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Dark money group leads last-minute effort to speed up campaign finance changes

Arizona is already poised to relax rules regarding so-called "dark money" groups starting next year, but a last-minute amendment from the state Senate could make the changes go into effect in less than a month.... Read more»

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GOP lawmakers press bills aimed at cutting incarceration costs, reducing recidivism

Two state lawmakers are aiming to reduce recidivism with bills to provide more support for prisoners transitioning back into society and to allow more monitoring for those found mentally incompetent to stand trial. ... Read more»1

Voting-rights groups slam bills on Clean Elections

A bill that would prohibit the Citizens Clean Elections Commission from investigating allegations of campaign contribution limit violations is part of a “war on voters” by Republican lawmakers, leaders of voter-rights groups said last week.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Steve Pierce on Senate passage of Medicaid expansion

Interviews with state Sen. Steve Pierce, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Steve Lynn of the SALC on the PCC Board, and talk show host Emil Franzi.... Read more»

Game & Fish fee bill on governor's desk

Legislation that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to price and package hunting and fishing licenses without approval from the Legislature was heading to Gov. Jan Brewer after winning state House approval Monday.... Read more»

Republicans take on medical marijuana labeling, cultivation

For Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, some edible medical marijuana products are too easy to mistake for candy and should be labeled clearly by law. Hers is among several bills legislative session addressing how the medical marijuana system approved in 2010 should work. ... Read more»

GOP lawmaker targets public employee unions

Only one in 20 Arizonans is a member of a union, but that hasn’t stopped several Republican state lawmakers from pushing bills aimed at restricting organized labor. Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria wants to rein in unions representing public employees such as police officers, firefighters and teachers — groups he says take advantage of taxpayers.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: TUSD Board member Mark Stegeman

Inteviews with Mark Stegeman, an incumbent candidate for TUSD Governing Board, plus Richard Studwell, developer and City Hall commentator, and Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: 'Top 2' primary initiative in peril

An interview with Mohur Sarah Sidhwa, a Democrat running for state House in LD9, plus TucsonSentinel.com editor Dylan Smith and Arizona Capitol Times editor Jim Small break down the news.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Is Rio Nuevo worth saving?

Today on Buckmaster — Margaret Regan with the latest on the Tucson arts scene, certified financial planner Shelly Fishman with the Tuesday Money Maker Report, Republican Mark Napier talks about his run for Pima County Sheriff, and a newsmaker interview with state Senate President Steve Pierce.... Read more»9

Attempt to revive Heritage Fund stalls in House

A lawmaker’s attempt to have Arizonans decide whether to revive the voter–approved Heritage Fund is stalled in the House.... Read more»

Rural lawmakers look to new leaders from outside Tucson, Phx

With a new Senate president and a new House speaker, Arizona's rural lawmakers are hoping for a shift in focus from Tucson and Phoenix to more concern over the state's more sparsely populated communities.... Read more»

Brewer unveils saguaro to complete Capitol's makeover

In honor of Arizona’s approaching 100th birthday, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is sporting more trees and a spruced-up lawn following a nine-month makeover of the State Capitol grounds.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Az Senate president hopes to avoid budget cuts

Today on Buckmaster - We kick off the show with a newsmaker interview with Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce. Also, the Tuesday Money Maker Report with Shelly Fishman, certified financial planner. Next, we've got Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster Show contributor on Mexico, who breaks down Sonoran shopper numbers.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kicking sand in the face of Arizona's down and out

When Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce glibly opened Monday's reconvened special session by explaining away his notable absence Friday with his day-at-the-beach soliloquy, it was apparent this day – like any other day – would be anything but for Arizona's unemployed.... Read more»6

Lawmaker wants study of rainwater harvesting

The process of collecting rainwater is nothing new; people have done it for generations. But if one lawmaker has his way, harvested rainwater may eventually be recognized and regulated as an official water source.... Read more»

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