Welcome to the Farley Reports

Steve Farley believes that his duty as an elected official is to be the eyes and ears for his constituents. For all 11 years of his legislative service, he has invested several hours each Tuesday night after a hard legislative day and written an entertaining and informative inside look at how our governor and legislature have worked or not worked, where he stands on issues, and how the public can get involved.

These Farley Reports have been read regularly by thousands of Arizonans all over the state and have helped to engage the public more deeply in policymaking for the common good.



February 14th, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Happy Statehood Day, Arizona!  Let’s take a few minutes to honor the public service of Arizona’s founders who had the guts to establish a state on February 14, 1912, that put people first. Our Constitution enshrines the right to citizen initiative and referendum in Article 4, Section 1 — the section that… Read more »


February 8, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… This is my twelfth session in the legislature, and my twelfth attempt at banning driving while texting in Arizona. Yesterday afternoon, my bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Transportation Committee. Details to follow. ——— But first, the Pledge Break…   —> I am doing everything I can to be your next… Read more »


February 2, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… A lot happens in a week these days. Way too much to cover in just one report. So it’s a good thing I write these every week. Let’s get started… ——— But first, the Pledge Break… —> I am doing everything I can to be your next governor. This election offers the… Read more »


January 24, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Two weeks ago, Governor Ducey told several journalists that he wasn’t going to campaign for re-election until after the session. Last week his campaign finance filing revealed that out-of-state billionaires wrote scads of max-out checks for $5,100 each, apparently without him even asking. Their gratitude for his service to their interests seems… Read more »


January 17, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… The session rolls on into its second week and the action is ramping up. Governor Ducey released his budget last Friday and yesterday morning we were able to break it down, line by line, in a public hearing in Joint Appropriations Committee. Despite his glowing spin, it’s as bad as I predicted… Read more »


January 10, 2018

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… One thing I really don’t like is dishonesty in politics. That’s why I’ve been writing the Farley Report for the last 12 years — to get you the truth about what happens up here in policy and politics so you can engage in the legislative process and make good decisions at the… Read more »


December 13, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… One quick editorial statement: Victory in Virginia and Alabama has paved the way for victory in Arizona next year. This Farley Report will include lots of discussion of public finance. There’s even a bar chart. I am well aware that many folks tune out when numbers come up. But I believe Farley… Read more »


November 14, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… It’s been a whirlwind month of developments on the political front in Arizona. Given Governor Ducey’s track record of gutting public schools, threatening our healthcare, and swiping our gas taxes to fund more tax giveaways, we don’t really need him to continue making the case on why he needs to be replaced,… Read more »


October 10, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Over the past month, we’ve seen a number of disturbing developments that underline why we need change in Arizona. We narrowly avoided another attempt by President Trump and Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would have irreparably harmed our economy, our healthcare system, and our citizens’ well being. New numbers… Read more »


September 15, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… It’s been a crazy month since the last Farley Report. Racists marched and killed in Charlottesville, then President Trump came to Phoenix to undermine the rule of law by pardoning our own racist convicted-criminal former Sheriff. Governor Ducey responded by proclaiming his friendship for Arpaio and support for the pardon. Trump cruelly… Read more »


August 8, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… A couple of weeks ago, many of us were glued to our TV screens as we followed the US Senate vote that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. Would partisanship rule the day and eliminate a vital program that, while flawed, has expanded access to healthcare to more than a half-million… Read more »


July 11, 2017

Howdy, Friends O’Farley… Welcome to the first off-session Farley Report of 2017. It’s a doozy. Allow me to first apologize for the delay in getting this to you. On June 5th at Tucson’s historic Arizona Inn, I announced that I am running to be your governor in 2018. This first month on the campaign trail… Read more »

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