Dec 16, 2019

In their words: Pete Rios

Pete Rios wasn’t just there when Democrats split the Senate in 2001-02 and actually controlled the chamber in 1991-92, he was leading the charge.

Oct 12, 2012

Will scandals that forced 4 lawmakers from office influence voters?

Not since the AzScam scandal in 1991 have so many Arizona lawmakers left office amid criminal allegations in a single year.

The current scandals could cast a cloud over the state’s general election. Lawmakers who leave in disgrace tend to discourage cynical voters from going to the polls, pollsters and players from the AzScam bribery scandal said.

Jul 19, 2012

Ex-AZ lawmaker charged with impersonating son in Ca.

California prosecutors say a former Arizona legislator who went to prison in a 1990 corruption scandal used his son's identity to get a California ID card and real estate license so he could work as a broker and teach a real estate class.

Sep 20, 2011

A look back at AZScam hearings

Questions swirled during last Tuesday’s Senate ethics committee meeting about how to conduct the Bundgaard ethics trial.

Aug 16, 2010

UpClose with Michael Ryan

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan hung up his robe Aug. 6, ending a 32-year legal career that began as a prosecutor and proceeded to a management position in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and seats on Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Jun 16, 2009

Voters might have last word in Clean Elections

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted June 15 to advance a measure that would allow voters to decide the fate of Arizona's system of publicly funded campaigns known as Clean Elections.

May 1, 2009

New policy, election cycle cause spike in late lobbyist filings

The end of the election cycle and the advent of new policies at the Secretary of State’s Office have led to a monumental spike in the number of lobbyists who are overdue in filing their annual spending reports.