Earlier this year, Joseph Smith, who monitors the $25 billion mortgage settlement fund for 49 states, declined to comment on the Arizona legislative Republicans’ decision to sweep $50 million from Arizona’s portion of this settlement.Read More »
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has decided not to appoint a temporary replacement for former Rep. Ben Arredondo, who resigned on Oct. 9 after pleading guilty to federal criminal charges.Read More »
Committee chairmen have the final word over what bills get through their committees, and they can essentially kill any piece of legislation that shows up on their desks.Read More »
With the 2012 election now in the rearview mirror, the results show that the number-crunching done last year by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was nearly spot on.Read More »
For those who want to see more of Arizona’s Hispanic community participate in the political process, 2012 provided both a reason to celebrate and an impetus for continued effort.Read More »
The House of Representatives released its committee assignments yesterday, leaving Democrats, who control 40 percent of the seats in the chamber, with 35.8 percent of the committee assignments. But Minority Leader Chad Campbell said the margins are still better than in previous years.Read More »
Pima County has finally finished counting its election ballots while Maricopa County still has thousands to go.Read More »
The incoming class of lawmakers contains a relatively high number of new members — and like children heading to their first day of school, those newbies bring with them outside experiences, fresh ideas and optimism. But one thing they often don’t bring is a working knowledge of the issues and the process.Read More »
T.J. Shope, a Republican from Coolidge, and Juan Mendez, a Democrat from Tempe, share a lot in common.
Both are 27-year-old incoming state representatives. Both studied political science at Arizona State University and received bachelor’s degrees in 2008.
Fred DuVal is touring the state to promote his new book, and possibly a run for governor in 2014 as well.Read More »