Arizona lawmakers demonstrated leadership and moral integrity by supporting victims of war crimes
In his recent article, Hank Stephenson correctly asserts that Azerbaijan is “a uniquely secular majority Muslim country.” He also is correct in stressing that Azerbaijan presents itself to the world as “a model for religious tolerance, cultural acceptance and women’s rights in the region.”
Azerbaijan Connection: Arizona lawmakers pass resolutions putting themselves in the middle of international conflict
Since 2012, the small Middle Eastern country of Azerbaijan has invited hundreds of state lawmakers from Arizona and across the United States to take all-expenses paid trips halfway around the world to see the country firsthand.
Congressional Azerbaijan trips have ties to Gulen movement
Members of Congress recently got into hot water with the independent Office of Congressional Ethics for taking an all-expenses paid trip in 2013 to Azerbaijan, where they rubbed elbows with the Middle Eastern country’s ruling class and were showered with extravagant gifts.
Arizona lawmakers fail to list free trips
Several Arizona lawmakers failed to disclose free trips made last year as required by state law, spotlighting the difficulty in enforcing guidelines on the issue.
Capitol Quotes: Dec. 3, 2010
“Don’t make up a story here. Don’t be giving credit to a pandering crybaby." — Senate President-elect Russell Pearce commenting on Sen.-elect John McComish’s complaints about committee assignments.
UpClose with Norris Nordvold: Former Phoenix official monitors elections in struggling democracies
Nordvold, a registered lobbyist and former city of Phoenix governmental affairs director, sat down with the Arizona Capitol Times to discuss his Election Day, Super Sunday in Azerbaijan, and other monitoring tales involving armored escorts and sleeping with ballots in his hotel room. He also recalls the first time he met Terry Goddard while riding on a bike path.