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Committees update

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

Yes, it’s only 2017, but many candidates are already stepping forward for races in 2018.

In some cases, it’s out of necessity – the races are so involved that an effective campaign needs time to sufficiently get up to speed (i.e. – fundraise).

In other cases, it about trying to clear the field (i.e. – minimize viable opposition).

In a few cases, it’s about getting in some practice early on so that when campaign season gets fully up to speed, they’ll be in full throat when they bay at the moon (we *are* talking about AZ, after all 🙂 ).

Things will change before the cycle is over.  Some of the current candidates will discontinue their candidacies, and other people will jump in.

Also, races for seats in the legislature are still in almost complete flux; those will be covered at a later date.  This post will be all about races for statewide offices and seats in Congress.

On to the meat of this post (where a city is included – “Candidate X of city ABC”, the city is based on the committee address)…

In CD9, seat currently held by Democrat (in name, anyway) Kyrsten Sinema, Irina Baroness von Behr of Tempe has filed for the race for the Republican nomination.  She was last seen running for a seat on the Tempe City Council, where she finished a distant last. Continue reading

Fasten Your Seatbelts, The Ride Is About To Get Bumpy – AZ Budget Time Is Nigh

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

Traditionally, a session of the Arizona legislature is suppose to be 100 days long.

It’s not a requirement, in terms of the law or legislative rules, but it’s definitely seen as something to strive for. During most years, the 100th day of a session falls in mid- to late- April.

This year, the 100th day falls on April 18th.

The one specific duty that the lege has is to formulate a budget for the state.

Of course, being the lege, their focus is on doing many things *to* the state before doing anything *for* the state…and they use that budget that is supposed to be for the state as a vehicle for doing things to the state, but I digress…

So naturally, they wait until they are well more than halfway to the hundred day goal before even considering a budget.

From Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic –

Arizona Legislature – The coming week

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

They lege has “improved” its website, making it considerably more user-unfriendly.  As such, the format of this post may change over time as I figure out the best way to utilize the new website.


All committees meetings and agendas are subject to change without notice, and frequently do.  If you plan to travel to the Capitol to observe or weigh in on the consideration of a particular measure, check with the lege ahead of time to confirm that the meeting that you are interested in is still on schedule and your item(s) of interest is still on the agenda for that meeting.

Meeting rooms designated “HHR” are in the House of Representatives building. Meeting rooms designated “SHR” are in the Senate building. 

When the phrase “looks harmless” is used, it only means that any harm to AZ that would be wrought by the bills on the agenda isn’t apparent to me as of this writing.  However, if you notice any nuggets of ugly that I miss, please leave a comment that makes me and other readers aware of the situation.

Most bills are assigned to at least two committees – one standing committee and the chambers’ rules committees.  A few are assigned to more than that because they cover areas that fall under the jurisdiction of more than one standing committee.  A select few are assigned to three or more standing committees.  That’s the way that a chamber’s leadership tells it membership that it doesn’t want a particular bill to pass.

Because of the MLK holiday, many of the committees that meet on Mondays will not meet this week or will meet on days other than Monday.

House side –

Appropriations – Tuesday, 9 a.m., HHR1.  House Appropriations and Senate Appropriation will be holding a joint meeting to receive thgovernor‘s 2017 budget proposal.

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2017 AZ Lege: Heads up – the train’s a comin’

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

This post is an information post with almost no “commentary” (but me being who I am, there may be one or two instances of wiseass-ery 🙂 ).

Scheduled start: January 9, 2017 (tomorrow, as I write this)


Approximate end: Third full week of April (“approximate” because while the 100th day of the session will fall during that week, and 100 days is the unofficial target for the length of a legislative session, 100 days is *not* a requirement).


House –


Speaker – JD Mesnard.  Previously: David Gowan (ran for Congress, lost in primary)

Majority Leader – John Allen.  Previously: Steve Montenegro (elected to state senate)

Majority Whip – Kelly Townsend.  Previously: David Livingston (reelected to the state house, but no longer part of leadership; not sure why)


Minority Leader – Rebecca Rios.  Previously: Eric Meyer (ran for state senate, lost a close race)

Assistant Minority Leader – Randy Friese.  Previously: Bruce Wheeler (did not run for reelection)

Minority Whip – Charlene Fernandez.  Previously: Rebecca Rios (now minority leader)

Senate –


President – Steve Yarbrough.  Previously: Andy Biggs (elected to Congress)

Majority Leader – Kimberly Yee.  Previously: Steve Yarbrough (now senate president)

Majority Whip – Gail Griffin. Previously: Griffin

President Pro Tempore – Debbie Lesko.  Previously: Sylvia Allen (reelected to the state senate, but no longer part of leadership; not sure why)


Minority Leader: Katie Hobbs.  Previously: Hobbs

Assistant Minority Leader: Steve Farley.  Previously: Farley

Minority Whip: Martin Quezada,  Previously: Quezada

Minority Whip: Lupe Contreras.  Previously: Contreras

First bill: SB1001, from State Senator John Kavanagh.  In a rare (rare for Arizona legislative Republicans, anyway) “good government” proposal.  If enacted, it would protect from civil liability a person who breaks into an unattended vehicle in order to rescue a minor or a domestic animal. Continue reading

Trump analogy time: Less “Hitler” and more “pre-Hitler”

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

Godwin’s Law, courtesy

A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin’s Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfeited the argument.

For the purposes to discussing the president-elect, Donald Trump, and/or his administration and advisors, I’m going to have to violate Godwin’s Law, or simply consider it suspended for the duration.

The comparisons are too obvious to ignore.


The comparisons of Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler seem to me to be both a case of overreach and being premature.  He hasn’t even taken office yet.

Nope.  While it’s not a perfect analogy (any analogy is an imperfect comparison between two entities), right now he looks to most closely resemble Paul von Hindenburg. Continue reading