Republican challenger Steve Smith has defeated incumbent Sen. Rebecca Rios by nearly 5,000 votes to capture a seat in Legislative District 23 that has been held by the Rios family since the district was first created a decade ago.Read More »
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has proven that tough immigration policies make it easy to raise cash for political campaigns, and Gov. Jan Brewer has shown that the same rule applies to raising money for legal defense of the state’s new immigration law.
But now, private-sector interests are getting wise as well.
Senate Minority Leader Jorge Garcia had an aura of almost monkish austerity. You saw it in what he wore – earth-colored trousers and a drab polo shirt. And you saw it in how he spoke – plain and direct.Read More »
A senior Democrat has introduced a bill to keep lawmakers from receiving a daily allowance during the ongoing special session.Read More »
The Legislature has decided to give Arizona residents the option to donate more of their income to the state each tax cycle, even though many lawmakers say the whole thing is a waste of time.Read More »
In the final moments before passing a sweeping immigration overhaul, Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa, made some predictions about his bill, S1070. "We'll have less crime. We'll have lower taxes. We'll have safer neighborhoods. We'll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We'll have smaller classrooms," the Mesa Republican said on the Senate floor on April 19.Read More »
Sen. Rebecca Rios, an Apache Junction Democrat and the assistant minority leader, will likely succeed Sen. Jorge Garcia, the Democratic leader who is termed-out and is running for the Corporation Commission.Read More »
Supporters of a bill that aims to extend tax credits for motion picture companies face a new hurdle: A fiscal analysis shows the program would cost the state as much as $40 million beginning in fiscal 2012.Read More »
Ask any politician if they promote family values, and you'll get the answer you'd expect. Ask a group of politicians to define family values, though, and you'll likely get completely different, perhaps conflicting answers.Read More »
A bill that creates tougher penalties for those who take advantage of child prostitutes is nearing the finish line, and social workers who call Phoenix a hub for child prostitution say it's about time.Read More »