Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs confirmed yesterday he will challenge Senate President Steve Pierce’s hold on leadership when Republicans convene after the elections next month.Read More »
Sen. Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican who ran on a platform of transparency and lobbying reform during the recall election last year, today unveiled a proposal to tighten the reporting requirements for legislators and lobbyists and make it easier for the public to find out how the two groups interact.
Lewis said the proposal has the backing of Senate President Steve Pierce and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has investigated the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where public officials received free tickets and took free trips without properly disclosing them.
Health care industry leaders are coalescing behind McComish, Lewis, Crandall, Worsley and Pierce. And it’s all tied to the race for Senate president, one Capitol railbird told our reporter. The source said health care industry leaders in August attended a joint fundraiser in Phoenix for the candidates.Read More »
Two Republican senators yesterday pledged to support Sen. Steve Pierce’s bid to remain as Senate leader, joining four others who earlier said they’ll vote for him or are expected to back the sitting president.Read More »
A committee whose goal is to return a robust GOP majority to the state Senate has taken sides in a Republican primary, spending money to help Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, beat Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.
The Republican Victory Fund recently sent out a mailer touting Crandall’s record, including his vote to pass SB1070.
As expected, Fillmore is dismayed by the committee’s action.
By upholding the federal health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to establish their own health insurance exchanges — web portals where individuals and small businesses can purchase health plans.Read More »
If the feds can’t force Arizona to move forward with the massive Medicaid expansion, it’s a near certainty the Republican-led Legislature won’t do it for them. Though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand health care for the poor by threatening to take away other Medicaid funding.Read More »
As noted last month, Pierce’s Senate Republican PAC is flush with cash heading into the summer. The committee has nearly $157,000 on hand and raised almost $168,000, thanks largely to the president’s outreach to the business community – and, presumably, his commitment to focusing his chamber’s efforts on pro-business legislation, not immigration.Read More »
Word broke Tuesday that Pierce ousted two members of the Rio Nuevo board, including its chairwoman. Letters dated May 31 were sent to Chairwoman Jodi Bain and fellow board member Rick Grinnell. The three-sentence letters merely thank them for their service and say that Pierce intends to appoint new members to the panel, but do not give a reason.Read More »
Extraordinary events put Steve Pierce at the helm of the Arizona Senate — and those same events made the job of leading the chamber, which is already difficult by itself, even more challenging.
The Prescott rancher was elected as Senate president following the ouster of Russell Pearce, who lost a November recall election to a rival Republican. While some of Pearce’s colleagues had no love lost for the former senator, others remained loyal to him.