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Raising Phoenix: hand-to-mouth lawmaking

Posted by   /  August 29, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Considering a run for the Arizona Legislature? Prepare to be paid like a lifeguard.Illustration by Jeremie Lederman By Amy Silverman | Phoenix Magazine Like many Arizonans, I spent several days in the spring of 2018 in front of the television, watching red pour over the state Capitol as public school teachers marched for better treatment. […]

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Legislature ends 2019 session

Posted by   /  May 28, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Arizona House of Representatives//Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror With the protracted budget fight over, the legislature called it quits for the year shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, wrapping up its business after 134 days. The House of Representatives ended the night after a brief hiccup that […]

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Legislature to tackle omnibus drought plan bill

Posted by   /  January 10, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By: Carmen Forman | Arizona Capitol Times When the Legislature convenes on Jan. 14, lawmakers will almost immediately have to consider legislation to implement a multi-state solution to an imminent water shortage on the Colorado River. State legislators will have mere weeks to pass a complex Colorado River drought plan by Jan. 31 — […]

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A more moderate Arizona Legislature seeks common ground

Posted by   /  November 26, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The growing divide at the Capitol, and in Arizona, will lead to gridlock By Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic The Legislature is about to undergo a personality makeover. On Jan. 14, the next group of state lawmakers will be sworn into office. It will be unlike any state Legislature in decades because members will be […]

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Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders

Posted by   /  November 10, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alexis Egeland | Cronkite News Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders Despite a record number of women running for office this year, Arizona will actually lose one female elected official when congressional and legislative delegations take office in January. But experts say the one-seat drop is nothing to worry about […]

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Many Arizona politicians move behind the bench as JPs, extending careers and boosting pay

Posted by   /  October 29, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Republic Longtime legislator Ken Cheuvront, a Democrat vying for justice of the peace in Phoenix, said he’s not running for office because of the money. Cheuvront, who served in the state Legislature for 16 years and now works in the private sector, said he [would] take a pay cut if […]

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Fraud prevalent in signature gathering of 4 campaigns

Posted by   /  June 22, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Capitol Times Clifford Curry seems really good at his job. He collected hundreds of signatures for candidates running for governor, Congress and the Legislature. On just one day alone, Curry collected 200 signatures for Mark Syms, the independent candidate running for the Senate in Legislative District 28. That’s more than […]

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Arizona Legislature: 4 sizzling races that could decide the balance of power

Posted by   /  June 6, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic This year’s races for state Legislature are shaping up to some of the most contentious in a decade, with the balance of power at the Arizona Capitol on the line. Republicans have held solid majorities in the Legislature for about a decade. But their grasp on power was rattled this year as the […]

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Legislature ends session, leaves voucher issue to the voters, fails to vote on gun safety

Posted by   /  May 4, 2018  /  Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Rob O’Dell | The Republic A push to repeal the Legislature’s controversial 2017 expansion of the state school voucher program — and to prevent it from going on the November ballot — failed as the Legislature ended the annual legislative session Thursday night. That means voters will decide the fate […]

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Legislature feels it needs a ‘code of conduct,’ albeit vague about specifics

Posted by   /  February 27, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Following the ouster of one representative and the revelation of suggestive text messages between a former senator and a staffer, a committee will draft a code of conduct governing the Legislature. House Speaker J.D. Mesnard and Senate President Steve Yarbrough announced the creation of the bipartisan, bicameral committee […]

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