Phoenix, AZ – The parks board already has closed several sites after state lawmakers, looking to balance the budget, raided their funds. Several others will shut in early June without a cash infusion. On Wednesday the House considered a plan to borrow $40 million from a voter-approved fund earmarked for purchasing and preserving open space. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema objected.
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation would allow the manufacture of those familiar incandescent light bulbs in Arizona even after federal law effectively makes that illegal beginning in 2014. Sen. Frank Antenori said he is rebelling against Congress trying to regulate everything under the excuse of interstate commerce.
Phoenix, AZ – At a late afternoon press conference, the governor spent much of her time railing against the federal government -- and the Obama administration in particular -- for failing to do its job.
(Make no mistake: The responsibility to ensure that we have an orderly, secure border, not some imaginary line in the dirt or a rickety fence, belongs to the federal government. And they have failed. And we in Arizona have far too long paid the price of those failures.)
Phoenix, AZ – Many different denominations have weighed in saying they do not like the measure which is designed to give police more power to question people they encounter about whether they are in this country legally. Brewer said it's possible they just don't understand what's in the legislation.
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation would would require political parties to submit documents proving their candidate is a natural born citizen and meets other requirements. But the measure also gives the secretary of state the unilateral power to keep a candidate off the Arizona ballot if he or she has reasonable cause to believe the candidate is not qualified. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema called that incredible.