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MLK and ignorance of history

In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Unfortunately, to make King an icon, we have had to make him non-controversial. We had to hollow him out, enabling anyone to fill that vessel with whatever supports their agenda. This is unfortunate, because his struggle continues.... Read more»

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Ducey and Garcia set for governor’s race in November

The Associated Press called the race for Ducey shortly after results began coming in to the Secretary of State’s Office.The AP also called the race for Garcia over state Sen. Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer, CEO of the YWCA.... Read more»

Open U.S. House seats draw Az hopefuls – and millions in funds – before primary

Republican congressional hopefuls in Arizona’s 1st District have raised more than $3.3 million ahead of Tuesday’s primary, already surpassing the $2.4 million that GOP candidates in the district raised for all of 2014.... Read more»

Wendy Rogers adds name to crowded CD1 field

Republican Wendy Rogers will take a third run at a congressional seat, but this time in a different district. While she lives in Tempe in CD9, she's jumped into a crowded GOP primary in sprawling CD1 as both parties jockey to grab an open seat. "Welcome to the clown car!," Democrats said.... Read more»

Hopefuls Babeu & Gowan enter crowded GOP field for open CD1

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring.... Read more»

Former GOP Sedona lawmaker running for CD 1 as a Dem

A former Republican legislator from Sedona wants to go to Congress, representing Arizona's sprawling CD 1 as a Democrat. Tom O'Halleran, a retired Chicago cop and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, announced his candidacy Tuesday. ... Read more»4

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it's hard to peek into so-called 'dark money' groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes 'social good.' But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Gabby Giffords still raising money for Barber campaign

While state officials put their stamp of approval on the results of the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally on Monday, triggering an automatic recount, a Tuesday fundraising pitch sent in the name of Gabby Giffords points to continuing campaign moves from the incumbent Democrat. ... Read more»1

Election canvass triggers Az's first-ever congressional recount

The official general election canvass certified Monday shows U.S. Rep. Ron Barber trailing Republican Martha McSally by 161 votes. A margin less than 200 votes triggers a recount.... Read more»

Judge nixes Barber request to count more CD2 ballots

A federal judge ruled Thursday that an additional 133 ballots won't be added to the count in the congressional race between Rep. Ron Barber and Martha McSally. Barber, trailing 161 votes in the final tally, will now pin his hopes for re-election on a mandatory recount set to begin next week.... Read more»2

Barber sues to add more ballots to CD 2 vote count

Attorneys for Ron Barber filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning, alleging that ballots in Arizona's CD 2 race were improperly rejected. Last week, Barber asked county and state officials to delay the canvass of the election and include more votes. The Democrat trails challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and has claimed between 133 and 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»1

Barber presses SoS on uncounted ballots

Attorneys for Ron Barber wrote to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, asking him to delay the statewide election canvass. Both Pima and Cochise counties declined Barber's requests to review more ballots. The Democrat trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and claims 167 ballots should be added to the count. ... Read more»

McSally wins, Ducey takes GOP gov nod, Huppenthal & Horne ousted

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent.... Read more»5

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GOP gov candidates: Bored by the border

It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters.... Read more»1

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»

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»

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