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Sanders skips over Grijalva with platform cmte appointments

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was given a third of the seats at the table as the party prepares to draft a platform. Announcing his picks Monday, the Vermont senator gave the nod to, among others, firebrand Cornel West and leftwing Rep. Keith Ellison, but not his Progressive Caucus co-chair, Rep. Raúl Grijalva.... Read more»1

Five years later, Texas voter ID suit still moving forward

Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law — among the nation's strictest — will face a fresh round of probing Tuesday in a long-winding lawsuit that may ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Sheriff suspends political rival from force over 'disruption' allegations

Sgt. Terry Staten, a Republican seeking to challenge Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, a Democrat, has been suspended without pay — an action allowed under county policies — because the sheriff has deemed Staten's activities to be a "disruption."... Read more»1

Ducey declares victory in $3.5 billion Prop. 123 vote

Arizona voters have narrowly approved a plan to pump $3.5 billion into education coffers over the next decade and put an end to a long-running legal battle, Republican Governor Doug Ducey said late on Thursday.... Read more»

Ally Miller aide linked to imitation news website; alter ego posing as reporter

A communications aide for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has been linked to a pretend news site whose "editor" is using a false name. Timothy DesJarlais, who is also running for the Marana School Board, was apparently posting for the "Arizona Daily Herald" while being paid during public meetings.... Read more»4

Prop. 123 fate unknown until vote count ends Friday

With just a bit less than 8,000 votes separating the "yes" and "no" piles of ballots across Arizona, whether Proposition 123 will pass with a narrow margin won't be clear until the last provisional ballots are counted on Friday. With most votes tallied, the controversial measure was passing narrowly: 50.41 percent to 49.59 percent.... Read more»

Factchecking Bill Clinton’s economic claims

Former President Bill Clinton — who will be called upon to help revitalize the U.S. economy if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency — made two inaccurate economic claims in a recent speech in Kentucky.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pass or fail, Prop. 123 is just step one

Parsing the results is a waste of time because the same question awaited victory or defeat: What's next? It's a long hard slog out of doing less financially for schools than all but two states with far lower poverty rates. It's going to require a series of political victories to change the paradigm created by the same forces now in charge. Might as well start today.... Read more»

Too close to call: Prop. 123 passing by a hair; Nearly 100k ballots left to count

Proposition 123, the controversial measure that would pull money from the State Land Trust to bolster school funding, was passing by a slender margin statewide, but there were tens of thousand of ballots left to count. Many Pima County voters joined those who were voting "no" on the question.... Read more»

Az Democrats select final convention delegates, look to Philadelphia

Arizona Democrats gathered over the weekend to choose the final delegates for the Democratic National Convention, in what one party official said was the largest turnout of would-be delegates she could remember.... Read more»

Check your polling location on Pima County website

Voters who plan on heading to the polls for Tuesday's special election — whether to vote in person or drop off an early ballot — should double-check the location of their polling place, Pima County officials said. There will be 124 sites open on Election Day, with some regular locations having shifted.... Read more»

Introspective Ted Cruz in no rush to back Trump

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making clear that he is in no rush to get behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, instead vowing to remain involved in the race for the White House as Trump nears the general election. ... Read more»

Time running out for new ambassador to Mexico

It took almost a year for the U.S Senate to confirm Roberta Jacobson as the country's next ambassador to Mexico, and the veteran State Department official steps into the job with the clock running down on the administration that appointed her.... Read more»

Debate over Prop. 123 rages on as election on education funding approaches

A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny. Gov. Ducey is using his political capital to back Prop. 123, but State Treasurer DeWit and other opponents said it would be a shortsighted infusion that could rob the State Land Trust.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on his tax returns

Donald Trump said “there’s nothing to learn” from his tax returns, but experts say there’s plenty to learn from presidential candidates’ tax returns, including sources of income, effective tax rates, charitable giving habits and more.... Read more»

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