May 4, 2013 |
TUCSON - City- or county-sponsored gun buybacks - often used in larger cities to entice people to give up their handguns - have become effectively pointless in Arizona with legislation signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. The bill prohibits cities and counties from destroying any guns that come into their possession; instead, the firearms must now be sold to federally licensed dealers. The law started out as a set of guidelines on how government agencies should handle property that was confiscated, used as evidence, or turned in to law enforcement agencies, with an eye toward generating money for strapped programs.
February 26, 2014 |
Delta Air Lines has denounced legislation that would permit businesses to cite religion in refusing to serve gays, saying proposals in Georgia and Arizona would cause “significant harm” and “result in job losses.” The company, which is Atlanta's largest employer and one of the biggest private companies in Georgia, joins the likes of Apple, American Airlines and Marriott in opposing such measures. Arizonans are awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer's decision on whether to sign or veto legislation that would bolster business owners' rights to cite their religion as a defense in discrimination lawsuits.
October 23, 2013 |
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation's new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state's governor, John Kasich. Kasich has been feuding with some of his fellow Republicans over whether to expand the Medicaid insurance program for state residents, under terms of the healthcare plan. GOP lawmakers stripped the expansion from the state's budget, prompting an end-run by Kasich to the state's obscure Controlling Board, which on Monday approved the expansion . (The board normally doesn't deal with matters as fraught as the multimillion-dollar federal benefit under Obamacare.)
January 26, 2012 |
Jan Brewer says that her now much-ballyhooed encounter with President Obama on Wednesday on an Arizona airport Tarmac left her "breathless. " Pool reporters at the airport greeting that went awry say the two seemed to be talking over one another and Obama turned away when Brewer was in midsentence. Afterward Brewer told Fox's Greta van Susteren that Obama had taken "umbrage" over her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast" and their "terrible" encounter "kind of left me breathless.
January 25, 2012 |
President Obama 's warm reception in sunny Arizona on Wednesday lasted about as long as it took him to step off Air Force One and greet Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer, champion of her state's controversial anti-immigration law, welcomed Obama on the tarmac with a handwritten letter and an intense conversation in which, at one point, she pointed her finger at him. According to pool reporters who were present, Obama and Brewer seemed to be talking at the same time, seemingly over each another, until he walked away mid-sentence.
January 26, 2012 |
President Obama is downplaying his supposed tense encounter with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, saying the incident is "a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion. " Speaking with ABC "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer in an interview to air Thursday evening, Obama mocked the media's obsession with the story. "I'm usually accused of not being intense enough, right? Too relaxed?" he said, according to the network's account. He seemed to blame Brewer for feeding the frenzy, saying that it is "always good publicity for a Republican if they're in an argument with me. " Brewer has done several interviews since she greeted Obama outside Phoenix Wednesday night.