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Grijalva cleared after ethics probe of $48k payout to ex-staffer

Rep. Raul Grijalva has been cleared of wrongdoing after an ethics probe of a 2015 settlement agreement with a former top staffer, who had threatened to sue over claims the Democrat was drunk on the job.... Read more»1

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Lesko-Tiperneni CD8 rematch looks like a rerun of close April race

Poll shows another tight race for what has been a safe Republican district — former Rep. Trent Frank’s CD8 seat — but math presents a big hurdle for Democrats.... Read more»

State secret: Cost of presidential political visits remain elusive

Campaigns and political parties are supposed to reimburse the government for political use of Air Force One – at an estimated cost of more than $140,000 an hour -- but local government can be stuck with the bill. ... Read more»

Schweikert's office probed over possible improper payments

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred an investigation of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and his congressional chief of staff.... Read more»

Sinema raises $8M in Senate bid, outpaces likely GOP challengers

New campaign finance reports and recent polls on the U.S. Senate race in Arizona show good news for Democrats, as Republicans look ahead to a hard primary fight.... Read more»

FEC audit: McSally campaign misstated finances, didn't disclose donors' jobs

The FEC unanimously approved an audit of Martha McSally's 2014 congressional run, finding that the GOP candidate's campaign didn't properly disclose finances and failed to collect employment information for more than 1,200 individual contributions.... Read more»

Martha McSally goes all-in with Trump as she launches Senate run

Martha McSally took the tarp off her Senate campaign Friday morning, winding up months of planning with an announcement that works to position her closely with President Trump.... Read more»

Martha McSally set for campaign announcement

She may have flown attack jets in the Air Force, but the rollout of Martha McSally's impending Senate campaign has been more like the slow, methodical preparations for a battle on the ground. That looks to be about to change.... Read more»

Grijalva: Settlement came after staffer fired; denies drinking problem

Rep. Grijalva said a $48k settlement with a former employee came after he decided she wasn't going to "fit in" with her post. He acknowledged she then claimed he was drunk on the job, but denied ever being impaired while working. An earlier TucsonSentinel.com investigation revealed that just one ex-employee fits the reported pattern. ... Read more»

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Who was ex-staffer paid $48k by Grijalva after workplace complaints?

A top staffer for a committee on which Rep. Grijalva is ranking member was quietly paid more than $40k. A TucsonSentinel.com investigation demonstrates only one woman fits the reported timeline and payments. ... Read more»1

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

Arizonans gave $1.5 million toward Trump’s $107 million inauguration

Arizona residents donated $1.5 million toward President Donald Trump’s record-breaking inauguration fund, dwarfing the $26,000 that Arizonans gave to the last inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to FEC reports.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

Arizonans reluctant to open wallets for Trump, Clinton campaigns

Arizonans head to the polls Tuesday to cast actual ballots for president, but if they were voting with their pocketbooks the results wouldn’t be pretty for either of the major parties’ nominees.... Read more»

Back for more: After loss to McCain, Ward eyes 2018 bid vs. Flake

The 2016 election is still 11 days away, but former state Sen. Kelli Ward already has her sights set on 2018 and a challenge to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. The Republican just lost a primary bid to unseat Sen. John McCain just two months ago, but announced Wednesday that she'll target Flake, Arizona's other GOP senator.... Read more»

Presidential campaign giving lags in Arizona, elsewhere in U.S.

Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign. ... Read more»

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