At 10:36 a.m. on Friday, October 17, Michael Jeanes tweeted his followers: "Welcome All to the Clerk's Office. Your marriage license awaits, and we are ready to serve you!" The most important word in the Maricopa County Superior Court clerk's message was "All." Soon security officers held open the ... More >>
Like a visual version of an earworm -- you know, those songs that get caught in your head and you can't get out -- I've been thinking a lot lately about a famous 18th-century etching by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya called The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. It features an image of an artist ... More >>
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey recently has downplayed his relationship with Cathi Herrod, the Christian Right lobbyist who serves as one of Ducey's top policy advisers on his campaign. Ducey's been questioned about her role in the campaign in the aftermath of Arizona's SB 1062, a pr ... More >>
Arizona's newest regulations against medicated abortion will remain blocked while the court battle continues.The court battle is over rules that were recently implemented by the state health department to comply with House Bill 2036, signed into law in 2012. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ov ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that would have created new property-tax exemptions for religious groups.Legislative budget analysts predicted the bill could have cost the state an additional $2.1 million starting in 2016.
The Arizona House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have expanded the taxpayer-funded private school scholarships known as Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.The ESA program is similar to a voucher program, but has been held up in court because it's not quite a voucher program -- the tax ... More >>
A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.The bill, House Bill 2281, is also the third bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Police that legislators have passed this session. Others include the notorio ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that allows the state health department to search abortion clinics without an administrative warrant.Brewer didn't make any public comments on her signing of the legislation, House Bill 2284.
The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that would allow the state health department to search abortion clinics without an administrative warrant.The legislation, House Bill 2284, passed the House in March, and got approval from the Senate yesterday by a 17-13 vote.
Arizona's newest abortion regulations won't go into effect while adversaries of the new rules challenge a ruling from a lower court.The regulations, which impose new restrictions on medicated abortions in the state, have been the subject of a court battle just as the rules were set to take effect on ... More >>
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 >>
A federal judge denied Planned Parenthood's request for a temporary injunction against new abortion regulations that limit the use of abortions by medication in the state.The new regulations take effect today.
It can be difficult to keep up with all the lawsuits surrounding Arizona's litany of recent laws imposing restrictions on abortions.In one of those lawsuits, filed over Arizona's 2011 law banning sex- and gender-based abortions, the plaintiffs are appealing the dismissal of their challenge to the la ... More >>
While Republican lawmakers are arguing that it's necessary to allow warrantless searches of abortion clinics in Arizona, the first warranted search of an abortion clinic in several years just recently took place.The Associated Press, which reported this fact, noted the coincidence that this warrant ... More >>
Although Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 ultimately did not become law, there's more where that came from.While we've detailed how the Center for Arizona Policy hasn't skipped a beat in pushing its Christian-right agenda at the state capitol, with bills promoting tighter abortion restrictions, and additi ... 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 House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to allow the state health department to conduct warrantless searches of abortion clinics, among other things.This comes less than a week after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, pointing out that it had nothing to do with her leg ... 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 >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Senate Bill 1062 is gone, but certainly not forgotten.For the second day in a row, activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona protested the connection between lawmakers and the lobbying group behind SB 1062, the Center for Arizona Policy.
On Wednesday evening, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, pointing out that it had nothing to do with her legislative priorities, like passing a budget and fixing Child Protective Services.By Thursday afternoon, members of the Arizona House of Representatives were back to discussing and adv ... More >>
In addition to protests at the state capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to dema ... More >>
If you've got your undies in a bunch over the possible passage of Senate Bill 1062, then you should see what other bills the organization behind 1062 is pushing.That's the Christian Right group Center for Arizona Policy. (You may have seen the organization's president Cathi Herrod on CNN recently, d ... 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 >>
A Washington Post opinion piece penned by a pair of Yale University law professors argues that anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia isn't that different from laws in some American states.Russia's ban on promoting homosexual propaganda in front of children isn't that different from the so-called "n ... More >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court made a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage this morning, the Arizona group trying to get an "equal marriage" proposal on the ballot in 2014 is getting serious about its effort."It's go time," Equal Marriage Arizona chairman Warren Meyer tells New Times.
