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Shirley Scott to retire from City Council next year

There'll be at least one open spot on Tucson's City Council in 2019, along with no incumbent mayor on the ballot and the possibility of other councilmembers seeking the top seat. Shirley Scott won't seek re-election after nearly a quarter-century in office.... Read more»

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Quick questions raised by McSally's appointment to Senate

Now that everyone's a winner, how will the bruising election battle figure into the public service now required of Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema?... Read more»

McSally appointed to McCain's Senate seat

Martha McSally will be a U.S. senator after all. The Republicans' losing candidate in November's election will be sent back to D.C. to the upper chamber, taking the seat formerly held by John McCain, and ever-so briefly by Jon Kyl.... Read more»

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Rothschild got Tucson to walk the line, now we could use a kick

Tucson's progress is worth noting because we've done better under Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's leadership, but the city still lags behind the rest of the country ways cities that don't want to lag. ... Read more»

Alison Jones ousts Jo Holt as Pima Dems chair by 4 votes

Activist Alison Jones won the votes of precinct committeemen Saturday, beating sitting Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jo Holt by a narrow margin.... Read more»1

Kyl resigning from Senate on Dec. 31; Ducey to appoint again

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain in September, will leave office at the end of the year, and Gov. Ducey will again appoint a Republican to the Senate.... Read more»

Video & full text: Flake's farewell Senate speech

"As we in America – during this moment of political dysfunction and upheaval - contemplate the hard-won conventions and norms of democracy, we must continually remind ourselves that none of this is permanent, and that it must be fought for constantly." — U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake... Read more»

Stanton loses congressional office sweepstakes, Kirkpatrick wins by default

Members-elect or their staffers gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building to draw numbers from an “ancient box” that would determine just how far they work from Capitol building.... Read more»

Grijalva says Interior Sec. must resign; Zinke calls Tucson Dem a drunk

Citing "multiple scandals," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva called on Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to resign Friday. The Trump official responded by tweeting that "it's hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle."... Read more»

Jesse Kelly, 2-time congressional also-ran, back on Twitter after ban

Jesse Kelly, who twice lost Tucson-area races for Congress and has sold RVs in Texas while maintaining a profile as a rightwing pundit, was booted off Twitter over the weekend, but his account was back in action Wednesday.... Read more»

Jesse Kelly, 2-time congressional also-ran, banned permanently by Twitter

Jesse Kelly, who twice lost Tucson-area races for Congress and has sold RVs in Texas while maintaining a profile as a rightwing pundit, was booted off Twitter permanently over the weekend.... Read more»

Kirk Adams resigns as Ducey staff chief, Senate speculation rampant

Kirk Adams, chief of staff for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, will leave his post next month, and the announcement set off predictions that Ducey will appoint his longtime right hand man to the U.S. Senate seat now filled by Jon Kyl.... Read more»

Analysis

Provisional ballots protect voting rights — when they are counted

Provisional ballots are a proven fail-safe for voters across the country, but their role in the political dramas playing out this week illustrates how the little-understood tool can fall prey to political manipulation. ... Read more»

Key tribal victories punctuate gerrymandering fight in Utah

Two Navajo candidates won seats on the San Juan County Board of Supervisors after the tribe fought to overturn district lines that gave white voters a lock in the county that is mostly native American. ... Read more»

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On guard: Watch out for conspiracy theories morphing into voter suppression moves

Voters need to be on guard in 2019 for the Legislature confusing contentiousness in this election with fantasies of conspiracies, and enacting laws to artificially maintain their power through voter suppression. ... Read more»

Despite record turnout, millions of eligible Arizonans don't vote

More than 64 percent of Arizona’s registered voters cast ballots in the midterm election, but millions of eligible adults did not register or vote.... Read more»

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