Phoenix, AZ – Lobbyists were counting on the votes of not just Republicans but also that of Democrat Cloves Campbell. He had previously indicated he might be willing to continue the special law that allows lenders to charge what amounts to an annual rate of 400 percent on two week loans. Campbell said that's too high. But he also said the lenders didn't care about -- and only wanted to take money from -- his largely minority constituency until they needed his vote.
Phoenix, AZ – The proposal by House Speaker Kirk Adams is based on the philosophy that at least part of the reason Arizona's economy has been hit so hard is that it lacks diversity. Much of what has driven the state has been growth -- people moving here -- which fueled the construction industry. And when the real estate bubble burst, so did that base. Adams said the elements of the bill are based on an economic study he commissioned.
Flagstaff, AZ. – Intro) Flagstaff's political season is officially underway. The first of several candidate forums was held yesterday at the Orpheum Theatre. Arizona Public Radio's Theresa Bierer has more.
Phoenix, AZ – Goddard formed an exploratory committee in November, saying he believes he could provide better leadership than Jan Brewer. But he sidestepped questions at that time of exactly what he would do different than the incumbent to deal with the state's deficit.
(Specific proposals are going to have to wait until I become a candidate, if I make that decision. I'm very disturbed and I don't deny we have a serious challenge ahead of us.)
Flagstaff AZ – nterstate 40 will be opened tonight at 7 pm both east and west bound. Interstate 17 will be open south bound only at 7 pm tonight and then north bound I-17 will be opened at 7 am Saturday morning. All other closed routes in the Flagstaff area will still remain closed. Both Interstates still have snow packed sections and drivers need to use extreme caution. SR 77 in-between Superior and Kearny: CLOSED.
Flagstaff AZ – The Flagstaff Symphony has postponed its concert of Russia Master Composers. Originally scheduled for tonight and re-scheduled earlier this week for Saturday night, the concert is being put on indefinite hold because of the persistent storms battering the region. When the make-up date is announced, KNAU will have it for you and you can also watch flagstaffsymphony.org for the latest.
Tonight's event, "Do the Right Thing" at the Orpheum Theatre is canceled. Saturday and Sunday films are still on pending future snow storms.