Rep. Ed Ableser, a Democrat from Tempe, last night pressed Republican Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, over his support for a state budget that kept money for schools relatively flat and didn’t restore funding for an insurance program for low-income children.Read More »
Republican legislative candidates in hotly-contested races have on the whole stockpiled a bigger war chest than Democrats as November approaches, finance reports filed with the Secretary of State show.Read More »
After several tries, Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, finally found a resident who was willing to step outside his door and talk about politics one Saturday morning in September. Armed with a voter list and a pocket full of flyers, Lewis, who is running for the state Senate against Democratic Rep. Ed Ableser of Tempe, had been knocking on several doors in a working class neighborhood in Tempe.Read More »
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has far outraised his primary opponent, former Senate President Russell Pearce, taking in about $67,000 in contributions during the first five months of the year. Pearce, meanwhile, collected a mere $2,800 during the same period, according to the latest campaign finance reports. The deadline to file the reports was July 2, and they reflect campaign finances through May 31.Read More »
Lawmakers from across the state are gearing up to take on incumbents and members of their own party in the August primaries.
What’s more, some incumbents are expected to square-off in the November general election, as well.
This week’s most outstanding quips, jibes and utterances.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce’s allies have said that recall challenger Jerry Lewis would be soundly defeated if he faced Pearce in a Republican primary election.Read More »
Records from the past three legislative sessions point to a simple truism of the citizen-legislature model: The shorter the session, the better the attendance.
By keeping a 100-day session — the length prescribed by legislative rules — 27 of the Legislature’s 90 members voted on every bill that was brought to the floor, and only one lawmaker missed more than 20 percent of floor votes.
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 »
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission approved a rule change Thursday that would require candidates to turn over laptops and other fixed assets exceeding $200 or purchase them at half of the original price.Read More »