Arguing that the recall petition against Senate President Russell Pearce failed to comply with constitutional and statutory requirements, the Mesa Republican’s allies today asked a judge to invalidate signature sheets in a last-minute bid to block the special election from taking place this November.Read More »
Arizona is entering unusual political territory with a scheduled recall election for Senate President Russell Pearce, the nationally known champion of legislation and ballot measures against illegal immigration.Read More »
ASU law professor Paul Bender believes the Arizona Supreme Court wrote an unnecessarily lengthy ruling and dissent to explain its decision for allowing him to remain as a nominee for the Independent Redistricting Commission in January.Read More »
One Dem political consultant said the reaction from Republicans to the IRC's actions thus far is tantamount to a child throwing a temper tantrum.Read More »
Republicans are still reeling from the IRC's selection Wednesday of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant and are starting to talk about the gloom-and-doom scenarios that could result when the panel draws its maps.Read More »
Congressional and legislative Republican staffers are rounding up allies and cash in the event they decide to sue the Independent Redistricting Commission to protect the party's redistricting interests. Longtime Republican operative Steve Twist is spearheading the latest effort, which has been dubbed the FAIR Trust.Read More »
Three generations of an Arizona family developed deep political roots, but were never tempted to run for office.Read More »
Something’s gotten into the water at the state Capitol.
Republicans — specifically one out of southern Arizona — want more government control by taking power away from the people of Arizona. In the Arizona Capitol Times May 27 article “Fit to be tied: Republican lawmakers say Prop. 105 too restrictive,” Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista (District 25), said he is vying to put legislation back on the agenda next year to limit voters’ decision-making power.
Not all Republicans are celebrating the special session as a victory over federal spending.
For representatives from rural areas, where unemployment is more than 20 percent in some pockets, it can be frustrating to hear their colleagues from urban centers like Phoenix denounce efforts to help the unemployed as unnecessary spending.
After policymakers borrowed heavily to keep government afloat amid a festering fiscal crisis that blew holes in the state’s budget for four years, a former Senate president tried to put into place a mechanism to rein in politicians’ appetite for debt-financing.Read More »