Here they are: The Farley Reports!

These are the archived issues of the Farley Report, an inside view on what's really going on at the Arizona Legislature, written by Steve Farley each Tuesday during session, and each month during off session. You can subscribe directly by signing up and entering your email address on this website.

The latest Report is at the top, and following are the editions back in time to the report for January 2011.

The Farley Report from Phoenix #208: 4-22-14

The final days drag on with zombie bills coming out of the woodwork as we head toward permanent adjournment Sine Die as early as tomorrow night. But believe it or not, there is actually much to feel happy about -- we are killing bad bills on the floor,and the Governor is killing some of the bad bills we couldn't stop in the Legislature. Read on for some good news for once, after the Farley Pledge Break:

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #207: 4-15-14

I had high hopes that this would be the last weekly Farley Report of the 51st Legislature, given the well-sourced rumors that we would adjourn Sine Die tomorrow. The word is now that we will be here at minimum another week, maybe two, to leave more room for mischief. Now that the budget is signed (less a few line items vetoed), it's full speed ahead for hundreds of bills, with quite a few land mines hidden among them. These are dangerous times, but I am on the lookout on your behalf!

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #206: 4-8-14

The budget is finally done and is awaiting the Governor's signature now. After three iterations, this package of bills still fails Arizona's children, drivers, schools, universities, economy, and future. And if you thought last week's floor quote about "raw power" from Senate President Andy Biggs was bad, wait until you read what his seatmate (and possible future Speaker) Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Mesa) had to say last night on the House floor.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #205: 4-1-14

I wish this was an April Fools joke, but sadly it's not. During budget debate this morning after refusing our amendments to eliminate the 6,600-child waitlist for childcare subsidies, invest in our universities and K-12 schools, and stop the diversion of gas tax funds to non-transportation uses, Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) defended his budget by stating on the floor, 

"Government is raw power. Government does not have compassion or empathy." 

I took him to task, passionately. That's not the government most Arizonans want, and not the government any of us deserve.  More after the Farley Pledge Break: 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #204: 3-25-14

What a difference a week makes. Late Wednesday night, Governor Brewer came to an agreement to support President Biggs' formerly untenable budget with a few changes, and we banged those bills through the Senate on Thursday. Publicly, the Speaker and the Governor are saying they are not yet completely in agreement with the President, but I heard behind the scenes that this is a done deal, and we may be done with session in a couple of weeks. Then again, a highly placed Republican leader told me last night that if the House makes changes, we may be here through June. Meanwhile in the Senate we are doing no work this week except waiting. The plot thickens and the details are after the Farley Pledge Break:

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #203: 3-18-14

This is the last week of committee hearings so this place is slammed! Yesterday my Government & Environment committee heard 14 bills, and that committee meets again on Thursday to hear another 19. Transportation hears 7 today, and Finance hears 22 tomorrow. That's 62 bills in one week in committees alone. So whaddaya know -- this is the week that Senate President Biggs chose to throw his proposed budget on the floor for a final vote on Thursday. Chaos reigns, and I will be your tour guide after the Farley Pledge Break:

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #202: 3-11-14

I apologize to those of you who missed your regular Farley Report last Tuesday -- I struggled mightily with a nasty virus last week and struggled just to stand upright and make floor votes until I finally retreated to my sick bed on Thursday. I am now on the mend, just in time -- bills are being pumped through both chambers at a massive rate in order to keep alive as many members' bills as possible as we head into the dramatic final chapter of this year's legislative session. Committees end next week!

After the break, I'll regale you with the tale of a victory over the conspiracy theorists on education, the strange story of how a bipartisan vote eliminated the Department of Environmental Quality (for a week), the latest attacks on women's reproductive rights by CAP doyenne Cathi Herrod, and how energy efficiency and housing affordability are under threat. Plus, yours truly on C-Span! 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #201: 2-24-14

The day after I sent out the last Farley Report, an Arizona bill starting with "SB10" once again put our state on an international stage in a negative light. This week I will share with you the inside story of the hurtful, regressive SB1062 -- what it says, what the proponents say, what it would really do, how it got here, how the floor action proceeded, how we have been damaged already, and the reaction. And I will tell you how you can contact the Governor and urge that she veto the bill ASAP. 

Feel free to pass this briefing to everyone you know around the country to help us stop this bill. I'm sending this report a day early due to the urgent need for action. Please go to my Facebook page for late breaking updates. The governor has until Friday to veto or sign, but I'm hoping she vetoes early to stop the bleeding.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #200: 2-18-14

Welcome to the Bicentennial Farley Report! Yes, I've written this long, wonkish insider email to you 200 times now, and I am grateful you are not tired of me yet.

The last two days have felt like two weeks as we started the final week of hearing Senate bills in the Senate. Three of my bills are progressing in their original form, others are moving in different forms, and I've got some hot committee and other action to report on as well.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #199: 2-11-14

Howdy, Friends O'Farley… 

The action is swirling at all levels in the Legislature now that all bills have been dropped -- 525 in the Senate and 758 in the House. Committees are bursting at the seams with long agendas, and we are starting to plow through votes on the floor. Closed-door small group meetings are being held among Republicans about the budget, and hope is in the air for an early end to session sometime in April. On Monday, in Senate Government and Environment Committee, we heard 16 bills for more than four hours, including a couple of doozies I'll talk about later. 

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Arizona State Senator Steve Farley
Arizona State Senator Steve Farley