Former state legislator Jonathan Paton is making another run for a congressional seat, but he won’t be seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned her seat today a year after she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt.Read More »
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Won over by her legislative experience, Maricopa County’s supervisors today picked Rep. Judy Burges to replace former Sen. Scott Bundgaard.
Burges, who has been a lawmaker since 2005, became the Senate’s newest member later in the afternoon, when she took her oath of office and was promptly escorted to her new seat.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning to pick a replacement for Sen. Scott Bundgaard, who resigned earlier this month in the midst of an ethics hearing into a domestic violence incident he had with a girlfriend last year.Read More »
Democratic lawmakers today outlined their goals for the 2012 legislative session, stressing a need for bipartisan cooperation, while also ripping Republican-led legislation of recent years.Read More »
At least one presidential candidate will be on hand for the Arizona Republican Party’s straw poll.
Libertarian-leaning, GOP orthodoxy-bashing U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will be a guest speaker at the state party’s meeting on Jan. 28, where he’ll look for a straw poll win in anticipation of Arizona’s presidential preference primary in late February.
The road from the end of the last legislative session to the beginning of the new one was full of potholes for Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature.
Both sides say there’s nothing unusual about the two branches butting heads, and say they’ve moved past the disagreements of 2011. But there was no shortage of feuds between Brewer and the Legislature.
Today marked the last IRC meeting for quite a while, and it was anything but boring.Read More »
Russell Pearce may have been ousted by the voters in his legislative district in last year’s historic recall election, but proof of his enduring popularity among Republican activists will be on full display later this month, as the former Senate president is set to be elected to second-in-command of the Arizona Republican Party. When voters at the state GOP’s annual meeting on Jan. 28 elect a host of new officers, Pearce’s name will be on the ballot as a candidate for first vice-chairman of the party, and his victory – despite the presence of an opponent – is as assured as is tomorrow’s sunrise.Read More »
Arizona's redistricting commission members divided along party lines Tuesday as they approved maps of new congressional and legislative districts by identical 3-2 votes.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has never had a legislative session like this.
After three years of fiscal crises and emergency budget fixes, Brewer went into the 2012 legislative session with a projected surplus. The biggest budget problem Brewer faces now is what to do with as much as $1.5 billion in extra revenue.