Saying they have defied doomsayers and skeptics, a group filed Tuesday more than 18,000 signatures to recall Senate President Russell Pearce, a conservative lawmaker from Mesa who is nationally known for his anti-illegal immigration legislation.Read More »
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Real copper dome will cap centennial rifles’ Capitol etching: Colorado specialty gun maker will produce 100 rifles honoring Arizona
Jim Combs, owner of Wellington LTD, a Colorado marketing company that offers limited-edition firearms with laser-etched carvings for special occasions, keeps tabs on such things as city, county, state and business anniversaries.
So he came up with a state of Arizona centennial special edition rifle. He calls it a collector’s Henry grade .45-caliber rifle.
The nation’s highest court has determined there is room for states to enforce federal immigration laws regarding employment, a ruling that proponents and critics are now parsing for any indication on how the Supreme Court will view SB1070.Read More »
It’s been almost like an annual rite since 2005. An Arizona congressman introduces a doomed bill to swap land owned by Resolution Copper for federal land beneath which sits one of the world’s largest deposits of copper.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, of Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, introduced this year’s version, which has those who have been longtime supporters of the swap optimistic.
Arizona officials are taking the state's medical marijuana law to court.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.
Republican legislators have spent the past 12 years railing against the Voter Protection Act, but the reviled ballot measure that tied lawmakers’ hands was a largely self-inflicted and ironically unnecessary wound.Read More »
The chorus of lawmakers calling for an overhaul of the Voter Protection Act quieted to a low murmur in 2011, but supporters say the dormant issue will be back on the Legislature’s agenda next year.
Several Republican legislators said they will revive their plans to change Proposition 105, the 1998 ballot measure that strictly limits the Legislature’s ability to tamper with voter-approved measures.
The May 24 announcement that the state’s top Republican officials would be filing a lawsuit in federal court over Arizona’s new medical marijuana law surprised many, but not the man who came up with the idea: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a strident opponent of the new medical marijuana law.Read More »
Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona, said prosecution of state employees was not mentioned in the letter sent to state officials because it was never intended to indicate that.
“They're saying, ‘I can't believe he's going after state employees.’ It's not in my letter.”