Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her 2013 State of the State address. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Apr 12, 2013

Predicting Brewer vetoes is difficult; reasons vary

Figuring out how to avoid Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto pen is a guessing game that leaves even some of the most seasoned veterans at the Capitol perplexed.

Many lawmakers and lobbyists say there are no hard and fast guidelines for avoiding a veto from a governor who vetoed 91 bills in her first four legislative sessions.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her 2013 State of the State address. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Apr 5, 2013

Mayo Clinic backs Brewer; Scottsdale Healthcare on the fence

One of two hospitals that held out support for Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan out of concerns the proposed hospital tax would cost more than they would get back is officially on board.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Mar 12, 2013

Brewer expresses confidence in Medicaid plan, but lawmakers push back

Gov. Jan Brewer unveiled the details of her Medicaid expansion plan this afternoon, beginning in earnest the effort to push the controversial proposal through the Legislature.

Feb 19, 2013

Details released in probe of teen shot by officer

Tucson police examining an officer's shooting of a 17-year-old boy accused of pulling a gun on the officer as he fled on foot haven't been able to determine whether the boy was involved in an incident that drew the attention of police in the first place.

Feb 18, 2013

From child abuse to the Golden Rule: Bill would rid state of license plates linked to private groups

Roughly 1,800 Arizonans order a Child Abuse Prevention plate every month. That translates into almost $375,000 per year that goes to programs that prevent child abuse.

This Sept. 4, 2011 file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Ariz. The federal government is proposing new limits for pollution from the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation that it says will improve visibility at places like the Grand Canyon, but it could come with a price tag of more than $1 billion, according to the plant's owners. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Feb 18, 2013

Navajo Nation agrees to coal-power plant extension

The Navajo Nation has reached an agreement in extending a lease for a coal-power plant that would give the tribe a substantial boost in annual payments.

A motorcyclist negotiates a training course at TEAM Arizona in Gilbert. (TEAM Arizona Photo)
Feb 18, 2013

Officials urge licenses, training to reduce motorcycle fatalities

Saying that increased traffic congestion and a lack of training can be a deadly combination for motorcyclists, state officials are urging riders to get instruction and required licenses before taking to the roads.

Ronald Young, an employee at Boeing’s plant in Mesa, fashions a pylon used to hold weapons on the AH64D attack helicopter (Cronkite News Service photo by Sarah Pringle)
Feb 18, 2013

Business leaders leave Washington with dim hopes of avoiding sequester, job cuts

A delegation from the Arizona Technology Council came to Washington this week hoping to persuade Congress to stop automatic spending cuts that would hurt state defense contractors and could lead to layoffs.

Feb 15, 2013

Brewer, AHCCCS expansion advocates tout general fund benefits

On its face, the Arizona Board of Regents and the universities they govern have little, if anything, to do with the state’s Medicaid program or Gov. Jan Brewer’s plans to expand it in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Feb 4, 2013

Compact spurred Casino expansions: 2002 law transformed Indian gaming in Arizona

About the only thing left to chance since voters approved Arizona’s 2002 Indian Gaming Compact has been who wins the money wagered in the state’s casinos.

Rep. Phil Lovas (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 24, 2013

GOP lawmaker: Time Arizona’s primary with Iowa caucuses

Moving Arizona’s presidential preference election earlier in the primary cycle would give the state a greater say in national politics, a state representative contends.

Jan 22, 2013

Failed top-two primary measure had most support among independent voters

Had voters passed the Open Elections/Open Government measure, proponents argued that the result would have been less-radical ideologues being elected and a looser grip by political parties on elected offices.