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Crony capitalism occurs when government and the private sector scratch each other’s back. But that isn’t capitalism at all — rather its opposite.
Sen. Patty Murray is an unashamed spender and taxer. She’s never seen a government outlay she didn’t like and she was in high spirits over the “bipartisan” budget deal she crafted with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. The deal helps “bring some respect to the word compromise,” she crowed.
A small group of elected officials in Congress is currently leading the effort to find common ground on a budget proposal to avoid a repeat of the federal government shutdown and prevent sequestration in the coming years. Those are goals many Americans support. But how we get there could have devastating effects right here in Arizona.
Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain fielded questions and comments — both positive and negative in nature — about the Affordable Care Act and addressed other issues at a town hall event in Mesa on Nov. 25.
Sick of government shutdowns, gridlock and Healthcare.gov? The Capitol Steps have the cure. Famous for putting the ‘mock’ in democracy, D.C.’s singing comedians return for their annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Scottsdale.
PHOENIX — The state's jobless dropped last month — but just a bit — indicating that Arizona's recovery is languishing.
"America's Orchestra" plays much-anticipated concert at Hohokam Stadium.
PHOENIX — There will finally be as many people working in Arizona at the end of next year as there were employed here in 2005. But a new report Thursday shows it will take perhaps three more years for the state to hit its pre-recession employment peak.
Is America’s center rising again? It certainly seems that way.
John McCain is still seething about the government shutdown and those darn conservative upstarts who caused it. For no good reason, the lives of thousands were interrupted in “real and painful” ways.
By the time you’re reading this, our little friends in Congress will have either settled their political hash and come up with a budget and gotten the government back to work or we’ll all be huddled around a trash can fire in a desolated parking lot, fighting for road kill in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society.
NEW YORK — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who's always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown?
The opening bell rang as the iconic “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays played and 350 high school students all at once began yelling while gesturing and scrawling down notes from reports.
PHOENIX — A new poll suggests that Arizona voters insist they're mad as hell and are ready to throw the current crop of bums out of Congress. But it remains to be seen whether the anger at government dysfunction carries through to next year's general election — and whether voters find the alternatives they are offered are any better.
FILE - In this Wed., Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, Tea party conservatives Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, walk to a meeting as the Senate prepares to vote on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington. In May, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., called Sen. Cruz, a “schoolyard bully." Cruz responded: “The Senate is not a schoolyard setting.” He added: “Speaking the truth ... is not bullying.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
After plenty of haggling, and a fair amount of political theater, Congress reached a last-minute agreement to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown. Most people would agree that a fully functioning government that can pay its bills on time is a positive thing — and it’s certainly good news for investors, because a default on the part of the U.S. government could have had serious repercussions in the financial markets. But what’s next?
PHOENIX — The state has gotten back some of the funds it sent to Washington to keep the Grand Canyon open during the federal shutdown.
Oh, the “weeping and gnashing of teeth” going on in conservative circles and right-wing think tanks after their embarrassing loss of face during the recent installment of “right-wing conservatives Shutter the U.S. Government” Once Again!
PHOENIX — Federal workers who got time off with pay during the government shutdown won't be double dipping, at least not in Arizona.
“Why does the self-proclaimed “toughest Sheriff in America” need 24-hour, seven-days-a-week bodyguard protection at taxpayer expense?”
The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will use state money to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open an additional nine days.
No matter how the latest D.C. follies end, one thing’s clear:
When this government shutdown is over, and Congress gets back to work, I hope they look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what exactly was accomplished.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally in front of the WWII Memorial Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Washington as Senate leaders have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. The memorial has been closed due to the government shutdown. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)