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Lawmaker: Require daily early ballot reports from rural counties

Pima and Maricopa counties must maintain daily updated lists of those who have turned in early ballots if requested by state or county party chairpersons.Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, wants to expand that requirement to all counties, saying it can be difficult to obtain early ballot information in a timely manner from election officials in rural Arizona.... Read more»1

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Independence Day

The number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. But how "independent" are non-party voters?... Read more»

Independents pick up 43K registered voters in Arizona

The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

Four-year terms proposed for state legislators

One state senator wants to ask voters to promote more harmony at the Capitol and have more knowledgeable legislators — by lengthening the terms of those they elect. ... Read more»1

Republican bills aim to ax Clean Elections

If approved, the bills would have Arizonans decide whether to get rid of public financing for campaigns. Supporters of the bills say Clean Elections is ineffective. But opponents say the effort is an attempt to mislead voters.... Read more»2

Texas Dems set to play defense on immigration

After hitting immigration issues hard during their campaigns, Texas Republicans including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are on the hook to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students. Its survival may come down to the business lobby, and wily House Democrats. ... Read more»

South, West get population boost from movers

New census figures show people have started returning to recovering housing markets in the South and West.... Read more»1

Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

The Republican sweep of state legislatures in last month’s election could spell trouble for Common Core. The standards, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade, are increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education.... Read more»

McSally announces 30-person transition team

Gearing up to take her seat in Congress in just a couple of weeks, Rep.-elect Martha McSally has announced a wide-ranging group to advise her as she picks her team. As McSally decides who'll be on her congressional staff, both in Washington, D.C., and in Tucson, she'll have input from a long list, mostly composed of Republicans with a sprinkling of Democrats.... Read more»5

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

Groups that don't disclose donors were more successful with TV ads than other political advertisers. ... Read more»1

McSally wins by 167 votes after recount

After counting, and counting, and recounting and counting again, Martha McSally has been declared the winner of the CD 2 race. The Republican challenger ousted U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 167 votes, a change of only six votes after an automatic recount was performed.... Read more»10

Incoming schools chief Douglas: 'Restore school funding'

Diane Douglas, about to take office as Arizona's superintendent of Public Instruction, said Tuesday that she supports restoring millions in school funding cut by the Legislature. "The courts have ruled that Arizona schools were deprived of increases guaranteed to them by a vote of the people," she said.... Read more»

Barber/McSally: Pima recount complete

Pima County completed a hand count of selected precincts Monday, which "exactly" matched the electronic recount finished last week, officials said. The state has a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to deliver the tally in the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally to a judge.... Read more»6

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

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