Matt Specht

Aug 16, 2019

House speaker gives generous bonuses to opposing party’s staff

All House employees received raises of at least 3% in July, but many political staffers in the chamber also got bonuses in the past year — some as high as $20,000.

Mar 28, 2019

Former Senate president Pierce frontrunner to replace Stringer

Former Senate President Steve Pierce is poised to make a reluctant comeback at the Capitol in the wake of David Stringer’s sudden resignation on Wednesday.

Nov 30, 2018

Racially-charged comments lead to Stringer’s removal as criminal justice reform committee chairman

Rep. David Stringer on Friday was stripped of his chairmanship of the House Sentencing and Recidivism Reform Committee after again making inflammatory comments about race and immigration.

Rep. Eric Descheenie details his legislation Wednesday which would bar publicly funded stadiums, civic centers and similar facilities from displaying any name or logo that any one of the state's 22 tribes finds ``disparaging.'' (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Jun 18, 2018

Hours on the road leads to high turnover in LD7

The commute, time commitment and low pay have contributed to a high turnover rate among legislators from the state’s largest legislative district.

Apr 11, 2018

Ducey’s violence prevention proposal begins Senate process

With a little tweaking, the Arizona Senate is poised to debate Gov. Doug Ducey’s school safety plan, but the bill’s fate in the House remains uncertain.

Kotex pillows (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 8, 2018

Lawmaker apologizes for Kotex-pillow delivery gone awry

A freshman Democrat in the House apologized March 7 to colleagues and staff who said they were offended by pillows made of feminine hygiene products she and activists handed out the previous day.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 5, 2018

Leach sics AG on Tempe over allegation of illegal tax breaks

Rep. Vince Leach has followed through on a threat to ask the Attorney General’s Office to investigate whether Tempe broke the law in signing two lease agreements with developers he alleges received illegal tax breaks.

Nov 27, 2017

Space-taking security perch to be dismantled

The oversized security perch installed in the Arizona House of Representatives by former Speaker David Gowan is coming down.

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard addresses his decision to suspend his Republican colleague Rep. Don Shooter from his duties as chairman of the House Appropriations committee on Nov. 10. Shooter's suspension came after several women publicly accused him of sexual harassment. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 10, 2017

Rep. Shooter suspended from appropriations chair, Chamber of Commerce calls for resignation

After multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Don Shooter has been suspended from his duties as chairman of the Arizona House’s powerful budget committee.