March 15, 1992 |
A small revue is playing the loft at the Mill Avenue Theater in Tempe, a red brick and adobe college town a few dry miles east of here. "Guv: The Musical," plays off the strange history and disordered present, the frequently corrupt and often unbelievable nonsense of Arizona politics. With such a fertile and constant fount, say the show's producers, their two-hour belly-laugh could outlive the Grand Canyon.
March 20, 1992 |
BACKGROUND: On Sunday, View reported on Arizona's splotchy political record: one governor impeached, seven state legislators accused of bribery, and a $140-million federal suit against Gov. J. Fife Symington III for his part in the alleged mismanagement of a failed savings and loan. UPDATE: Arizona's political melodramas continue. Tuesday it was revealed that Annette Alvarez--aide and close friend to Arizona Gov. J.
December 12, 1994 |
At the state Capitol here, 95-year-old Edwynne C. (Polly) Rosenbaum is regarded as an institution--an indefatigable Democratic lawmaker who has been around so long that she can claim friendship with the first governor. So it was with a deep sense of loss among old-guard politicos that the state representative was defeated Nov. 8 after serving 22 consecutive terms. She has held her seat since 1949, when she replaced her husband, William G.
July 5, 2011 |
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law last week, the court divided along ideological lines — with a five-justice conservative majority opposing the way Arizona uses public money to finance campaigns, and four liberals supporting it. But in Arizona, the greatest beneficiaries of the state's Clean Elections Act have been conservatives. Consider newly elected state Sen. Steve Smith. A talent manager in exurban Phoenix who had never run for public office, Smith beat a better-known Democrat last year with the help of $36,000 in government funds he received under the law. "Turns out, all I needed was that Clean Elections money and the grace of God," Smith said.
April 6, 1988 |
Former Gov. Evan Mecham said Tuesday that his political fate is not sealed by the impeachment conviction that hurled him into the history books. "Of course, this is just another chapter in a book and this book isn't near the end," Mecham said at his first public appearance since the Senate ousted him from office Monday. Mecham said he was considering whether to try appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court or running in the special gubernatorial election May 17.
June 19, 1989 |
If the political career of former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham were a movie, for many Arizonans it would be the latest Rambo sequel, with Mecham as the gung-ho hero, back again in the electoral underbrush to wage war on those who threaten such "true American values" as motherhood, apple pie and the right to school prayer. For many others, however, it would be an episode of the horror film "Friday the 13th," with Mecham as Jason, the monster who, time after time, is stabbed, slashed, drowned, burned, buried and seemingly vanquished, only to return to life in time to wreak havoc in the next sequel--or in Mecham's case, the next gubernatorial election.