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Arizona Republican Party got most of the money after all (access required)

The Arizona Republican Party last year returned a six-figure contribution that came from an unregistered political committee, but nearly all of that money ended up back in the party's coffers before November's elections. Four business owners gave the state Republican Party a total of $90,000 last fall, only days after the party was forced to return $105,000 to a group known only as SCA.

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Renzi lawyers object to speech and debate ruling

TUCSON - Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi have objected to a federal magistrate's denial of their motion to dismiss the public corruption case against him on constitutional grounds. Renzi's lawyers contend that the government violated the U.S. Constitution's "speech or debate" clause in wiretapping his conversations with aides concerning a failed land swap deal in which he's been accused of conspiracy.

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Fund sweep illegal; ag groups vindicated

A consortium of agricultural interests claimed victory July 9 after a judge ruled the Arizona Legislature acted illegally last year when it swept $160,000 from accounts that held voluntary, private contributions. The lawsuit targeted former Gov. Janet Napolitano, State Treasurer ...

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To search or not: Arizona officials react to high court ruling in school strip-search (access required)

To some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that an Arizona school violated a 13-year-old student's rights by strip-searching her represented a defeat for officials working to stem the flow of drugs into schools. To others, the verdict upheld the idea that schools can sometimes act recklessly, even when fighting to keep illegal substances off school grounds.

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Bashas’ attorneys hail judge’s ruling in suit against union (access required)

Arizona-based grocer Bashas' has declared a breakthrough in an ongoing defamation lawsuit against a national labor union and its local allies. The breakthrough: A judge has decided to waive a confidentiality agreement that so far has kept some information from creeping into the trial, including what a Bashas' attorney has said amounts to a threat of extortion by a union official.

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