A federal judge shot down the Department of Justice’s request to seal all of the evidence against Rep. Ben Arrendondo, who pleaded not guilty today to federal charges stemming from an FBI sting.Read More »
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Despite being elected by his colleagues as Majority Leader last session, Rep. Steve Court announced today that he would not be seeking re-election this year.Read More »
An embattled Tucson lawmaker facing expulsion will have no greater access to the House of Representatives than the reporters covering the sordid saga of Rep. Daniel Patterson.
But the leading Democrat in the House says that’s not good enough.
Some lawmakers have begun bringing firearms to the state Capitol, citing a growing fear of Rep. Daniel Patterson, whose alleged hostile outbursts and erratic behavior were detailed in an investigative report on Monday.Read More »
The House Ethics Committee will meet March 13 to consider an ethics complaint against Tucson Democrat Daniel Patterson after an ex-girlfriend claimed he physically assaulted her.Read More »
Federal law prohibits weapons within 1,000 feet of a school, but a proposal that won approval in the House of Representatives today would allow most Arizonans to carry a gun right up to a school’s property line.Read More »
Rep. Justin Olson introduced Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel plan Tuesday, just in time for the 275-page bill to be heard in committee on Thursday.Read More »
One of former Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s most loyal allies filed paperwork last week to run for the state House of Represenatives.Read More »
It hasn’t been a banner past couple years for the Democrats. Faced with a Republican supermajority, their power at the Legislature has been limited.
Assessing this year’s session, House Minority Leader Chad Campbell has a similarly dim outlook. Democrats are still outnumbered two-to-one, and a looming election may mean lawmakers focus on more ideological issues. But there are some promising signs: new leadership in the House and Senate, plus some unexpected money for the state.
Expect more of the same substance from the Arizona Legislature during lawmakers' regular session this year — but maybe not as much sound and fury.Read More »