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 >>
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Michael Nowakowski and City Manager David Cavazos are jetting off to Mexico on a "trade mission" to strengthen economic ties with its southern neighbor. This is Stanton's third visit to Mexico since taking office.
According to poll results released yesterday by Rasmussen Reports, 11 percent of U.S. voters think that "people who want to secure the border and prevent illegal immigration" are racist.An additional 22 percent said they didn't know if these people are racist.See also:-Poll: One-Third of Voters Not ... More >>
Good news for people who talk up their desire for the country to "secure the border" and try to prevent illegal immigration -- most American voters don't think you're racist.The problem is, according to poll results, that still leaves one-third of American voters who still think you might be racist.
One of Arizona's most influential bloggers, Jeff Vath, the man behind the widely-read, GOP-centric Politico Mafioso blog, passed away Tuesday night at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Deer Valley. He was 52. According to his wife of 24 years, Mary Anne, Vath's death was due to complications from surgery ... More >>
Filing petitions to recall politicians is officially "in," now that yet another petition has been filed with the Secretary of State's Office, this one to recall Republican Representative John Kavanagh.Kavanagh's "bathroom birther" proposal is what sparked this one, according to a press release sent ... More >>
Arizona is "the best" state for gun owners, Guns & Ammo magazine says today.Believe it or not, Guns & Ammo magazine omitted the fact that the former editor of the magazine shot and killed a man in Arizona less than a year ago.See also:-Richard Venola, Former Editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine, A ... More >>
Despite a last-minute slur campaign by her detractors and the surprise endorsement of the incumbent by Congressman Ed Pastor, one-time thorn in the side of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rebecca Jimenez, was leading a four person pack in the contest for mayor for the square-mile postage stamp of Guadalupe by d ... 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 >>
We all know the Danish tale about the emperor whose men and subjects stroke him in admiration over his new clothes. Of course, as the story goes, the emperor isn't actually wearing any clothes. Instead of questioning the obvious, everyone basks in a collective ignorance. Until a little boy in the c ... More >>
Since Governor Jan Brewer hasn't given up on her interpretation of the Arizona Constitution that two terms really means three terms, Democratic State Senator Steve Gallardo has proposed changing the wording of that section.There's a big problem with Gallardo's proposal -- since he's proposing a chan ... More >>
Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva says it's pretty clear that deferred action beneficiaries should be allowed to apply for driver's licenses.Grijalva, and previously, the ACLU, have disagreed with the executive order issued by Governor Jan Brewer, in which she stated that Deferred Action for Chil ... More >>
While the ACLU is still suing over Governor Jan Brewer's order to deny driver's licenses to participants in the Obama Administration's deferred-action program, a bill has been submitted that would change the current policy.Democratic state Representative Catherine Miranda submitted House Bill 2032, ... More >>
"Finally, our state legislators are making sure Arizona's teenagers will ask for the Lord's help defending the Constitution before they're allowed to earn a high school diploma." --NobodyIf a handful of Republican state legislators have their way, high school students in Arizona would not be allowed ... More >>
(Regular New Times readers, feel free to skip to the bottom of this post and cast your vote immediately.)Local Republican blogger Political Mafioso was already questioning whether disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas was delusional after Thomas said he was considerin ... More >>
John Leonardo, Arizona U.S. Attorney, released a letter to the public today that expresses support for banning certain kinds of guns and requiring background checks for all sales of firearms. Leonardo begins his letter by explaining that the "political climate for a constructive discussion about gu ... More >>
The Arizona Republican Party is the gift that keeps on giving. Last week, the Maricopa County GOP picked raging aggro gay-hater A.J. LaFaro as its chairman, a choice Dems are giddy over because it leaves the local Republican Party in the complete control of wigged-out moonhowlers, further alienati ... More >>
The race for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- has been further complicated for those who are determined to keep that streak alive.Phoenix School of Law professor and Roosevelt school district board member Lawrence ... More >>
Kudos to Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman for his latest video, which captures the drama of yesterday's demonstration at the state Capitol. There, as Governor Jan Brewer gave her state of the state speech to members of the Legislature, a coalition of activists protested Brewer's executive order ... More >>
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman says he's thinking about running for governor."Over the next few months, I will be traveling the state of Arizona to speak with and listen to people from all walks of life about what's really important to them in their state government, and how we can address our prio ... More >>
An increased number of Arizona voters support the 2010 Medical Marijuana Act, and most would vote to end marijuana prohibition, a new poll shows. The poll of 600 Arizonan residents was conducted on January 9 and 10 by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the National Cannabis Industry Association. T ... More >>