Arizona's Department of Economic Security is to be repaid $2.1 million by people caught gaming the food stamps and unemployment insurance programs.The agency's investigative units, with help from law enforcement, found 87 people in the last year who abused the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progr ... More >>
Tall with a buzz cut and a toothy grin, Dr. Ralph Heap is a banjo-pickin' orthopedic surgeon with a handsome family and enough charisma to worry incumbent Bob Worsley in the GOP primary for state senator from deeply red Legislative District 25. Heap also is a colossal hypocrite -- and the cat's paw ... More >>
Arizona's new Department of Child Safety has been formed through a pair of bills passed by the Legislature in a special session, and signed by Governor Jan Brewer.The outline of the agency proposed last week by Brewer at the cost of $60 million is essentially what was created by legislators, with a ... More >>
Arizona State University is one of 55 higher-education institutions nationwide that's being investigated for possible improper handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released the list of all the schools under investigati ... More >>
A bill that had Arizona librarians warning of drastic budget cuts has been amended in the libraries' favor.In its original form, House Bill 2379, proposed by Republican Representative Justin Olson, would put a cap on property-tax increases by "special districts" around the state, which includes coun ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who pledged during this 2011 mayoral campaign to repeal the city's 2 percent emergency food tax by April 1, is not likely to deliver on that promise. Stanton says he not betraying public trust. "I believed the economy was going to be in a better place, and a lot of econ ... More >>
If you're not a thumbsucking moron who only cares about which overzealous rapper impregnated which leg-spreading reality star, you might've heard of this thing called the "fiscal cliff." If not, lemme just clue you in via economist Paul Craig Roberts: "The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts an ... More >>
Arizona's economy is really shaping up, based on an independent ranking of the 50 states' financial situations -- the Grand Canyon State is now the 47th best out of the 50 states, which is an improvement over the previous ranking of 48th.The financial-news website 24/7 Wall St. has been doing these ... More >>
Congressman Jeff Flake, who is running for U.S. Senate against former U.S. Surgeon General Rich Carmona, says he doesn't like earmarks, which some call "pork barrel spending." He certainly has earned a reputation for fighting against federal funding for specific projects attached to unrelated bil ... More >>
On Wednesday, we told you about U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy asking Attorney General Eric Holder asking if Maricopa County could be on the hook for repaying up to $25 million in federal taxpayer coin, thanks to the Justice Department's civil-rights case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Turns out, alleged ci ... More >>
Our colleague Monica Alonzo reported late last week that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's dropping his Congressional bid, which might not exactly come as a surprise.What may come as a surprise is his explanation for why he's dropping out of the race, which happens to exclude anything about the abus ... More >>
The above video (posted by a reader) is our best, hilarious guess as to how the conversation went between Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and Chief Deputy Steve Henry, as Babeu essentially had to let Henry know he was reducing his shot at becoming Pinal County Sheriff to zero. You know, for the ... More >>
Republican state Representative Judy Burges has a new title: state Senator Judy Burges.Burges was chosen this morning by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the state Senate seat made vacant when former Senator Scott Bundgaard.Bundgaard, as you know, called it quits just minutes befo ... More >>
There's good news and bad news...The good news: the Scott Bundgaard freeway fight fiasco is finally over. The bad news: he might be replaced by state Representative Judy Burges -- one of the first sponsors of Arizona's humiliating "Birther Bill," and the author of the "I didn't pay enough fund" b ... More >>
John McCain yesterday compared Tea Partiers to Hobbits."The Mav" had quite the day for himself yesterday.Aside from calling Tea Partiers "hobbits" while addressing the Senate, Senator John McCain also managed to bash Nevada Senator Harry Reid, President Barack Obama, Reid's opponent in last year' ... More >>
centralphoenixinn.comPhoenix mayoral candiates met at the Lexington Hotel for a lively exchangeQuite a lively exchange at the Downtown Voices Coalition's mayoral forum at the Lexington Hotel. At most forums, candidates cleave to the their talking points and engage in political niceties, but resid ... More >>
Thayer VerschoorWith the ouster of now-former Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party Brett Mecum, Thayer Verschoor, a veteran of the Arizona Legislature and short-lived communications director for the AZ GOP, is getting a promotion.Sources tell New Times Verschoor has been slated to t ... More >>
Phoenix workers protest of SB1322Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Senate Bill 1322, a measure that would have required large cities, namely Phoenix and Tucson, to open up certain city services to competitive bids from private companies. Brewer said it was "riddled with shortcomings""It's a good victo ... More >>
Tuition increases proposed late last week by Arizona's three public university presidents make getting a public education in Arizona pricier than ever. Worse, they were probably underestimated -- again. Presidents of the three universities sent their pitch for new tuition increases to the Arizon ... More >>
