Lisa James

Jun 11, 2021

Still no budget 2 weeks after mass veto

Gov. Doug Ducey’s veto of 22 bills on May 28 to spur the Legislature into passing a budget before the fiscal year ends may have backfired.

Oct 28, 2020

Legalizing marijuana use will create jobs and new revenue

Guest columnist Lisa James’ fear-mongering commentary October 26 on why Proposition 207 is losing support has little basis in reality.

Oct 16, 2020

Recreational pot struggles in polls, low on funds

Polling data and an expensive media market paint a gloomy picture for legalizing recreational marijuana at the ballot this year.

Aug 7, 2020

Marijuana initiative can stay on ballot, court rules

Voters who signed petitions to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were not misled, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled late Friday, and the measure can be on the ballot.

Mar 20, 2020

Campaign launches to oppose recreational marijuana ballot measure

The ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana has an opposition campaign, but the advocates trying to legalize it say their opposition made a rookie mistake.

Hiral Tipirneni, Democratic candidate in the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, greets supporters after polls closed in her run against Republican Debbie Lesko, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. Lesko won the election. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Apr 26, 2018

CD8 results give Democrats confidence for midterm elections

The outlook of Democrats in the state got rosier on April 24 when the special election results in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District put the Republican candidate in the bright red district ahead by only 5 percentage points.

Debbie Lesko and Steve Montenegro, both former state senators, are the frontrunners in the special election for Arizona's 8th Congressional District.
Feb 16, 2018

Lesko, Montenegro take spending lead in CD8 GOP primary

While a dozen Republicans are on the ballot for the special election primary in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, campaign spending shows the field of viable candidates is far less crowded.