I streamed the first State of the State address given by Gov. Doug Ducey. In general, it was a very vanilla kick off to the new session. Rhetoric on taxes, education and administrative agenda; all intended to guide the Legislature on where to focus their bill-making powers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child-care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey wants to take more than $900,000 in funds specifically donated by taxpayers to help post 9/11 veterans to instead operate new cemeteries for veterans near Marana and Flagstaff and keep the doors open at an existing one in Sierra Vista.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants to create a “world class education system” and a balanced state budget. But Glenn Hamer, the organization's president, said his members will fight any effort in the session that begins Monday to repeal some yet-to-be-implemented tax cuts approved several years ago.
An Illinois bishop who performed a “minor exorcism” on the governor of that state over same-sex marriage will be the guest speaker at the annual Red Mass here marking the beginning of the legislative session.
He admits the plan is a political longshot. But Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix, hopes to convince colleagues to approve legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, if for no other reason than the alternative is having voters adopt their own plan.
In a major legal blow to Gov. Jan Brewer, the Arizona Supreme Court this morning ruled that a minority of lawmakers have the right to challenge the financial basis for expansion she crafted of the state’s Medicaid program.