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Obama action on immigration could benefit Texas economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas’ agricultural, construction and service industries.... Read more»

Judge denies McSally move, says to continue counting Pima ballots

A request by GOP candidate Martha McSally for a restraining order to halt the count of provisional ballots in Pima County was denied by a judge Monday. McSally, up just 341 votes, has had her lead slowly eroded as additional ballots have been tallied in her challenge to U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»6

Update: Barber picks up votes, McSally still up by 341

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 341 votes Sunday, as Pima County released new numbers just after 4 p.m. Barber picked up 168 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, and McSally threatened a lawsuit as she challenged the process of reviewing provisional ballots.... Read more»

McSally threatens suit to stop provisional count

Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally’s lawyers said Sunday they may go to court to halt the processing of provisional ballots, saying they are challenging the validity of provisional ballot forms that were not signed by elections officials. The GOP challenger leads Rep. Ron Barber by 509 votes, but there are thousands of Pima County ballots left to tabulate.... Read more»

Ad war winners take governors' mansions

Nearly all of the governors elected Tuesday dominated the airwaves in TV ads before voters went to the polls, bolstered by their campaign war chests and outside groups that advertised on their behalf. In Arizona, former ice cream exec Doug Ducey was buttressed by roughly $4 million in ads sponsored by outside actors, which added to the $5.7 million worth of airtime bought by his campaign.... Read more»

No new count in Barber-McSally race until Monday

There’ll be no new totals of the vote count in Southern Arizona’s congressional race until Monday. In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Other close local races also hang in the balance.... Read more»

Online fans didn’t equal automatic votes for Az candidates

If Facebook friends were votes, Fred DuVal would be the next governor of Arizona. But DuVal, a Democrat with 30,425 fans of his social media site on Election Day, was defeated easily Tuesday by Republican Doug Ducey and his comparatively small 18,866 Facebook fans on that day.... Read more»

Thank goodness that’s over: Campaign ads, cash left voters with ‘election fatigue’

Buffeted by torrents of negative advertising, flummoxed by the lack of transparency about funding for those ads and generally angry with politicians themselves, that “election fatigue” among voters this year was palpable. Just over a third of registered Arizona voters cast ballots this fall.... Read more»

Update: McSally-Barber count favoring challenger by 509

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Barber picked up 455 votes in the spread as Pima County reported additional votes Friday night, but the count moved in McSally’s favor as Cochise County tallied another 1,000 votes.... Read more»3

Republican governors' victories make Medicaid expansion unlikely in 5 states

Tuesday’s re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.... Read more»1

Pima counting 14k ballots, no update until Fri. evening

Stare as long as you want at our live vote tracker, but there won’t be an update of Pima County’s ballot count until round 5:30 p.m., officials said. “Several thousand” of the 14,000 outstanding ballots were expected to be tallied Friday, with another 10,000 provisional ballots being reviewed.... Read more»2

Even before swearing-in, Gallego takes long view of career in Congress

When the primaries ended in August, most candidates turned their attention to this week’s general election, but Ruben Gallego was looking farther down the road. Much farther. At a September fundraising event, Gallego told donors that he plans to spend the next 25 to 30 years in the House, all but ruling out a future run for the Senate.... Read more»

Analysis

Race and Beyond: Why young, minority, and low-income citizens don’t vote

On Tuesday, voters across the United States cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. As with any election, there are winners and losers. But, dear reader, this column offers neither post-election analysis nor after-the-fact second-guessing–well, at least, not in the well-worn, traditional sense. Instead, I want to use the occasion of Election Day to share an insight into the sad fundamentals of electoral democracy.... Read more»1

Analysis

Political consequences of the Great Recession: Why did the GOP do so well in 2014?

Deep voter pessimism and a lack of an economic agenda from Democrats, not just structural obstacles, drove GOP gains in 2014.... Read more»

What went wrong with Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched in January 2013 with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into — at minimum — a purple state where Democrats could compete. But nearly two years later, on the day after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever.... Read more»

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