Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa, has reached a deal with a colleague to run for the House, a move that avoids what could have been a bruising primary slugfest for the Senate seat.Read More »
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In the wake of two of Arizona’s biggest political shake-ups of last year, lawmakers are hoping a little sunshine will help clean up the mess.
Shadowy groups involved in the recall of then-Senate President Russell Pearce brought to light some of the flaws in the current financial disclosure requirements. Meanwhile, the Fiesta Bowl scandal brought to light ethical questions about what should be considered a gift from a lobbyist.
Russell Pearce made his return to Arizona politics today, nearly three months after being the first legislator recalled in the state’s 100-year history, when Arizona Republican Party activists overwhelmingly elected him to the No. 2 post in the party.Read More »
Supporters and opponents of Arizona's controversial immigration law are squaring off again after Democrats say they're working to repeal the measure.Read More »
Democratic lawmakers have introduced a resolution intended to expose “hypocrisy” of small-government advocates who support laws limiting access to abortion.Read More »
Recall candidate Olivia Cortes’ campaign may have been contrived, phony, aided by illegal means and designed to fool the public, but that doesn’t mean that she or the perpetrators of the backfired plot to help former Senate President Russell Pearce will face any punishment.Read More »
Federal inaction on comprehensive immigration reform has forced the issue on state and local leaders, but Arizona-style approaches are not the solution, a group of mayors was told Wednesday.Read More »
State officials in Arizona are seeking tougher disclosure requirements for businesses and unions that make independent expenditures for or against candidates.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 »
The investigation into the Olivia Cortes candidacy quietly evaporated last week when Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores informed Bennett that she was unable to determine who pulled the strings to collect Cortes’ nominating petition signatures so she could qualify for the recall ballot.Read More »