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Wall Street's Tea Party

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Governor Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays on religious grounds is only the latest example of the tension between the corporate and fundamentalist right. She acted because business elites feared that the measure would be bad for the state's economy.The alliance between the fundamentalist far right and the business elite was always a bizarre marriage of convenience. The Wall Street gang tends to be relatively liberal on social and lifestyle issues, the very issues where the conservative base detests godless liberals. Many Tea Party Republicans, meanwhile, embody a kind of rightwing economic populism that doesn't have much use for investment bankers.

More Big Money In Politics Awaits GOP Gov's Signature

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

Politicians running for office in Arizona could soon be able to raise far more money from donors if a bill passed by the state legislature is signed i...

Arizona Bill Could 'Shut Down Every Government Service'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

Opponents of an Arizona bill to ban implementation of the United Nations sustainability program known as Agenda 21 contend the legislation now moving ...

State Republicans Defy Jindal's Plea To Stop Being 'Stupid'

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX — One Republican proposal would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws. Another would require that hospitals check the citizenship o...

Arizona Immigration Law Godfather Eyes Political Comeback

AP | PAUL DAVENPORT | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

PHOENIX — The ousted state senator who championed Arizona's illegal immigration law says he has no regrets but that he'd like voters to give him...

Arizona Lawmaker: 'Tea Party And Conspiracy Theorists' Run Our State

Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

Arizona Democratic House Minority Leader Chad Campbell vented some frustration about the legislative dealings of his state this week, saying that they...

State Lawmaker Accused Of Offering Trading Sex For Vote

Arizona Republic | Alia Beard Rau | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

Tucson Rep. Daniel Patterson will keep his House seat, at least for another week or so....

Arthur Delaney

Businesses Stick Up For The Jobless -- Against Lawmakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

Arizona's business community has mobilized against an effort in the state legislature to make jobless Arizonans pee in cups in order to receive unempl...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Explains Why Women Should Be Required To Watch Abortion

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Arizona said Tuesday that she thinks abortion providers are dishonest with women about the procedure and that is why she emai...

John Celock

GOP Legislator Says Women Should Watch Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Arizona reportedly wrote an email to a constituent saying that women should witness an abortion before having an abor...

Arthur Delaney

OOPS! Jobless Drug Test Bill Would Trigger Huge Tax Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress told states in February that they could make unemployed people pass drug tests in order to qualify for benefits. Arizona lawmak...

John Celock

Arizona Senate Passes Abortion Bill That Would Protect Doctors Against Lawsuits

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

The Arizona Senate passed a bill Tuesday that will prohibit medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors who withhold information from a woman that co...

Arthur Delaney

First State Advances Jobless Drug Tests After Congress' Green Light

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

The Arizona State Senate approved a bill this week to require people laid off through no fault of their own to prove they're not on drugs in order to ...

John Celock

Arizona House Approves Loaded Guns In School Zones

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Arizona House of Representatives has voted to repeal the state's gun-free school zone laws, setting up a potential battle th...

John Celock

Lawmakers Propose ALEC Accountability Act In Arizona And Wisconsin

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin have introduced state legislation seeking public disclosure of who funds the conservative group known as...

John Celock

Jan Brewer Could Face Wisconsin-Style Measures

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Arizona could become the next Wisconsin as plans for protests, Capitol sit-ins and a potential effort to recall the governor get underway in an effort...

John Celock

Jan Brewer's Math Questioned By Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to buy back the state capitol complex that she sold in 2009 has been met with swift opposition from Democrats in the st...

John Celock

Money For Recalled State Official Raises Legal Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

The possibility of state reimbursement for the recalled Arizona Senate president has raised a series of legal questions, as Democrats gear up for the ...

John Celock

Democrats Criticize Arizona Governor's Out-Of-State Travel

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Legislative Democrats in Arizona are criticizing Gov. Jan Brewer for leaving the state shortly after calling the state Senate into special session to ...

Jordan Howard

Jan Brewer Argues Arizona Redistricting Maps Too Competitive

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

UPDATE: The Arizona Senate voted 21-6 Tuesday to remove Colleen Coyle Mathis from her position as chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting ...

Laura Gottesdiener

Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

2012 presidential candidates could have one more challenge to getting their name on the ballot: proving to Arizona’s secretary of state that they ar...

Arizona Legislators Leave Door Open For Cubs Spring Training Departure

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MESA, Ariz. — Mesa's status as the Chicago Cubs spring training home is in jeopardy now that the Arizona Legislature has adjourned without passi...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Create Jobs and Secure our Future

Reshma Saujani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reshma Saujani

James Madison once wrote, "America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged immigratio...

AZ Legislature Might Ask For Donations

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

Arizona is in trouble. Facing a $2.2 billion deficit, the state has the second worst fiscal problems in the country (tied with Rhode Island behind California) according to a November Pew Center study.

Arizona Lawmaker Rants on House Floor About Bisexual School Principals in Charge of Restrooms

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Barnes is not alone in embarrassing Arizonans this year. Governor Jan Brewer (R) called the capitol a "hell hole."