andrew sherwood

Apr 14, 2016

Tempe senator won’t seek re-election

Sen. Andrew Sherwood won’t seek re-election this fall, clearing the field in what was shaping up to be one of the most contentious Arizona Democratic primary races in 2016.

Mar 16, 2016

Why this Democratic senator fears Donald Trump can win

In essence, Donald Trump wants to know if “We the People” will consider being his business partners. My answer is “of course not,” but our answer may be different.

Jan 7, 2016

Sherwood’s bill would upgrade state’s sex-ed curriculum

Last month I introduced a comprehensive sex-education bill, SB1020. No, it doesn’t give condoms to kindergartners or promote promiscuity, as some extreme social conservatives will try to tell you.

Nov 4, 2015

Sherwood appointed to state Senate

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Tempe Democratic Rep. Andrew Sherwood to the state Senate.

Oct 13, 2015

LD26 Dems nominate Mendez, Sherwood, party chair to fill Senate seat

Democrats in Tempe and west Mesa nominated two state representatives and a local party leader as candidates to fill a vacant Senate seat.

Aug 13, 2015

When it comes to ethics, local Republican Party has nothing to offer

There is a distinct possibility that Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump may have engaged in illegal campaign coordination. To find out if he has, a group called the Checks and Balances Project is inquiring into Stump’s text communications with campaigns and the utilities he regulates. As a result, Republicans have launched an attack ad trying to discredit the investigation through good o[...]

Mar 2, 2015

Coalitions block GOP bills to repeal Common Core, boost school choice

After campaigning on an education platform of increasing school choice and doing away with Common Core, many conservative Republicans in the Legislature are frustrated to find that they can’t make good on their promises to constituents.

Feb 23, 2015

House kills STO expansion bill, cancels votes on other school choice bills

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Arizona House of Representatives today to kill a bill that would have expanded School Tuition Organization tax credits. That led Republican leadership to unexpectedly cancel another vote on two other “school choice” bills.

Feb 10, 2015

Online taxing bill killed by GOP defectors

A handful of Republicans in the House on Tuesday joined with Democrats to kill legislation meant to keep the state from collecting more income if Congress approves legislation requiring online sellers to collect state sales taxes.

Feb 3, 2015

Committee passes bill taking away rent taxing ability from cities

State lawmakers took the first steps Monday to strip cities of their ability to tax rents on homes and apartments.

Sep 5, 2014

Quixotic campaigns: Why candidates run despite little chance of winning

With the hotly contested primary elections in Arizona’s legislative districts over, the vast majority of seats in the Legislature are essentially decided. Most districts are heavily dominated by one political party, making the November election a mere formality.

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.