Aug 20, 2009

Arpaio responds to racial profiling allegations, SCA, 287(g) changes

Probably no public figure in Arizona inspires more devotion and loyalty from his supporters and more hatred from his critics than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In a revealing Q&A session, the feisty lawman denies racial profiling, says 287(g) changes won't affect his operations, clears up his relationship with Janet Napolitano and refuses to discuss SCA.

Aug 14, 2009

UpClose with Rep. Jack Brown

St. Johns resident and perennial lawmaker Jack Brown turned 80 this year, making him the oldest legislator in the state. Brown was a freshman lawmaker in 1963, the year the Beatles released their first album and "Dr. No" kicked off decades of James Bond movies.

Aug 7, 2009

UpClose with Rep. Andy Tobin

Capitol veterans have taken notice of Andy Tobin. He's in his first year as majority whip in the House of Representatives, but ask many of the lobbyists and others with a long tenure at the Capitol and they'll tell you he's handled what can be a difficult position with aplomb. Basically, his job is to ensure there is enough support for bills before they come to the floor and that lawmakers are pre[...]

Aug 3, 2009

UpClose with House Speaker Kirk Adams

Kirk Adams was elected speaker of the House after campaigning on a platform of opening up the budget process to make it more transparent to lawmakers and the public. How well that was achieved has been debated throughout the session at the Capitol, but Adams maintains the Legislature is moving toward that goal.

Jul 24, 2009

UpClose with Luis Heredia

Luis Heredia is a second-generation American who has risen through the ranks of the Arizona Democratic Party to become the organization's executive director.

Jul 10, 2009

UpClose with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Between the recent cap-and-trade bill and the alternative energy provisions of the stimulus act, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has seen some of her top priorities take center stage in Congress this year.

Jul 2, 2009

UpClose with Eddie Farnsworth

Former-Rep. Eddie Farnsworth kicked up a great deal of dust in Gilbert last year when he decided to challenge long-time friend and fellow conservative Thayer Verschoor for the district's Senate seat. Farnsworth was narrowly defeated by Verschoor, who at the time was a favorite for Senate president. For the time being, Farnsworth said he is happy to be out of professional politics and doesn't kn[...]

Jun 26, 2009

UpClose with State Treasurer Dean Martin

State Treasurer Dean Martin has been back in the office for several weeks now, after his wife and newborn son died due to complications from childbirth last month.

Jun 18, 2009

UpClose with Matt Heinz

Everything about the Legislature’s resident practicing doctor seems to go a mile a minute. He has a jam-packed schedule, a penchant for problem-solving and a sharp and sarcastic sense of humor. A conversation with him jumps from one topic to another, then back again.

Jun 12, 2009

UpClose with Susan Gerard

Susan Gerard has spent the past 20 years molding and monitoring the state’s health care system. Her expertise has led to positions as the chair of the House and Senate health committees, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services and, most recently, as a member of the board of directors for the Maricopa County Special Health District.

Jun 4, 2009

UpClose with J.D. Hayworth

To most Arizonans, J.D. Hayworth is a familiar face, and to newcomers he is at least a familiar voice. The former sportscaster and six-term GOP congressman may have lost his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but he hasn’t left the political arena. His radio show on 550 KFYI is a hit with the right, and as conservative dissatisfaction with Republicans such as Gov. Jan Brewer and Sen. Jo[...]

May 29, 2009

UpClose with Rep. Ed Ableser

Rep. Edward Ableser, a Democrat from Tempe, admits he has made enemies at the Capitol during his four-year tenure in the House and Senate. His consistent and vocal support of state-managed programs, homosexual marriage and abortion rights has given him the continued backing of his constituents while at the same time repelling some of his more conservative colleagues.