John McComish

John McComish (Photo by Gary Grado/Arizona Capitol Times)
Sep 18, 2017

John McComish: A man of many hats now dons a robe

Since trading in his legislator badge for judicial robes in 2015, John McComish said he has no regrets leaving the Capitol and mostly leaving politics behind.

Sep 19, 2014

Senate’s conservative gains could cost Driggs GOP leadership post

Jockeying for Senate leadership positions has begun, and one incumbent member of the Republican’s leadership team may be in jeopardy of losing his post.

Arizona state Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, sits dejectedly at his desk after a Senate vote approved HB2281 at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Phoenix. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 27, 2014

Ableser attributes low attendance to family responsibilities

Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe regained his title of most absentee lawmaker this year, showing up for only 62 percent of Senate floor sessions, though he voted on 70 percent of all the bills put before the chamber.

May 19, 2014

Lots of child welfare ideas, but lawmakers still working out details of overhaul

A group of lawmakers and Capitol staffers racing to create a new child safety and welfare agency in a matter of weeks must still iron out a few details, including how to handle criminal conduct investigations and provide oversight of the department, according to documents obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Rep. J.D. Mesnard (left), Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (center), Rep. David Gowan (right).
May 12, 2014

Months before the election, lawmakers jockey for leadership roles

Although the 2014 election season is just heating up, a quieter campaign has been continuing for months — the election of legislative leadership.

Mar 31, 2014

Opponents: Revised trespassing bill still too broad

Efforts to redefine Arizona’s trespassing statute have hit another snag: Some GOP lawmakers in the Senate object to a proposal calling trespassing a violation of any state or local law.

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Mar 21, 2014

Common Core foes suffer through difficult week

Common Core opponents took a beating this week when two bills were killed in the Senate followed by a sparsely attended press conference in which one of the Legislature’s most ardent foes of the learning standards was a no-show.

Customers check out a new Tesla all electric car, Monday, March 17, 2014, at a Tesla showroom inside the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati. Ohio auto dealers are sparring at the Statehouse with the California-based Tesla, which is selling it's next generation electric cars from three Ohio storefronts. Lawmakers in Ohio and other states are trying to block Tesla direct sales on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Mar 19, 2014

Arizona bill would allow Tesla to skip dealers

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors would be allowed to sell cars in Arizona without establishing a dealer network under a bill approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday.

Mar 17, 2014

Senate budget plan leaves out some of governor’s top priorities

The Senate began to advance a $9.2 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2014-2015 on Monday afternoon, one that differs enough from Gov. Jan Brewer’s spending plan and the priorities of the House to raise questions of its chances outside the Senate chamber.

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Mar 17, 2014

Anti-Common Core bills defeated in state Senate

Five Senate Republicans again helped Democrats kill two bills that would have undermined Common Core.

Mar 17, 2014

Legislative battle over budget begins today

The Senate plans to start advancing a budget this afternoon, kicking off what is expected to be a legislative battle without the approval of Gov. Jan Brewer.

Feb 24, 2014

Senate approves CPS audit despite concerns it could slow child welfare reforms

The Arizona Senate approved a measure that calls for an external audit of the beleaguered Child Protective Services agency, despite concerns that the measure could impede efforts by Gov. Jan Brewer and a coalition of lawmakers and stakeholders working to create a new child safety division.