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Steve Yarbrough joins Weiers and Adams in contest to be Speaker

September 12th, 2008
Arizona Capital Times has a lengthy article detailing the contest for Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. Kirk Adams of District 19 in Mesa has long been interested in being Speaker. He has a pretty conservative record and is running for the speakership on a platform making the house a more effective branch of government. The Capital Times outlines some of his changes here:

To reverse the course that has seen Democratic budgets two years in a row, he is proposing placing policy above politics, decentralizing power from the speaker’s office and utilizing the resources within the caucus. Relying on the status quo, he said, won’t make the Republican-controlled House a co-equal branch of government.

Current Speaker, Jim Weiers, is from District 10 in NW Phoenix. His platform is simple. He has the experience. Here is what he told the Capital Times:

That experience will be even more paramount, Weiers said, given that legislators are staring into the face of a third consecutive budget deficit, and possibly another one in the following year. He touted his experience in addressing shortfalls, dating back to his first stint as speaker when lawmakers faced budget crunch after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Steve Yarbrough of Chandler/Queen Creek District 21 is running on a similar sounding platform as Adams. According to house rules the two top vote getters will face off against each other so it is not possible for Weiers to know off the two competitors in a single ballot where the reformers split the vote.

If Weiers loses his bid for another term, he will be denied a truly conservative Republican caucus (if the Republicans succeed in holding most of their seats and keeping the majority.) Given the budgets of the last few years and the influx of new candidates in the house, the Republicans may vote for something different.

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Zerull now ahead by 50 votes

September 7th, 2008
There are updated numbers for the nail biter in District 26 as of Sunday, September 7 at 4:22 pm. Marilyn Zerull is now winning the second place slot by 50 votes over her fellow Republican Trent Humphries. All of the updates since the initial numbers on election night have gone here way. It looks like Marilyn will join Vic Williams on the Republican ticket for District 26 house.

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The Arizona Right Report tonight

September 7th, 2008
The Arizona Right Report will be on this Sunday from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Listen at KFNX 1100 am or stream live over the internet at The Arizona Right Report web site.

Tonight’s lineup focuses on the state legislature. Guests scheduled for Sunday, September 7th are:

Representative John McComish, LD 20
Senate candidate Al Melvin, LD 26
House candidate Frank Antenori, LD 30
House candidate Steve Montenegro, LD 12
Representative Jerry Weiers, LD 12
House candidate Jeff Dial, LD 20

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Zerull now ahead of Humphries

September 5th, 2008
Update – The Arizona Daily Star covers the story. Their figures are slightly out of date, as Zerull is now 42 votes ahead of Humphries.

Update – According to the latest numbers posted at azsos.gov as of Friday 9:01 pm, Zerull is now 42 votes ahead of Humphries for the second slot.

Sonoran Alliance is reporting that Marilyn Zerull is now 10 votes ahead of Trent Humphries in the District 26 Republican house primary.

At this time there does not appear to be any other changes out of Southern Arizona. Al Melvin is currently ahead of Pete Hershberger by 1,121 in the District 26 Senate primary. In District 30 Republican Frank Antenori has pulled further ahead of Doug Sposito and is now in second place by 458 votes.

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