ASU’s Morrison Institute pushes Top Two Primary with study on “independent” voters

The inimitable Jay Smooth explains, via rapper T-Pain and Sean Hannity, why you can’t possibly know more about politics than people who pay attention if you don’t pay attention. ASU’s Morrison Institute issued a study of the elusive “independent voters” in Arizona. It was commissioned by the Clean Elections Commission and was pretty comprehensive (albeit […]

“It’s just a bunch of Mexican kids. Why should I pay for them?”

When the Governor drops by your office to say you "don't care about kids" if you don't vote yes on his flawed plan. pic.twitter.com/EUc4fMQ9ZJ — Steve Farley (@SteveFarleyAZ) October 29, 2015 There’s something that feels very inevitable about the way this Arizona school funding “settlement” is playing out. The plan ends a lawsuit filed by […]

Ducey’s cruel move on welfare continues the legacy of “reform”

This was seriously on the cover of the New Republic in 1996. Gotta love this headline and lede: Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families […]

Arizona is being groomed for the eradication of income tax

Steven Slivinski, from handout Doug Ducey ran on the promise of eliminating Arizona’s income tax in 2014. It wasn’t taken seriously by most political observers and the candidate himself walked his proposal back and characterized it as an aspiration when pressed on how it was possible to implement it. “No one’s talking about eliminating the […]

I’m taking this one personally, Governor Ducey

Per AZ Capitol Times (yes, behind a paywall but I pay for my subscription so I get to talk about it): Gov. Doug Ducey may have just cost more than 200,000 Arizonans a shot at keeping the health insurance they received through the Affordable Care Act, though they won’t know for sure until the U.S. […]

Ducey didn’t run on his budget? Oh geez, Bob Robb.

Not AZ Republic columnist Bob Robb, but a funny photo of a Bob Robb Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb is very peeved by the budget that our new snowbird Governor has signed: Ducey did not run on the specifics of this or any other budget. During the campaign, he avoided specifics as though they were […]

Impressive response by Arizona Business Leaders™ to the terrible budget

Photo: AZ Chamber of Commerce and Industry announcement By “impressive”, of course, I mean “pathetic”. The GOP led AZ Legislature dropped a turd of a budget in the middle of Friday night/Saturday morning that guts (among other things) university and community college funding and – because this is the cruelest session toward poor people that […]

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