Almost two dozen incumbent lawmakers can boast of earning the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s endorsement despite opposing the business community’s biggest policy positions in the last two years.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers finished one of the fastest sessions in recent memory this April, but still found time for behavior that amazes, amuses and sometimes embarrasses the state’s legislative body.Read More »
A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer said the governor has concerns with changes the Senate is making to the House-approved budget that could lead her to veto the spending package.Read More »
WASHINGTON – House Democrats renewed demands Wednesday for immigration reform, filing a petition that could force House leaders to bring the long-stalled issue up for a vote.Read More »
New rules that would block many women in Arizona from having pill-induced abortions are getting a closer look by a federal judge who will decide whether to put the restrictions on hold as a legal challenge plays out in the courts.Read More »
An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies.Read More »
Legislation is rarely killed on the House or Senate floor. By the time a bill has run the gauntlet through committees, caucuses and debate from the Committee of the Whole, and finally reaches an official floor vote, its passage is almost guaranteed.Read More »
Country music plays in the background as state House Speaker Andy Tobin tells Graham County Republican Party leaders at a Safford restaurant he has spent seven years fighting for them at the Legislature, and he’s ready to take the fight to Congress.
Farther north, freshman state Rep. Adam Kwasman rallies a rowdy crowd at a Show Low Tea Party event, telling them to stay focused on the project at hand: nominating him to take on the Democratic incumbent in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
Shope eyes smaller districts for state representatives
Rep. T.J. Shope wants to cut Arizona’s massive House of Representatives districts in half.
The first-term lawmaker hasn’t completed his plans yet, but is strongly leaning toward a proposal that would split the House districts in half. Rather than have each legislative district elect two House members at large, Shope’s plan would create two separate House districts that would be contained within each Senate district.
Sen. John McCain said last month he's considering running for a sixth term in 2016 and now the Arizona Republican is taking a step toward doing that.Read More »