Arizona Voter Registration Law Reviewed By Supreme Court

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:30 am

Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona went before the Supreme Court Monday. Arizona passed a law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote in 2004 which conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act passed in 1993 that does not require proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion: Capitulation or Manipulation?

By: Sunday February 24, 2013 8:30 am

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision the other day to go along with the Medicaid expansion next year, after he had previously rejected it vehemently, has been widely interpreted as simply the latest event in a series whereby Republican governors are slowly seeing the handwriting on the wall and capitulating to the hated Obamacare, while also being motivated by one political factor or another; for example, Politico lays it to Scott’s sinking poll numbers.

Bennett Black Needs Marijuana to Live. John Kavanagh Wants to Take It Away From Him.

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 10:12 am

Why does Kavanagh want to repeal the state’s medicinal marijuana law? Because he apparently thinks that the people taking advantage of it are all plain old recreational dopers and that no real doctor would actually approve of it:

Late Night: No God? Then No Diploma, if AZ Politicians Get Their Way

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 8:00 pm

What the hell is wrong with Arizona politicians? Do the relentless desert days of beating sun and the sudden summer thunderstorms repeatedly bake, then wash away all sense from elected officials? Have they been smoking desert toad venom?

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Backs Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 11:08 am

Yesterday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to everyone up to 138% of the federal poverty level. While Brewer has been one of the most vocal opponents of “Obamacare,” in her State of the State address she acknowledged that it is the law of the land and must be dealt with as such.

Majority of Arizona Voters Would Support Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

By: Monday January 14, 2013 11:20 am

A new Public Policy Polling survey for the National Cannabis Industry Association found that 59 percent of Arizona voters would support an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to Alcohol.

Arizona Won’t Build Its Own Health Care Exchange

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 8:07 am

In a move that should surprise no one, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) officially wrote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform them Arizona will not set up its own health care exchange. This means the federal government will instead need to set up an exchange in the state.

Arizona is just the latest in a long line of states to officially decide to leave the management of their exchanges up to the federal government. Frankly, I consider this a positive development.

The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 2:53 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure that nobody of the Latino persuasion would be allowed to vote. And they used a variety of tactics to ensure that result. That’s pretty much what’s going on.

Turning Pretty Words Like “Bipartisanship” Into Action

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 9:00 am

With the election over, let the haggling begin. I’m not talking about the back-and-forth over the Fiscal Hillock (h/t Jackdawracy at Calculated Risk). I’m talking about nominations. Judicial nominations in particular.

Consideration of dozens of nominees have been stalled in the Senate, and dozens more vacancies lack nominees. Everyone who follows these things knew that any action this summer, as the election was getting into full swing, was not going to happen. Well, the election is over . . . and still the nominees wait. The judicial emergencies continue, and justice is increasingly delayed for thousands as dockets around the country continue to build.

Both Obama and the GOP need to demonstrate that they can do more than simply talk about working with one another; moving forward on these judicial nominations would be a good place to turn their pretty words into action.

State Threats to International Election Observers Symptom of American Exceptionalism

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 8:15 am

The OSCE is a body, which the United States is a founding member. Observers have been sent to the United States to observe US elections since 2002. But, now, Republicans in states where voter suppression could potentially occur are suggesting to Americans these people are here to violate American sovereignty as part of some left-wing ACORN conspiracy.

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