Republican budget proposal fails in House after Harris votes against caucus
It seemed nearly inevitable that legislative Republicans would send their continuation budget proposal to Gov. Katie Hobbs this week for a quick veto, starting the negotiation process between the Republican majority Legislature and the ninth floor. Plans have now changed after one stray vote from a Republican lawmaker who promised she wouldn’t vote on any bills to protest a “fraudulent” elec[...]
Russell Pearce, author of SB1070, dies at 75
Former Senate President and author of the controversial SB1070 immigration bill Russell Pearce passed away Jan. 5. He was 75.
Bowers: ‘delicious’ irony group failed to recall him
A recall of House Speaker Rusty Bowers won’t make the ballot because the right-wing group behind it didn’t fill out the forms correctly.
Finchem recall effort fizzles
The group behind an effort to recall Rep. Mark Finchem has quit three weeks short of its deadline.
Campaign to give DREAMers in-state tuition begins
Supporters of a ballot measure to let immigrants living in Arizona without authorization pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities have formed a political action committee to get their message out.
Maricopa County taxpayers treated to feud of 2 Republicans
Maricopa County’s lame-duck treasurer sent county homeowners letters suggesting they complain to state Sen. Vince Leach about wasting taxpayer money, in the latest salvo of an ongoing feud between the two Republicans.
Dems seek removal of judge who nixed education measure
The Maricopa County Democratic Party is leading an effort to remove the trial-court judge who ruled against putting an education initiative on the ballot.
Udall appears to fend off primary challenge from the right
Kathy Pearce, sister of SB1070 champion Russell Pearce, is falling short of unseating either of Legislative District 25’s incumbents.
Progressive organizers continue winning streak in truncated session
Six months ago – or an eternity, depending on how you count – before the coronavirus, before the most recent wave of public demonstration against police violence, before the David Cook scandal or talk of legislative leadership races, Gov. Doug Ducey set the tone of the fledgling legislative session with an immediately controversial proposal to […]
Petersen’s suspension in limbo after appeals hearing
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s suspension remains in limbo after roughly two hours of testimony Wednesday afternoon.
Petersen’s attorney lobs ethics claim at County Attorney as he prepares for hearing on suspension
As suspended County Assessor Paul Petersen fends for his job in a hearing Wednesday, his attorney has leveled conflict-of-interest allegations against Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel similar to what led to the downfall of her predecessor Andy Thomas.
In their words: Russell Pearce
There are the historians and there are the history makers.