Governor Jan Brewer's executive order creating the "Governor's Office of Faith and Community Partnerships" is not sitting well with some atheist and civil-rights groups. Leaders of these groups, along with a couple of atheist politicians, delivered a letter to Brewer's office this morning, asking f ... More >>
The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stayed the same since 2009, according to the Pew Research Center. Researchers estimate that there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country in March 2013. "As growth of this group has stalled, there has bee ... More >>
It took about a week, but the match-ups for all nine of Arizona's congressional races have been decided. The Republican primary in Congressional District 1 had been too close to call since the primary election last Tuesday, but businessman Gary Kiehne has conceded defeat to Arizona House Speaker An ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered. Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
State Treasurer Doug Ducey cruised to an easy win last night for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, and will take on Democrat Fred DuVal in November. The results were not so good for another pair of Republicans in state government -- scandal-plagued Attorney General Tom Horne lost his ... More >>
Three of the four competitive primary elections among Arizona's congressional districts have been decided early. Former state Representative Ruben Gallego has defeated Mary Rose Wilcox in Congressional District 7's Democratic primary, to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Ed Pastor. While vot ... More >>
It's "Candidates Day" at North Scottsdale Christian, a conservative, non-denominational place of worship just north of Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard, where about 60 Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican candidates have assembled on a recent Sunday to introduce themselves. The politicians are a ... More >>
They say you're only as good as the company you keep. Action star Steven Seagal likes to keep company with some of the world's so-called tough guys. His television show Steven Seagal: Lawman documented his friendships with two nationally famous sheriffs: Louisiana's Harry Lee and our own blowhard, ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's release of more than 2,000 immigrant detainees in early 2013 wasn't particularly extraordinary, according to an investigation into the matter. Senator John McCain has alleged that public safety was put at risk by the releases, and Governor Jan Brewer said she b ... More >>
Campaign literature is filling mailboxes across the state as the August 26 primary election approaches. In Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, political attacks documented in ominous black and white flyers are in full swing. Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox knocks competit ... More >>
Now just four weeks away from the primary election, the latest poll of Republican voters shows half are still undecided on a candidate for governor.Of the Republicans who have made up their minds, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones is the leader with 18 percent, followed by Treasurer Doug Duce ... More >>
Add the Professional Firefighters of Arizona to congressional candidate Ruben Gallego's long list of union endorsements. Already, the former lawmaker boasts support from the Communication Workers Association Arizona State Council, Iron Workers Local 75, UFCW Local 99, Teamsters Local 104, Internat ... More >>
Arizona voters will decide in November on giving state lawmakers a raise.Arizona's Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers voted to propose a legislative pay of $35,000, an $11,000 increase over the current pay of $24,000. Thanks to the Arizona Constitution, voters have the final say on t ... More >>
Andrew Thomas, who infamously abused his power as Maricopa County Attorney and had his law license taken away, has qualified for $754,000 in public funds for his gubernatorial campaign. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office confirmed on Thursday that a supplemental filing of 259 five-dollar contr ... More >>
The Department of Veterans Affairs released the results of its internal audit, which didn't reveal a surprise -- wait times are long, and many employees around the country claim there's gaming of the scheduling system.Nationwide, there are more than 100,000 veterans facing long wait times, including ... More >>
Veterans Affairs officials and investigators have found that 35 veterans in the Phoenix area died while waiting for care.However, there's been no confirmation that these veterans died because they didn't receive timely care.
Governor Jan Brewer says neither her office nor the Arizona Department of Public Safety had any idea that the federal government was dumping off undocumented immigrants by the busload in Phoenix in Tucson.Brewer, in a letter to President Obama, says her administration learned from news media reports ... More >>
Reports of hundreds of migrants being flown to Phoenix and released at a bus station are missing half the story -- these women and children are seeking asylum in the United States.The people being released are doing so under what's called humanitarian parole, allowing them to stay in the United Stat ... More >>
President Obama says the inspector general looking into allegations that 40 veterans died waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital does not see a link between the wait times and the veterans' deaths.Obama made a statement this morning about the state of various investigations into wait times at V ... More >>
Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned, according to a statement from the department.Petzel led the health component of the national VA system, which is being investigated for allegations of falsified wait times at the nation's VA hospitals, ... More >>
Insight into the allegations of falsified wait times at the nation's VA hospitals, which one former doctor claims resulted in the deaths of 40 veterans in Phoenix, is still weeks away from being made public.The US Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing this morning to get the latest on ... More >>
Randy Pullen, a CPA who's running for State Treasurer, is either a fool or a liar. Not in general, mind you: We're talking strictly about his role in a campaign-finance scandal that helped destroy the careers of three of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top men.
