Pete Rios

Sep 25, 2020

Decade of Dem gains sets stage for nail-biter legislative races

House and Senate seats have only flipped when fewer than 10 percentage points separate voter registration numbers for the two major parties. This year, that holds true in nine districts.

Dec 16, 2019

In their words: Pete Rios

Pete Rios wasn’t just there when Democrats split the Senate in 2001-02 and actually controlled the chamber in 1991-92, he was leading the charge.

Oct 15, 2013

Manuel ‘Lito’ Peña remembered as ‘godfather of the Senate Dems’

Former lawmaker Manuel “Lito” Peña, who served as an Arizona legislator for 30 years, died on Oct. 12. Peña had been ill for several years, according to Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, and died suddenly Saturday morning. He was 88.

Jan 25, 2010

Voters hate compromise; insiders say it’s necessary

Political insiders said voters are naïve to object to the practice of a lawmaker voting for a bill that he or she actually opposes.

Dec 3, 2009

Pearce bill would give sheriffs, others more power over budgets

The constant budget battles between Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Board of Supervisors could be a thing of the past, or at least more muted than they have been, if Sen. Russell Pearce can get a long-sought bill through the Legislature.