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Brewer in January 2012.

For those whose role can involve fundraising and who would seem to have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the presidential campaign, few of Arizona’s state and federal elected leaders had made personal campaign contributions to Mitt Romney or Barack Obama Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said that one of his personal ideals is the avoidance of "moral hazard" at a news conference in Phoenix Monday. He defined it as something that arises because an individual does not take the full consequences of their actions, resulting in careless behavior.

Arizona will use $57 million from its share of settlements with mortgage lenders to help people facing foreclosure stay in their homes and provide counseling, legal assistance and oversight, Attorney General Tom Horne said Monday. Read more»

Paul Eppinger, director of Arizona Interfaith Movement, speaks to a crowd gathered at the Capitol at a news conference on a failed bill aimed at combating bullying in schools.

A Democratic leader who authored a bill aimed at curbing bullying in Arizona schools said a conservative group’s lobbyist engineered the measure’s demise. Read more»

A Senate panel endorsed a bill Monday that would expand requirements for school districts when it comes to bullying, intimidation and other forms of harassment among students, including allowing policies to cover incidents that occur off campus. Read more»


The chairman of the state Democratic Party, Andrei Cherny, announced his resignation Monday morning in an email to party members. He's expected to announce a run for a Tempe-area Congressional seat. Read more» 1

Middle school students Parker Schroeder, Banelly Escaloma, Ruben Renteria, Freddy Pinon stand by what will be the cover of the DVD case for the civics initiative. They are featured in the video after winning a government essay contest.

Leaders of today are reaching out to potential leaders of tomorrow with a DVD explaining to kids how Arizona’s government works. The two-hour video, timed with the state’s centennial, features state lawmakers, Gov. Jan Brewer, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and others. Read more»

Taking a swipe at Arizona’s controversial law on illegal immigration, the state Senate’s top Democrat wants to ban racial profiling by law enforcement. Read more»

John Baba describes what happened when his son was beaten by bully at school. He spoke in support of a bill by Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, that would require schools to develop procedures for addressing bullying and that would punish school employees who fail to file reports about incidents of bullying.

An Arizona House bill calls for disciplinary action against school employees, from administrators to teachers to janitors, who fail to file detailed reports about bullying. (with video) Read more»

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to add philosophy to a list of courses that qualify schools for grants under a program intended to make Arizona students more competitive. Read more»

Mesa resident Randy Shepherd, a 36-year-old father of three, says his life hangs in the balance as the governor and GOP leaders decide whether to hold a special session to restore funding that would allow him to have a heart transplant under Arizona’s Medicaid system.

Democratic lawmakers held a news conference with a group of patients denied organ transplants to demand a special session to reinstate the $1.4 million program. They blamed Gov. Brewer for keeping new organs out of the reach of those whose survival hangs in the balance. Read more» 1