Phoenix, AZ – A new poll shows that the most popular choice for governor among Republicans is someone who isn't running now -- and may not run at all. That could be good news for the person in second place, state Treasurer Dean Martin.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer lashed out today at cities for suing to overturn a new law on illegal immigration.
The fight is over a lawsuit filed Monday by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns challenging some provisions in budget legislation approved earlier this year. One section spells out what documents people who want public services need to provide to prove they are in this country legally.
Phoenix, AZ – State senators gave preliminary approval this afternoon to some sharp budget cuts. But the move came over some protests.
The biggest came from various groups whose programs depend on taxpayer funds, ranging from organizations that help the poor and disabled to a couple of state labor unions. Andrew Morrill, vice president of the Arizona Education Association, said the groups that object, are not in denial about the current $2 billion deficit.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials agreed today to a sharp drop in what they proposed to charge in child care licensing fees. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports the care centers are going to have to do something in return.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's top health official wants businesses to let workers stay home -- and pay them if necessary -- if they're sick with the flu. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
Will Humble said the ideal situation would be for workers to use their sick or vacation time. The problem comes when they don't have any of that to use. He said where possible employers should encourage telecommuting. Humble said that's what his agency does.
Flagstaff, AZ – Jan Brewer took a verbal slap today at gubernatorial wanna-be Terry Goddard.
On Friday, Goddard claimed he was better qualified than the incumbent to be the state's chief executive, saying Brewer lacked leadership. He said the state is headed in the wrong direction which is why he took the first steps toward becoming the Democratic nominee. Brewer said Goddard, who is the state's attorney general, doesn't know what he's talking about.