Judge fines ex-lawmaker for campaign finance violations
An administrative law judge ruled on Feb. 28 that former Rep. Jesus Rubalcava violated several state statutes and the Clean Elections Commission reporting requirements during his 2016 campaign.
Geraldine ‘Gerae’ Peten: Newest lawmaker seeks to end ‘school-to-prison pipeline’
At a time when her party is fighting battles around school choice and public school funding, Rep. Geraldine “Gerae” Peten, D-Goodyear, the newest addition to the state House, may be just the ally Democrats needed.
Rubalcava hit with $17K bill for campaign spending violations
Former Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava was ordered today to repay more than $17,000 to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
County supervisors choose Goodyear Democrat to fill Rubalcava’s seat
Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor Steve Gallardo chose Peten from the top three candidates selected by a committee of Legislative District 4 residents. Gallardo’s fellow supervisors unanimously approved the appointment Wednesday morning.
Precinct committeemen: Flexing clout when lawmakers leave
Precinct committeemen, the party faithful who show up at legislative district meetings and encourage people to vote, occasionally get a chance to have an even more influential role in state politics.
Rubalcava resigns from House, cites family
Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, D-Gila Bend, has resigned in the shadow of an ongoing Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission investigation.
Few lawmakers chalk up perfect attendance and voting records
Only 24 Arizona legislators managed to both attend work on all of the days they were expected during the 122-day session, and push a button each time there was a vote. Two of those perfect record-holders were Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, and Senate President Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler.
Clean Elections audit finds Rep. Rubalcava committed several campaign finance violations
The Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission approved the results of its comprehensive audit of Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, who stands accused of a series of campaign finance violations that could result in his eviction from office.
Democrat apologizes for online post on punching woman colleague
Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava publicly apologized April 13 for his comments a week before on social media that he wanted to punch a Republican colleague, Sen. Debbie Lesko, “in the throat.”
Going for the throat: Rubalcava laments voucher passage online
Democratic state Rep. Jesus Rubalcava was so upset over the passage of Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko’s legislation to expand Arizona’s school voucher system that he “wanted to punch her in the throat.”
Audit uncovers host of campaign finance violations by Democratic lawmaker
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission has ordered a full-scale audit of Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava’s 2016 campaign finances after a random spot check turned up problems with his campaign accounting.
Jesus Rubalcava: Education lawmaker sees the House as a big classroom
Jesus Rubalcava is representing Legislative District 4, hoping to become a conduit for communication between the education community and the Legislature.