A few days ago, the Yavapai Tea Party gathered at a church in rural Arizona to discuss the all-too-familiar topic of illegal immigration. Among the conservative, mostly over-55 crowd, it is a subject seen in black and white. Build a fence, add agents, reject amnesty — period. And so it was all the more striking when, off to the side in a room with "Jesus Loves Us!!" written on a chalkboard, the conversation turned to the subject on everyone's mind, if not the agenda: The conservative Arizona sheriff and Republican candidate for Congress who less than a week earlier had admitted to reporters, his constituents — indeed to the world — that he is gay.Read More »
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Republican governor and GOP Legislature are digging in for long budget fightIt may have been the opening shot to an all-out war.
While Arizonans were celebrating President’s Day on Feb. 20, legislative leaders unveiled a budget that ditched her major spending initiatives.
The Governor’s Office responded in kind, describing the legislative budget as “shortsighted” and “reckless.” Read More »
The act of sending out sexually suggestive photos via the Internet ended the political careers of two New York congressmen last year. But while many questioned his judgment, outrage involving Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s similar actions was mostly muted at the state Capitol. So far, no Republican or Democratic lawmakers have called for his resignation.Read More »
Just a few percentage points separate Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the polls for Arizona’s GOP presidential primary, but the two frontrunners did little to differentiate themselves on the issues nearest to Arizona Republicans’ hearts.Read More »
Matt Jette, who in 2010 unsuccessfully ran in the Republican gubernatorial primary, has shifted his sights to Washington D.C. and shifted his party affiliation from red to blue in order to do it.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer threw a counterpunch at GOP lawmakers following the Monday release of their budget plan, ordering a halt to meetings between the two sides’ budget staffs until the legislative budget plan is changed to address some of her key concerns.Read More »
With polls showing him trailing front-runner Mitt Romney only slightly in Arizona, Rick Santorum told an audience here Tuesday that his consistent support of smaller government makes him the best GOP candidate to take on President Barack Obama.Read More »
Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican who is running for Congress, has secured the support of the leader of the Arizona Senate.Read More »
Despite a clear sign that the governor is unhappy with their budget plan, Republican lawmakers swiftly approved the proposal during simultaneous committee hearings in the House and Senate this morning.Read More »
“Extremist” bills inspired by the tea party movement are taking the Legislature’s attention away from issues important to Arizonans, such as jobs, fixing schools and making government accountable, House Democratic leaders said Monday.Read More »