Phoenix, AZ – David Jones of the Arizona Contractors Association said the problem with the current system is that when a governor quits, dies or is forced out of office, the job goes to the secretary of state. But that person is elected independent of the governor and may not share the same philosophy.
Phoenix, AZ – John Munger said he believes he can do a better job in managing the state than the incumbent, who also happens to be a Republican.
(Jan Brewer's done the very best she can. I think it's now time for someone who wants to run for governor, who brings real leadership to this state. This campaign is not about Jan Brewer. It's about the opportunity to bring real leadership and a real specific plan to bring Arizona out of this recession.)
Phoenix, AZ – The president issued an executive order this week following a conference in Washington on the issue of distracted driving. The president said he wants to -- quote -- demonstrate federal leadership in improving safety on our roads and highways. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman said Brewer and Alberto Gutier, head of her office of highway safety, are looking at the issue.
Phoenix, AZ – The percentage of state residents in poverty rose last year. But not everywhere.
New figures today from the Census Bureau show 14.2 percent of Arizonans were living below the federal poverty level in 2007. By 2008 that figure had risen to 14.7 percent. That half point jump compares with an increase of just two tenths of a percent nationally.