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What next after Giffords resignation?

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Sunday put what was perhaps the largest looming question in Arizona politics to rest with her announcement that she will resign from office in order to continue her recovery from an injury severe enough to make her survival alone seem like a miracle.

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Recall threat tactic may prove difficult (access required)

Seeing one of Arizona’s most prolific and powerful political figures toppled in a recall election has some Republicans wondering who might be next.

Whereas previously, a recall petition being pulled could be dismissed as a joke, there was now a solid model for running a recall campaign and winning.

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Babbitt & Bolin: Linked by the length of their terms (access required)

Democrats Bruce Babbitt and Wes Bolin represent the long and short of Arizona’s gubernatorial reigns.

Bolin, born Harvey Wesley Bolin in 1908, set a longevity record as Arizona secretary of state, serving almost 29 years, from 1949 to 1977. And when Raul Castro resigned as governor on Oct. 20, 1977, to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Bolin moved up to the Governor’s Office.

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