For the first time in six years, Arizona voters may get a chance to approve higher salaries for legislators. If history is a guide, any proposed increase in lawmakers’ salary of $24,000 a year, plus per diem, will be handily defeated. Voters haven’t approved a pay raise since 1998, when they raised the salary from $15,000 a year.Read More »
Two Republican candidates vying to be governor of Arizona have filed necessary signatures to get on the ballot.Read More »
When Georgia Bartlett moved to Arizona more than a year ago, she did what she's done in each of the many states where she lived since reaching voting age: She registered to vote.Read More »
Phoenix Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego’s proposed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has some in the medical marijuana industry worried about losing their businesses.Read More »
Country music plays in the background as state House Speaker Andy Tobin tells Graham County Republican Party leaders at a Safford restaurant he has spent seven years fighting for them at the Legislature, and he’s ready to take the fight to Congress.
Farther north, freshman state Rep. Adam Kwasman rallies a rowdy crowd at a Show Low Tea Party event, telling them to stay focused on the project at hand: nominating him to take on the Democratic incumbent in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
Specter of anonymous campaign spending looms over 2014
Next year’s elections are shaping up like 2012 — organizations with generic names, big checkbooks and secret contributors spending millions to influence Arizona’s elections.
Shope eyes smaller districts for state representatives
Rep. T.J. Shope wants to cut Arizona’s massive House of Representatives districts in half.
The first-term lawmaker hasn’t completed his plans yet, but is strongly leaning toward a proposal that would split the House districts in half. Rather than have each legislative district elect two House members at large, Shope’s plan would create two separate House districts that would be contained within each Senate district.
The iArizona Committee is headed by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and backed by a broad coalition of local politicians, construction contractors and business interests. Their ultimate goal is to boost Arizona’s economy and status as a transportation hub connecting Los Angeles, Dallas and Mexico, as well as linking Arizona’s manufacturing and economic hubs to one another.Read More »
Gallardo: HB2305 unnecessary, election problems could be solved with leftover HAVA money
Several provisions of HB2305 were drafted in direct response to problems in the 2012 election, when it took 11 days to call a close congressional race and an all-time high number of voters were forced to cast provisional ballots.
At a recent Phoenix City Council District 8 candidate forum in a central Phoenix church, the pews were nearly filled with roughly 80 political junkies getting their fix.Read More »