Karen Thoreson will chair the committee charged with reviewing Phoenix kidnapping statsA panel of independent experts charged with reviewing Phoenix's kidnapping statistics will be headed by Karen Thoreson, president of Alliance for Innovation. The other members are retired FBI Agent Larry ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Elissa MullanyA New Times story about Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon advising a transit company that employs his girlfriend on how to muscle nearly $30 million from Phoenix prompted an inquiry from the feds.The Federal Transit Administration, an agency that provides money ... More >>
Kidnapping statistics tallied by the Phoenix Police Department are getting called into question --again. Two Valley news stations have reported that the Phoenix Police Department, including Public Safety Manager (read: Police Chief) Jack Harris and Mayor Phil Gordon, are under inves ... More >>
Three unidentified sources "from different parts of the political spectrum" hint that a state investigation of Governor Janice Brewer may be coming down the pike, says the Phoenix Business Journal.A September 5 article by Mike Sunnucks says that questions have arisen about the way Brewer us ... More >>
Scottsdale-based company Redflex Traffic Solutions Inc. is developing a solar-powered photo enforcement camera. The company has an agreement with Tempe-based Arizona Solar Concepts to design the cameras, but both companies refuse to elaborate until the project is further along. A Redflex spokespe ... More >>
www.spoofcard.comA complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix today alleging that several Kansas-based telemarketing firms have been ripping off suckers and the elderly in countless states including Arizona.The complaint says Landmark Publishing Group, Grant Writer ... More >>
The monsoons have finally arrived in the Valley. After a series of thunderstorms Monday night, the city saw more storms early this morning. Although temperatures in the Valley are expected to be around 108 the next several days, the Weather Service says the chance for thunderstorms will continue int ... 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 >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked Vice President Joe Biden for an advance on federal stimulus money in a conference call this morning with other governors. Brewer told a "gracious" Biden that $350 million in federally funded transportation projects will "absolutely" move forward. However, the l ... 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 >>
If you don't like the $1.2 million in earmarks shoved into a Congressional spending bill headed for a vote in the U.S. Senate, it may be tough to get ahold of the man responsible: Indicted Former Congressman Rick Renzi. USA Today reports that Renzi is one of several former lawmakers who ... More >>
California nearly faced a revolt last month when officials announced that state tax filers would get IOUs instead of refunds.Arizona residents, however, can expect to receive state refund checks that banks will cash, says State Treasurer Dean Martin. Click here to read an MS Word version of Martin's ... More >>
Don't be like Sir Charles: If you get an offer for oral sex while drunk this weekend at NBA All-Star Game festivities, leave the driving to someone else.With parties and NBA-theme events erupting all over town, starting tonight, cops from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and the Department of Public S ... More >>
The Arizona Supreme Court today ruled that the state cannot collect an additional $30 million from cities and towns to help balance the budget. Back in November, it appeared the lawsuit against the state by the League of Arizona Towns and Cities was on firm footing when we wrote about how Dean Marti ... More >>
State Treasurer Dean Martin just put out a helpful list of New Year's resolutions that anyone could use to keep their finances in check -- especially state lawmakers. State budget watchdogs like Martin and others have been sounding the alarm, but outgoing Governor Janet Napolitano and a fiscall ... More >>
Separated at birth? According to economist Paul Krugman, it's possible. Will soon-to-be Arizona Governor Jan Brewer repeat the mistakes of Republicans in the midst of the Great Depression, specifically those of President Herbert Hoover?It seems likely. With a GOP-led legislature intent on "starving ... More >>
Janet Napolitano says in an e-mailed letter to Democratic supporters today that she will submit a balanced budget proposal for the state's fiscal year 2010 and keep working for Arizonans if she is confirmed as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The full text of her e-mail follows:
The Wing-nut from Wasilla, reporting as unfit for duty. Anyone who hasn't watched the Sarah Palin interviews by ABC News' Charlie Gibson should log onto YouTube or the ABC News web site and tremble in fear. That's what I did after missing the initial broadcasts, as I was out both nights covering ot ... More >>
When it comes to million-dollar contracts at the Arizona Department of Transportation, it's all about whose back gets scratched
Pop quiz. Whos Arizonas other U.S. senator? Heres a clue: He makes Dubya look like a liberal
The University of Arizona's push to become one of the nation's great research institutions has paid off -- but at what cost to the state, faculty and students?
The state's unabashed enthusiasm for charter schools stops at the borders of Indian reservations
An acclaimed Tucson drug-treatment program went suddenly, mysteriouly bankrupt. Administrators blame the board of directors. But others are questioning the administrators and their history at the notorious drug-treatment empire known as Synanon.
GOP boosters say Arizona's medical system for the poor should be a model for national health-care reform. But three federal investigations question whether Arizona's system is any less expensive than traditional Medicaid plans.
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.
Governor Symington has spoken of helping needy kids and improving the welfare system. His welfare agency, the Department of Economic Security, is famous for astonishing incompetence and children who die.
Legal aid to farmworkers and Indians slashed as Congress seeks end to mass lawsuits
THE STATE'S MEDICAL SYSTEM FOR THE POOR DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER ITS CLIENTS ARE DEAD OR ALIVE. AND THAT'S HARDLY THE WORST OF THE PROBLEMS AT THE ARIZONA HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.