Lawyers familiar with First Amendment issues and campaign laws said Randy Parraz, one of the organizers of the recall drive targeting Senate President Russell Pearce, would have a tough time proving he was defamed by signs that say he supported the boycott against Arizona and he pines for open borders.Read More »
Conservative stalwarts Rep. Judy Burges and Sen. Ron Gould nabbed the top honors for their respective legislative chambers in the Goldwater Institute’s 2011 legislative report card.Read More »
The recall election targeting Senate President Russell Pearce is among the highest-profile legislative races in the state’s modern history.
But the public won’t have a clue how much cash is being raised or spent — or who’s doing the raising and spending to influence the race’s outcome — until a few days before the election itself.
This week’s most outstanding utterances, gibes and quips.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute is among the most powerful public-policy groups in Arizona.
The organization’s employees draft legislation, regularly meet with lawmakers and testify before committee hearings at the state Capitol. The group even advocated for the call of a 2010 special session in which lawmakers sought to give workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.
But the institute’s officials bristle at the suggestion that the organization has more than one lobbyist on its staff.
It looks like the Goldwater Institute will have a greater presence at the Legislature next session.Read More »
For a state that has been grappling with a multibillion-dollar deficit for four years, news of a potential revenue surplus is like a few drops of rain after a long drought.Read More »
A new law aimed at giving Arizona the power to wrest control of millions of acres from the federal government may end up as nothing more than a sharply worded message — and an ineffective one at that.Read More »
Last week, East Valley investor Wil Cardon announced he’d challenge Congressman Jeff Flake for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in what could be described as the Political Consultant Employment Act of 2011. In these times, a complete lack of experience is somehow touted as a benefit when it comes to running for political office. With that in mind, Cardon seems to be the man for the job. His political experience appears largely limited to making political contributions … to Flake.Read More »
A proposal by the Commission on Privatization and Efficiency would radically alter the way school budgets are determined, but may face insurmountable hurdles if it surfaces in the Legislature.Read More »