Chris Herstam spent 35 years at the Capitol, first as a lawmaker and last as a lobbyist, but the longtime public policy fanatic is ready to call it quits.Read More »
Outnumbered and out-financed in the land of Barry Goldwater, Democrats often trade with the currency of hope. But even hope quickly collapsed under the weight of mathematical reality on Nov. 4, when Republicans swept statewide races in victory after victory. The success mirrored the party’s triumph at the national level, where the GOP expanded its dominance in the U.S. House and seized control of the U.S. Senate.Read More »
Money is the lifeblood of political speech, and in this election cycle, outside groups and dark money entities are doing most of the talking.Read More »
Almost two dozen incumbent lawmakers can boast of earning the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s endorsement despite opposing the business community’s biggest policy positions in the last two years.Read More »
The leader of lobbying powerhouse Center for Arizona Policy insisted that her group is stronger than ever despite the defeat of its flagship legislation, SB1062, and even though only one of the three bills it drafted was enacted in the recently-concluded session.Read More »
In the last two years, more than two dozen legislators who had received the support of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 2012 elections fought the business community on two of its biggest policy battles — upholding Common Core and expanding Medicaid.Read More »
Republican legislators facing a backlash from the conservative right for approving the expansion of Medicaid tapped into a vast network of supporters to easily outraise colleagues and opponents last year.Read More »
A simmering ideological divide among Republicans surged to the surface this year, when Gov. Jan Brewer pushed unexpectedly for the expansion of Medicaid against the wishes of her party.Read More »
Challengers in Arizona congressional districts expected to produce the closest races of 2014 took varying tactics when dealing with the federal government shutdown.Read More »
Figuring out how to avoid Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto pen is a guessing game that leaves even some of the most seasoned veterans at the Capitol perplexed.
Many lawmakers and lobbyists say there are no hard and fast guidelines for avoiding a veto from a governor who vetoed 91 bills in her first four legislative sessions.