The Arizona Senate's majority Republicans decided Wednesday to oust chamber President Steve Pierce and replace him with current Majority Leader Andy Biggs, who is regarded as more of a hard-liner on state spending and other conservative issues.
The shake-up at the top comes a day after general elections that saw Republicans maintain control of both the House and Senate — but lose seats in both chambers to rival Democrats. Read More ~chron.com
Official Says State Needs Tighter Campaign Funding Laws
The state's chief election officer wants tighter financial reporting laws so voters know who is really funding campaigns.
The comments from Secretary of State Ken Bennett come on the heels of the disclosure that an Arizona-based group gave $11 million to affect two California ballot measures. Of greater concern is that Americans for Responsible Leadership, forced to comply with that state's campaign laws, eventually conceded that it was only passing through money that had ultimately come from a Virginia group.
What makes the incident an Arizona issue is that Americans for Responsible Leadership also put about $1.5 million into the campaigns to defeat the permanent sales tax hike in Proposition 204 as well as the open primary proposal on the ballot as Proposition 121. Read More
Late Arizona Race Outcomes
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Vernon Parker in Arizona's 9th District.
Democratic Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2) leads Republican Martha McSally 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, or 698 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.