2012 year in review

As a staff member takes down the Arizona redistricting map, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair Colleen Mathis gets a hug from Frank Bergen, a Pima County Democrat, at an Arizona redistricting meeting Jan. 17 in Phoenix.
Dec 28, 2012

New political maps were used for first time, but 3 lawsuits are pending

While the actual mapping was done in 2011, this past year proved that the fight over redistricting takes many forms, with Arizona’s struggles over political boundaries shifting from the drawing room to the courtroom.

Dec 28, 2012

Top political scandals of 2012: Arizona leaders populate police blotters

There was never a moment in 2012 when some Arizona office holder wasn’t under indictment, under investigation or at least under suspicion.

Much of the action was centered at the Capitol.

Dec 28, 2012

Immigration, abortion, gay rights put Arizona in national legal spotlight

Arizona politics not only kept courts busy in 2012, but led to a landmark case in June when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the state’s most prominent immigration policy.

Dec 28, 2012

Who’s hot, who’s not: A year of ups and downs for Arizona politicos

As 2012 comes to a close, some Arizona politicos have reached new heights of prominence and power. Others saw once-promising careers hit the wall.

Jeff Flake and Kyrsten Sinema gained influence and stature in the nation’s capital, while Andy Biggs reached the pinnacle of power in the Arizona Senate.

Meanwhile, former Senate President Russell Pearce and his successor, Sen. S[...]

Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama (AP photo)
Dec 28, 2012

Wild West moments of 2012

While the mood at the state Capitol this past year might be best described as riotous, 2012 — the Chinese Year of the Dragon — was marked with fewer gaffes, catfights and over-the-top name calling among Arizona’s political elite.

Dec 28, 2012

Top quotes of 2012

This year's most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances.