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Energized GOP in District 25 poses threat to Alvarez (access required)

The primary election turnout paints a worrisome picture for Sen. Manny Alvarez, one of several Democrats seeking re-election to the Legislature this year. The challenge Alvarez faces perhaps best illustrates what he and many other Democratic candidates statewide face: How to fend off Republican opponents in a year when the GOP base is energized and an anti-incumbent sentiment is supposedly prevalent.

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End of GOP budget fight? Seriously? (access required)

For the first time in at least six years, the annual release of budget plans by the Arizona Legislature and the governor didn't result in bickering. Of course, it helps that the legislative Republican majority didn't put out anything even closely resembling a budget plan this year.

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GOP pushing for 1-day special session (access required)

Barring any surprises, Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to call the Legislature into special session in the next few days. But her 1-cent sales tax hike won't be on the table - at least not this time. Still up in the air is the possibility of doing a second special session, possibly in December, for another round of cuts and potentially approving revenue generating options.

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GOP budget details released; reaction mixed (access required)

Republican lawmakers have released a budget proposal they say will balance a $3.3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead, they will rely heavily on cuts to education funding and municipalities.

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