Politicians sometimes say the ‘darndest’ things, and 2011 didn’t disappoint. Whether deliberate or inadvertent, some comments by Arizona’s lawmakers outraged, inflamed or simply stoked people’s imaginations. Here are some comments and moments that left many scratching their heads, hopping mad or laughing out loud. If they proved anything, it’s this: The state Capitol can be a merry little box of chocolates. You just don’t know what you’re going to get.Read More »
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Before senators can launch into a full-blown ethics hearing of Sen. Scott Bundgaard, a judge will decide whether the courts have the authority to intervene and halt the legislative inquiry.Read More »
On the eve of tomorrow’s ethics hearing, Gallardo introduced a bill inspired by Bundgaard’s roadside scuffle and the ensuing plea deal he struck that some feel carried too light a punishment.Read More »
The investigative report by the U.S. Department of Justice may have ignited Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s critics, but his political allies said their support for the sheriff remains unwavering.Read More »
A Democratic lawmaker is pushing for the elimination of the presidential primary starting next year, a move that would cancel the Republican contest that is scheduled for February.
The chances that the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer will favorably consider the idea are miniscule at best.
Gallardo told our reporter that legislators can bring two guests for the opening day of session in the House chamber, where Brewer will give her state address. So he’s bringing a familiar figure – activist Randy Parraz.Read More »
The Senate Ethics Committee has hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate whether Sen. Scott Bundgaard broke ethics rules in a roadside scuffle with his ex-girlfriend.
And the attorney, Kory Langhofer, appears to be aggressively pursuing the case: He said he will likely call witnesses to testify in the ethics trial next month, including alleged victim Aubry Ballard, police officers and other eye witnesses to the domestic-violence incident.
Legislative candidates across the state are quickly learning how difficult it is to run a campaign without knowing where their districts will be.
The uncertainty also complicates fundraising.
Senate President Russell Pearce has been ousted, but his allies in the Legislature aren’t about to let his defeat deter them from pushing anti-illegal immigration measures that the outgoing senator would undoubtedly like to see become law.Read More »
In an unprecedented move that cast shadows of uncertainty over the state’s decennial remapping process, the Senate voted to remove Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.
The Senate voted to oust Mathis on a party line 21-6 vote – three Democrats were absent – for “neglect of duty” and “gross misconduct in office.” The charges stemmed from Republican allegations that Mathis, the independent chair of the panel, ignored constitutional criteria for drawing congressional and legislative districts and violated open meeting laws during the selection of a mapping consultant.