Just this week on the House floor, Republican Congressman Trent Franks was insisting that Obamacare is unconstitutional.It seems like it's a little late to still be fighting the law under the claim that it's unconstitutional, but Franks is never one to give up on his beliefs, pet projects, and lost ... More >>
The anti-immigration-reform crowd's broken record is currently playing in the offices of Republican Congressmen Matt Salmon, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, and David Schweikert.The congressmen, like Governor Jan Brewer, insist that they can only even fathom immigration reform proposals if the border is s ... More >>
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar has asked Remington Arms to move out of New York, and start making guns in Arizona.Why? Because people in the Colt Single Action Army Revolver state "cherish our Constitution, including the Second Amendment," Gosar wrote in a letter to Remington's CEO.
Yesterday, President Obama released his plan to curb gun violence, a plan that consists of both executive orders and recommendations for Congress.As the "Colt Single Action Army Revolver" state, Arizona's probably got a lot of folks who are concerned about changing gun laws.
Medical marijuana in Arizona faces an important court decision in a case that local prohibitionists see as a weak link in the voter-approved 2010 pot law. Arizona Republic reporter and rapid-fire Tweeter Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez has been filing live updates from the courtroom this afternoon. The hear ... More >>
The Cato Institute -- a libertarian think-tank -- needed just seven words to sum up its report today on how Arizona's immigration laws are affecting business, and put those words right at the front of its analysis: "Arizona's immigration laws have hurt its economy."Not only that, but the Maricopa Co ... More >>
See also President Obama Approves Version of the DREAM Act, Grants Immunity from Deportation for Certain Young Undocumented Immigrants See also DREAM Act Has Support From 73 Percent of Arizonans, According to Poll The Department of Homeland Security has released the forms undocumented immigrants br ... More >>
If there are Republican voters in Arizona's Sixth Congressional District who still can't figure out which candidate's position on issues most closely match their own, yesterday's candidate forum in Scottsdale probably didn't help.Congressmen Ben Quayle and David Schweikert said mostly the same thing ... More >>
See also: ACLU Trying to Stop 20-Week Abortion Ban; Says "No Court Has Ever Upheld" Such a Law A federal judge ruled that the Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will be allowed to go into effect as scheduled on Thursday. The ACLU of Arizona and the Center for Reproductive Ri ... More >>
See also: Congressional Candidate Matt Salmon Says Lobbyist Matt Salmon Never Lobbied for "Obamacare"Republican Congressman-turned-lobbyist-turned-congressional candidate Matt Salmon's explanation of doing lobbying work on "Obamacare" bills -- or not doing lobbying work on the bills -- isn't quite s ... More >>
Congressman David Schweikert, not to be outdone by his primary opponent, Congressman Ben Quayle, introduced his own bill to block the implementation of the Obama administration's new immigration policy.This move by Schweikert may seem familiar, since Quayle did just about the same thing yesterday to ... More >>
Republicans are stumbling all over themselves to denounce President Barack Obama's executive action today to block the deportation of students who would benefit from the proposed DREAM Act. And in doing so, they're bumbling right into the trap the White House has laid for them. Obama's move, initial ... More >>
Many would like to believe that even the most guileful and nefarious of individuals are capable of compassion, particularly toward the weakest among us.Sadly, human behavior argues otherwise. To rationalize away the sufferings of others is a fairly easy mental trick, and when the payoff fo ... More >>
Fagala-phobic abortion bully Trent Franks today introduced a bill into Congress that, if it becomes law, would dictate when people in Washington D.C. are allowed to end a pregnancy.Franks, just to be clear, is a congressman from Arizona -- but that's not stopping him from playing morality cop in ... More >>
Arizona state legislators have redrafted legislation that would allow guns on college campuses, despite Governor Jan Brewer's vetoing of a similar bill earlier this year.The new bill is just a modified version of the old bill, which Brewer felt was too vague. However, after vetoing it, the govern ... More >>
Janet Napolitano, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, announced today that she's yanking the 287(g) program, which helps identify illegal immigrants, from Maricopa County jails. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yanked the 287(g) program from Maricopa County jails today due to ... More >>
Senate President Russell Pearce claims illegal immigration costs taxpayers beaucoup cash; in reality Hispanics, legal and illegal, are aiding the state's economy.A boom in Arizona's Latino population has resulted in a powerful purchasing bloc that could help save the state's struggling economy.This, ... More >>
Pearce and his nativist allies were served a defeat today by the Ninth CircuitState Senate President Russell Pearce, Governor Jan Brewer, and the forces of nativism here in Arizona and nationwide have suffered a crushing blow. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has today upheld District Court Judge ... More >>
