Lawmakers who lost primaries plan next steps
Twenty-two lawmakers lost their races this year for various offices and won’t return to the Capitol for at least two years.
Ethics probe of Rogers’ social media posts underway
The Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate an inflammatory comment Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, posted on social media about a May 14 shooting that left 10 dead in Buffalo.
Steps to replace Navarrete begin
One of Tony Navarrete’s former seatmates is interested in filling the state Senate seat Navarrete left after he was charged with multiple sex crimes against children, and the other is considering it.
Judge lets Arizona law on initiative petitions to stand
A federal judge on Monday refused to strike down an Arizona law that allows a judge to invalidate otherwise legitimate and qualified signatures on an initiative petition.
Legislators aim to reassert authority with early budget
Republican leaders in the Arizona House and Senate are moving ahead with plans to draft their own budget proposal by the end of the year, reasserting legislative authority they say they lost during recent years.
Federal lawsuit challenges law to regulate signature gatherers
A new lawsuit seeks to strike down a statute that can invalidate otherwise legitimate and qualified signatures on an initiative petition.
Shelter for seniors, seriously mentally ill top advocates’ wish list
After a one-time windfall from the Legislature, affordable housing supporters who’ve advocated for restoring the State Housing Trust Fund to pre-recession levels are looking at how to best stretch the new money and make the case for more.
Car-sharing bill protects consumers, personal freedom
With each technological advance we witness the same response as whatever legacy industry is being disrupted seeks the government’s assistance in burying the upstarts in red tape, taxes and fees. And all of this while cloaking its anti-competitive actions behind talk of “leveling the playing field” or “protecting consumers.”
Teran, Meza win LD30 Democratic House primary
Voters in west Phoenix and Glendale are giving Democrat Raquel Teran a shot in her second bid for a seat in the Arizona Legislature.
LD30: Changing district a political battleground of old vs. new
Legislative District 30 has changed drastically and become divided between old and new approaches to politics since House candidate Bill Brotherton last served in the Legislature.
Rash of GOP bills seek to empower lawmakers, disempower voters
Arizona Republican legislators have a habit of pushing ideas that make their own lives easier, but harder for voters to have their voices heard.
Dems uniting against Ducey trust plan
Democratic lawmakers are coalescing in opposition to Gov. Doug Ducey’s state land trust plan, a potentially troubling development for a governor who may need votes from the minority party to pass one of his top priorities for the 2016 legislative session.