Phoe – A new statewide poll suggests that Governor Jan Brewer would be vulnerable in a Republican primary.
The survey done by the Behavior Research Center shows 30 percent of Republicans think the governor is doing a good or excellent job while 27 percent rate her performance as poor or very poor. Pollster Earl de Berge said part of the problem within her own party may be her support of a temporary sales tax hike.
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Education Association and Planned Parenthood are sponsoring training sessions, beginning this coming weekend for would-be legislators. But AEA President John Wright said they're not just being civic minded.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials said today that anyone who wants a swine flu vaccine is probably going to be able to get it -- eventually.
State Health Director Will Humble said Arizona is likely to get 5 million doses of the new vaccine. But there will only be 900,000 available in October, with the balance coming in in the following months.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's largest abortion provider filed suit Monday to block a new law that imposes some new restrictions on the procedure.
That law set to take effect later this month imposes a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can terminate a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood does not challenge that directly. But organization president Bryan Howard said it's unconstitutional to require pre- abortion counseling be done face-to-face rather than over the phone.
Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer couldn't get her way with lawmakers on a temporary sales tax hike. But there is another option: the initiative process.
In essence, supporters of the concept of increasing sales taxes to bridge the gap between revenues and expenses would have to get the signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Brewer said she'd prefer it if lawmakers put the question to voters themselves.