Phoenix VA Health Care System director Sharon Helman and two other VA employees have been placed on leave while the investigation continues into whether 40 veterans died on a "secret waiting list."Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki released a statement indicating that Helman, Phoenix VA ass ... More >>
The Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health told a U.S. Senate committee this morning that the department's own review of allegations surrounding the Phoenix VA system has revealed "no evidence" of a secret waiting list.A retired VA doctor from Phoenix has claimed that there is a secret waiti ... More >>
It's not exactly common for a congressional candidate to openly embrace his lack of religious belief, but Democrat James Woods has done just that.Sometimes Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is called the only atheist in Congress, and although she was sworn in on the Constitution instead of the ... More >>
The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing on allegations that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA healthcare system.Both a former VA doctor and a U.S. Congressman have claimed that VA employees either manipulated or otherwise obfuscated the true w ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer has now acted on all six gun-related bills passed by the Legislature this session, and vetoed half of them.Brewer vetoed two of those bills earlier this week, one that would have allowed guns in more public buildings, and another that would have created more restrictions against ... More >>
Among other things, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a liar and a coward. To prove my point, I could go into Arpaio's history of dodging debates with re-election rivals, his opportune moments of amnesia under oath, and his sloughing off responsibility for MCSO scandals onto subordinates. But let's examine m ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
They're called the Dream 9 -- young men and women who were brought into the country when they were children but who returned to Mexico, their birthplace, and then attempted to re-enter the United States last summer. They didn't cross under the cover of darkness. They didn't hike for days through th ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona claims to have documented a sixth instance of constitutional violations thanks to the "papers please" provision of SB 1070.The ACLU is taking legal action in the latest incident, marking the second time the organization has taken legal action on these gr ... More >>
Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, ... More >>
Well before the controversy over Senate Bill 1062, there were complaints that Center for Arizona Policy lobbyist Cathi Herrod's power at the capitol essentially made her an unelected lawmaker.In recent weeks, activists have protested at Herrod's office, complaining that it certainly appears that Her ... More >>
The Arizona Democratic Party is publicly calling for state Treasurer Doug Ducey to fire lobbyist Cathi Herrod as a policy adviser for Ducey's gubernatorial campaign.Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, has become a popular target for local lefties recently due to her push for the ... More >>
Back in the dark ages, Republicans used to be all about the economy, stupid. A chicken in every pot, a home-entertainment center in every living room. Take, for instance, our last great Republican president -- William Jefferson Clinton. He demonstrated that a Democrat (in name) could be pro-busine ... More >>
See how the blind mice run...as far away from Senate Bill 1062 as they can get. This morning, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce officially joined the increasingly crowded bandwagon of opposition to the anti-gay "religious freedom bill" that Arizona Republi ... More >>
Ed Zuercher, a longtime City of Phoenix employee, has been selected as the new city manager.Zuercher had been the acting city manager since David Cavazos left the post to take the city manager's position in Santa Ana, California, in October.
Congressman Raul Grijalva, a southern Arizona Democrat, has joined 17 other congressmen in asking that President Obama to help reclassify marijuana in the federal drug "scheduling."Marijuana is a Schedule I substance at the federal level, which the Justice Department describes as the "most dangerous ... More >>
The city of Phoenix announced the names of the four finalists for the job of city manager.Two of them are veterans at Phoenix City Hall, while the other two people being considered are out-of-towners.
Some Republican lawmakers are still trying to nullify federal gun laws they feel are unconstitutional.Senate Bill 1294 declares, "All federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations that are in violation of the second amendment of the United States Constitution, that are unauthorized by the Consti ... More >>
A group of 36 Republican Arizona lawmakers and one Democrat have signed on to a resolution supporting nullification of all Environmental Protection Agency rules. The move comes just weeks after a chemical spill in Elk River, West Virginia, spoiled the water supply of 300,000 people, in part due to ... More >>
Someone's feeling a little left out amid all this talk about who's running for governor and who's not.Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign manager Chad Willems sent out a press release bragging about fundraising figures, including what's certainly an empty threat to run for governor.
Some Arizona lawmakers are proposing lowering the age limit for a concealed weapons permit to 19 for military members.Although a concealed weapons permit isn't required for people 21 or older, the permit process still exists, and this new legislation would allow military members as young as 19 to ob ... More >>