Chad Campbell

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.

In this April 12, 2014, file photo, the Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle is released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev. The federal Bureau of Land Management says six cattle died in the roundup of animals it says rancher Cliven Bundy allowed to graze illegally on public land outside his southern Nevada property.A Texas land dispute has outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and the Republican candidate favored to replace him, Greg Abbott, decrying the same federal agency currently embroiled in an armed standoff in Nevada. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean, File)
May 23, 2014

Lawmakers say the darndest things

Arizona lawmakers finished one of the fastest sessions in recent memory this April, but still found time for behavior that amazes, amuses and sometimes embarrasses the state’s legislative body.

Apr 15, 2014

A massacre narrowly averted: Lawmaker can’t stop talking about life-changing weekend at Nevada ranch

Republican Rep. David Livingston of Peoria frustrated his fellow representatives on Tuesday when, during voting on a half-dozen bills, he stood to “explain his vote” but actually described his experiences over the weekend at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.

Mar 28, 2014

House GOP reach compromise, approve $9.2B budget

After a week of political bargaining over the state budget that included a failed attempt to consider the spending package on the floor and an emotionally charged press conference declaring negotiations had broken down, Republicans in the House of Representatives banded together to approve a $9.24 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year late Thursday night.

Mar 27, 2014

Arizona House breaks deadlock, begins debate on state budget

The Arizona House has begun debating a state budget plan that adds spending to the plan passed by the Senate.

Mar 24, 2014

House panel quickly approves budget similar to Senate’s

The House Appropriations Committee today approved a package of House budget bills that were amended to directly mirror the spending proposal approved by the Senate last week.

Norma Muñoz (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 24, 2014

Muñoz: A ‘fighter’ on education issues

Maricopa County Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint longtime Phoenix Democrat Norma Muñoz to the LD27 House seat vacated by former Rep. Ruben Gallego, who left office to seek a congressional nomination.

Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 10, 2014

Dem opposition throws wrench in campaign finance cleanup

A bill that would clarify and clean up last year’s campaign finance law overhaul hit a snag after an unexpected about-face by legislative Democrats.

Mar 5, 2014

Democratic leaders slam conservative group behind SB1062, abortion bill

The conservative advocacy group, Center for Arizona Policy, which was behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.

Feb 20, 2014

AZ Lawmakers pass religious discrimination bill

Gov. Jan Brewer is going to get the last word on whether Arizona business owners can cite their religion as a reason to turn away gays -- and maybe others.

Feb 14, 2014

Election bills by party

Both parties have proposals to change Arizona's election laws.

Feb 5, 2014

Lawmaker: To curb graffiti, ban sale of spray paint to minors statewide

To Jo Marie McDonald, whose job is to enhance the quality of life in Phoenix, graffiti has become a “forever battle” costing cities across Arizona millions each year.