’s first selection to the Supreme Court in 2009.
Gov. Jan Brewer is appointing a higher percentage of judges from her own party than the three previous Arizona governors, but she is still supporting an initiative that would give her more power in the selection process.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court today rejected Rep. Russ Jones’ emergency petition to keep state House candidate Darin Mitchell from appearing on the November ballot, meaning his name will remain there even if he is ultimately disqualified for living outside his district.Read More »
Settling a decades-old battle, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that millions of acres of state trust land in Arizona have no federally reserved water rights.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the top-two primary initiative can go to the November ballot, rejecting an opposition group’s argument that a trial court erred in not giving the group enough time to introduce evidence against it.Read More »