Arizona’s Legacy, an IE committee formed today (May 1), will be Brewer’s political arm and will function to support the governor’s efforts over the next few years, consultant and longtime Brewer ally Chuck Coughlin told our reporter. “The cavalry’s coming over the hill,” he said, explaining that the committee will be active “on efforts that are strategically important to her.”Read More »
Figuring out how to avoid Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto pen is a guessing game that leaves even some of the most seasoned veterans at the Capitol perplexed.
Many lawmakers and lobbyists say there are no hard and fast guidelines for avoiding a veto from a governor who vetoed 91 bills in her first four legislative sessions.
Gov. Jan Brewer forcefully declared that her proposal to expand the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to hundreds of thousands of new patients is a pro-life plan. As a pro-life governor, she said, she will not sit idly by while people suffer. Since then, opponents of her plan have taken up the pro-life mantle in the Legislature.Read More »
Some Arizona lawmakers contemplating the pros and cons of Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the state must also consider whether a vote for her proposal amounts to political suicide.Read More »
On its face, the Arizona Board of Regents and the universities they govern have little, if anything, to do with the state’s Medicaid program or Gov. Jan Brewer’s plans to expand it in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.Read More »
There has been a lot of talk during the past few weeks about independent expenditure committees and their impacts. Specifically, there has been a lot of discussion about the direction and effectiveness of the Senate Republican Victory Fund.
The fact of the matter is there are two types of independent expenditures: IEs for “impact” and IEs for “appearance.” Think of it as work horses versus show ponies.
The wave that carried a Republican supermajority into the Legislature two years ran into a seawall tonight, when the G.O.P. appeared to have lost four seats in the Senate, thereby giving up the power to override a gubernatorial veto.Read More »
At first glance, a newcomer to Twitter may think many politicians have lost their minds.
Their tweets can be outlandish, contain poor grammar and are often filled with ridiculous positions on policy issues.
But it’s all by design. And it’s often not actually the real politician doing the tweeting.
More details have emerged on the attempt to create a legislative referendum to counter the one-cent sales tax increase initiative introduced by the Arizona Education Network and the Associated General Contractors.Read More »
Brewer has sidestepped taking a position on the pending ballot initiative that seeks to make the Prop 100 sales tax increase permanent, but the same can’t be said for those close to her. Multiple sources confirm that consultant Chuck Coughlin has been attempting to persuade lawmakers to introduce a referendum to compete against the Quality Education and Jobs Act, a tax increase proposed by the AEA-affiliated Arizona Education Network and the Associated General Contractors.Read More »