The Phoenix City Council adopted on Tuesday what officials are saying is one of the "toughest ethics policies in the nation," a set of rules that guide how elected representatives conduct themselves in office. Although some of the details are still being worked out, policy provisions will require ... More >>
The local lobbying organization best known for its fanatical anti-abortion proposals has finally come around with some anti-abortion legislation, after staying quiet for most of the legislative session.CAP apparently has Republican Representative John Kavanagh on a leash, since Kavanagh introduced t ... More >>
There's a source to the religulous bills in the Arizona Legislature every year, and that source is called the Center for Arizona Policy.The atheists over at the Secular Coalition for Arizona have a problem with that, but it -- and other groups -- want Uncle Sam to see if there's a problem with their ... More >>
Last year, people were creating a stink after it was discovered that some Arizona legislators got tickets and trips to sporting events thanks to the Fiesta Bowl.Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explained in December that none of the politicos would face charges, saying prosecutors were ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton appointed two new members this week to the Board of Adjustment, a body that weighs development-related cases with significant impact on neighborhoods and developers. Stanton replaced Bob Ford and Alex Tauber, both serving on terms that had expired more than a year ago. ... More >>
After the inauguration ceremony, audience members made their way into Phoenix City Hall for a reception, which included offering a 2012 wish for Phoenix and its elected officials.Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, ... More >>
Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, announced his plans to develop a second bio-medical campus in north Phoenix with the Mayo Clinic and creation of a "Mayors' Futures Forum on Education," a way for Arizona may ... More >>
Phoenix mayor-elect Greg StantonPhoenix mayoral candidate Wes Gullett conceded the Phoenix mayor's race to Greg Stanton, who ended the night with 56 percent of the vote -- a 13-point lead over his opponent.Stanton, caught up in a frenzy of hugs, handshakes and media interviews, missed the c ... More >>
James KingPiggy: now an adjective.The "Occupy Phoenix" protest against corporate greed, the Fed, the government, the banks, politicians, lobbyists, "the corporations" (etc., etc., etc.), has come to an end.(Ahem) Shockingly, nothing's really changed -- the Fed still exists, lobbyists are still lo ... More >>
espressopundit.comLobbyist Patterson: Licking Pearce's boots clean is just the price of doin' business...The first thing you need to know about Greg Patterson of the right-wing Espresso Pundit blog is that he is a lobbyist. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's website, he has been a re ... More >>
Stanton-commissioned poll shows he has lead in mayor's raceThe poll commissioned by Greg Stanton, a candidate in the Phoenix mayor's race, reveals he has maintained a strong lead over his challenger Wes Gullett.(Of course it does ... otherwise he wouldn't have released it and a detailed memo Camp ... More >>
Wes Gullet given a political nod by a former Phoenix mayorPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, leaving office in just a few months, has stayed out of the endorsement business in the upcoming mayor's race between former Councilman Greg Stanton and lobbyist Wes Gullett. But Paul Johnson, one of Gordon's BFF' ... More >>
Phoenix mayoral candidate Wes GullettPhoenix lobbyist Wes Gullett is pledging to walk away from his lobbying firm if he is elected mayor of Phoenix."I will divest my entire interest from my company," he says in a statement released this morning.Gullett's spokesman says that Gullett's partners at ... More >>
Give and give generously, lobbyists, or feel the wrath of KhanI have to give a nod to the Arizona Republic's Mary Jo Pitzl for nabbing a little item I'd been sitting on regarding a fundraising e-mail to fellow lobbyists sent from Mike Williams of the Phoenix firm Williams & Associates. This, on ... More >>
Goldwater Institute lawyers have decided against suing the city of Glendale -- for now.Yesterday, a spokesman at the Goldwater Institute told us that the think tank was readying a lawsuit over the city of Glendale's deal with the NHL, which could give the hockey league up to $25 million to ... More >>
www.imdb.comApparently allowing any idiot with a permit to bring a gun into a bar wasn't enough to satisfy Arizona's gun lobby.The Arizona Citizens Defense League, a new political action committee recently formed by local gun lobbyists, hopes to pull the strings of state leaders and sway upcoming ... More >>
Our cover story this last week told you about the unexpected consequences of Arizona's Clean Elections experiment: a more polarized legislature, a fair amount of gratuitious spending, and dirty tricks aplenty. But one of our sources recently pointed us toward an interesting phenomena pot ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff's Captain Joel Fox, still the only person to date who's been linked to a mysterious $105,000 donation to the Arizona Republican Party, took the stand today in front of Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden -- but instead of resolving the issue, Fo ... More >>
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Trent Franks is no fiscal conservative. And he's the worst kind of Christian.
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Infighting and back-stabbing are still in fashion this political season
Barry Goldwater's widow says the conservative institute that bears his name is twisting his legacy
Mining industry strikes another rich vein in the Legislature
From the week of January 21, 1999
Lobbyists ride roughshod over the legislative process, going so far as to write the bills that lawmkers pass
For all that's at stake, the state's most influential lobbyists and businesses are strangely silent on Proposition 200, which would remove them as the primary financiers of election campaigns
Engineer-legislator gets sued over a public works project, then backs a bill that releases him from indemnifying future projects
Industries get a big say in rewrite of water-pollution laws; public may pick up tab
Arizona copper kings are enthusiastic about a pending mine-reclamation law--because they wrote it
Law enforcement lobby imperils bill that would create a list of government records sealed from the public's view
STATE LAWMAKERS SOLVED MANY PROBLEMS THIS SESSION. UNFORTUNATELY,MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WERE BIG BUSINESSES'.
ARIZONA LAWMAKERS OPERATE UNDER A SYSTEM INCAPABLE OF STEMMING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
"THE DEAL" GOES DOWN. INFLUENCE GETS PEDDLED. IS IT ANY WONDER LAWMAKERS ARE GETTING A LIFE---SOMEPLACE ELSE?