Sam Katz, the longtime mayor of Winnipeg, Canada, has a mansion in Scottsdale that keeps getting him in trouble. Katz has been raked by Canadian media in the past couple of days over reports that he collected two $600 tax credits for the home because it was listed incorrectly in Arizona as his prim ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Revenue prevented about $74 million in fraudulent tax refunds from being sent out, according to agency officials.Five years ago, the agency reported stopping less than $2 million in payouts of phony tax refunds.
Jerry Sheridan, chief deputy under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is a reasonable replacement for the corrupt man he replaced -- but he sure sucks at math. In a column that ran in the Arizona Republic's opinion section on Monday, Sheridan claims that, "Sheriff Arpaio is a fiscally responsible ... More >>
An attempt to find out how states are being impacted by the government shutdown, one calculation finds Arizona is among the states that will feel it the most.WalletHub.com, a website started by a former Capital One higher-up, estimates that Arizona's the 15th-most affected state in the country.
Fox News reported this weekend that President Obama is personally funding a museum of Muslim culture in the midst of the government shutdown.If that sounds completely fake to you, that's because it is -- and it's the product of Phoenix's prolific media-hoaxer.
The ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes is a good sign, according to a group of Arizona's gay-marriage proponents.The agencies explained yesterday that same-sex couples that were legally married in any jurisd ... More >>
Arizona's economy is really shaping up, based on an independent ranking of the 50 states' financial situations -- the Grand Canyon State is now the 47th best out of the 50 states, which is an improvement over the previous ranking of 48th.The financial-news website 24/7 Wall St. has been doing these ... More >>
Arizona election results are 99 percent reported this morning, and still the differences between candidates in some key races remain razor thin, including the battle between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker for CD 9. Sinema is holding on to about a 1,500 vote lead. The race betwe ... More >>
Arizona voters have rejected soundly the retention of a one-cent sales tax passed in 2010 that would have provided education funding and scholarships. The state already spends less on a per-student basis than most other states, but voters either don't care or didn't think throwing money at the prob ... More >>
Republican state Representative Judy Burges has a new title: state Senator Judy Burges.Burges was chosen this morning by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the state Senate seat made vacant when former Senator Scott Bundgaard.Bundgaard, as you know, called it quits just minutes befo ... More >>
There's good news and bad news...The good news: the Scott Bundgaard freeway fight fiasco is finally over. The bad news: he might be replaced by state Representative Judy Burges -- one of the first sponsors of Arizona's humiliating "Birther Bill," and the author of the "I didn't pay enough fund" b ... More >>
John McCain yesterday compared Tea Partiers to Hobbits."The Mav" had quite the day for himself yesterday.Aside from calling Tea Partiers "hobbits" while addressing the Senate, Senator John McCain also managed to bash Nevada Senator Harry Reid, President Barack Obama, Reid's opponent in last year' ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer today celebrates the arrival of Amazon.com's fourth major facility in Arizona today, yet the state's revenue department calls the company a tax cheat.Brewer and the online bookseller's representatives are touting the estimated 3,000 jobs created by the company's other thr ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the matching funds portion of Arizona's "Clean Elections" system is unconstitutional, meaning candidates in next year's election will not be given taxpayer money to match funds raised by their opponents.Under the matching funds system, publicly funde ... More >>
Thayer VerschoorWith the ouster of now-former Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party Brett Mecum, Thayer Verschoor, a veteran of the Arizona Legislature and short-lived communications director for the AZ GOP, is getting a promotion.Sources tell New Times Verschoor has been slated to t ... More >>
Arizona LegislatureHe doesn't know when to quit.State Senator Steve Yarbrough is praying for Jan Brewer to sign an amended bill benefiting his side business, which she originally rejected last week as "unbalanc[ing] the budget." SB 1186, the "2011 tax corrections act," passed the Arizona Hou ... More >>
James KingBen Quayle did not accept government funded health care, despite what Congressional Democrats might have told you.The egg is on the face of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this morning for calling Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle a "hypocrite" for accepting government fund ... More >>
Kidnapping statistics tallied by the Phoenix Police Department are getting called into question --again. Two Valley news stations have reported that the Phoenix Police Department, including Public Safety Manager (read: Police Chief) Jack Harris and Mayor Phil Gordon, are under inves ... More >>
stevemay2010.comA 27-year-old tarot-card reader, reportedly homeless and with less than a dollar to his name, is among the candidates running to serve as Arizona's State Treasurer?Thank Steve May.May, a Republican running for a House seat in District 17, once told the nation that he ha ... More >>
Democratic (?) Congressional candidate Jon HulburdOne look at the tax plan of Democratic Congressional candidate Jon Hulburd and you'd think the guy's a Republican.Hulburd's plan includes things like extending the Bush tax cuts through 2012, permanently lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 pe ... More >>
www.knuckletattoos.com Feel like voluntarily ponyin' up some of your hard-earned cash to help legislators dig themselves out of the budget crisis they created? Of course you don't, but that didn't stop legislators from taking time out of their day to pass a bill that asks taxpayers to do ex ... More >>
The next 3-D, futuristic, should-be blockbuster is pegged to be set right here in Arizona. However, like many films with an Arizona setting, this one's being filmed somewhere other than the Grand Canyon State. Cowboys and Aliens, John Favreau's futuristic answer to the uber-successful Avatar ... More >>
www.demotivateus.comThe idea of fat poor people doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense. If they're so poor, where do they get the funds to continually grow fatter and fatter?The answer, if you ask interim Health Services Director Will Humble, is Food stamps.
