The Arizona Department of Transportation formally banned driver’s licenses for all illegal immigrants who received deferred action from the federal government, potentially heading off a federal court ruling against a similar policy for children who were brought to the country illegally.Read More »
House minority leader Chad Campbell won’t run for governor in 2014, leaving Fred DuVal as the only Democrat in the race.
Campbell, a four-term, Democratic lawmaker, said he would be in a “strong position” if he ran, but that he had to consider things other than political factors.
The Arizona Supreme Court disbarred former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon Tuesday for her role in a series of lawsuits and criminal cases brought against judges and county officials by her former boss, Andrew Thomas.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer touted a year-ending budget surplus that’s about $200 million more than was expected, which the governor attributed to the improving economy and her “sound fiscal leadership.”
In a press statement on Monday, Brewer said the state had an estimated cash balance of about $895 million at the end of fiscal year 2013. The budget approved by lawmakers and Brewer in June estimated a surplus of about $694 million.
The Arizona Capitol Times was named non-daily Newspaper of the Year and the Arizona Republic was chosen daily Newspaper of the Year on Saturday in the Arizona Newspapers Association's 2013 Better Newspapers Contest.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed a retired Department of Corrections employee to fill one of two vacancies on the Board of Executive Clemency.Read More »
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox made international headlines when he became the voice in support of legalizing Marijuana in Mexico, and Sen. John McCain recently perked some ears when he offered some support of legalization.Read More »
Attorney General Tom Horne is going to try to permanently restore a fund for combating Mexican drug cartels that Democrats cut from the budget in the last legislative session.Read More »
Initiative takes aim at cities, hoping to force changes at the Legislature
A proposed pension reform initiative would put a straightjacket on city and county budgets until they fix a problem that they have little power to change.
Death row inmate struggles with cancer
A lab discovered death-row inmate Robert Murray had cancer the same day a Scottsdale surgeon removed his tonsils, but his disease went unknown to him and untreated for seven more months.