Tag Archives: Q&A

Andy Biggs: From stubborn no-voter to Senate leader (access required)

Sen. Andy Biggs (Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

After 14 years as a state legislator, Senate President Andy Biggs won’t be returning to the Capitol next January, and instead seeks higher office in Congress. The Gilbert Republican has much to reflect on after another chaotic session and years in the Legislature, where he went from a stubborn no-voter in the House to the leader of a Senate chamber that’s grown more conservative over the past decade.

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Doug Ducey: Not looking for a fight (access required)

Gov. Doug Ducey (Photo by Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Doug Ducey’s second legislative session did not go quite as smoothly as his first. Whereas 2015 was the shortest session in decades and a budget agreement was reached with legislative leadership in record time, 2016 dragged on into May as Ducey and lawmakers negotiated the budget.

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On second thought… (access required)

Sitting for an interview can often be an uncomfortable situation, especially if you're talking about yourself. A lot of questions can run through your mind. Is the reporter going to ask fair questions? Am I going to be portrayed fairly? Am I going to sound stupid?

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Democratic leader won’t rule out voting for GOP budget

In all probability, Republican legislative leadership and the governor will need Democratic votes in the Senate to pass a referral to increase the state sales tax. If bipartisan talks take place, the job of negotiating the terms will fall on Jorge Luis Garcia, the Democratic minority leader from Tucson.

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