Rich Crandall

Aug 18, 2014

Brewer backs newcomers who could carry on her legacy

While Gov. Jan Brewer follows through on her pledge to help Republican lawmakers who backed her in her battle for Medicaid expansion, the governor is also lending a hand to legislative hopefuls who could fight for her vision after she leaves office.

Jul 18, 2014

New guv’s first crisis: Dealing with school funding while trying to cut taxes

The tax-cutting stance embraced by several candidates for governor is heading straight into a collision course with the reality of a judge’s ruling on school funding.

Arizona state Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, sits dejectedly at his desk after a Senate vote approved HB2281 at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Phoenix. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 27, 2014

Ableser attributes low attendance to family responsibilities

Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe regained his title of most absentee lawmaker this year, showing up for only 62 percent of Senate floor sessions, though he voted on 70 percent of all the bills put before the chamber.

In this Thursday, May 16, 2013 file photo, Arizona State Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, speaks at the Capitol in Phoenix. The former state senator who headed Wyoming’s education department before a court reinstated that state’s school superintendent says he’s returning home to Arizona. Crandall was chosen for the Wyoming job by Gov. Matt Mead in the summer of 2013 but left in April 2014 after the state’s ousted superintendent claimed her job back. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Apr 28, 2014

Ex-Wyoming education chief headed home to Arizona

Former Arizona state senator Rich Crandall who headed Wyoming's education department before a court reinstated that state's school superintendent as head of the agency says he's returning home to Arizona.

Feb 3, 2014

Lawmakers look into legislative replacement process

Vacant political seats attract would-be politicians like manure attracts flies. Arizona lawmakers are stepping into a big pile of statutes governing how to deal with vacant seats with a pair of bills approved by a House committee last week.

Jan 31, 2014

As AIMS test ends, lawmakers differ over what to do next

Sen. Kelli Ward hopes to give Arizona students a reprieve from tests like AIMS, which for years prevented high school students from graduating without a passing grade.

Jan 27, 2014

Supporters renew push for arming Arizona teachers

A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer holds up the contentious Medicaid expansion bill after signing it into law. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 31, 2013

Medicaid battle causes deep rifts

When Gov. Jan Brewer used her 2013 State of the State address to announce she wanted to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program, she kicked off a clash that is still reverberating through the Republican Party.

Nov 4, 2013

Republican candidates could benefit from their support of Medicaid

When asked how his vote for Medicaid expansion could threaten his chances at another term in the Arizona Legislature, Senate Majority Leader John McComish points to an Arizona Capitol Times newspaper hanging in a frame behind his desk “The risk of defiance,” the headline reads. “What will GOP senators’ ‘no’ votes on immigration bills cost them?”

Nov 1, 2013

Hot contests

Early voting in the 2014 primary begins in nine months, and candidates are already firing up their campaigns.

Sep 23, 2013

Different points of view

New lawmakers could change dynamics of Senate

Two new lawmakers arrived at the Legislature this summer to fill vacancies in the Arizona Senate, potentially altering the dynamics of a chamber that left the Capitol bitterly divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion.

Sep 16, 2013

Capitol Quotes: Sept. 13, 2013

This week's most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances from Arizona's political scene.