Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics. A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was ant ... More >>
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 >>
Doug Ducey has a lock on the Republican primary race for the next Arizona governor, judging by early results that show him trouncing his closest contenders. With about one third of voting precincts reporting statewide at 9 p.m., Ducey had 36.7 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for Mesa May ... More >>
Leslie Lara figures Tio Sam Taxes, owned by local Republican bigwig wannabe Erik Ketelaar, owes her about $1,267, the combined amount of her federal tax refunds for 2012 and 2013. The company, which at one time had six locations in Phoenix and Mesa, heavily marketed its services to Hispanics, adver ... More >>
There are now six Republicans vying to be Arizona's next governor, as Senator Al Melvin says he's dropping out.Melvin released a statement saying he wasn't going to be able to collect the 4,500 contributions of $5 needed to qualify for Clean Elections funding, a sum of $750,000.
Independent voters now outnumber Republicans in Arizona.According to voter registration statistics released today, more than 10,000 people have registered as an independent since January. The total number of Arizona independents is 1,134,243, surpassing the 1,130,170 Republicans.
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 >>
Governor Jan Brewer has just been handed a gem of an opportunity: The ability to look good in the eyes of liberals by rejecting a bill widely seen as blatantly discriminatory, while retaining her conservative base. Or in the alternative, the chance to win wider support from conservatives. Either ... More >>
Chad Campbell, the state House Minority Leader, has decided that he's not running for governor in 2014.Unless someone else with the ability to raise some money decides to get in the race, it looks like Fred DuVal is going to be the Democratic nominee in 2014.
Arizona must make the federal voter-registration form just as available to voters as a state registration form which requires proof of citizenship, a judge ruled today. The "final judgment" by Arizona Senior U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver follows up on June's U.S. Supreme Court order whic ... More >>
Please see the update given at the end of this post. So what was former minuteman leader Chris Simcox doing for a living prior to being arrested June 19 for alleged child molestation? He was working at iMemories, a company in Scottsdale that converts home movies and photos into digital files, whic ... More >>
The people behind Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "birther" investigation are now trying to tell the Arpaio recall effort that they'll go to court to shut it down if they don't do it themselves.Spoiler alert: Fat chance, for Arpaio's friends.See also:-Why Sheriff Joe Actually Is Nervous About the Recall Effort ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer is not in Arizona this week.That's about all we know, because her location is apparently a secret, or something.See also:-Jan Brewer Has Gone to a Top-Secret Location; No Reward Offered for Safe Return
The Associated Press has reported that Governor Jan Brewer is not in Arizona, and the public is not to know where exactly she is.
Now a week after Election Day, counties across Arizona are still counting votes, and the winner of one congressional race is still undecided.Democratic Congressman Ron Barber currently leads Republican challenger Martha McSally by 654 votes, as of the time of this post.See also:-Ron Barber Now Leads ... More >>
Maricopa County's long march toward a final vote count slogs on, with county Recorder Helen Purcell today announcing that by late this afternoon, 47,351 early ballots had been tabulated. Purcell's statement noted that "approximately 46,000 early ballots still remain to be processed for tabulation." ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's big press conference this morning alleged illegal coordination between Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign. See also: -Attorney General Horne Hired Carmen Chenal to a Highly Paid Top Post -- ... More >>
See Also: Joe Arpaio Denied Birther Donations, Randy Parraz Blasts Andy Kunasek See Also: Joe Arpaio Hides as Randy Parraz and CBAers Pizza Party It Up Randy Parraz and his posse of activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona want Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to come clean on using taxpaye ... More >>
Will questions about Pearce's Olivia Cortes scandal ever be answered? Not by prosecutors, it seems. Olivia Cortes, the sham candidate the Tea Party fronted in order to dilute the vote in the 2011 recall of ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, will face no fines or orders to comply in regards to ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is holding a press conference this morning to announce the findings of an eight-month investigation into elected officials who received gifts from the allegedly corrupt Fiesta Bowl organization.It's unclear what Montgomery will announce -- the Arizona Repu ... More >>
Natalie Wisneski, the former chief operating officer for the Fiesta Bowl, was in a Phoenix U.S. District Court this morning where she pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that she was involved in a scam to make illegal campaign contributions to several federal, state, and local political candid ... More >>
Natalie Wisneski, the former chief operating officer for the Fiesta Bowl, has been indicted in federal court on charges that she tried to cover up illegal campaign contributions by bowl employees, and that she filed false financial records, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.Wisneski is t ... More >>
Butter wouldn't melt in Constantin Querard's mouth. Querard's one of the sleazy backers of state Senate President Russell Pearce, and as you all now know, he's suspected of being the "brains" behind the sham candidacy of recall queen-for-a-day Olivia Cortes. He also has a history in Arizona pol ... More >>
www.burningplatform.comGOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, it appears, will likely take the Mormon vote -- including Congressman Jeff Flake.Congressman Jeff Flake has picked his horse in the GOP presidential primary -- and it's not Michele Bachman.Former Massachusettes Governor Mitt Romney an ... More >>
Squawk all you want, bully-boy, your days in office are numbered...right up till November 8State Senator Russell Pearce's lawyer Lisa Hauser filed one of the lamest legal challenges in this history of civil actions today. This, to the so-far successful recall effort against Pearce, which has resulte ... More >>
By now you probably know about the Fiesta Bowl's decision to ax CEO John Junker following an internal investigation into how he was spending the organization's money, but it's the alleged illegal contributions to the campaigns of Valley politicos that has Arizona Democrats fuming.Junker, the ... More >>
Here's something that was expected from the Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma beating Connecticut by 28 points. Here's something unexpected from the Fiesta Bowl: Their employees have allegedly been running a scheme to reimburse illegal campaign contributions (among other accounts of contemptuous courtship w ... More >>
Kris Kobach? That's some "impartial" source you got there, SeanThe paranoia has been reaching a fever-pitch both in and over an e-mail recently sent out by the local nativist organization Ban Amnesty Now, which claims that "illegals" are looking to steal the upcoming midterm elections. The e-ma ... More >>
The "architect" of Arizona's ethnic cleansing laws, stymied by the 9th CircuitTo borrow a phrase from that great modern philosopher Flavor Flav, when it comes to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's recent ruling on Prop 200, don't believe the hype.Because hype, fake outrage and panic is basically what ... More >>
www.descheneforarizona.comWindow Rock Representative Chris DescheneWindow Rock Representative Chris Deschene filed more than 10,000 ballot petitions with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office yesterday, qualifying him to run for that office in this year's election.Deschene, a former Marine Corp ... More >>
Secretary of State candidate Sam WercinskiThere's a new face in the Democratic race for secretary of state, and he may have an early leg up on his probable opponent in the Democratic primary.Sam Wercinski, former Governor Janet Napolitano's real estate commissioner from 2007-2009, has enter ... More >>
www.indnslist.org Representative Chris DescheneWindow Rock Democrat Chris Deschene announced Wednesday that he will file paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a possible run for secretary of state. Secretary of State is Arizona's second highest post and is currently hel ... More >>
We can't tell you much more than what's in the headline. Local PR whiz Jason Rose put an interesting, though cryptic, tweet on his Twitter account yesterday about one of his clients, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas: Major announcement from maricopa county andrew thomas quite possib ... More >>
Empowering the Secretary of State, especially this secretary of state, to decide when elections can be suspended is a crazy idea. Sanity must prevail in state government
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