Legislators are advancing a compromise to scale back a controversial bill on health plan coverage for contraception.Read More »
An embattled Tucson lawmaker this morning formally left the Democratic Party and became the Legislature’s only independent.Read More »
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate sparred Thursday over sweeping anti-abortion legislation that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and institutes new disclosure requirements, including one that requires women to look at a state-run website with images of fetuses at two-week intervals.Read More »
Democratic lawmakers today castigated the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer for what the minority party characterized as a disastrous budget plan and an abandonment of government programs Arizonans care about.Read More »
Democrats eyeing former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's southern Arizona seat gave her former district director a free pass when he decided he was running to replace her in a June special election. But while Democrat Ron Barber waits to decide if he will seek a full term in the November general election, members of his own party are busy fundraising and campaigning for the chance to succeed his former boss.Read More »
The Arizona Senate has approved a bill allowing a person to carry a gun into a public building or event unless law enforcement or armed security is present.Read More »
“Extremist” bills inspired by the tea party movement are taking the Legislature’s attention away from issues important to Arizonans, such as jobs, fixing schools and making government accountable, House Democratic leaders said Monday.Read More »
A state House committee has shot down a proposal giving voters the option to change recall elections in a way that could make it more difficult to vote an incumbent out of office.Read More »
In ordinary circumstances, the most politically safe and easy course of action is to do nothing. On the other hand, it’s especially risky to foment actions that would alter the outcomes of voter initiatives.
In the case of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, it’s important to conclude one way or another whether the intent and desires of the voters have been violated. If they have been, we should provide voters the mechanism with which to fix the situation. It’s obvious to me the process was hijacked.
The state Senate has voted to confirm Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's appointment of Jay Heiler to the Arizona Board of Regents, with Democrats saying they're troubled by his past remarks about gays.Read More »