Hoping to douse a political firestorm that has sprung up in some conservative circles, Gov. Jan Brewer ordered state employees Friday to begin calling the state’s learning standards by a different name.Read More »
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The nation’s sixth-largest city is ready to begin phasing out an “emergency” sales tax on food that was added in 2010 to address a massive budget deficit.Read More »
As the national immigration debate rages, enthusiasm in Arizona fades.Russell Pearce stood on the Senate lawn last Saturday, reciting the same anti-illegal immigration rhetoric that boosted him to national fame in 2010 with the passage of his SB1070. This time, the crowd around Pearce had become much smaller. Read More »
Rich Crandall's Arizona state Senate seat was declared vacant by Senate President Andy Biggs on Aug. 22, days after Crandall notified Biggs that his resignation won’t take effect until midnight on Aug. 31. Biggs cited a portion of Arizona law that declares a legislative office can be deemed vacant now that Crandall is no longer a resident of the district.Read More »
Students with the Dream Act Coalition got an impromptu meeting with Attorney General Tom Horne Thursday, asking him to drop a lawsuit contesting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.Read More »
State Rep. Albert Hale, who sought an appointment to a vacant state Senate seat, is challenging the Apache County Board of Supervisors’ decision to send a nominee who lives in Gilbert to the Capitol.Read More »
Police reports provide new details into a Peoria police investigation of sexual abuse allegations made against Arizona Sen. Rick Murphy in 2011, a case that was closed at the time but has since been reopened after new charges of molestation were made against the lawmaker.
Peoria police and Child Protective Services reopened the 2011 case after a male foster child in Murphy’s care reported in June that the Peoria Republican had been inappropriately touching the teen since January 2007, a police report stated.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has asked the public to weigh in on electricity deregulation, which would break up the state’s system of “regulated monopoly” under which a handful of public utility companies are in charge of generating and distributing power to homes and industries.Read More »
Sen. Steve Pierce was under tremendous pressure from forces within and outside the state Capitol – including at least one official from the National Republican Congressional Committee –during the hours before sine die as lawmakers and others tried to influence his vote on a controversial election bill.Read More »
Even though Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson was listed as benefiting from only $566 spent by lobbyists, he ranked No. 3 among the most lobbied lawmakers during the first quarter.Read More »