Jan 30, 2015

Rumors persist: Lightning rod bills to surface after Super Bowl

A confluence of circumstances is aiding the persistence of a rumor at the Arizona Capitol – the “crazy” is lurking behind Super Bowl XLIX.

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Jan 8, 2015

Better than ‘not hot’: CAP points to 2014 successes

I can’t help but be optimistic about Arizona’s 52nd legislature. This may seem strange considering some are saying Center for Arizona Policy is “not hot” right now. This very paper recently wrote that CAP had a “terrible year” in 2014, which is news to me.

Gov. Elect Doug Ducey (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 30, 2014

Who’s hot, who’s not heading into 2015

A rundown of the people and groups who ended 2014 on the upswing and those who are glad to see the year come to an end.

Oct 20, 2014

Gay marriage ruling will bring renewed push for religious liberty protections

With marriage licenses just starting to be issued to gay couples across the state, lawmakers are already talking about ways to protect religious organizations and businesses from being forced to participate in gay marriages, and SB1062 is back on the forefront of many minds.

Sep 30, 2014

S1062 becomes focal point of Sec. of State race

Goddard went a bit off-topic with his first general election ad today, which features a lesbian couple criticizing Reagan for her vote last year on the controversial S1062.

Jun 30, 2014

SB1062 backers see ‘Hobby Lobby’ ruling as potential boon

The group behind a vetoed religious freedom law intends to study Monday’s Supreme Court ruling as a chance to revamp it and try again next year.

May 6, 2014

Brewer: I ordered staff to keep S1062 off my desk

During a campaign event on Friday for Colorado attorney general candidate Cynthia Coffman, Brewer told the crowd that she took an early dislike to S1062 and told her staff she wanted it dead.

Mar 19, 2014

DNC chair: Arizona an emblem of GOP outreach problems

A year after the Republican Party unveiled plans to attract women and minority voters, a national Democratic leader insisted the GOP is still “out of touch,” citing the party’s actions in Arizona as examples.

Opponents of Arizona's recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062 rally in front of the capitol Feb. 24 (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Mar 10, 2014

Brewer’s office negotiated changes to SB1062 before veto

Top aides to Gov. Jan Brewer sought and got proponents of a “religious liberty” bill to make changes to SB1062 more than a month before she vetoed the measure.

Feb 28, 2014

The power behind SB1062: Center for Arizona Policy wields substantial influence at the Capitol

Behind the legislation that engulfed Arizona in a firestorm over the treatment of gays is an influential Evangelical-Christian lobby that is deep in the trenches of America’s culture wars.

Feb 28, 2014

Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

Anyone who thought rushing SB1062 through the Legislature would leave opponents little time to organize was sorely mistaken. Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill, massive protests sprang up at the Capitol, business organizations lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer for a veto, and Arizona took center stage in a national media frenzy. By the time Brewer struck down [...]

Hundreds of protestors gathered at the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 24, to ask Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Feb 27, 2014

Christian principles: A pastor’s view in the aftermath of the SB1062 debate

As an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, I was very troubled by SB1062, the so-called “religious freedom bill,” and much of the rhetoric surrounding it. While many argued that this bill would have strengthened religious, particularly Christian “freedoms,” I believe it sought to do the exact opposite — it would have used religion as a license to discriminate against anyone of[...]