Voters turned out the lights on the self-described "solar team" of three Democrats who hoped to control the Arizona Corporation Commission. The commission, which regulates public utilities, corporations, securities, railways and pipelines, will be dominated by an all-Republican membership for at lea ... More >>
Go ahead and add water filters to the things you're not supposed to bring to the airport.The Transportation Security Administration's review of all the good things it did last week includes an interesting bit about a Phoenix passenger's water filter -- between tales of someone trying to hide weed in ... More >>
See also: Medical Marijuana Compassion Club Raid by Phoenix Police Leaps Ahead of Court Case on Legality of Clubs Nature's Healing Center, a would-be medical-marijuana dispensary, is suing the Town of Fountain Hills over its competitors' distance from a church run by the "Reverend" Al Sobol. That ... More >>
www.jamesmolina.comJames MolinaArizona Representative Rich Crandall got some good news today: his only opponent in the District 19 state Senate race has ended his campaign.In a statement released last night, Mesa businessman James Molina announced he was bailing on his campaign because his busine ... More >>
www.firstfriday.comArizona's controversial Clean Elections Law got a new lease on life Friday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling of the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, which found the law to be unconstitutional.The three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the law does ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezburger.comHas common sense prevailed in the Arizona State Senate?That may be a stretch, but one of the more embarrassing pieces of legislation to find its way through the Arizona House this session won't get a vote in the Senate -- this session anyway.The controversial "birther" b ... More >>
www.chattahbox.comA voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona is likely to go to the voting booth in November and if it passes, the state hopes to tax the ever-loving crap out of medicinal weed.The Arizona Senate passed SB 1222 yesterday, which allows the state government to levy ... More >>
Senator Carolyn AllenLast Thursday, the Arizona Legislature failed to pass pieces of legislation that would shave about $400 million off of the state's $2 billion budget shortfall. The special session was supposed to reconvene today, but it seems as though that's not happening either.The pr ... More >>
Senate President Bob BurnsAfter nearly four agonizing months, the Arizona State Senate has finally passed four bills that will cut about $450 million from the state's budget.Like most things in the Legislature, this afternoon's agreement didn't come without a little bit of drama.First and foremos ... More >>
www.cama.comAt this point, there are three reasons Arizona still has a $3.4 billion budget gap: state senators Pamela Gorman, Ron Gould, and Carolyn Allen.Senate Republicans are one vote away from the 16 they need to pass a plan that would bridge the budget gap, and the ... More >>
Arizona State Senator Pamela GormanIf you can't beat em', quit. That's what one Arizona lawmaker chose to do today as the state budget battle wages on.Senate Majority Whip Pamela Gorman resigned her post in the Republican leadership in response to the party's support of a 1-cent-sales-tax i ... More >>
www.expandmywealth.com Senator Chuck Gray wont be spending any time voting on the budget this week; he's at the beach.If you were an Arizona state senator, where would you go while the state faces one of the worst financial crisis of your lifetime? If your answer isn't to go on a Caribbean ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer is keeping up the pressure on lawmakers today to send her a budget plan, calling a news conference this morning at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Arizona Supreme Court. Brewer told reporters yesterday she is asking the Supreme Court justices to force State Senate President Bob ... More >>
An interesting little spat is brewing over at the right-wing Sonoran Alliance blog, where our favorite, furry whipping post, the anonymous "Chewie," has upset the elephant cart.Chewie has inside info, supposedly, that Governor Jan Brewer's campaign manager, lobbyist and public relations expert Chuck ... More >>
So I had a load of photos left over from last week's two state party reorganization meetings, and I figured you might want view these as added illustrations for this week's Bird column. Think of it as porn for political junkies, though thankfully everyone has their clothes on. Reminds me of that lin ... More >>
Fresh and forward looking Lisa James (top), or whithered old nativist prune-face Randy Pullen? AZ GOPers will soon get to decide... I'll say one thing for Arizona Republicans, when they want someone gone, they get their long knives sharpened and start digging holes in the desert, Mafia styl ... More >>
The Arizona Guardian, a Web site begun this week by former East Valley Tribune reporters, is already running into trouble with its plan to cover State Capitol news. The site reported yesterday that its reporters have been banned from working in the Capitol press room, which is ... More >>
We were scared even before lunch. The state's economy's in freefall, and, as she heads to Washington, D.C. in hopes of becoming the nation's Homeland Security honcho, Governor Janet Napolitano leaves behind a giant budget deficit. But after attending the annual Legislativ ... More >>
The thing that's annoyed me most post-November 4 is the way state Dems seem to be shrugging and taking their losses locally on the chin. Rather than being infuriated that the state Democratic Party effed up, Dems seemingly have been resigned to getting cornholed royally by Republicans, as if that's ... More >>
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ARIZONA LAWMAKERS OPERATE UNDER A SYSTEM INCAPABLE OF STEMMING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.