Phoenix, AZ – The difference is not much. There are now just 2,036 more independents than Democrats. But the crossover, which occurred since voter registration closed prior to last year's general election, is part of a longer-term trend where parties are less and less important. Pollster Earl deBerge said the reasons for this depend on the age of the voter.
Phoenix, AZ – Right now members of the Board of Executive Clemency are empowered to recommend a reduction in sentence to the governor when there is a reason, like the mandatory term imposed is too harsh, an inmate is close to dying or other reasons they find appropriate. But it is the governor who always gets the last word. And Mesa Republican Cecil Ash said that word, more often than not, is 'no.' Ash proposes to leave the final decision to the five-member board.
Phoenix, AZ – The plan is to reverse the mandate by voters a decade ago that the state provide free care for everyone below the federal poverty level, about $18,300 a year for a family of three. The federal Medicaid program picks up about two thirds of the cost. But Gov. Jan Brewer said Arizona can't afford its share which computes out to about $1 billion a year. Her proposal would drop about 280,000 people from the plan.
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer wants what's called line-item reduction authority. Right now she has the power of line item veto: If she doesn't like something, she can eliminate it from the budget. Gubernatorial press aide Paul Senseman said that's not enough.
(The so-called line-item veto authority is not really that. It ends up becoming an all or nothing proposition. It's really a false choice. It's not really what the intent or spirit is of the line item veto authority. That idea is to reduce spending.)
Phoenix, AZ – Federal law used to ban the manufacture of any clip that held more than 10 bullets. But that expired in 2004. And while some states and communities have enacted their own restrictions, Arizona has not. The issue arose anew with the killing of six people and wounding of 13 others in Tucson. Witnesses reported they were able to tackle the assailant only after he had emptied the clip and had to reload. But Gov. Jan Brewer said the sole blame for the shootings should be on the person who pulled the trigger.