Lacking the numbers to block Republican-backed bills, Democratic legislators billed themselves as watchdogs whose main task at the Capitol was to highlight legislation they considered to be harmful to the state.Read More »
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Before the session began, Republicans crowed about the super majorities, and boasted that it would allow them to overrule Gov. Jan Brewer, should she have the temerity to veto their bills.
But Brewer vetoed 29 bills this year, including several that had overwhelming Republican support in both chambers. And despite their supermajority advantage, the Republicans in the House and Senate never once tried to override a veto.
Arizona Republicans scoffed at remarks made by President Barack Obama in Texas on Tuesday calling for comprehensive immigration reform.Read More »
President Barack Obama, in search of Hispanic votes and a long-shot immigration overhaul, stood at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever.Read More »
President Barack Obama is making his first trip as president to the U.S.-Mexico border, using the setting to sharpen his call for a remake of the country's immigration laws and try to cast the Republican Party as the obstacle standing in its way.Read More »
After fighting for years, small-government advocates thought they had a victory as the Legislature passed HB2707, the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights measure that would place strict limits on how quickly government spending could increase.Read More »
A string of vetoes is making some Republican legislators wonder if they should turn to Magic 8-Balls, tarot cards and tea leaves next session if they want to know what Gov. Jan Brewer will think of their bills.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has completed action on bills passed by the Legislature during its 2011 regular session. But now she and others are talking about the possibility of a special session, either in the fall or sooner.Read More »
Lawmakers found Gov. Jan Brewer to be a lot like a teacher who's a tough grader — and she's not shy about sending notes home either.Read More »
A bill vetoed Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday would have changed the county personnel systems across Arizona except for Maricopa County.Read More »