Phoenix, AZ – Corrections Director Charles Ryan detailed a series of problems that his staffers found at the facility in the wake of the July 30 escape. Among the most serious is that the alarm system for the permieter fence was not working properly.
(What was found were excessive false alarms. In a 16-hour period on July 30th, and that number was 89 alarms. The system was not maintained or calibrated.)
Phoenix, AZ – So far this fiscal year federal prosecutors in Arizona filed more than 17,500 cases, five times as many as the same time five years earlier. Drug prosecutions also are up, too. None of this impressed Gov. Jan Brewer who has been in a war of words with the Obama administration about what she said is the failure of the government to secure the border. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman.
Phoenix, AZ – New figures from the Secretary of State's Office show 953,000 people who are signed up to vote in next week's primary listed no political affiliation. That is approaching 31 percent of the more than 3.1 million registered voters. In 2008, independents were only about 27 percent of the electorate. And a decade ago, fewer than 16 percent of those signed up to vote had declared themselves independents. Jim Haynes, president of Behavior Research Center said the shift is not surprising.
Phoenix, AZ – Both candidates are campaigning with public dollars. That means each gets slightly more than $1 million for the general election. But nothing in the law precludes outside groups from spending money independelty on their behalf. The Republican Governors Association has put $1.1 million into its Arizona account. RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said there's a reason for that big deposit.