Steve Pierce

Dec 10, 2020

Brnovich at arm’s length in election suit

Arizona is seeking a voice in the lawsuit Texas has brought against some other states won by President-elect Joe Biden. But exactly who Attorney General Mark Brnovich will side with remains unclear.

Jan 22, 2020

Tough opioids bill draws skepticism from lawmakers

Legislation to require mandatory 5-year prison terms for anyone who sells even the slightest amount of opioids appears dead, at least in its current form.

Mar 28, 2019

Former Senate president Pierce frontrunner to replace Stringer

Former Senate President Steve Pierce is poised to make a reluctant comeback at the Capitol in the wake of David Stringer’s sudden resignation on Wednesday.

Jan 18, 2019

Q&A with Senate President Karen Fann

With every Republican leader in the state Senate from 2018 gone, Karen Fann steps into the void as the next Senate president and the leader of not just the Republican Caucus, but the chamber at large.

Aug 20, 2018

Candidates find pros and cons of digging into own pocket

While self-funders haven’t been very successful at the state and federal level in Arizona, the strategy has paid off for candidates aiming for lower-level offices, such as the Legislature or a city council.

Sen. Sine Kerr (R-Buckeye) (Photo by Ben Giles/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 12, 2018

Sine Kerr: In love with agriculture and defending the livelihood

Arizona’s newest senator, Sine Kerr, follows in the footsteps of former Sen. Steve Pierce and the late Sen. Chester Crandell as a lawmaker who lives and breathes the agricultural lifestyle.

Wendy Baldo (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 27, 2017

Wendy Baldo

Few provide a stabilizing presence at the state Capitol like Wendy Baldo, the Senate’s longtime chief of staff, who offers not just knowledge, but institutional knowledge, and not just any counsel, but counsel rooted in experience.

Apr 13, 2016

Senate rejects again bill to pre-empt federal policies

The Arizona Senate has rejected a measure for the second week in a row that would have allowed the state to vote on bills blocking authorities from enforcing or financing any federal action not affirmed by Congress.

Jul 31, 2015

Support for land trust plan remains strong despite the treasurer’s vocal opposition

Recent criticism by state Treasurer Jeff DeWit appears to have done little to dampen Republican enthusiasm for Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to increase state land trust payments to K-12 schools.

Apr 16, 2015

Bill establishing transition program for inmates was lost

Today's (April 13) story, "Winners and Losers," regarding those who gained from legislative action at this year's recently completed session and those who “lost” was telling.

Mar 17, 2015

House committee OKs bill for voters to kill Clean Elections

A House committee has passed a measure asking voters to eliminate the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Mar 7, 2015

Lawmakers work all night to pass budget

Arizona lawmakers pulled an all-nighter and worked well past sunrise Saturday morning to approve a $9.1 billion budget proposal after Republican leadership spent the day rounding up the votes to get it across the finish line.