2014 Session Wrap

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with Gov. Jan Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer’s last regular legislative session was less eventful than in years past, even anticlimactic, according to the governor.

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

For the first time since we began doing them, a leader has refused to sit down for a Session Wrap Q&A interview. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's office refused multiple requests to sit down for an interview, and the only explanation given was that he “wanted more control” over what would be printed. As a result, we were unable to ask Tobin about his experiences this year — or get his thou[...]

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Minority Leader Chad Campbell

After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. C[...]

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar

Sen. Anna Tovar led the Senate Democratic caucus in 2014 under uncomfortable circumstances, having helped lead a coup of the old leadership team in October 2013. That vote left some bad blood among members of the minority party in the Senate, and the awkwardness of a failed vote to put back in place some of the old leadership team, led by Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, in April.

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with Senate President Andy Biggs

A year after being rolled by Gov. Jan Brewer and key members of his own caucus, Senate President Andy Biggs found himself in the yes column, voting for a budget that he helped guide through the Legislature by first introducing it himself.

May 27, 2014

Barto, Lovas lead in percentage of bills signed into law

Republican Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix scored the highest legislative batting average of the year, with 65 percent of her 23 bills signed into law.

May 27, 2014

As primaries approach, purge of moderate GOP no longer seems likely

The results of a handful of congressional races held in six states on May 20 had national pundits declaring victory for the GOP’s mainstream candidates, and more importantly, a tell-tale loss for Tea Party candidates.

Arizona state Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, sits dejectedly at his desk after a Senate vote approved HB2281 at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Phoenix. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 27, 2014

Ableser attributes low attendance to family responsibilities

Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe regained his title of most absentee lawmaker this year, showing up for only 62 percent of Senate floor sessions, though he voted on 70 percent of all the bills put before the chamber.

May 27, 2014

Evangelical Christian lobby suffers major setback in Brewer’s final year

The leader of lobbying powerhouse Center for Arizona Policy insisted that her group is stronger than ever despite the defeat of its flagship legislation, SB1062, and even though only one of the three bills it drafted was enacted in the recently-concluded session.

May 27, 2014

Little to vote for: Lawmakers kill most referrals before they get to the ballot

Voters are going to have an unusually short list of ballot propositions in the general election as lawmakers in 2014 referred only one measure to the people.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 23, 2014

Brewer modest but successful in last session

Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest po[...]

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May 23, 2014

Lobbyist: ‘Education didn’t take a step back’

The fighting went on for months, but in the end an alliance of public school advocates and business community leaders won the main battles over education in this year’s legislative session.