Phoenix, AZ – Brewer said there's a simple central theme to the message she will give when she comes to the poduim.
(That it's incumbent upon us collectively, that all of us work together and resolve the catastrophic crisis that Arizona is facing. And we can do that by creating jobs. And we need to do that as quickly as possible.)
Phoenix, AZ – In simple terms, the budget for the current fiscal year that's already half over is still about $1.5 billion in the red, even after a series of spending cuts and financial maneuvers. And the outlook for the coming budget year is even worse, with the gap between revenues and expenses somewhere in excess of $3 billion. Speaking to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Kirk Adams said fixing the problem will require further cuts.
Phoenix, AZ – Existing law bars weapons on the campuses of public colleges. The proposal by Sen. Jack Harper would carve out an exception for faculty members who have a state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
(It's a long-time goal of mine to make sure there are no defense- free zones where criminals know they can go into an establishment and there'll be no law-abiding citizens there that can legally protect themselves.)
Phoenix, AZ – There already is a program allowing the state to turn some inmates convicted of minor crimes over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after completing half their terms. Brewer's new order affects about 400 others ineligible for that release. And they would get out only 90 days early. Martin said that's still a mistake.
Phoenix, AZ – Buz Mills owns Gunsite, a firearms training facility just south of Paulden. He also is on the board of the National Rifle Association. But Mills, who garnered no attention last month when he declared his candidacy, suddenly became a player with the disclosure he has put $2 million of his own cash into the campaign. Mills was unavailable. But campaign manager Camilla Strongin said the move wasn't designed to scare others out of the race.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's two U-S senators took swipes today at how the Department of Homeland Security handled the effort by a Nigerian terrorist to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.
John McCain said the fact the terrorist was subdued by passengers does not mean the agency, headed by former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, was doing its job. He said they need to do more than just check passengers at the airport.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials annually compile the most popular names for newborns. The new list, at least on the boys side, remains relatively static. Three decades ago the most popular name for boys born in the state was Michael. It also was the most popular in 1989 and in second spot 10 years after that. It remains popular, at No. 8 this year.
Phoenix, AZ – Well, it's official: Those boom times for population growth in the Grand Canyon State are over. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
New figures from the Census Bureau show that year-over year growth for the period ending July 1st totaled less than 147,000. That's just a 1.5 percent increase from the prior year. That compares to a 3.7 percent annual growth rate just four years earlier.