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Barber to hold Congress On Your Corner on Saturday

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will hold a Congress On Your Corner meet-and-greet event Saturday morning at the Northwest YMCA.... Read more»

Republican contenders for CD1 duke it out

Three Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick made their pitches to Southern Arizona voters Wednesday afternoon. Andy Tobin, Gary Kiehne, and Adam Kwasman spoke to about 200 members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club, jockeying to see who could express more dislike for Obamacare and the incumbent Democratic congresswoman.... Read more»1

Bill would limit school overrides to even-numbered years

A state lawmaker wants to require school district bond overrides to be held only in even-numbered years, saying that would provide the largest possible turnout.... Read more»

Legislative roundup

The week at the Arizona Capitol

Orr and Steele back JTED bill; lawmakers debate a repeal of election measures; animal cruelty bill heard in committee; and more.... Read more»

Sal Baldenegro seeks state Senate nod

Arizona state senators are limited to eight consecutive years in office, but a South Side political activist is setting his sights on speeding up that process. Sal Baldenegro, Jr., announced Tuesday that he’s seeking the Democratic nomination in LD 3, hoping to succeed longtime legislator Olivia Cajero Bedford, a Dem now in her second Senate term.... Read more»1

Lawmakers see little hope for action on immigration reform

Another immigration reform plan was unveiled last week by House Republican leaders, but members may be reluctant to sign on during an election year. The six-point plan unveiled last week by House Republican leaders includes calls for tougher border security, a revamped visa system and “no special path to citizenship” for immigrants who are here illegally.... Read more»

Landrum Taylor dropping Secretary of State bid

Legislator Leah Landrum Taylor is dropping her bid to become the number-two politician in Arizona, and will announce she’s ending her exploratory campaign to be the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. That will leave Terry Goddard as the sole Democrat seeking the office.... Read more»

Factcheck: Kirkpatrick a 'whistle-blower'? Not so much

An ad from a Democratic group claims that Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick “blew the whistle on the disastrous health care website.” But Kirkpatrick didn’t expose any secret wrongdoing. She merely criticized HealthCare.gov in mid-November, weeks after the site’s launch, by which time its technical issues were well known.... Read more»

Factcheck: Group attacks Barber over Obamacare

A conservative group is attacking Democratic Rep. Ron Barber with an ad that claims the Affordable Care Act “means higher costs for struggling families.” It may mean higher costs for some, but hundreds of thousands of state residents are expected to qualify for Medicaid because of the law, and others will qualify for federal subsidies to buy coverage.... Read more»

Analysis

5 major immigration laws that House passed in an election year

Over the past few months, we have seen a slew of news stories predicting what will happen with immigration reform in 2014, after the Senate passed a strong bipartisan reform bill last year, but the House failed to act. While these analyses differ in their predictions, most agree that the path from bill to law becomes more difficult in an election year.... Read more»

Hacking attempt draws congressional investigation of FEC

Two congressional leaders — one Republican and one Democrat — are calling for investigations into Federal Election Commission computer security and operational breakdowns that the Center for Public Integrity detailed in a recent report.... Read more»

Arizona Week

Could 2014 bring new political landscape to Az?

The new year brings the midterm election cycle; come November, Arizona voters will be deciding on a new governor, nine congressional seats, and a slew of statewide and legislative offices. TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith joined Lorraine Rivera, Andrea Kelly and Christopher Conover to analyze the upcoming elections on Arizona Week.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Steven Seagal is not running for governor, so stop talking about it

A throwaway comment by Steven Seagal that he thinks it might be fun to run for governor of Arizona has inspired much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among your Facebook friends. Even ostensibly serious journalists have been chasing the story, giving the bloated action movie hack more ink than any of the actual candidates have received.... Read more»5

Ducey adds to campaign treasury in governor's race

Doug Ducey, an “exploratory” candidate in the Republican gubernatorial primary race, has piled up a large campaign fund, raising over $1 million.... Read more»

Year in review: Little movement on immigration reform

The big news on the immigration front in 2013 is what didn’t happen. Advocates for reform, including the immigrant community, law enforcement, and business and faith-based leaders, hoped this was the year for a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. They argued that the anti-immigrant rhetoric on the 2012 campaign trail had energized Democrats and rattled moderate Republicans, who they hoped would take action on immigration reform for the first time since 1986.... Read more»

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