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GOP gov candidates to joust in Saddlebrooke

Eight candidates seeking the nod as the Republican candidate for Arizona governor will make their pitches to the Saddlebrooke Republican Club next week.... Read more»

Giffords brings D.C. crowd to its feet with vow she’s ‘getting better’

Gabrielle Giffords was back in Washington to present an award named in her honor to a “rising star” of Democratic politics. Arizona lawmakers at the event called Giffords “without question, our hero.”... Read more»

Playing politics with the pay gap

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not a comparison of “comparable positions.”... Read more»

Dark money group sues IRS over targeting, disclosure

Freedom Path was launched by backers of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and ran ads supporting Hatch and other Republicans in 2012. It said it suffered damages because the IRS flagged its application for extra scrutiny and disclosed its pending application to ProPublica.... Read more»

AZ Illustrated: Budget, Brewer & Obamacare

Host Jim Nintzel interviewed U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., and substitute host Michael Chihak led the week’s discussion of politics with journalists Andrea Kelly of Arizona Public Media, Mark B. Evans of Inside Tucson Business and Dylan Smith of TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

What happens when a dark money group blows off IRS rules? Nothing

To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The group spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so... Read more»

Az Congress fundraising shows incumbents' advantage

There’s nothing new to the idea that congressional incumbents have a huge advantage in fundraising, but recent campaign totals show just how difficult it can be to out-maneuver a sitting representative on the money front. Just one challenger, CD 2’s Martha McSally, raked in big bucks, with CD 3’s Gabby Mercer faring so badly that her campaign account is running in the red.... Read more»

Ex-Phx mayor again pushing top-two primaries

With independents now Arizona’s largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson says he’ll push again to establish primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party. He says the change would boost participation.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.... Read more»

Obamacare ad onslaught

It has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense.... Read more»

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

Dems tout 7 million Obamacare enrollees as GOP strategizes for fall election

News outlets report that the parties are wrestling with how to build on - or tear down - the success of the recent enrollment numbers.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely.... Read more»

What the proposed NSA reforms wouldn't do

All the NSA reform plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling ignores disclosure reality

The Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in ‘robust’ campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influence of political donations. The problem is, this relies on a faulty view of today’s reality in the 50 states.... Read more»

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