As expected, Governor Jan Brewer will not be seeking a third term in office.Although the Arizona Constitution prohibits a governor from holding that office "for more than two consecutive terms," Brewer has been insisting for several years now that she might be able to run for a third term. She annou ... 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 >>
I have a terrible confession: I heart Sand Land Republicans. For a sheer boredom-killer, there's nothing like a congregation of them, such as at the Arizona GOP's mandatory January meeting, where I'm always entertained. Where else can you watch a pretty conservative five-term U.S. senator be censu ... 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 >>
State Representative John Kavanagh revels in his self-appointed role as the rightwinger Arizona lefties love most to hate. Since recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce (Kavanagh's pal) was pounded into mainstream political irrelevance in 2011, Kavanagh's eclipsed his erst ... More >>
A Phoenix resident is petitioning the City Council to allow the public to speak at the during its formal meetings instead of making them wait until the sometimes lengthy public sessions are over. Dianne Barker, who first raised the issue in November, also would like to see the current two-minute t ... More >>
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 >>
In Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest attempt for publicity, he announced that he wants a "patriotic theme" at the county jails.Arpaio's putting American flags in all the jail cells and hosting sing-alongs of "God Bless America," which supposedly show his patriotism. Interestingly, there's no mention in Ar ... 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 >>
Phoenix officials this week wrapped up the last in a series of four public meetings to gather input on how to fairly eliminate the bank-breaking practice of pension spiking. The City Council Pension Fairness and Spiking Elimination Ad Hoc Subcommittee unanimously recommended preventing employees f ... 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 >>
The group that tried to gather signatures to get gay marriage on Arizona ballots in 2014 has called it quits.In recent weeks, it surfaced that major funding sources for Equal Marriage Arizona had pulled out. Now, it's ending the campaign.
The Marijuana Policy Project has named Arizona Republican Representative John Kavanagh the third-worst state legislator in the country.Obviously, the Marijuana Policy Project is only taking into account Kavanagh's fanatical anti-marijuana crusade, which is just one freaky thing about the guy's recor ... More >>
Even though our border is, by all measurements of the word, more secure today than it has been in the past four decades, politicians still argue that it isn't secure enough. A new study postulates that there is no such thing as a "secure" border, because the definition of what that means has yet to ... More >>
Oy vey. A Jewish pro-gun group is raffling off some of the strangest AR-15 rifles we've ever seen.The rifles from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership come engraved with a Star of David, fashioned like an American flag with rifles on either side, as well as the phrase, "Gun control is not ... More >>
The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 yesterday to pass the comprehensive immigration-reform bill brought by the so-called "Gang of Eight."The problem for proponents of this bill is that it needs approval from the House of Representatives, which doesn't seem likely.
This post was written by L.A. Weekly staff writer Dennis Romero.The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California today.In its ruling on the state's anti-gay marriage law, the court essentially said that a "private party," the conservative backers of the law, had n ... More >>
Black and Latino leaders in Phoenix think voting rights for minorities in Arizona are about to take a step back now that Arizona and eight other states no longer need federal approval on new voting laws.They may not want to hold their breath for what they're demanding, though -- that Congress fix th ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer signed an elections bill into law that fixes things that never really seemed to be broken.Brewer's signature on House Bill 2305 will help keep third-party candidates off ballots, will help prevent people from getting early-voting ballots, and bans political groups from picking up ... More >>
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 >>
One month shy of her 40th birthday, former Phoenix City Councilwoman Jessica Florez died in Scottsdale on June 1. Although she reportedly died in her sleep, her cause of death has not been disclosed. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office says the death investigation remains open, and can n ... More >>
By Gustavo Arellano
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Arizona's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, citing just about every Supreme Court case on the subject since Roe v. Wade."The 20-week law is [an] unconstitutional under an unbroken stream of Supreme Court authority, begin ... More >>
The roller-coaster campaign to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio took another dive today. With just two weeks left before the recall's May 30 deadline, the on-again, off-again paid effort to gather signatures is off again. See also: -Joe Arpaio Recall: 14 Days Left, a New Dennis Gilman Video -Joe Arpaio R ... More >>
With 22 days remaining, the effort to boot Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office has re-started the paid petition-gathering campaign it discontinued back on March 18. See also: -Joe Arpaio Fans Look a Little Desperate With Billboards Urging People Not to Sign Recall -Joe Arpaio Recall: Give Joe the Pink S ... More >>
Republican Senator John McCain announced today his support for an amendment that calls for an expansion of the federal background-check system for gun sales, an amendment that's specifically being targeted for defeat by the National Rifle Association.According to all the newspapers in Washington, th ... More >>
An outline of the immigration bill formed by the so-called "Gang of Eight" -- which includes Arizona's Republican Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake -- has been released.There's a whole lot of stuff in this outline, including some of the more specific details on immigration law, but it includes se ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is gettin' real popular with some in the pro-immigration reform crowd. Never mind that he collaborates with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in prosecuting undocumented workers, while ignoring those who hire them. See also: -Bill Montgomery's Victims Rot in Jail, While A ... More >>