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 >>
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 >>
A Glendale City Council decision to apply for nearly $800,000 from the Tohono O'odham Nation signals a major shift in the city's relationship with the Indian community and reveals the city's newfound perspective of the TON's plans to build a resort-style casino in the West Valley. Council members o ... 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.