The activist group Citizens for a Better went to the state GOP headquarters in Phoenix yesterday to demand an apology after the Maricopa County Republican Party chairman accused the group of voter fraud. A.J. LaFaro, the chairman of the Maricopa County GOP, drummed up nationwide controversy by impl ... 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.
Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake helped kill the Democrats' proposal to increase the federal minimum wage in a procedural vote today.Their votes weren't exactly surprising, as only one Republican senator voted with the Democrats to proceed with the bill.
Despite what the state Republican party says, not every Republican voter in the state is grabbing a torch and pitchfork to go after Senator John McCain.Although the state GOP censured McCain last month, poll results released today seem to show that Republicans don't hate McCain that much.
The Maricopa County Republican Committee voted to censure Senator John McCain.In other words, with a 1,150-351 vote, the county GOP passed a resolution that says it doesn't like McCain anymore.
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 >>
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 >>
Followers of disgraced, recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce practically begged for amnesty Wednesday night in Mesa from their blood-rivals, the moderate GOPers they derisively refer to as RiNOs (Republicans in Name Only). And more than two hours into a tense, divided meeting of Republ ... More >>
Check out the slide shows: Inside the Republican National Convention 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum Republican National Convention 2012 Tampa Day One: The Protesters Republican National Convention 2012 Tampa Day Two. Tampa's rich with GOP swag this week as thousands of Republicans gather to show ... More >>
Russell Pearce's political career could be dead in the water with Bob Worsley maintaining a more than 10 percentage point lead over the former, recalled state senator in unofficial results from Tuesday's primary election. Kyrsten Sinema also was fending off challengers David Schapir ... More >>
A crowd assembled at the Arizona Capitol today to put legislators on notice that they're pissed. About 500 people voiced outrage toward recent laws passed in Arizona and around the county that restrict women's health and reproductive rights. AZ Unite Women organized the event in ... More >>
To the casual observer, Congressmen Ben Quayle and David Schweikert may seem like the same dude.They're both freshman in the House, and they've voted the same in 94 percent of the 1,146 roll call votes they both voted on.They're both running for the Republican nomination in Arizona's Sixth Congre ... More >>
Since being fired as state Republican Party executive director last summer, Brett Mecum has found work as a political consultant and is helping out on state Senator Frank Antenori's Congressional bid.Antenori's one of several Republicans seeking to fill the seat left vacant by Congresswoman Gabri ... More >>
If public-opinion polls are to be trusted, then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's endorsement still is worth something to Arizonans.Arpaio's endorsement of some candidates hasn't worked out too well -- like former U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth, ousted Senate President Russell Pearce ... More >>
Why are non-loony Republicans always on the outs in the county and state GOP, with the insaniac Mexican-haters firmly in control?In her blog on Sunday, moderate Republican Paula Pennypacker described one of the main tactics of GOP county chairman Rob Haney's nativist cult: The gaming of the proxy sy ... More >>
What we'll be serenading the Pearce folks with this Tuesday evening...In what smells like a classic attempt at voter suppression, the conservative Safeguard Arizona's Future PAC, which previously backed wackjob loser JD Hayworth in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary, is doing robocalls to ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as of late, has been not-so-subtly bragging that GOP presidential candidates are (allegedly) calling on him for campaign advice.According to the sheriff, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is widely considered the front-runner in the race to become the GOP presiden ... More >>
Would you buy a used car from this man? Um, so why would you buy anything else he has to say?With the November 8 recall election advancing on him like an out-of-control semi, state Senate President Russell Pearce is attempting to morph himself into an honorable man, a practical politician and rehabi ... More >>
U.S. Senator from New Jersey Bob Menendez, who introduced immigration legislation in Congress today The United States Senate is at it again with immigration reform legislation, but Republicans are still unwilling to join the effort.Today, Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, introduc ... More >>
politisite.comA poll of 623 Arizona voters released today reflects a couple things -- almost nobody likes Donald Trump, and most people would prefer Sarah Palin not move here. In the poll -- from Public Policy Polling -- opinions are recorded about possible GOP nominees for the 2012 presidential ... More >>
Pearce wins a Pyrrhic victory, of sorts The Arizona Supreme Court today handed state Senate President Russell Pearce a partial win in his bid to rig the redistricting process that will affect Sand Land politics for the next 10 years.In an order just issued by Vice Chief Justice Andrew Hurwitz, the c ... More >>
Dream a little DREAM with me...The haters were defeated in the U.S. House yesterday, and the DREAM Act passed 216-198.Today, the fight goes to the U.S. Senate, where the Republicans threaten a filibuster, and the Dems lack the 60 votes to invoke cloture.I say, let them filibuster. Call their bluff. ... More >>
Russell Pearce, foiled for now by GOP backbenchers unwilling to toe his hate-Hispanics lineWhat an embarrassing day for the Republican leadership in the state House. Though House GOPers were prepared this afternoon to ram through state Senator Russell Pearce's anti-Hispanic apartheid bill SB 1070/HB ... More >>
Senate President Bob BurnsAfter nearly four agonizing months, the Arizona State Senate has finally passed four bills that will cut about $450 million from the state's budget.Like most things in the Legislature, this afternoon's agreement didn't come without a little bit of drama.First and foremos ... More >>
www.allhatnocattle.comIn a seemingly meager attempt to impress, the Vernon Parker Exploratory Committee issued a press release today about some "interesting" new poll results for the 2010 gubernatorial election.Before reading the release, we thought to ourselves "hey, maybe junior's got a shot ." ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Rob Haney, Maricopa County GOP Chair, and His Anti-Mexican Rant to the Catholic ... More >>
We're not going so far as to predict another Thrilla in Manila, but we will say this: the fight for the chairmanship of the state Republican party is getting good -- in a juicy, knockdown, drag-out kind of way. Just how we like it! Here's the background for all you non-politi ... More >>
This was supposed to be a Democratic Party year, even in Arizona. Barack Obama was energizing young voters. The state party was flush with cash -- eventually spending $1.4 million on state and county races. Meanwhile, the Republican Party couldn't seem to raise any dough. But the GOP kicked ass ... More >>
The thing that's annoyed me most post-November 4 is the way state Dems seem to be shrugging and taking their losses locally on the chin. Rather than being infuriated that the state Democratic Party effed up, Dems seemingly have been resigned to getting cornholed royally by Republicans, as if that's ... More >>
By Ray Stern How much thought should I put into this blog? Should I publish every newly formed or silly thought rattling around in my brain? If I did, I'd be approaching the experiment of "live blogging" that's been gracing a dim corner of the Arizona Republic/Channel 12 (KPNX) news Web site. Whi ... More >>
J.T. Ready, 2nd from right, proud Republican and anti-Semite, at a neo-Nazi rally in Omaha, NE last year. I've lived in several states over the years, but AZ takes the proverbial cake when it comes to the casual, ho-hum acceptance of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other dangerous political extre ... More >>
AZ GOPer Horst Kraus, just the way I want to remember him: Clothed! Just got this press release over the transom, and it's so good, I have to share. Seems the Phoenix Business Journal has also picked this one up. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2007 Nudist czar named to Arizona ... More >>