Representative David SchapiraThe ruse of bipartisanship shall be on display September 21st as the Legislature begins its first talks over private school tax-credit reform.The Bipartisan Task Force on the Private School Tuition Tax Credits, a committee comprised of three Republicans, and five Demo ... More >>
It'd do the hate-filled nativist knuckledraggers good to read the latest Cato Institute report, Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform, but I can't be sure if these pseudo-patriot pinheads can read past a third grade education. So, instead, I'm going ... More >>
www.mrrl.org Has Obama taken the role of Don Corleone? In Corleone fashion, top Obama officials made Arizona Governor Jan Brewer an offer she shouldn't refuse. They want her to back the President's stimulas plan, and if she doesn't and agrees with Senator Jon Kyl,&n ... More >>
State House Speaker Kirk Adams, a Mesa Republican, has launched a series of YouTube videos that explain Arizona's budget crisis -- from the point of view of Republican legislators like him, of course. Sonoran Alliance, (where we first read about the videos), calls the seri ... More >>
Glendale tax preparer Huy Phuoc Nguyen will serve 21 months in a federal prison for filing fraudulent returns on behalf of his clients and trying to blame the crime on his ex-wife. Nguyen served members of the local Vietnamese community from 2001 to 2005 through his home business, Lucky Immigratio ... More >>
California nearly faced a revolt last month when officials announced that state tax filers would get IOUs instead of refunds.Arizona residents, however, can expect to receive state refund checks that banks will cash, says State Treasurer Dean Martin. Click here to read an MS Word version of Martin's ... More >>
Don't be like Sir Charles: If you get an offer for oral sex while drunk this weekend at NBA All-Star Game festivities, leave the driving to someone else.With parties and NBA-theme events erupting all over town, starting tonight, cops from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and the Department of Public S ... More >>
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says the state's proposed budget will force him to lay off half of his criminal division staff and "endangers the future of every Arizonan." These strong words come from a news release just put out by Goddard in response to the proposed budget hammered out by s ... More >>
We were scared even before lunch. The state's economy's in freefall, and, as she heads to Washington, D.C. in hopes of becoming the nation's Homeland Security honcho, Governor Janet Napolitano leaves behind a giant budget deficit. But after attending the annual Legislativ ... More >>
Dave Pratt, former "Morning Mayor" of KUPD (97.9 FM), has "parted ways" with the country music station that employed him for five years. Judging from Pratt's property tax statement, it may have been a bad time to lose his job. The legendary local DJ missed a deadline last month to pay more than $11 ... More >>
In its way, hellish Gila Bend's in a real estate boom like the rest of the county. Could it be Phoenix's next big bedroom community?
Polygamists continue to pipe big money to their fugitive prophet as their towns face financial ruin
Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox got the bargain of the century. Why?
Mesa voters should deep-six the city's plan to funnel $84 million to greedy corporations
The Arizona Legislature may prove to be too much for ASU's unsinkable Michael Crow
Governor's budget knife forces state habitat restoration fund onto endangered list
Groscost threats delayed action on alt-fuel debacle
Mining industry strikes another rich vein in the Legislature
Department of Revenue won't grant hearing to widow who filed document two days late
State auditor general confirms that Sheriff Arpaio misspent $122,419
GOP boosters say Arizona's medical system for the poor should be a model for national health-care reform. But three federal investigations question whether Arizona's system is any less expensive than traditional Medicaid plans.
Egoconsumed developers, lobbyists, flacks, detectives and lawyers generate fear and loathing a la Barbarians at the Gate. The reason? Two proposed outlet malls the Valley doesn't really need.