Arizona State University President Michael Crow warned a legislative committee today that the Legislature’s micromanagement of the state’s universities is affecting their bottom line, stifling innovation and is unsustainable.Read More »
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Democratic lawmakers today outlined their goals for the 2012 legislative session, stressing a need for bipartisan cooperation, while also ripping Republican-led legislation of recent years.Read More »
The road from the end of the last legislative session to the beginning of the new one was full of potholes for Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.
Both sides say there’s nothing unusual about the two branches butting heads, and say they’ve moved past the disagreements of 2011. But there was no shortage of feuds between Brewer and the Legislature.
Today marked the last IRC meeting for quite a while, and it was anything but boring.Read More »
The deadline to apply for appointments to fill two Arizona Court of Appeals vacancies is being extended because only a few people have applied so far and they're all Republicans.Read More »
Manning the counter at Herb N’Legends, a north Phoenix smoke shop, Bob Wools said minors come in at least every other day trying to buy hookah pipes. And even though there’s no law against selling them to those under 18, ...Read More »
A state House committee Tuesday narrowly endorsed scrapping a state law the prevents legislators from serving as paid lobbyists at the Capitol for a year after leaving office.
Its author, Rep. Jack W. Harper, R-Surprise, said the moratorium is intended to keep lawmakers from influencing legislation but fails to recognize that staff members are even better positioned to become lobbyists. He said it’s unfair to deny former lawmakers the same opportunities allowed for staff members.
While they’re uncomfortable with Gov. Jan Brewer’s higher revenue forecast in two years, Republican lawmakers aren’t rejecting her spending plan outright.
In fact, many are agreeable to some of the expenditures Brewer is seeking.
Arizona's redistricting commission members divided along party lines Tuesday as they approved maps of new congressional and legislative districts by identical 3-2 votes.Read More »
The investigation into the Olivia Cortes candidacy quietly evaporated last week when Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores informed Bennett that she was unable to determine who pulled the strings to collect Cortes’ nominating petition signatures so she could qualify for the recall ballot.Read More »