Person Communication and Meetings

Jan 13, 2015

Candidates could keep addresses secret under Townsend proposal

A GOP lawmaker wants to allow candidates to keep their home addresses secret, an effort that could make it more difficult to verify that an elected official or candidate for office lives in the district they claim to represent.

Gilbert Pastor Clyde Reed (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 18, 2014

Gilbert religious sign fight headed for Supreme Court

The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services. But the case is about more than a spat between one community and a pastor. There are statewide and national implications on the ability of communities to enact restrictions on certain kinds of signs. A[...]

Nov 14, 2014

Educational irony: Douglas to administer $2B in federal grants, though opposed to fed role in education

Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Diane Douglas has expressed her disdain for the federal government’s hand in education, but she’ll be in charge of administering close to $2 billion in federal grants funneling through the Arizona Department of Education. Chuck Essigs, a lobbyist with the Arizona Association of School Business Officials who is considered an expert […]

Nov 6, 2014

Supreme Court hears arguments on Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer asked the Arizona Supreme Court Thursday to quash efforts by a minority of state legislators to effectively kill the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program.

Oct 29, 2014

‘Dark money’ may get darker if judge strikes down AZ disclosure laws

A federal judge is being asked to rule that “dark money” groups that now don’t disclose the source of their contributions can also legally hide how they’re spending the money – and on whose behalf.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, left, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval shake hands following a press conference where Nevada was announced as the new site for a $5 billion car battery gigafactory, at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
Sep 5, 2014

Tesla CEO: ‘Nevada is it;’ $1.3B package offered

The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserted will create more than 22,000 new jobs and pump $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.

Sep 5, 2014

Facing loss of home, gay man wants to be declared widower after death of husband

A man legally married in California whose husband died last week in Tucson wants a federal judge to issue an emergency order requiring Arizona to list him on the death certificate as the spouse.

Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Aug 22, 2014

Tech group takes back $6,000 donation after Brewer supports Syfert

The Arizona Technology Council took its donation back from Gov. Jan Brewer’s political action committee after she used its cash to try to defeat a legislative candidate it supports.

Former GoDaddy CEO and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Aug 5, 2014

Jones calls Ducey ‘misogynistic jerk’

GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones decried a disparaging comment that rival Doug Ducey made about her business experience as sexist, and said the state treasurer is being a “misogynistic jerk.”

Jul 30, 2014

State asks judge to throw out inmates’ lawsuit, saying it ‘borders on the ridiculous’

The state is asking federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 34,000 inmates, saying there's no evidence each and every prisoner is at risk.

A helicopter battling the Slide Fire in Coconino National Forest which cost $10.2 million to contain as it burned more than 20,000 acres. The fire, which started May 20, was fully contained this week. (Photo by Mark Brady/U.S. Forest Service)
Jun 6, 2014

Officials ask Congress for funds to train firefighters, fight wildfires

Forestry and fire officials told a Senate subcommittee that federal, state and local firefighters need more funding, training and flexibility to effectively battle wildfires.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 23, 2014

Brewer modest but successful in last session

Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest po[...]