Whenever a new year begins, I'm always optimistic that good things will happen in government, our elected officials will do their best to represent us and that the sun will come up tomorrow. One out of three isn't very good.Meet the new Republican regime, same as the old Republican regime.
A little history lesson: In 1998, Arizona voters approved the Citizens Clean Elections Act to curb the political influence by millionaires in our state. It passed by a 2-1 margin and became the model for other states to pass similar legislation. This was a shining moment in our state's history.
Members of Congress Mark Citizens United Anniversary With Reintroduction of Pro-Democracy Legislation
It was a custody case in Family Court last year, and custody cases are often contentious. But the contention usually does not come from the judge. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin Norris, who was voted out of office Tuesday, was on the bench as lawyers for a divorced mother and father made their arguments. The mother's attorney was trying to convince Norris that the father should not have unlimited access to his two daughters, but Norris had quashed the subpoena of the Child Protective Services caseworkers who were supposed to testify.