Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal compared Common Core opponents to “barbarians at the gate” May 13 and vowed to fight them to preserve the educational standards, setting off a Twitter attack by conservative blogger and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin.Read More »
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For more than 100 years, our state has been an attractive place for entrepreneurs and investment. From miners to bankers, it seems our business climate has been as attractive as our actual climate. But few businesses have been around longer than newspapers. In fact, nearly half of the state’s 12 oldest businesses are local newspapers.Read More »
Rep. Bob Thorpe locked down his Twitter account, barred reporters from following it and erased several comments after Democrats and civil rights activists called several of his tweets racially insensitive.Read More »
Sen. Steve Pierce was under tremendous pressure from forces within and outside the state Capitol – including at least one official from the National Republican Congressional Committee –during the hours before sine die as lawmakers and others tried to influence his vote on a controversial election bill.Read More »
The comments by Maricopa County Republican Party chairman A.J. LaFaro equating Gov. Jan Brewer to Judas Iscariot for pushing Medicaid expansion have created a firestorm and led to calls for his resignation.Read More »
Social (mass) media: From promotional videos to profane rants — Facebook and Twitter give politicians instant audiences
Whether you love them or hate them, today’s politicians want to be “liked” on Facebook and followed on Twitter. So do their critics. Social media is rapidly changing how people seek and hold public office.Read More »
The former Arizona director of a leading tea party group says he has scrapped plans to deliver Valentine’s Day cards that featured murderous dictators including Adolf Hitler to Republican lawmakers believed to oppose anti-union legislation.Read More »
In recent years, several state lawmakers have had fake, unflattering social media accounts spring up in their names.Read More »
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his ex-beau won’t be facing criminal charges for actions related to their breakup that eventually doomed the sheriff’s congressional hopes, the Attorney General’s Office reported.Read More »
U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon says he plans to air a new television ad, but his campaign hasn’t bought any network TV airtime since the end of July.
The five biggest networks in the Phoenix metro area say Cardon’s last ad buy ended on July 30, just days before early ballots were sent out for the Aug. 28 primary against Congressman Jeff Flake.