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Barber/McSally: All over but the re-recounting

Pima and Cochise counties have finished the machine recount in the race between U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and likely winner Martha McSally, but there won't be any results released until next week. First, a hand recount of random ballots will be performed Monday, and used to verify the accuracy of the machine count.... Read more»

McSally poised for Armed Services, Homeland Security seats

If the ongoing recount holds up, Martha McSally will be stepping into U.S. Ron Barber's shoes in more than one way: she's set to be seated on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.... Read more»1

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it's hard to peek into so-called 'dark money' groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes 'social good.' But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Public has dark opinion of dark money in elections

Dark money spending reached record levels this fall, with little sign of abating, even as polls showed overwhelming numbers of Americans troubled by the practice. In one poll, 80 percent of voters said they were worried that donors were "abusing" the system for their own gain.... Read more»

Arizona cited as ‘special place’ for dark-money operations

Dark money in politics is an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.” The state, because of its laws or its culture, has become ground zero for a growing number of politically active tax-exempt organizations.... Read more»

City seeks residents to recommend mayor, City Council salaries

The City of Tucson is seeking applicants for a panel that will review and recommend salaries for the mayor and members of the city council, according to a Friday press release.... Read more»

Gabby Giffords still raising money for Barber campaign

While state officials put their stamp of approval on the results of the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally on Monday, triggering an automatic recount, a Tuesday fundraising pitch sent in the name of Gabby Giffords points to continuing campaign moves from the incumbent Democrat. ... Read more»1

Election canvass triggers Az's first-ever congressional recount

The official general election canvass certified Monday shows U.S. Rep. Ron Barber trailing Republican Martha McSally by 161 votes. A margin less than 200 votes triggers a recount.... Read more»

Judge nixes Barber request to count more CD2 ballots

A federal judge ruled Thursday that an additional 133 ballots won't be added to the count in the congressional race between Rep. Ron Barber and Martha McSally. Barber, trailing 161 votes in the final tally, will now pin his hopes for re-election on a mandatory recount set to begin next week.... Read more»2

Phoenix falls off list for 2016 Democratic convention

Arizona's capital has been pulled from the list of cities under consideration to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Still on the list are New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.... Read more»

Barber sues to add more ballots to CD 2 vote count

Attorneys for Ron Barber filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning, alleging that ballots in Arizona's CD 2 race were improperly rejected. Last week, Barber asked county and state officials to delay the canvass of the election and include more votes. The Democrat trails challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and has claimed between 133 and 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»1

Barber presses SoS on uncounted ballots

Attorneys for Ron Barber wrote to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, asking him to delay the statewide election canvass. Both Pima and Cochise counties declined Barber's requests to review more ballots. The Democrat trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and claims 167 ballots should be added to the count. ... Read more»

Cochise rejects Barber call to delay canvass, count more ballots

Cochise County joined a move by Pima County earlier in the week, rejecting a request Thursday by Rep. Ron Barber to delay a vote to approve the canvass of the election, a move that would give the Democrat more time to make a case for adding some rejected ballots to the count.... Read more»1

Campaign signs should already be gone

With Wednesday's deadline to pull up stakes on campaign signs having passed, there shouldn't be any more election messages attracting your attention as you drive across town. City and county workers will remove left-over signs if they're reported.... Read more»

Analysis

How deferred action improved lives of undocumented youth

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has had an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people and their families, but more needs to be done. ... Read more»

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