Phoenix, AZ – State law sets the primary for the fourth Tuesday in February. But it allows the governor to move that up to any date she wants. The only requirement is that she give 150 days notice. And if Brewer wants a January 31st vote, that means this weekend. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said his boss sees some positive aspects of advancing the primary date.
Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.
Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.
Phoenix, AZ – The complaint stems from the Feb. 25 incident where Scott Bundgaard got into a squabble in the median of a highway with his then girlfriend. While Bundgaard said he was the victim, he was arrested and earlier this month agreed to plead guilty to endangerment and enter into a domestic violence counseling program. But Sen. Steve Gallardo said the fact that the criminal case is over and Bundgaard was placed on probation should not be the end of the matter.
Flagstaff, AZ – Today, we continue our series on summer foods with a northern Arizona twist. More and more restaurants are advertising menus that feature organic, locally-grown food. And chefs often have a very close relationship with the farmers they buy produce from. But, at the Grand Canyon Cafe in Flagstaff, an unassuming diner on historic Route 66, the chef IS the farmer. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl visited his cafe, but first his farm.
Phoenix, AZ – Congress approved the Voting Rights Act in 1964 to address what it saw as practices by some state to suppress minority voting. While most of the affected states were in the deep South, the law also drew in Arizona because of its high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents and the fact that it did not have bilingual ballots until 1974. Attorney General Tom Horne pointed out the federal law was updated in 1975. But federal lawmakers made its provisions retroactive.
Phoenix, AZ – The language says legislators must enact laws to run recall elections. And the state is already set to shell out about $150,000 for the special election. But lawmakers are also required to adopt -- quote -- provision for payment by the public treasure of the reasonable special election campaign expenses of such officer. Pearce said Tuesday he was unaware of the constitutional section until told about it by Arizona Public Radio. And he said that, under normal circumstances, he would not take public funds for this campaign.