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Key absence could quash Bundgaard ethics hearing (access required)

A full-blown investigation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s infamous freeway fight seemed certain to take place when an ethics complaint was filed against him last month.

But one member of the ethics panel won’t be around when the committee meets today to decide whether to proceed with an inquiry. And that missing vote could neutralize efforts to investigate Bundgaard.

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Former surgeon general still weighing Senate run

With Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' political future still uncertain, Democratic officials eyeing next year's Senate race in Arizona have turned their attention to former U. S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Bush administration official who broke ranks and complained about politics driving his job.

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Mental health providers irate over new rate cuts (access required)

Mental health providers in Maricopa County are trying to figure out how to cope with a new round of rate cuts that are ultimately being passed down to them from the cash-strapped state, which is asking them to continue providing the same level of service for less money.

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Bundgaard wants Gould off ethics panel (access required)

Sen. Scott Bundgaard is lobbying for the removal of the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, a clear attempt to push back as he faces a potential ethics inquiry over a roadside fight with his ex-girlfriend.

Bundgaard’s attorney, James Austin Woods, told Senate President Russell Pearce in a letter Tuesday that the Peoria Republican wouldn’t get a fair hearing if Sen. Ron Gould remains the panel’s chairman.

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The Symington Group, sans the Symington

The Symington Group is dissolving and most of its partners have formed a new consulting firm, but Symington himself is going his own way. Former Symington Group members Amilyn Gordon, John Ragan, Tim Sifert and Camilla Strongin formed The Engaging Company LLC in March, which Strongin said will be very similar to the Symington Group.

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