Given the Legislature’s recent propensity to override local control on city issues, a proposal to consolidate municipal elections likely has enough support to reach Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. But if the governor’s attitude toward local control is any guide, it may not get as much support on the Ninth Floor.Read More »
GOP lawmakers’ annual battle with cities over what’s best for local government may be moving from the Legislature to the ballot box.Read More »
There has been a lot of hand-wringing over Klein's handgun escapades in the media, but her first public appearance since the story went national only attracted one reporter - ours.Read More »
ASU law professor Paul Bender believes the Arizona Supreme Court wrote an unnecessarily lengthy ruling and dissent to explain its decision for allowing him to remain as a nominee for the Independent Redistricting Commission in January.Read More »
A political feud in the tiny western Arizona town of Quartzsite that captured national headlines has been years in the making, with accusations flying between the mayor and town council and the second recall election of the year on the horizon.Read More »
Several years ago I attended a government commission meeting where an appointed chairman openly rejected an assistant attorney general’s recommendation to convene an executive session.
“No, I don’t think we need an executive session to talk about this,” the chairman said, to the best of my recollection.
It’s not that every — or even most — public bodies are eager to shut their doors to the public. It’s that confidence is inspired in government when the doors remain open when the real decision-making process begins.
A new law that goes into effect later this month is aimed at speeding up police misconduct investigations, but cases that involve criminal acts will continue to be prolonged, allowing accused officers to collect paychecks while awaiting the outcome of their cases in court.Read More »
With the special election for the recall of Senate President Russell Pearce set for Nov. 8, both the backers and opponents of the recall effort must decide what to do with their organizational structures.Read More »
Three unions are challenging changes Arizona has made to the amount many state and local government workers and their employers contribute to the main state retirement system.Read More »
Commissioner Paul Newman wouldn't speak to reporters yesterday, but provided a written statement in which he said he couldn't have had anything to do with the marijuana because he was in Tucson during the time in question.Read More »