artists, Mesa, government, censorship
Sep 8, 2023

Artists want complete control over their public exhibitions but governments say it’s not that simple

If things had gone as originally planned, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum would be launching its fall exhibition Friday. But officials postponed the show six weeks before the opening over concern that a painting by activist-artist Shepard Fairey could be seen as "disparaging toward some City of Mesa employees."

Apple watches, veterans, Phoenix VA, Schweikert, Kaiser
Jul 18, 2023

Schweikert must keep fighting to stop government bureaucracy, red tape from hurting veterans

In January, the International Trade Commission made a decision in a lawsuit against Apple filed by Masimo, a medical technology company, that could result in a ban on Apple Watches, and that’s a major issue for veterans here in Arizona who rely on the watches for quick and affordable access to healthcare.

Mar 7, 2022

Diplomatic solution exists to help end Russia’s war in Ukraine

The fog of war often makes it impossible for otherwise sensible international leaders to visualize solutions to the diplomatic crisis at the center of armed conflict. Sadly, this is true of the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Luckily, if sensibility prevails, the United States could eventually offer a political solution that might stop the violence. […]

the Zone, homeless, homelessness, City of Phoenix, appeal, court order
Feb 22, 2022

Homelessness finds bipartisan shelter in Senate committee

Republicans are showing a new interest in addressing homelessness this session by supporting legislation previously championed by Democrats as five bills passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday, including one that could see $100 million put into the Housing Trust Fund.   The bills were brought by Sen. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix, Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, and […]

Feb 8, 2022

Border invasion opinion thrusts pressure to Ducey 

While Gov. Doug Ducey blames the Biden administration for the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, figures in former President Donald Trump’s circle are putting pressure on Ducey to take more aggressive border enforcement action by declaring that Arizona faces an “invasion” and invoking what they say are Constitutional provisions allowing the state to “engage in […]

Jan 24, 2022

Senate committee kickstarts GOP’s aim to overhaul elections

Amid ongoing claims of 2020 election fraud, seven election integrity bills passed through the Senate government committee today, the first step in changing the way Arizona conducts elections. Four more election bills are still pending.

Jun 1, 2021

Biden’s infrastructure goals a power grab

Real infrastructure doesn’t take years to build. As many European governments (and more recently China, much to our detriment) have demonstrated, infrastructure can be built in months, weeks or even days.

Aug 3, 2020

Q&A with Lisa Graham Keegan

Education is the hottest topic in the state right now as Gov. Doug Ducey, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and the state health department come up with the fully fleshed out plan to get kids back in school for in-person instruction. Capitol Times virtually sat down with former Superintendent Lisa Graham Keegan, who served in that job […]

Jul 27, 2020

Q&A with David Morgan

The Capitol Times has had its fair share of dustups with government officials — lest anyone forget the State House’s attempt to effectively kick out a reporter with this paper in 2016. But at the least, those elected or appointed at the state level know to expect a fight from the media. This isn’t the case down […]

Sep 4, 2018

Sen. Bob Worsley, philanthropist David Lincoln among 2018 Arizona Capitol Times Leaders of the Year

Sen. Bob Worsley, a Republican from Mesa, is the Arizona Capitol Times’ Leaders of the Year winner in government. Other winners include Gregory Harris of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie for law, Richard Stavneak, director of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, for unsung hero, and NAU President Rita Cheng.

Aug 6, 2018

Daniel Ruiz: Election expert’s climb to the 9th Floor

Daniel Ruiz has spent his entire adult life working for the government in some shape or form.

Feb 27, 2017

Dear Governor Ducey: We don’t like these regulations

Gov. Doug Ducey last month asked Arizonans to tell him what regulations they want sent to the scrap heap, and the people delivered.