At the end of the year, it’s easy to look back and recognize the high points and low points. But often the most memorable moments are neither high nor low — they’re just ridiculous.
Immigration, gays in the military, abortion — these are all weighty topics. But in the hands of politicians, these subjects get pretty wild and, in some cases, twisted.
The year in memorable quotes from Arizona's political players.
Rep. Nancy Barto out-campaigned her main rival, Rep. Ray Barnes, to win the four-way Republican primary for the Senate in Legislative District 7. Barto has cornered 46 percent out of about 18,000 votes counted so far. Rep. Ray Barnes, who served with Barto in the Hose, received 33 percent of the votes, according to the […]
“Due process I have not been given.” – Rep. Doug Quelland, explaining to fellow District 10 Republicans that he was wrongly punished by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and should be appointed to the seat left vacant by his removal from office. He wasn’t.
To say the 2010 regular legislative session was different than the 2009 session would be an understatement of epic proportions. Gone was the Senate’s 2009 moratorium on hearing bills until after the budget work was completed. Gone, too, was the combative relationship between legislative leaders and Gov. Jan Brewer.
"I get out-voted in the House and family reunions all the same." - Rep. Matt Heinz, a Tucson Democrat, speaking on the House floor March 2 and introducing some of his family members who are Republican.
"I'm not a native of Chicago, and I don't live Mesa. I'm an advocate for economic development in the state and in the Valley. Our economy would suffer without them." - House Majority Leader John McComish, explaining why he sponsored a bill that would put additional fees on rental cars and spring training baseball tickets to pay for a new stadium in Mesa for the Chicago Cubs.
Two incumbent lawmakers and a party officer were nominated to replace Jim Waring, a Phoenix Republican who resigned his Senate seat last month to run for Congress.
Last year, Sen. Jack Harper gave his word that he would vote for a bill to restrict notary publics from notarizing documents that would present a conflict of interest. He made good on his promise by voting for it in committee. But when the bill failed there, Harper said he was relieved that it didn't pass. The situation illustrates the fact that lawmakers sometimes vote for measures they don’t n[...]
The House of Representatives made a minor change to committee assignments late Jan. 19. Rep. David Stevens, a Republican from Sierra Vista, is replacing Phoenix Republican Ray Barnes on the Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee.
The deadline for Arizona's resign-to-run law has passed for this election cycle, but the bad taste lingers on for at least one lawmaker.
Rep. Ray Barnes, a Republican from Phoenix, has an adopted daughter from Haiti, which has seen an unimaginable devastation after it was struck by an earthquake on Jan. 12.