The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses on May 30, 2017, the scandal involving a former corporation commissioner, whether or not to renew an AUMF and much ado about county recorders.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses the ongoing McCain/Trump feud, Gov. Ducey’s veto pen on recent legislation and drama in Phoenix City Hall.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks about unfinished business, potholes and an avalanche of unwanted shoes. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team looks back wistfully, maybe even sentimentally, “on the session that was,” and looks forward hopefully to sine die. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses teachers’ “boat parade,” a protest for pay raises; the upcoming state budget; and what’s up with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
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The Republic’s political team on April 25, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the protests surrounding the future of school vouchers and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s donation controversy.
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The Republic’s political team on April 18, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including 2018 candidates, Sen. Jeff Flake’s town hall and how a bill to require child-welfare officials to get warrants fell apart.
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The Republic’s political team on April 11, 2017, talks about “zombie” health care reform in Congress, and the expansion of the school voucher program headed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
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The Republic’s political team on April 4, 2017, talks about the state of the filibuster and the latest on Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s “Show Me the Money” campaign.
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The Republic’s political team on March 28, 2017, talks about funding for teacher raises in the state budget, what comes next after the non-vote on the ‘Obamacare’ repeal bill in Congress and proposed restrictions on citizen initiatives in Arizona.
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The Republic’s political team on March 21, 2017, talks about the possible impact on the president’s blueprint for a budget, and the lack of female representation in Arizona’s legislative leadership.
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The Republic’s political team on March 14, 2017, talks about how much of Arizona’s delegation has been quiet about the “Obamacare” replacement, but even Republicans don’t seem to like it.
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The Republic’s political team on March 8, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including a failed tax-cut bill, a congressman’s tweets and how a former state senator isn’t working at the White House after all.
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The Republic’s political team on March 1, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the state of Senate Bill 1142 and the rowdy crowds at U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s Town Hall.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 21, 2017, talks about recent political news, including Trump’s Arizona announcement about Intel, McCain and Obamacare, and House Bill 2404 targeting voter initiatives.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 6, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including how much debt is too much for the state and which lawmaker wants to be shot.
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The Gaggle: Corporation Commission scandal and renewing an AUMF
The Gaggle: McCain Trump feud, Ducey’s veto pen and Phoenix city hall
The Gaggle: Unfinished business and hallway laments
The Gaggle: Legislative session recap, May 2017
The Gaggle: Teachers protesting, a budget afoot and what’s up with Stanton?
The Gaggle: Voucher vote, Arizona university funding
The Gaggle: DCS warrants and Flake gets scorched
The Gaggle: Health care in Congress and school voucher expansion
The Gaggle: Is the filibuster busted and will Michele Reagan show us the money?
The Gaggle: Teacher raises, ACA repeal and ballot initiatives
The Gaggle: Federal budget and few women in the Legislature
The Gaggle: Obamacare replacement, George W. in town and TANF benefits
The Gaggle: Tax that did not get cut, tweets from Gosar and a non-job
The Gaggle: SB 1142 is dead and town halls get rowdy
The Gaggle: Bigfooted, McCain and HB 2404
The Gaggle: How much debt is too much?
Former Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot has always cast himself as a moderate who can work with both sides of the aisle. But lately, Simplot has been changing party affiliations like it’s going outta style.
Simplot has been a registered Democrat, Republican and independent — all within the space of the past three months.
It’s well-known that Simplot was a Republican when he won election to the Phoenix City Council. He switched his registration to Democratic in late 2006, after the Democratic Party convinced Arizona voters to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
But Simplot hasn’t advertised his recent switcheroos: In March, he changed his registration from Democrat back to Republican. Then in early May, Simplot switched to “party not designated,” or independent.
The changes have left some political insiders buzzing that Simplot might be out of the race for Phoenix mayor and angling for a job inside the beltway. Simplot won’t comment.
Given Phoenix leans liberal in city elections, Simplot’s re-registrations signal … something. The race to replace Mayor Greg Stanton, who is not termed until 2019, might come sooner than later if he runs for Arizona secretary of state next year.
So what is Simplot really up to with all his party hopping? We’d like to know. Hey, Tom — call us back!
One competitive council race
The political battlefield is set, and three of the four Phoenix City Council incumbents up for re-election this year are in for a summer snoozer.
Wednesday was the deadline for candidates to submit petitions to get on the ballot for the city’s Aug. 29 election. Because, you know, voter turnout is greatest when the temperature regularly shatters 110 degrees.
The three council members who can lounge at the pool instead of campaigning this summer are: Jim Waring, District 2; Laura Pastor, District, 4; and Kate Gallego, District 8. No one filed to run against any of them.
But that doesn’t mean this summer’s election won’t have some heat.
District 6 Councilman Sal DiCiccio, a conservative flamethrower, faces two progressive opponents: Zofia Rawner, an attorney, and Kevin Patterson, executive development director with Banner Health. Beating DiCiccio would be an uphill slog for either challenger.
The City Clerk’s Office is still verifying some petition signatures. But given candidates only needed to submit 200 valid John Hancocks to get on the ballot, DiCiccio should be in for a bit of a fight.
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