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 >>
Republican Representative John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills has had quite the legislative session thus far.He kicked it off by announcing his support for repealing Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law, followed it up with vocal support of a bill that would protect Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the e ... More >>
According to Arizona's most powerful homophobic organization, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is trying to let men "gain access" to little girls in bathrooms.Yes, the Center for Arizona Policy -- which claims pornography "has been linked" to rapes, child molestations, and serial killers and claims "homos ... More >>
Here's the thing about the propositions on the ballot for tomorrow's election: for the most part, they're boring, and at the end of the day, you may not really give a damn.Thankfully, people like ousted state Senate President Russell Pearce, Governor Jan Brewer, and the lobbyists from Center for Ari ... More >>
Don't like readin'? Then say hell no to Proposition 204, because that monster is 15 pages long. It practically makes War and Peace look like a pamphlet, and we might as well just vote on enacting the Lord of the Rings trilogy into law while we're at it.
Erik Twist, the headmaster of a Phoenix charter school, blasted an e-mail to school parents outlining the reasons to vote against Proposition 204, an initiative estimated to generate about $1 billion a year mostly for education funding -- including for charter schools. It's causing a stir among som ... More >>
Proposition 204, also known as the "Quality Education and Jobs Act," is a sales-tax measure that would keep the tax at the same level as the temporary increase voters approved in 2010.A common criticism is that the ballot language doesn't describe exactly where the expected $1 billion in revenue goe ... More >>
Despite what the Center for Arizona Policy is telling its supporters about Proposition 204, the Yes on 204 campaign says it won't create $100 million "slush fund" to pay for abortions -- or any sort of fund for abortions.In fact, Yes on 204 campaign officials say the estimated $100 million that woul ... More >>
Despite the Arizona Department of Health Services reporting that the number of abortions increased about 26 percent from 2010 to 2011, the lobbying organization Center for Arizona Policy says the same numbers from DHS actually show a decrease in the number of abortions.CAP president Cathi Herrod say ... More >>
Just about every legislative session, the pro-choice crowd causes a stink with all the anti-abortion bills promoted by the Center for Arizona Policy, and the lobbying organization takes credit for nine such bills being passed into law since 2010.According to numbers released today by the Arizona Dep ... More >>
No one asked for lobbyist Cathi Herrod's opinion on the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, but she gave it anyway.Herrod's the president of the Center for Arizona Policy -- one of the Family Research Council's state-level organizations -- and pointed to ... More >>
Thanks to Center for Arizona Policy legislative council Josh Kredit, we were reminded today of all the mostly useless laws "supported" by CAP that are going into effect today.Kredit posted the list of CAP's bills that were passed by the Legislature and are going into effect today, which are a great ... More >>
Many Republican candidates for state and federal office would like you to believe that they want people to go to prison for selling porn, and think tipping strippers should be illegal.The lobbyists at the Center for Arizona Policy released the candidates' answers to their questionnaires for this ye ... More >>
If you trust politicians (ha, ha), then get this -- many local Republicans believe people need to go to prison for selling porn, and tipping strippers should be illegal.The lobbyists at the Center for Arizona Policy released the candidates' answers to their questionnaires for this year's elections, ... More >>
For some reason, the lobbyists at the Center for Arizona Policy would like anyone running for a seat at the Legislature this year to tell the group whether they support banning the "touching or tipping" of strippers.The surveys, which are usually a good indication of the CAP morality cops' agenda fo ... 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 >>
The Center for Arizona Policy has offered a response to the Internal Revenue Service complaint filed against it -- claiming the organization doesn't meet tax-exemption requirements -- and that response includes the exact three things we expected: they're atheists, homosexuals, and wrong.The Secular ... More >>
No happy hours at topless clubs for you -- not if State Rep. Steve Court, R-Mesa, has his way.Court, the Legislature's majority leader, introduced a bill today that targets strip clubs and other adult-oriented businesses with a ban on alcohol and private rooms. The proposed law also aims to regul ... More >>
The Dysart Unified School District has been slapped with a lawsuit by a local evangelical group over a policy that bans the distribution of fliers with a religious message.Dysart, which serves Surprise and El Mirage, allows other community groups to pass out fliers to students while unconstitutional ... More >>
William Bennett and the right make might at a Scottsdale resort