Sonny Borrelli's DUI Bill Targets Medical-Cannabis Users With "Inactive" Metabolites

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A few Republican lawmakers are trying to sneak past the Voter Protection Act with a draconian DUI bill that targets the state's medical-marijuana users.

State Representative Sonny Borrelli, R-Kingman, is the prime sponsor of HB 2273, a bill that could result in DUI convictions for medical-cannabis users who aren't impaired while driving.

Borrelli's bill would reverse an Arizona Supreme Court ruling in April 2014 that prohibits DUI convictions based solely on the presence in the bloodstream of a marijuana compound known to be incapable of causing impairment.

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Democratic Arizona Lawmaker Albert Hale Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Arizona Representative Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels, was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of DUI.
Democratic Arizona lawmaker and former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of DUI.

The state Department of Public Safety, which made the arrest, declined comment. The Navajo County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Hale, 64, was booked into jail in Holbrook and later released.

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Scott Bundgaard Drops $10M Lawsuit Against City of Phoenix and David Leibowitz

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Former Arizona lawmaker Scott Bundgaard has dropped the $10 million lawsuit he filed against the city of Phoenix following his 2011 fight with an ex-girlfriend.

In a statement released to New Times and other media outlets, Bundgaard says that dropping the lawsuit without being awarded a dime is, somehow, "vindication."

That prompted his nemesis, PR man and former mayoral spokesman David Leibowitz, to send out his own statement today blasting Bundgaard as an exaggerator.

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Lobbyist Cathi Herrod Gets Special Access at the Capitol, According to a Former Lawmaker

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Well before the controversy over Senate Bill 1062, there were complaints that Center for Arizona Policy lobbyist Cathi Herrod's power at the Capitol essentially made her an unelected lawmaker.

In recent weeks, activists have protested at Herrod's office, complaining that it certainly appears that Herrod, an unelected lobbyist, has too much power. According to a former lawmaker, that's how it appears behind the scenes, too.

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Political, Business Leaders, Gay-Rights Activists Call On Governor To Veto "Religious Freedom" Bill

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The clock is ticking ... and many are waiting to see whether Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will sign into law the so-called "Religious Freedom" bill.

The measure, SB 1062, aims to give expanded protection to business owners who refuse to provide goods or services in situations or to individuals that offend their religious beliefs.

But it's clear, based on how proponents themselves have framed the issue, that the bill is designed to protect "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church or other business organization" should they discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Members of the gay community, their friends and allies, are meeting up at 4 p.m. today at the Arizona Capitol for a rally, urging Brewer to veto the bill.

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Rick Renzi, Former Arizona Congressman, Gets Three Years in Prison for Fraud, Corruption

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Former Arizona U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi was sentenced today to three years in prison following his June conviction on fraud and corruption charges.

The sentence was a long time coming in this classic case of congressional corruption, but Renzi, a Republican, will finally be doing some hard time. New Times was the first to expose Renzi's disgusting dealings in a 2006 article that preceded his 2008 indictment.

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Republican Legislator Bob Thorpe Concerned About Black Issues (and Not in a Good Way)


The legislature's not in session at the moment, but that apparently doesn't mean the nutty legislators go back to normal during this off-season.

Take Republican Representative Bob Thorpe, who seems very concerned about issues involving black people in this country -- and not in a good way.

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Doris Goodale "Can't Explain" Opposition to Colorado City Bill, Fellow Lawmaker Says

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Republican state Representative Doris Goodale "can't explain" her opposition to the bill that was proposed to disband the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City, the bill's sponsor tells New Times.

Despite county, state, and federal authorities claiming misconduct in the police force there, Goodale continues to defend it, while refusing to explain her defense to New Times. Now, Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti tells us she doesn't understand why Goodale opposes it, either.

See also:
-Doris Goodale Won't Explain Defense of Colorado City's Allegedly Corrupt Cops

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Doris Goodale Won't Explain Her Defense of Colorado City's Allegedly Corrupt Police Force

Representative Doris Goodale.
For the second straight year, Republican Representative Doris Goodale strongly opposed legislation that would disband the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City, which is in her district.

Despite county, state, and federal authorities claiming misconduct in the police force there, Goodale continues to defend it, and she's refused to explain her defense to New Times.

See also:
-Bill to Get Rid of FLDS-Lovin' Cops in Colorado City Gets Neutered

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Daniel Patterson, Disgraced Ex-Legislator, Already Talking About Getting Back in Office

Stephen Lemons
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Former Democratic state Representative Daniel Patterson, who resigned from the House last year before a vote on his expulsion could take place, already is talking about getting back into office.

Patterson's not talking about a 2014 run but rather filling a potential vacancy in the near future.

See also:
-Daniel Patterson Calls it Quits, Resigns From House
-Ethics Investigators: Daniel Patterson Is Rude, Has Tried to Trade Favors for Votes, Violated Court Orders, and Has Got to Go

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