Arizona's child welfare system is perpetually in disarray. Now, Governor Janet Napolitano wants to save the children. But can anyone sort out this political and financial mess?
Letters from the week of January 16, 2003
The new governor appears to have double-crossed environmental supporters in choosing some new agency heads.
You know it was a weird election if The Spike is actually missing John McCain
A west Phoenix neighborhood pays the way for activist Donna Neill to gain control. But who gets stuck with the final bill?
From the week of May 3, 2001
From the week of December 21, 2000
National advocacy group dumps affiliate over debt
For the week of 06-22-2000
While society frets over the threat of school massacres, a more insidious and lethal rampage mounts on the streets, unacknowledged
Arizona political leaders know the answers but can't seem to pass the violence-prevention test
Gang style blasts through popular culture. Can the media be used to fight back?
Reorganizing the BOMEX
While the governor finally asserts herself, the state Democratic party splinters further
The right advanced at Groscost, sustained some nasty Burns
Barry Goldwater's widow says the conservative institute that bears his name is twisting his legacy
State Representative Steve May is a walking, talking contradiction
Thanks to gubernatorial neglect, Hull's ambitious agenda is going nowhere
People are talking about a young political consultant named Jason Rose. But it's probably not the message he'd like to get across.
Lobbyists ride roughshod over the legislative process, going so far as to write the bills that lawmkers pass
Legislators want closer scrutiny of BOMEX, but the medical board will seek more secrecy
Jane wins--now will she finally dump the Granny Hull act and spring into action?
For all that's at stake, the state's most influential lobbyists and businesses are strangely silent on Proposition 200, which would remove them as the primary financiers of election campaigns
What's up with BOMEX?
For years, House minority leader Art Hamilton has used every trick in the book--the House rules book--to influence the Republican majority; now he's running for secretary of state
he 80-somethings at retirement home Desert Crest face eviction. But that's just business, says the home's owner--which happens to be an agency of the Roman Catholic church.
Clinton won, Fife lost, and now state Dems have high hopes for '98. But they're in for a wild-ass ride
State agencies are reeling in the after-Fife, the ballyhooed state-budget surplus is all but spent, and the government bureaucracy is bigger than ever. Now it's up to Jane Dee Hull to make it all make sense.
Trivial and meretricious bills crowd the Legislature's final days
Governor Symington says his massive tax cuts have brought prosperity to Arizona. Actually, they are bringing on a fiscal train wreck that could damage the state for decades.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE INDUSTRY FREE REIN OVER ARIZONA'S NATURAL RESOURCES, YOU'LL LOVE THESE POLITICIANS
STATE LAWMAKERS SOLVED MANY PROBLEMS THIS SESSION. UNFORTUNATELY,MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WERE BIG BUSINESSES'.
ARIZONA LAWMAKERS OPERATE UNDER A SYSTEM INCAPABLE OF STEMMING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
DERAILED BY AZSCAM, DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE MIKE CRUSA HAS WAGED HIS BEST CAMPAIGN YET---TO SALVAGE HIS OWN CAREER
WOULD-BE ASU STUDENT-GOVRNMENT FRFORMERS SEE DEMOCRACY INACTION
"THE DEAL" GOES DOWN. INFLUENCE GETS PEDDLED. IS IT ANY WONDER LAWMAKERS ARE GETTING A LIFE---SOMEPLACE ELSE?