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FactCheck: Ted Cruz distorts NASA’s mission, budget

During his critique of NASA’s spending on earth and atmospheric sciences at a recent committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz made some misleading claims regarding the agency’s budgets and the science that it conducts.... Read more»

Hillary Clinton’s top five clashes over secrecy

The latest flap over her private emails as secretary of state is far from the first time she’s been accused of lacking transparency. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

School's out completely

Whatever the final numbers, the outlook for education in Arizona is grim. Blame the Kookocracy. Blame the governor, wealthy Republican Douglas A. Roscoe Jr. aka "Doug Ducey." Or credit them. A majority of Arizonans voted them in.... Read more»

Ted Cruz: Heavy on border rhetoric, light on visits

As he feels out a possible presidential bid, Ted Cruz has made border security and immigration his calling cards. But Texas' first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to border in the last two years. By comparison, his colleague John Cornyn has made 13.... Read more»1

ASU Foundation links utility funds to anti-solar push

The nonprofit fundraising arm of Arizona State University gave $100,000 to a shadowy political group that spent at least $2.4 million on TV ads attacking state candidates who sided with the solar industry during last year's election.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton’s email and the privacy 'privilege'

Hillary Clinton says neither the federal government nor an independent third party has the right to review emails she sent as secretary of state if she deems them personal. That’s inaccurate.... Read more»

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FactCheck: Obama on Clinton’s emails

President Obama said he first learned “through news reports” that Hillary Clinton used a private email system when she was his secretary of state. But it turns out he did know she used a private email address, at least for some official business.... Read more»

High court grills both sides in Arizona redistricting case

Supreme Court justices grilled both sides in the Arizona Legislature's challenge of a voter-approved redistricting commission. Opponents say the Constitution give the job of redistricting to lawmakers, but some justices argued that ultimate legislative power belongs to voters.... Read more»4

Az lawmaker seeks to create office of lieutenant governor

A state lawmaker wants to create the office of lieutenant governor to add more continuity if the governor's office becomes vacant. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, says frequent turnover in the governor's office is behind his legislation seeking the change. ... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Elections switch, underage drinkers, service dogs

The Legislature didn’t take Monday off for Presidents Day and worked through Arizona’s post-birthday week as drama continued over the “firing” of two top Board of Education officials. ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Require daily early ballot reports from rural counties

Pima and Maricopa counties must maintain daily updated lists of those who have turned in early ballots if requested by state or county party chairpersons.Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, wants to expand that requirement to all counties, saying it can be difficult to obtain early ballot information in a timely manner from election officials in rural Arizona.... Read more»1

Comic: Politicomix

Independence Day

The number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. But how "independent" are non-party voters?... Read more»

Independents pick up 43K registered voters in Arizona

The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

Four-year terms proposed for state legislators

One state senator wants to ask voters to promote more harmony at the Capitol and have more knowledgeable legislators — by lengthening the terms of those they elect. ... Read more»1

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