If this unfortunate legislative session has to be remembered in years to come, it will be recalled as a time that politicians put sideshows ahead of seriousness. Birther bills, birthright citizenship, and tea party license plates are great at getting partisan activists riled up.Read More »
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Although all five members of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission have said they're either aware of, or had logged into, the online mapping software that was released to the public recently by the Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition, which has a stated goal of increasing the number of “competitive districts,” they don't all agree about how it will be used.Read More »
After years of having nothing to show for their legislative efforts to dismantle Arizona’s public campaign financing system, state business leaders and other opponents of Clean Elections enlisted the help of an unlikely ally.
On April 18, the Senate refered SCR1025 to the 2012 ballot. The success of the measure, which would ask voters to effectively gut Arizona’s embattled 13-year-old public finance system for legislative and statewide office candidates, can largely be attributed to one of Clean Election’s most ardent supporters.
Grijalva's calls for prospective Dem candidates to stop playing the waiting game with Giffords and jump into the Senate race were met with nods of approval among Arizona Democrats.Read More »
Arizona House Democrats have a new whip. The House's minority chose Rep. Anna Tovar of Tolleson as their third-ranking leader.Read More »
Changing legislative primaries so the top vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election would cut down on polarizing legislation, make districts more competitive and further engage Arizona’s growing number of independent voters, according to a report by a nonpartisan research group.Read More »
Pima County politicians have joked about the idea of political separation from more-conservative Maricopa County for decades. But the Legislature’s recent moves on topics including immigration caused some to stop laughing and form a political committee advocating that this county of more than 1 million people leave Arizona and create a new state.Read More »
Antsy for results, tea party supporters gathered for a weekend strategy summit say they're intent on making sure the Republicans they helped return to power last fall live up to promises to dramatically change course in Washington.Read More »
An empty seat among Arizona's Republican and Democratic lawmakers. The gaze of a child's grieving parents. The solemnity of a president and warring lawmakers promising, for the moment, to come together in peace.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 »