In an earlier time, the emerging portrait of a deeply troubled young man might have given Jared Loughner's lawyers the basis of an insanity defense. But John Hinckley's successful insanity claim after shooting President Ronald Reagan led Congress to raise the bar, making the task harder.Read More »
We don't yet know what role, if any, the actions of the Legislature played in what happened on Saturday. But if ever there was a time to re-examine the cliff we are headed toward, this tragedy certainly provides it. (Laurie Roberts/The Arizona Republic)Read More »
With more votes than almost any candidate in the state, Election Day was a mandate for Ken Bennett. As he prepares for a full term as secretary of state, the position Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him to when she ascended to the Ninth Floor, Bennett is planning on changes aimed at making voting easier and making government more accessible to Arizonans. But secretary of state may not be his last gig in elected office.Read More »
Sen. John McCain says he would support congressional work toward an overhaul of the immigration system once "the borders have been secured."Read More »
After reading the tea leaves about Kyl’s future, some D.C. observers are now saying there are signs the state’s junior senator will not seek another term.Read More »
Two-time Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens will step aside and offer his support to Andrei Cherny to become the next leader of the party.Read More »
In the “mutual benefits agreement” signed in 2008 and renewed recently, Superior pledged its support for federal legislation that would make a huge copper mine possible by exchanging protected land in the Tonto National Forest for parcels of comparable value elsewhere in the state. Any official communication opposing the plan to the governor or a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation would void the deal, and the town agreed to provide letters of support to those same officials.
But in promoting its plans Resolution Copper Mining LLC, the company that would set up the new mine, has created similar agreements with groups whose opposition could be detrimental.
Hundreds of years ago, William Shakespeare turned comic relief into a literary device. In 2010, Jon Stewart effectively turned that device against Arizona, in what became nearly constant skewering.Read More »
WASHINGTON - Congress gave final approval Dec. 22 to legislation that authorizes the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations.Read More »
Former U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman said he will seek the chairmanship of the Arizona Democratic Party.Read More »