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Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

Weak tea: Last GOP governor debate before early voting a tepid affair

Five of six Republican candidates debated the cost of border enforcement and the use of National Guard troops to secure the border, and took shots at Doug Ducey for not attending the last two debates. While most of Arizona’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls have worked to attract Tea Party support, the discussion was neither strong nor heated.... Read more»

Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who’s aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

GOP governor candidates to debate in Tucson

Five of the six candidates seeking the nod as the Republican candidate for Arizona governor will debate Wednesday night in Tucson.... Read more»

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Lobbying declines among top special interests

As election season spools up and an already lethargic Congress readies for recess, federal lobbying efforts among elite special interests are sputtering, too.... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register to vote in August primary

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is midnight on Monday. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be open until 10 p.m., or you can register online at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Kwasman sees children

Adam Kwasman, Republican primary candidate for Congress, showed up in Oracle last week. Hearing that there was a bus full of undocumented children POSSIBLY headed his way, he decided he would protest that bus.... Read more»

Jones, Babeu to talk border security in SaddleBrooke

Christine Jones, a candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will hold a border security town hall in SaddleBrooke on Monday night.... Read more»

GOP's Jones on border: Troops, sensors, fences needed

Joined by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, GOP candidate for governor Christine Jones promoted her border security plan Thursday night in Tucson. Her proposal includes deploying 1,200 Arizona National Guard troops along the border, an infusion of surveillance technology including ground-based sensors, and building more border fencing.... Read more»1

Oro Valley candidates debate police budget, economy

Oro Valley mayoral and Town Council candidates faced off Wednesday at the Oro Valley Public Library in a debate before the Aug. 26 primary. Candidates in the nonpartisan election addressed political discord in the town, the OV Police Department budget, and the local economy.... Read more»

Obama, Texas gov discuss solutions to immigration crisis

During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama urged Gov. Rick Perry to support his call for more funds for border resources. Perry urged the president to address policies he says have made Texas a magnet for illegal activity.... Read more»

Jones, Babeu to hold border security town hall

Christine Jones, a candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will hold a border security town hall in Tucson on Thursday night.... Read more»

Jones: Obama joins cartels, conducting 'coyote' operation

Republican candidate for governor Christine Jones attacked President Obama on Monday, accusing him of conducting “the biggest ‘coyote’ operation in history” and blaming the administration for the influx of illegal immigrants. Jones said a PR campaign to deter young immigrants from Central America is a waste of money.... Read more»1

McSally: GOP debates slated for SV, GV

Two Republican congressional primary debates will be held later this month in Sierra Vista and Green Valley, presumed frontrunner Martha McSally said Monday morning. The announcement follows the cancellation of a debate promoted by a right-wing group after the three-time candidate declined to participate.... Read more»

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