Don’t get me wrong. I’m a staunch conservative, and I appreciate much of the work that Russell Pearce did while serving in the Arizona House and Senate.Read More »
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Nobody would call 2011 a dull year for Arizona politics. The soap opera fans got Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s side-of-the-road scuffle, the conspiracy theorists had their hands full with the Independent Redistricting Commission, and those who delight in schadenfreude watched the fall of Senate President Russell Pearce.Read More »
Bad legal advice and confusing and conflicting lobbying statutes allowed 16 current and former lawmakers who accepted football tickets and other gifts from the Fiesta Bowl to avoid criminal charges.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said today that after an eight-month probe he can’t prove whether any of the lawmakers “knowingly” failed to disclose trips they took at Fiesta Bowl expense and game tickets they received.
As if Arizona’s political world isn’t abuzz enough, two major developments are expected to take place this week. On Tuesday, the Senate Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet to hash out details about how the ethics investigation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard will move forward. And on Wednesday, Maricopa County’s top prosecutor is expected to unveil the findings of his Fiesta Bowl investigation.Read More »
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will present the findings of his Fiesta Bowl investigation at press conference Dec. 21.Read More »
The new head of the scandal-tainted Fiesta Bowl says excesses at the top-tier bowl game are a thing of the past.Read More »
The former chief operating officer of the Fiesta Bowl has been indicted on charges of filing false income tax returns for the bowl game, the first charges against a former official of one of the top national college football bowls and Bowl Championship Series member since a scathing report led to the firing of its president in March.Read More »
A committee assisting in the search for a new University of Arizona president will hold five hearings to gather public input on the issues that the new university leader will face.Read More »
A group critical of the BCS is challenging the legality of a contract that calls for the Fiesta Bowl to receive more than $8 million over 20 years from an Arizona visitors bureau, and for the bowl to require teams and their affiliated groups to stay at hotels in Scottsdale and a nearby town.Read More »
Longtime Democratic staff attorney Michael Mandell is leaving his Senate position to take a job at a public affairs firm.Read More »