Frank Antenori

Dec 1, 2014

A man with a plan: David Gowan defies the odds to become speaker of the House

There were many long nights back in their first months as Arizona lawmakers when two ambitious southern Arizona Republicans – seatmates who were first sent to the Capitol in 2008 – would share their grandest hopes and dreams in the modest setting of their rented Scottsdale trailer.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorses former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in his bid to replace her. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Sep 2, 2014

Gov. Brewer’s backing helps incumbents, but not moderate challengers

The chorus of Tea Party anger that drove conservative candidates to challenge their party’s elected officials faltered on election night, as no Republican lawmaker who supported Medicaid expansion was defeated in the primaries.

Aug 18, 2014

Brewer backs newcomers who could carry on her legacy

While Gov. Jan Brewer follows through on her pledge to help Republican lawmakers who backed her in her battle for Medicaid expansion, the governor is also lending a hand to legislative hopefuls who could fight for her vision after she leaves office.

Feb 21, 2014

Parraz power: GOP’s favorite liberal nemesis is here to stay

In the three years since the ouster of conservative icon Russell Pearce from the state Senate, the conversation on illegal immigration has shifted. More Republicans now embrace the idea of extending citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children, and some public colleges even offer in-state tuition rates to those children.

Jul 31, 2013

Medicaid referendum faces uncertain future

Organizers of a grassroots conservative effort to refer Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan to the ballot are keeping quiet about their progress as they prepare for the final month of their signature-gathering efforts.

Opponents of the Medicaid expansion plan rallied at the Arizona State Capitol Saturday, to kick off their effort to force a ballot referendum on the issue, which would give Arizonans an opportunity to reject the recently passed plan. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Jun 24, 2013

Rally kicks off Medicaid referendum drive

The push to refer Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan to the ballot began in earnest as opponents of the bill rallied at the Capitol before fanning out across the Valley to collect signatures.

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signs the Medicaid expansion law, June 17, in Phoenix. The law expands the state's Medicaid program following her victory over conservatives in her own party opposed to embracing a key part of President Obama's health care overhaul. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jun 20, 2013

Roadblocks remain for Medicaid expansion

The protracted fight for Medicaid expansion likely won’t end with Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of the historic legislation.

Jun 20, 2013

Let the referendum games begin

Antenori and Gould’s United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives filed its citizen referendum against Medicaid expansion this morning (June 19). The referendum, which needs 86,405 valid signatures by Sept. 11, would refer the hospital tax and the expansion of eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to the November 2014 ballot.

Jun 3, 2013

Medicaid detour

Foes of expansion eye referendum

Even if voters approve her plan, a threatened citizen referendum on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal could cast a pall over the 2014 election and throw the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System into chaos.

If the Legislature passes Medicaid expansion, two former senators and frequent foes of Brewer plan to[...]

May 29, 2013

Get your clipboards ready

Antenori and Gould spent the long weekend working on plans for a citizen referendum on Brewer’s Medicaid expansion. The two Brewer foes would need to collect 86,405 valid signatures in the first 90 days after sine die to put an expansion referendum on the ballot for 2014, which they believe can be done without paid volunteers.

Former Republican Sens. Ron Gould (left) and Frank Antenori (File photos)
May 28, 2013

Former senators eying Medicaid referendum that could delay any expansion

Former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, GOP rivals of Gov. Jan Brewer who were frequently on the receiving end of her veto stamp, are hoping to return the favor.

If the Legislature approves the Medicaid expansion, the former lawmakers want to put it on the 2014 ballot in the hopes of convincing voters to reject Brewer’s proposal.

Apr 2, 2013

Federal judge rules in favor of Arizona labor unions

A federal judge handed Arizona unions a legal victory by finding two 2011 bills regulating paycheck deductions and picketing unconstitutional.