Jun 20, 2022

Term limits have benefits but other reforms should be explored

In general, term limits have promise for changing the nature of lobbying in state capitols for the better. Multi-client and revolving-door lobbying are not necessarily bad, but the presence of any lobbyists who serve as gatekeepers raises questions over representation.

Jul 19, 2021

Senate closes doors on transparency

Months after the Senate lifted other Covid restrictions, doing away with requirements to wear masks or keep distance at meetings, the building remained locked and historically public caucus meetings continued being held behind closed doors.

Mar 5, 2018

Bill changes how much lobbyists must report when they spend on legislators

A House committee approved a bill that would potentially lower how much lobbyists report compared to what they actually spend for events where lawmakers or state employees are invited.

(Photo by Ellen O'Brien/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 29, 2017

Turf wars plentiful in health care practice expansion process

The sunrise review process is one of the more obscure proceedings at the Arizona Legislature, but it’s also the battleground for recurring turf wars.

May 30, 2017

Tempe aims to curtail influence of lobbyists, money in city elections

The city of Tempe is working to restrict the influence of lobbyists and money in elections beyond state law. City Councilwoman Lauren Kuby said, "Money is at the root of all public policy ills."

Nov 30, 2016

Rick Lavis described as a straight-shooter who worked his magic at the Legislature

Rick Lavis died Nov. 26 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Marti, and their two sons.

Nov 28, 2016

Marilyn Rodriguez: Giving ASU students an inside look at lobbying

Veridus lobbyist Marilyn Rodriguez spent the past six weeks teaching a first-of-its-kind class at Arizona State University: An inside look at the world of lobbying.

Oct 3, 2016

Chamber’s Katie Fischer joins Ducey administration

A new face will be at the Capitol lobbying for Gov. Doug Ducey’s agenda when the 2017 legislative session begins.

Jun 30, 2016

They should regulate, not lobby for industry

They should regulate, not lobby for industry

Jun 29, 2016

Ducey ends state deals with ‘crony’ lobbyists

Ducey ends state deals with 'crony' lobbyists

Jun 29, 2016

Ducey scraps state entities’ contract lobbyists

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the unilateral termination of state agencies’ contracts with outside lobbyists, calling the practice a system of cronyism that benefits lobbyists and special interests at the expense of citizens.

Apr 22, 2016

Congressional campaign lobbying: Should lawmakers take the money?

In the past, most lawmakers who ran for Congress have avoided the dilemma of whether they could or should accept money from lobbyists by simply resigning from the Legislature.