Which veteran lawmaker is tone-deaf? Which one would pass out campaign yo-yos if she could? One even says she eats dessert first if it is available “just in case something happens” that would prevent her from enjoying it later. The 50th Legislature, which started in January, features 31 women lawmakers, which is an increase of three over the 49th Legislature’s total of 28. While this group grapples with the most daunting budget situation ever in Arizona, we wanted to find out how much hope they have in the legislative process and what they think their co-workers might say about them. We gave each woman lawmaker the chance to answer a four-question survey, with the caveat that each answer could only be two sentences.Read More »
This is one of a series of biographical sketches Cronkite News Service is producing about new members of the Arizona State Legislature.Read More »
Legislation intended to derail a Southern Arizona tribe's plan to build a Las Vegas-style casino-hotel in a Phoenix suburb is on a fast track in the Arizona Legislature's 2-week-old session, with the full House scheduled to consider it Tuesday.Read More »
A nationwide movement seeking to foster more cooperation and civility across party lines is looking to make inroads in Arizona.Read More »
Christopher Smith, a former Senate staff member and capitol lobbyist, died Saturday, Dec. 18 in Phoenix.Read More »
One of America’s top lobbying and law firms bided time for years while it waited for the perfect candidate to spearhead its expansion into Arizona.
The waiting ended when Marty Shultz announced his retirement.
As the chief lobbyist and agent for Pinnacle West and its Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility company, Shultz has played key roles in some of the biggest policy initiatives of the past three decades.Read More »
Former National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Rathner, a veteran of some of the toughest policy battles at the Capitol, has started his own lobbying firm.Read More »
Longtime Senate Rules attorney Joni Hoffman is leaving the Legislature to become the in-house counsel for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.Read More »
Political activists and observers say term limits should be termed out, but average voters seem to like the law just the way it is.Read More »