The work of the 50th Legislature is officially completed, but rumors were circulating last week that some Republicans are – or will be – working on a referral to compete with the Open Government initiative, which seeks to overhaul the state’s elections system by allowing everybody to vote in an open primary with the top two winners, regardless of party, competing in a runoff.Read More »
After wrapping up work on the budget, senators immediately turned their attention to a sweeping proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer to overhaul the rules that govern state employees.Read More »
If a proposed constitutional amendment wins voter approval this fall, the threshold for raising taxes at all levels of government in the state will be made significantly higher and could make it nearly impossible for tax increases or extensions to ever occur.Read More »
A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that would restrict the use of restraints on pregnant inmates in Arizona.Read More »
Call former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons of more than 200 convicted felons what you want — egregious, nonsensical or, if you’re so inclined — justified. More worrisome, though, may be the volume of instances where pardons were issued but public notice requirements about them were not fulfilled.Read More »
The deadline to apply for appointments to fill two Arizona Court of Appeals vacancies is being extended because only a few people have applied so far and they're all Republicans.Read More »
Imagine hiring a builder to add a kitchen on to your house. You agree to a price, sign a contract, and take out a loan. But without consulting you, the builder decides instead to build a garage. You would sue him for violating the contract and you would win.
This is exactly what Cave Creek School District did when it broke its contract with the voters.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is canceling her plans to attend a border governors meeting in Mexico this week.Read More »
An Arizona congressman wants to do away with dollar bills, saying a phase-out to instead use dollar coins would save the United States a projected $184 million annually.Read More »
A group of doctors who treated an infant victim in a murder case lost in a bid July 21 to obtain $350-an-hour fees from the state for their time to testify at trial.Read More »