Arizona's conservative, anti-immigrant politics help make it a "failed state," says the Boston Review in a lengthy article published today. The piece makes plenty of good points, but gets watered down by writer Tom Barry's overly simplistic solution. If Arizona simply raised taxes, elected ... More >>
Image: Huffington PostJoe Miller, former Mohave County probation officer, was fired for publicly supporting marijuana legalization.Right to free speech: Canceled.At least, it is for Joe Miller, a former Mohave County probation officer who believes that marijuana should be legalized.As the Huffing ... More >>
Andrew Myers of Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project addresses the crowd at Cooper'stown.As we reported, more than 70 percent of precincts have delivered voting results -- and Proposition 203, Arizona's Medical Marijuana Initiative, is losing by a narrow margin. As this is being writte ... More >>
Obama: $600 million-tough on landscapers and nanniesSo President Barack Obama, who still talks a good game about "comprehensive immigration reform," has now signed a supplemental border security package worth $600 million to add 1,000 Border Patrol agents, as well as hundreds of new officers for Imm ... More >>
www.babble.comIf you're running for office in Arizona and haven't issued a detailed statement outlining your position on Judge Susan Bolton's decision to grant an injunction for certain parts of SB 1070, it's time to get to work. Today was a political opportunist's Christmas in July.No matter whi ... More >>
U.S. Senate candidate and former New Times columnist John Dougherty (pictured) discussed his plan for the infamous "War on Drugs" this morning at a debate near Yuma. Bottom line: End it. The "squares" have gotta love that."The War on Drugs has been an abject failure. We need to move it o ... More >>
Image: Max Fose's Facebook page PR hound Max Fose wants to deprive sick people of medicinal pot and tax them more at the same time.A former political aide for John McCain has put up $2,500 of his own money to counter a medical marijuana inititiative that probably will be be on the 2010 bal ... More >>
www.inquisitr.com "Joe the Plumber" sealing his fate as a conservative icon by confronting then-presidential candidate Obama during the campaign. Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," the conservative icon from the 2008 presidential election, paid a visit to the state ca ... More >>
www.photobucket.comWelfare recipients may want to hurry up and buy that Bentley they've been saving up for because -- if state Representative Frank Antenori has his way -- there soon will be restrictions on how much money people receiving government assistance can s ... More >>
Arizona Senator John McCain is looking at last night's Massachusetts Senate election as the "wake-up" call that could change how business is done in the nation's capitol. "Last night, a shot was fired around this nation ... saying no more business as usual in Washington, D.C.,"&nbs ... More >>
If Emil's right on immigration, it may all come down to oil... Regular readers of the Feathered Bastard blog are familiar with the trenchant, and often amusing observations of regular commenter Emil Pulsifer. So you will be interested in Pulsifer's recent, thought-provoking guest column for Jo ... More >>
www.mrrl.org Has Obama taken the role of Don Corleone? In Corleone fashion, top Obama officials made Arizona Governor Jan Brewer an offer she shouldn't refuse. They want her to back the President's stimulas plan, and if she doesn't and agrees with Senator Jon Kyl,&n ... More >>
U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceSalt Cedar Leaf BeetleThe Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audobon Society filed a lawsuit in federal court today in an effort to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher bird from imported salt cedar leaf beetles.The leaf-eating beetles w ... More >>
If there's anything the tragedy in St. Johns should teach you, it's that if you plan to spank your eight year old 1,000 times, you may not want to show him how to shoot a rifle. Either that, or you might want to consider the option of a "time out" for the little bugger.Sure, sure, no one deserves to ... More >>
The immigrant rights movement needs Elias Bermudez, only there's a problem: A lot of his own people don't trust him
Marshal Jeff Flake goes toe-to-toe with Russell Pearce, and a former New Times staffer's popped for armed robbery
It's no fun being an illegal alien
State leaders can't stomach the truth -- Arizonans need to be taxed more, and right away!
Our April 1 story was made up -- these responses weren't
Arm the Homeless stages a firearms giveaway for Phoenix vagrants.
Outside groups leading the anti-immigration campaign in Arizona are trying to distance themselves from their own bigoted pasts.
A family-owned company could go out of business because state Senator Russell Bowers has introduced legislation that would free a larger company from paying its share to clean up toxic groundwater
The King of All Media exposes his Private Parts
Industries get a big say in rewrite of water-pollution laws; public may pick up tab
There's plenty of money in the Department of Environmental Quality budget. But crazy personnel rules keep the agency understaffed and ineffective.