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McCain, Ward spending on Senate primary rivaled by outside groups

U.S. Sen. John McCain has spent $6.2 million on his re-election bid and his lead challenger, Kelli Ward, has spent about $1.3 million as they prepare to square off in Tuesday’s GOP primary. But the spending by the two campaigns has almost been matched by independent political action committees, which have spent almost $7.4 million.... Read more»

On-again, off-again Trump speech in Phoenix is back on

After his campaign announced a change in topic, and then called off the event, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted that he'll appear in Phoenix on Wednesday to make a "major speech" about illegal immigration. The event is now listed on the Republican's campaign website.... Read more»

Nixed messages: Trump not making Phoenix campaign stop — or is he?

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign rally next week in Phoenix. Friday, his campaign cancelled that event. Later in the day, Trump tweeted that he would make an appearance in Arizona on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Long-time Maricopa sheriff Joe Arpaio faces tough re-election bid

Maricopa lawman Joe Arpaio has long battled controversy over his tough stance on illegal immigration but may now face his toughest test as he seeks a seventh term as sheriff of the state’s most populous county. ... Read more»

Voting wars

Why overseas military personnel ballots may not be counted

When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. And the federal Election Assistance Commission, charged with monitoring their votes, may not know either.... Read more»

Thursday is deadline to mail early ballots

If you've got an early ballot for next week's Arizona primary election, you should mail it by Thursday so it'll be counted, officials said. Early ballots can also be dropped at polling places on Tuesday, or at early voting sites before then.... Read more»

FactCheck: Twisting Clinton’s immigration plan

Donald Trump’s new TV ad on immigration creates a misleading comparison, saying that under Hillary Clinton, “illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay” but under Trump, “terrorists and dangerous criminals” are “kept out.”... Read more»

Voting wars

Will the Latino 'sleeping giant' wake and vote this November?

An expected 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in November, yet, it’s unclear whether they will turn out. If they do, they have tremendous potential to affect the outcome.... Read more»

Voting wars

Review of states with voter ID laws found no impersonation fraud

Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is widespread.... Read more»

Nearly $500K in ‘dark money’ spent on Az legislative primary so far

With just one week until Arizona’s primary election, political spending to affect legislative races paid for by outside groups that don’t disclose the source of the money amounts to almost half a million dollars. The $478,000 in “dark money” was spent in the past six weeks, ramping up after early ballots were mailed.... Read more»

Voting wars

Nationally, new laws force voters to navigate maze of requirements

Concerns about voter fraud have spurred 20 states to pass new voting requirements in the last four years.... Read more»

FactCheck: Unpacking pot’s impact in Colorado

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said “marijuana-related” traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions in Colorado have “not significantly” increased since the state legalized the drug. That’s inaccurate. Statistics from various official sources show substantial increases.... Read more»

Early ballot request deadline: 5 p.m. Friday

Want to the thousands of early voters in avoiding Election Day hassles for Arizona's primary? The deadline to request an early ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. You can do so online, or via phone.... Read more»

Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. ... Read more»1

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

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