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Arizona voting rights advocates see little change, but hope for future

Arizona may have made headlines in 2016 when voters had to wait hours in the sun just to vote in the presidential preference election, but advocates in the state said problems with voting are nothing new to them.... Read more»3

Az's Reagan hopes other election officials learn from her tumultuous year

It was a rough year for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who told a national group Friday that after learning the hard way how to deal with election issues, she hoped her experience would keep them from going through the same turmoil. ... Read more»

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Last act for Sanchez at TUSD?

Contract or no contract, TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez has less than a week to improve the information flow with the school board majority or he has no business staying. Newcomer Rachael Sedgwick remains steadfast in her determination to make a change at the top of Tucson's largest district.... Read more»6

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Trump's voter fraud probe could be used to justify voting restrictions

President Trump's plans to investigate the possibility of voter fraud in the 2016 election could pave the way for tough voting rules including stringent ID requirements that Democrats and rights groups say would amount to a new assault on voting rights. ... Read more»

State Election director denies demanding voters be purged

A top staffer at the Arizona Secretary of State Office denied accusations made by county recorders earlier this week that the office ordered voter registrations to be cancelled without proper documentation.... Read more»

Election officials: If there was vote fraud, it wasn’t in Arizona

Arizona lawmakers defended themselves and the state this week against President Donald Trump’s charges that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in November, saying they had seen no evidence of illegal voters in Arizona.... Read more»

Trump seeks 20 percent tax on Mexican imports

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump wants a new 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, deepening a crisis after a planned summit between the two countries' leaders fell through. ... Read more»

County recorders: Sec State's office not justifying demands to purge voters

Arizona’s 15 county recorders sent a letter to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, saying communication with her office is “in a dire state” because Election Director Eric Spencer has been “ineffective and disrespectful,” and created legal conflicts with demands to remove voters from registration rolls.... Read more»1

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Orange alert: McSally has a Trump problem

Martha McSally is about to learn it's much different running for reelection when your party is in the White House than it is when your team is out of power. Mid-term elections are referendums on the president and McSally now gets to be Trump's proxy. ... Read more»3

Photos: On the ground at the Women's March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women — and men — swarmed to Washington, D.C. to show the newly inaugurated president what pressures he's up against for the next four years. The protesters marched in from all over the country, from their town homes in D.C., to San Francisco, Boston and even Tucson, Chandler and Pinetop.... Read more»

Photos: Despite blustery weather, thousands attend Women's March in Tucson

Despite cold winds and possible rains, thousands of people attended the Women's March and solidarity rally in downtown Tucson. Hundreds of events were held nationwide, including one in Washington D.C., with estimated total attendance over one million people.... Read more»1

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Time out on cruelty: Ducey's budget takes itsy-bitsy steps in right direction

Ducey's budget does not put us on a path toward a moderate future. Arizona still has a smoldering hole where the empathy goes. But for him, this budget, with its nods toward education, is practically a drum circle. I'll take it, praise the light and implore voters to make more structural changes in how Arizona operates. ... Read more»

Obama's farewell address: 'Democracy threatened whenever we take it for granted'

Complete text & video: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."... Read more»

Conservatives plot course on rising ‘sea of red’ in state capitals

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.... Read more»

Secretary of State floats overhaul of Az election laws

Secretary of State Michele Reagan has begun circulating a memo detailing a proposed overhaul of the laws governing virtually every aspect of how elections are conducted in Arizona, from data protocols and recount procedures, to “sore loser” candidates and voter fraud investigations.... Read more»

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