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D17 Arizona (Scottsdale and Tempe)
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By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings ...While last week was the final week for most bills to receive committee consideration in their chambers of origin, there is still committee activity this week. And as evidenced by the explosion of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Well, they've reached the first "deadline" week of the session, and that is reflected in the length of committee agendas. Friday is the last day for bills introduced in a particular chamber to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Well, they've reached the first "deadline" week of the session, and that is reflected in the length of committee agendas. Friday is the last day for bills introduced in a particular chamber to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings By now, everyone in the lege-watcher universe knows about Sen. Steve Yarbrough and his penchant for pushing self-enriching tuition tax credit measures in the lege, measures that add to his personal wealth. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings ...Just a vent, but it is time to rename the "Legislative Department" (Article 4) section of the AZ Constitution as the "Micromanaging The Legislative Department" section... Led by renowned/notorious (pick your preferred term)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings The full moon isn't going to happen until Friday night, but the "bay at the moon" crowd will be in full throat by early Monday afternoon... Notes: All committees meetings and agendas are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Committee work at the Arizona lege has definitely ramped up; There are a couple of contenders for the "worst of the week", but it looks as if the meeting of Senate Government and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Note: The comment cited here was left on a post on my own blog, but since that post was cross-posted here and that cross-post has been updated because of the comment, this response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Reading tea leaves time ("tea leaves" means "Wild-Ass Guess" based limited information): Committee activity is ramping up early at the lege, lending credence to the theory that they are planning on/working toward a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings In 2013, news came to light (due to the now-world famous Edward Snowden) that the US government, via the NSA, was collecting "metadata" about the cell phone calls of Americans. Metadata is pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Time for the first 2014 post previewing committee activity in the Arizona legislature. Notes: All committees meetings and agendas are subject to change without notice, and frequently do. If you plan to travel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Maybe it's time to move the Arizona State Hospital six (or so) miles to the west, and a little south... Still sticking by the prediction that this year's session of the Arizona legislature... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings A couple of early updates from the new session of the legislative session: While some of the names have changed, some things haven't changed at the Capitol. Like the arrogance and culture of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings The 2014 session of the Arizona Legislature starts Monday with the Governor's State of the State Address to a joint session of the AZ House and AZ Senate (and a slew of media... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings In the classic novel 1984, George Orwell coined a term, "doublethink", meaning the acceptance of two contradictory ideas at the same time. It seems that the GOPer caucus of the lege has made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings For the record, I *really* hope I'm wrong about the motivation behind this, but given the character and track records of the people behind this move, I'm not holding out much hope for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings My last post was all about 2013; this one is all about 2014. It's also all about satire, or at least I hope it is. However, given the frequent bizarreness of politics in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Note to BfA readers: this list is solely mine. The other writers who contribute to BfA will almost certainly have their own lists. My focus is on the goings-on at the state capitol,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Frank Antenori, former legislator and late of an unsuccessful attempt to block the state from restoring Medicaid (AHCCCS) eligibility to the levels approved by voters years ago, has been known as a loud-mouthed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings ...and "Up Yours" to the people of Arizona... From the Arizona Republic, written by Mary Jo Pitzl - Higher campaign-contribution limits — up to $4,000 per candidate in a statewide race — are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings I'm a little late to this, mostly because once I looked into it, I realized that it was a ginned up controversy and not actually a big deal. However, somebody I respect a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings And the "malice" isn't just on the part of the shooters... There's a couple of gun stories going around that, on the surface, are unrelated. However, they are probably more closely related than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Apparently, when State Sen. Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert), the president of the Arizona State Senate, hears about "uninvestigated reports of child abuse", he thinks that there's a problem. Not with "child abuse". Not with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musing ...Because someone should be updating his resume... By now, most folks in AZ have heard of the confession by the director of the department that oversees Child Protective Services (CPS) that the agency... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings ...It was a long and winding road, but the destination is in sight now... From the Phoenix New Times, written by Ray Stern - Former Arizona U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi was sentenced today... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Blog For Arizona