Cecil Ash

Mar 8, 2019

Arizona lawmaker to spend 1 day in jail for drunken driving

Arizona Rep. David Cook will spend 24 hours in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

Dec 21, 2017

Bipartisan effort to ‘reform’ sentencing underway

Two state lawmakers hope to do what has proven politically impossible for decades: Convince colleagues to consider sentencing reform.

Aug 11, 2017

Controversial researcher hired to update prison population study

The latest update to the Prisoners in Arizona report, produced by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, or APAAC, is scheduled to be finished this fall, and it promises to be more controversial than ever thanks to the man hired to update it, John Lott.

Jun 18, 2012

15 leaving Legislature, 8 running for other offices

Fifteen legislators have announced this year that they will retire or seek another office rather than run for re-election to the Legislature.

May 1, 2012

Rep. Ash making run for Justice of Peace

Mesa Rep. Cecil Ash says he plans to run for North Mesa Justice of the Peace now that four-time incumbent Lester Pearce resigned from the post this week.

Mar 30, 2012

Capitol Quotes: March 30, 2012

This week’s most outstanding quips, jibes and utterances.

Mar 16, 2012

Report: Arizona one of 13 states to turn ‘hostile’ to abortion rights

Arizona is one of 13 states to turn “hostile” toward abortion rights during the last decade, according to a report Thursday from a national reproductive health organization. The Guttmacher Institute said Arizona and 12 other states enacted tougher abortion restrictions since 2000, doubling to 26 the number of states it deems “hostile.”

Jul 8, 2011

Capitol Quotes: July 8, 2011

This week's most outstanding utterances, gibes and quips.

Apr 1, 2011

Capitol Quotes: April 1, 2011

‘I think Arizona would not be in the top 10.’ — Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, saying Intel would not consider Arizona as a site for investment if it had to start anew.

Feb 27, 2011

Haunted by history: Ash’s past as defender spurs his thus-far futile quest for sentencing reform

When Cecil Ash ran for the House seat in 2008, his pitch to the voters was that he would repair the state’s wreck of a budget. But a turning point came in his early days on the House Judiciary Committee.

Jan 31, 2011

Clemency shift would bypass Arizona governor

State budget problems are prompting lawmakers to reconsider a lot of things, but the issue of crime and punishment has been too hot to touch, even if doing so would save money.

Nov 9, 2010

Arizona budget woes called factor on crime changes

Arizona's budget troubles could prompt lawmakers to seriously consider changing criminal sentencing laws to reduce or slow the costly growth of the state's prison population, two legislators said Tuesday.