State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Pursues Investigation of Legacy Foundation Commercial

Former Mesa mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith.
Credit Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times

The Clean Elections Commission is refusing to kill an investigation into whether a TV commercial aimed at Scott Smith was really designed to kill his gubernatorial bid. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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2:32 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Voter Indecision Looms in Home Stretch of Gubernatorial Primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones.
Credit David Wallace/The Republic

Early voting starts at the end of the week. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, a new statewide poll shows half of Republicans undecided about who they support for governor.

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State Capitol News
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Former California Congressman Announces Bid for Arizona Governor

Former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs filed paperwork Wednesday to launch his bid to become the Republican nominee for governor.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The field of Republicans who want to be governor became more crowded Wednesday, with the latest entry being a former California congressman. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith Launches Campaign for Governor

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith details some of his political positions — but dodges other questions — as he announces his bid for governor on Thursday.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith launched his bid for governor today by insisting that he is a true conservative despite positions he has taken on background checks for gun buyers, Medicaid expansion and publicly financed stadiums. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:53 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Gubernatorial Candidate Struggles Quoting Lincoln

Gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo

A Republican gubernatorial candidate is quoting Abraham Lincoln in his effort to make a point. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, there’s a small problem.

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State Capitol News
1:13 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Brewer Wants Legislature to Buy Back Buildings

Citing the state's upcoming 100th birthday, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday asked lawmakers to buy back three buildings at the Capitol that were mortgaged off two years ago to balance the budget.

The move will cost the state $105 million out of its current budget surplus. Brewer press aide Matthew Benson said the state has the cash.

Benson acknowledged the state actually got only $81 million for the state House, the Senate and the nine-story executive tower that includes Brewer's office when it negotiated a “sale-leaseback'' arrangement in 2010.

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