Senate approves 4-year continuation for school for deaf, blind
In what has become a mysterious political struggle, state senators on Thursday debated on how long to allow the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind to operate before it must return to the Legislature for approval to continue as a state agency.
Ex-lawmakers bring baggage to 2022 races
Ten former lawmakers, many of whom have personal or political baggage, are on the ballot for legislative seats this year.
Arson reminder of dangers that lurk in political world
Multiple current lawmakers have received threats so credible police investigated them, and they’re all left to try to differentiate angry but non-threatening speech and anodyne acts of vandalism, like defacing campaign signs, from serious threats.
Senate abruptly adjourns, House bills go down without vote
The Arizona Senate abruptly ended the 2020 legislative session today, catapulting leaders into planning for a special session an hour or so earlier than they expected. Senators, who already voted to end the session once this month, planned to return to the Capitol Tuesday morning to pass a final list of “non-controversial” House bills […]
Masks become symbol of person’s politics, virtue
The Senate served as a microcosm of the nation, where wearing a mask — or not wearing one — has become a political symbol for many.
Supreme Court throws another Republican off Corp Comm ballot
Another Republican candidate hoping to get elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission has fallen short due to the Arizona Supreme Court reversing a lower court’s decision on her nominating petitions.
Senate calls it quits, leaves House to decide what’s next
The Senate notified the House early Friday afternoon that it had ended its legislative work, ending the session and killing hundreds of bills. The lower chamber has yet to accede to the request, leaving senators in an indefinite recess.
A majority under pressure reveals legislative fissures
Early the morning of May 7, a Thursday, a motley crew of senior Senate Republicans and their Democratic counterparts, disregarding a chorus of conflicting desires from the membership as a whole, pulled the plug on the 2020 legislative session.
Democrats hope for Corp Comm control as GOP candidates fall
Democratic control of the Arizona Corporation Commission could become a reality after multiple Republican candidates failed to make the ballot.
Governor has much to consider before restart of economy
Gov. Doug Ducey has to decide this week whether his executive orders limiting activity due to COVID-19 are worth the continued harm to the Arizona economy.
Candidates head to court to defend petition challenges
Freshman lawmaker Shawnna Bolick has landed in court for using a P.O. box instead of her address on nominating petitions for her return bid to the state House.
Fate of most 2020 bills met at Legislature’s deadline
Silent death has come for about two-thirds of the 1,842 bills and resolutions introduced this year in the Legislature.