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Gov. George W.P. Hunt's 156th birthday

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nov. 1 marks the birthday of one of Arizona’s most colorful politicians: George W.P. Hunt.

In 1911, Arizona voters chose Hunt, a Democrat, as the state's first governor. He went on to win election to that office six more times – in 1914, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1926 and 1930.  

David Berman

Republic: Author finds AZ governor compelling subject

April 2015

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow and author David Berman shares why he found Arizona's first governor, George W. P. Hunt, a compelling story, and how he might react to modern state politics.

Hunt's sometimes surprising impact on Arizona is the subject of a new book by Berman, Arizona State University professor emeritus and Morrison Institute for Public Policy senior fellow.

Berman to discuss new book on Gov. Hunt on April 10

April 2015


Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow David R. Berman will talk about his new book, George Hunt: Arizona's Crusading Seven-Term Governor, at an April 10 book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. The event, co-sponsored by the Arizona Advocacy Network, will begin at 7 p.m.

Story of a remarkable AZ leader takes centerstage

Friday, March 20, 2015

Quick trivia question: Name the last Latino elected to statewide office in Arizona?

Hint: It’s been more than 40 years.

The answer, which is hardly trivial, is Raul H. Castro.

Born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico and raised in Douglas, he was elected governor in 1974.

Overcoming many obstacles – not the least of which was racial prejudice – the one-time Spanish teacher who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1939 went on to become Pima County attorney and Superior Court judge before running for governor in 1970.

Joseph Garcia

Governor’s budget sets tone for session of cuts

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February 2015
Kristin Borns

Feb. 4, 2015 / Governor Doug Ducey's inaugural budget proposal comes as the state continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession.  The budget also attempts to tackle a deficit the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting estimates at $159.6 million for the current fiscal year and potentially more than $533 million for FY2016.

Gov.-elect Ducey on Sen. Kyl: a model public servant

December 2014

Effusive in his praise of Jon Kyl, Arizona Gov.-elect Doug Ducey continues to lean on the former senator for advice and help, telling The Arizona Republic in a recent interview, "'Mentor' is not a word I would use loosely at all."

Bruce Merrill, a veteran political scientist and senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said he sees similarities between Ducey and Kyl, whose political career he followed since 1986 when Kyl was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Merrill: Governor's race is Ducey's to lose

September 2014

GOP nominee Doug Ducey is the odds-on favorite to win the governor's race but Democrat Fred DuVal should not be taken lightly despite the fact no current statewide office holder in Arizona is a Democrat, political observors told The Associated Press.

Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said:

Abolishing CPS a gamble for Gov. Brewer's legacy

January 2014

Governor Jan Brewer's surprise announcement in her State of the State address that she has signed an executive order to abolish the plagued Child Protective Services in favor of a new agency was met with mix reaction by observers, as reported in The Arizona Republic:

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