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Brewer orders halt to budget negotiations (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer threw a counterpunch at GOP lawmakers following the Monday release of their budget plan, ordering a halt to meetings between the two sides’ budget staffs until the legislative budget plan is changed to address some of her key concerns.

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Cardon struggles to find a foothold

Cardon’s been in the Senate race for six months, but it doesn’t look like the needle has budged. A poll released today by Public Policy Polling shows Flake with a 56-7 lead among likely primary voters, and is virtually unchanged from November.

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Mesa to be in national spotlight as it hosts GOP debate

In 2009, this city had so many foreclosures that President Barack Obama appeared at one of its high schools to speak about the national housing crisis. In 2011, a Mesa district recalled its state senator and anti-immigration leader Russell Pearce in a historic election. A month ago, Gov. Jan Brewer shook her finger at Obama at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

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