8:05 AM, Jan 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama's brief trip to Phoenix Thursday included an off-schedule trip to a housing development and a policy speech at a local high school. But, as NBC affiliate KPNX noted in its report, the president's motorcade drove past the campus of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, which became "ground zero" for a nationwide scandal after reports that at least 35 veterans died while waiting to receive care.
"When he did come by the VA, he did a drive-by," says KPNX reporter William Pitts said. "And a lot of critics are saying the changes at the VA—they're a drive-by, too." Watch the video below, which includes an interview with a veteran with liver cancer who says he has not received proper care from the Phoenix VA hospital:
The White House confirmed earlier this week that President Obama would not stop by the hospital, despite the fact the hospital was just a 5-minute drive from the school at which Obama spoke.
12:44 PM, Jan 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Obama is in Phoenix Thursday, and his motorcade drove past that city's Veterans Affairs hospital without stopping. Politico's White House correspondent reports:
12:42 PM, Dec 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest fundraising email for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was sent out this afternoon by Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in the head in 2011.
"I need your urgent support," Giffords writes.
"There’s only one House race in the entire country that remains too-close-to-call.
"It’s the same Southern Arizona district I represented when I was in Congress.
"Ron Barber is a good friend and a good Congressman. Right now his race is within 0.07% -- or a 161 vote margin.
10:25 AM, Oct 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Fred DuVal of Arizona has made his business experience and knowledge a centerpiece of his campaign for governor. But it appears that either DuVal or a company he co-owns—or both—is in violation of Arizona corporate law.
1:46 PM, Oct 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the Arizona governor's race commissioned by a conservative group called American Encore has found Republican Doug Ducey leading Democrat Fred DuVal in what remains a tight race for the open seat. Forty-six percent of likely voters said they support Ducey, compared to 37 percent for DuVal.
9:27 AM, Oct 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
After finishing the season ranked #29 last year, the Arizona Wildcats — hot off their upset win at Oregon — have claimed the top spot in the inaugural 2014 Anderson & Hester Rankings. The second and fourth spots are held by two schools from Mississippi — #2 Mississippi and #4 Mississippi State — that went a combined 15-11 last year. Sandwiched in between are the Auburn Tigers, who came within 14 seconds of winning last season’s national championship. TCU, which went 4-8 last year, rounds out the top-5.
4:44 PM, Sep 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arizona Republicans are in a tough fight to keep the governor's mansion. Their candidate, state treasurer Doug Ducey, is effectively tied with Democrat Fred DuVal. Since voters in the state generally lean toward the GOP, DuVal has cast himself as a moderate outsider, a businessman who seeks answers—and gets endorsements—from both parties.
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, things reached a fever pitch in Arizona as legislators tried to clarify existing religious liberty protections in state law in light of incidents, in which Christian business owners have been sanctioned for refusing to participate in gay weddings. The bill in question was immediately assailed as “antigay” by journalists we can confidently say cared nothing about how religious freedom laws work.
Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook has devoted plenty of column inches over the years to detailing the incestuous relationship between public employers and public employee unions. Every election cycle, union dues—paid with taxpayer dollars—go to Democratic politicians, who, when in office, thank their donors with immutable contracts containing generous wages and benefits. It’s truly a vicious circle. But even we were surprised when we found out just how directly money was being funneled from public coffers to private pockets through union contracts.
5:04 PM, Jun 18, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
At least for now (although a statewide referendum may be pending), Arizona governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has succeeded in her efforts to implement a key part of Obamacare in her state.
4:52 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jon Kyl, the Republican senator from Arizona, delivered his farewell address to the Senate Wednesday afternoon. Kyl is retiring at the end of this term after 18 years in the Senate and 8 years in the House of Representatives. Read his speech below:
5:15 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake of Arizona, which features Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, prompted a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to call the spot a "hostage video."
Matt Canter, the communications director for the DSCC, wrote the following on Twitter:
“[H]e specifically asked about a house and a car,” Kyl explains.1:20 AM, Oct 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, retiring Republican senator Jon Kyl raised some possible reasons why Democrat Richard Carmona, one of candidates vying to win the Arizona Senate seat Kyl is vacating, might be seeking public office. If a past interaction Kyl had with Carmona reveals a motive for the present, it is that the Democrat is seeking the Senate seat for the "perks of the office."
"Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate."11:07 AM, Oct 11, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The U.S. Senate race in Arizona to replace retiring Republican Jon Kyl was supposed to be an easy hold for the GOP. But the last several polls have shown the race is tightening between the Republican candidate, Congressman Jeff Flake, and his Democratic opponent, Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general under George W. Bush. One poll from last week even showed Carmona two points ahead of Flake, which was surprising since Flake led Carmona by double digits as recently as June.