Rep. Carl Seel is getting the backing of Arizona’s most high-profile sheriff in pushing for a state law that would allow voters to file suit against any political candidate they believe is legally ineligible to run for office, in what appears to be another challenge to the citizenship of President Barack Obama.Read More »
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Federal law prohibits weapons within 1,000 feet of a school, but a proposal that won approval in the House of Representatives today would allow most Arizonans to carry a gun right up to a school’s property line.Read More »
One of Arizona’s more notorious bills from last session will be resurrected this year.
Rep. Carl Seel, R-Phoenix, plans to introduce a new version of his so-called “birther” bill that was vetoed last year by Gov. Jan Brewer.
Politicians sometimes say the ‘darndest’ things, and 2011 didn’t disappoint. Whether deliberate or inadvertent, some comments by Arizona’s lawmakers outraged, inflamed or simply stoked people’s imaginations. Here are some comments and moments that left many scratching their heads, hopping mad or laughing out loud. If they proved anything, it’s this: The state Capitol can be a merry little box of chocolates. You just don’t know what you’re going to get.Read More »
Rep. Carl Seel suggested that the Independent Redistricting Commission’s mapping consultants may have put him in a less Republican district in retaliation for his legislative record.
Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting, Seel, R-Phoenix, questioned why Strategic Telemetry – which has ties to Democratic candidates and causes, including President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign – put him a new district that eliminated much of his conservative support.
Questioned after he made his public comments, Seel told the Arizona Capitol Times that he is not accusing Strategic Telemetry or the IRC of gerrymandering him into a less favorable district – and he had no proof that such a conspiracy took place.
Before the session began, Republicans crowed about the super majorities, and boasted that it would allow them to overrule Gov. Jan Brewer, should she have the temerity to veto their bills.
But Brewer vetoed 29 bills this year, including several that had overwhelming Republican support in both chambers. And despite their supermajority advantage, the Republicans in the House and Senate never once tried to override a veto.
Brewer set the table for a possible veto of H2177, Seel's birther bill, telling reporters today that she had some concerns with the bill.Read More »
“I will never say anything hateful or hurtful again about somebody else who I have a disagreement with because we must break this mold.” — Democratic Rep. Steve Farley, of Tucson.Read More »
Legislative leaders, who remember the confusion peculiar to being a new lawmaker, are working to help freshmen members begin working effectively as soon as possible, especially since they make up one-third of the House seats this year.Read More »
Hundreds of years ago, William Shakespeare turned comic relief into a literary device. In 2010, Jon Stewart effectively turned that device against Arizona, in what became nearly constant skewering.Read More »