Sen. John McCain says he'll vote for compromise legislation averting a government default, although "I will probably have to swallow hard."Read More »
Dear Arizona Capitol Times:
It’s outrageous that some in Washington want to cut Social Security to help balance our federal budget. Social Security did not contribute to our financial mess and should not be used as a piggy bank to pay down our debt.
Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a budget that he said was filled with gimmicks — or as he put it, “legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings.” Editorial boards have praised Brown for exercising responsible fiscal judgment. Meanwhile, Brian Joseph of the Orange County Register has written that Brown’s own budget plan uses gimmicks, too.Read More »
For the second consecutive month, Arizona’s unemployment rate has dropped, according to figures released today by the Office of Employment and Population StatisticsRead More »
Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, was sworn in at the House of Representatives this morning.
Flanked by family, friends and new legislative colleagues, Pierce stood on the House floor and took the oath of office.
President Barack Obama says those opposing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. shouldn't have amnesia about how the country began. He says America is a nation of immigrants.Read More »
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne plans to testify in Washington on Wednesday during a congressional hearing on border security.Read More »
Ray Bladine wasn’t selected to be the chairman of the Independent Redistricting Commission, but he’ll still get to play a critical role in drawing up new political lines for the state – and now he’ll get paid for his work.Read More »
Backers of light-rail say they are lobbying hard for more federal funds for new rail systems in Tempe, Mesa and elsewhere. The East Valley Tribune says Metro officials are touting a higher ridership than what was originally projected.Read More »
Arizona should have a zero tolerance policy for men who engage in sexual intercourse with underage prostitutes, a former congresswoman said Tuesday. Linda Smith, founder of the advocacy group Shared Hope International, presented the state with a grade of C for its efforts to protect children from sex trafficking.Read More »