Brewer committee expected to help pro-Medicaid Republicans
Gov. Jan Brewer is hitting the fundraising trail again for an independent expenditure committee that is expected to help the Republican lawmakers who backed her Medicaid expansion plan.
Arpaio to appeal order appointing monitor
Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio will appeal a judge's October order that a court-appointed monitor oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, among other things.
Some panel members say Arizona’s income tax system is fine after all
Members of a panel tasked with studying Arizona’s personal income tax system said that while flattening or doing away with the income tax may be a popular talking point, the state’s current system is reasonably fair and may not need a major overhaul.
Horne could face bloody, expensive battle in 2014 attorney general race
Tom Horne has long maintained that he’s innocent of the campaign finance allegations against him, but he may not get a chance to prove it until after voters have decided whether to give him a second term as attorney general.
Horne: ‘No excuse’ for Air Guard members accused of expense fraud
Twenty-one Tucson-based Arizona Air National Guard members have been indicted for fraud after using fake addresses to collect federal stipends meant for those who are traveling or on short-term orders, Attorney General Tom Horne said on Monday.
Arizona law on third-grade reading mandate goes live
Even as many districts and individual schools have ramped up their instruction, this year's implementation of a 2010 state law may mean an estimated 1,500 Arizona third-graders will be denied promotions to fourth grade for not meeting required reading levels
Sinema runs away from past extreme comments in moderate CD9
Since Kyrsten Sinema first began eying a run for Congress, a question loomed over her candidacy — could someone whose own party once called her too extreme win in a moderate district?
Patterson wants apology from legislators after being found not guilty on domestic violence charges
Former Rep. Daniel Patterson said he wants an apology from House members who forced him to resign from the Legislature now that a Tucson City Court judge has found him not guilty on all three charges of domestic violence.
Fontana sworn in as Legislature prepares to end session
Nicholas Fontana was sworn in today as the newest member of the House of Representatives, just in time to do the one thing the Constitution requires of the Legislature: approve a budget.
Democrat-turned-independent Nicholas Fontana to replace Patterson
Nicholas Fontana, a Tucson criminal defense attorney who will replace former Rep. Daniel Patterson in the Arizona House of Representatives, said he switched his life-long Democratic affiliation to independent, just so he would qualify for the seat.
I’d like to buy a vowel
The Pima County Board of Supervisors this morning set the process in motion to appoint an independent to replace Patterson, but the majority of the appointed screening panel consists of partisan ex-lawmakers. Democrats Tom Prezelski and Victor Soltero were appointed this morning to a citizen panel to screen and nominate three nominee replacements, as was Republican Lou-Ann Preble.
Patterson late to the party
Bennett today delivered bad news for southern Arizona Dems who thought they had pulled an eleventh hour magic trick yesterday. Patterson, last week decried the partisan politics at the Capitol, ditched his Dem affiliation and became an independent. That change of heart didn’t last long, as southern Arizona Democrats, including Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, persuaded him yest[...]