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 »
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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 letter “Pierce used Victory Fund in failed effort to retain presidency” by political consultant Constantin Querard published in the Jan. 25 edition of the Arizona Capitol Times was both sadly misinformed and bemusing.Read More »
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig ruled today that Republican Darin Mitchell, a candidate for state House in Legislative District 13, does not live in the district he sought to represent and must be removed from the ballot.Read More »
Darin Mitchell, the political newcomer who beat Rep. Russ Jones in last week’s Republican primary election for a Legislative District 13 House seat, released a statement yesterday saying he lives in the district – and out of the district.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.
Former Senate President Russell Pearce and his supporters today were shut out of three locations where they had requested to hold a fundraiser for the Mesa Republican.Read More »
Campaign teams in the Pearce/Worsley race are already taking shape. Though Pearce opted to have Arpaio consultant Chad Willems run his campaign during the recall last year, he will go with Constantin Querard this year. Querard ran Pearce’s 2010 campaign and was expected to handle the recall, but instead he formed an independent expenditure committee that took shots at Lewis.Read More »
The unusual display of loyalty isn’t surprising, said Pearce backer Constantin Querard. “He’s the real deal. We always talk about these people who are willing to step up no matter what the consequences are, but we speak of them as if they are hypothetical or historical figures. Russell is that guy. I don’t know if he’d be so popular with the base if he wasn’t so hated by the opposition,” he said.Read More »
Cardon may not have the resume of a professional politician, but he already has a professional campaign staff. Cardon hired two consultants – Constantin Querard and former RNC Chief of Staff Michael Leavitt.Read More »