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 >>
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:
In Arizona, 21 percent of the people receiving health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare are children.That's easily the nation's highest proportion of children getting insured through Obamacare, and on its face, it seems like a good thing -- kids are getting insured in a state w ... 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.
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 >>
Uninsured Republicans may be willing to pay the Obamacare fine instead of buying health insurance just because they're Republicans, a Gallup poll indicates.If true, it makes a lot of sense why a state like Arizona, which has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the nation, also has a rela ... More >>
A survey of Phoenix residents suggests that people are generally confused about what happens if they don't have health insurance at the end of this month.Consider that there are around 1 million uninsured people statewide, and only about 60,000 have purchased health insurance through the exchange es ... More >>
It's been said that the most important demographic group for the success of Obamacare is the "young invincibles" -- healthy young adults.And there's no state with a smaller proportion of young people buying health insurance through the Obamacare exchange than Arizona.
More than 2,800 Arizonans picked out a health insurance plan last month through the federal marketplace established by Obamacare.In October, the first month the marketplace became available, just 739 Arizonans picked a plan, although well-publicized troubles with the healthcare.gov website kept peop ... More >>
A grand total of 739 Arizonans signed up for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange set up by Obamacare.Nationwide, 106,185 people have selected health care plans through the marketplace, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic ... More >>
"You can't 3D print Obamacare, it's too beautiful." This is one of the things you could overhear at a Treasure Mammal practice. It's what they're talking about at the moment, but the subject may shift to the "rap-rock vortex", Juggalos, Bud Lite Lime, or bro-culture. It's part of the consciousness ... More >>
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 >>
Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.
Some congressional Republicans think U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems to have a lot of reasons to delay testifying before Congress on problems with the healthcare.gov website.Republican Congressman David Schweikert suggests Sebelius answer some questions during her vi ... More >>
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Phoenix on Thursday to promote Obamacare.Sebelius isn't exactly in everyone's good graces right now, since her agency is responsible for rolling out the health insurance exchange website that's been a world-famous failure so far.
It's not just about which of your favorite national parks is shuttered. Should the government shutdown continue, dozens of US food facilities will go uninspected. Because while the FDA will continue manning all meat production facilities with full-time inspectors, the administration will be unable t ... More >>
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin announced today that he's "just sick of Washington, D.C."The Republican is so sick of Washington that he's asking people to help him get a job there, with a $174,000-a-year, taxpayer-funded salary.(He's running for Congress.)
The effort by some right-wingers to repeal the Medicaid expansion championed by Governor Jan Brewer does not seem to be going well.The group trying to gather signatures to put the repeal on the ballot, which calls itself United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, seems to be hoping to g ... More >>
Right next to what you would expect to be a story about hell freezing over is a story with the headline "Arizona's Jan Brewer becomes unlikely ally of Obamacare" in Politico.Seeing as Governor Jan Brewer has signed budgets that call for cuts in Medicaid coverage (remember the transplant debacle?), a ... More >>
With just 18 months and change left until the 2014 election, the National Republican Congressional Committee is heating up its campaigns against Democratic Congressmen Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick.The NRCC's been actively campaigning against the two since at least April, a whole four months into t ... More >>
A few short years ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer became the hero of most conservatives and the villain to most liberals when she signed the anti-Mexican SB1070 bill into law. Now, with Brewer possibly staking her legacy -- as USA Today put it recently -- on the Medicaid fight, she's dividing righ ... More >>
We'll soon be saying sayonara to 2012, and as media custom would have it, we're taking a look back at the culinary news that inspired us, enraged us, made us hungry or just gave us a good laugh. In the world of food and drink (and frankly, we don't care about much else here at Chow Bella), the most ... More >>
Yesterday, our colleague Stephen Lemons put together his list of the top 10 Arizona political ads of 2012.If you've turned on a television set over the past several month, then you've probably seen several of these -- over, and over, and over again, if you gaze into the TV often.See also:-Top Ten Ar ... More >>
President Bill Clinton was on his game Wednesday night in Tempe as he stumped for Arizona's Senate candidate Rich Carmona. More than 5,500 people turned out to Arizona State University's Sun Devil Performance Lawn for a Get Out The Vote rally for Carmona -- and more would've packed in but the fire ... More >>
Mitt Romney promised on Thursday night to put Americans back to work and help give the country the rewards it deserves. Following speeches by Clint Eastwood and others at the Republican National Convention from Tampa, Florida, Romney touted his business credentials and Mormon faith as qualities th ... 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 >>
Strong words of warning from John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's to those who love themselves a slice of chain-store pizza. Last week, Schnatter (a Mitt Romney backer) said during a phone call with shareholders that if Obamacare is passed, the new healthcare law (set to go into effect i ... 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 >>
Republican Congressman-turned-lobbyist-turned-congressional candidate Matt Salmon promises he'll "join the fight to repeal Obamacare" if he's elected to Congress this fall.If you ask his primary opponent in the state's Fifth Congressional District, former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams, Salmon alr ... More >>
People around the country reacted differently to last week's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."Amber Leah Gardner sure had a unique reaction.Gardner's apparent response was to go to a Mesa deli with a stone hammer, rant about O ... More >>
The thought that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- is a "government takeover" of health care has been repeated over, and over, and over again since the spring of 2009.That thought earned the label of "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact, a fact-checking outlet ... More >>
Everyone was watching the big moment this morning, awaiting the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Obamacare... and CNN blew it. The flub started as veteran newscaster Wolf Blitzer breathlessly announces that reporter Kate Balduan has some news from the steps of the courthouse. Then&nbs ... More >>
Republican state Senator Nancy Barto is the chairman of the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee, which would make you think Barto knows a thing or two about how health care works.After taking a look at her comments on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection ... More >>
Anyone, and I mean anyone, who tells you with certainty the precise day that the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its opinion on Arizona's breathing-while-brown statute Senate Bill 1070, is full of something that rhymes with the word "twit."I wish I had a dime for every journo, TV talking head and know ... More >>
Now that embattled Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu isn't running for Congress in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, the race is down to two Republicans -- Congressman Paul Gosar, and state Senator Ron Gould.
Republican Leah Campos Schandlbauer has become the ninth person to announce a candidacy for Arizona's newly formed Ninth Congressional District.According to her campaign announcement, Schandlbauer's a Scottsdale resident, Hispanic Republican, and a former CIA operations officer. Her campaign says ... More >>
James King Michele Bachmann with state Senate President Russell Pearce and Congressman Trent Franks. Yikes.Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was in Phoenix this morning, where she met with local politicos at the State Capitol to talk about illegal immigration and, to quote Senator J ... More >>
Image: www.freedombunker.comObama's health care plan received a major blow today as it's requirement to force Americans to buy insurance was rejected by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Governor Jan Brewer called today's appeals court shoot-down of Obama's mandatory health care plan a "majo ... More >>
azgovernor.govThe Obama administration hands Brewer a victory Governor Jan Brewer seems to have scored a "win," if you can call it that, in her effort to cut hundreds of thousands of childless adults from the state's Medicaid program, otherwise known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Syste ... More >>
Ron Paul RevolutionJim Pinkerman: John Bircher and voice of reason? Sca-ry.It's an odd day in the annals of the Arizona legislature when members of the far-right John Birch Society -- a conspiratorial-minded organization obsessed with the "New World Order," the Federal Reserve, and the gold standard ... More >>