Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has confirmed she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Kirkpatrick served one term in the House before losing last fall to Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar.Read More »
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As if pending litigation and recall elections weren’t enough to choke Wisconsin’s government to a halt, state Republicans have decided to prolong the volatile Senate relations sparked by Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill and antagonized by the Democrats’ multi-week stay in Illinois.Read More »
House Minority Whip Matt Heinz suddenly resigned his leadership post this afternoon, citing a need to spend more time and energy on legislation.Read More »
Despite all the raw emotions it stirred and all the opposition it encountered, the Senate’s budget-slashing and gimmicks-busting proposal isn’t going to be state’s final spending plan.
Its most contentious aspects, more likely than not, will be softened and its most ragged edges smoothed out before it wins support in the House of Representatives and with Gov. Jan Brewer.
The Arizona Senate is advancing a budget plan with spending cuts that majority Republicans say are overdue to fit state spending to state revenue.Read More »
Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat, gestures during an impassioned speech on the Senate floor. Gallardo and some of his Senate Democratic colleagues occasionally use humor to lampoon bills they dislike, but have no power to stop.Read More »
The House has approved a measure that will give $5 million to Pinal County to fight drug smugglers, despite opposition from Democrats who said the money would be better spent paying for a transplant program that was cut last year.Read More »
Scott Bundgaard remains majority leader of the Arizona Senate after a closed caucus of Republicans met amid controversy over his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, is still mulling the mechanics of a potential Ethics Committee hearing into the incident.
To the irritation of minority Democrats, the Republican-led Arizona Senate is on record as supporting Wisconsin's Republican governor in his fiscal belt-tightening efforts that include restricting collective bargaining for public employees.Read More »
House Democrats have introduced 178 bills in the 2011 legislative session, and at the 52-day mark only 19 of those bills remained alive.
In filing bills, they have a choice: Make a statement and lose, or move to the center and (maybe) survive.