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As election nears, interest in schools fades for federal candidates

#RedForEd not in their heads: When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms to demand more school funding, it forced education into the headlines. Three months later, the issue appears to be a distant memory to many federal candidates.... Read more»

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Pima Dems disavow CD 2 candidate Yuksel after dismissive reaction to rape claim

In an unprecedented move, Pima County Democrats voted to cut all ties with congressional candidate Yahya Yuksel in the wake of what many have called his "outrageous" reaction to the surfacing of a rape allegation from a decade ago.... Read more»

Trump reversal on Russia doesn’t come soon enough for Az lawmakers

Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization.... Read more»

Yuksel flees questions about rape claim, but won't quit CD 2 race

CD 2 candidate Yahya Yuksel held a press conference Sunday to call "false" allegations that he sexually assaulted an intoxicated girl when he was a teenager. He announced he was staying in the Democratic primary, and first ran from questions before returning — to again dodge answering.... Read more»2

McSally pumps Nat'l Guard on border with Ukrainian soldier photo

A stock tough-on-the-border message from Martha McSally comes with a depiction of a soldier that's a bit unfamiliar. Instead of a National Guard member, it shows a figure armed with an AK-74, sold by a Ukrainian photographer, and falsely implies that armed troops are on patrol.... Read more»1

House rejects immigration bill that included pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, border wall funding

As expected, Republicans were unable to reconcile differences within their party to move a major immigration bill through the U.S. House on Wednesday. Rep. Martha McSally voted for the measure; Rep. Raul Grijalva voted no as it failed 121-301.... Read more»

Judge: Kirkpatrick to stay on ballot; petition challenge by Heinz fails

A judge ruled Tuesday that congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick can remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite a challenge to her nominating petitions backed by opponent Matt Heinz.... Read more»

More than 400 Tucsonans protest separation of families at U.S.-Mexico border

As fury over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents accelerates, more than 400 people in protested in Downtown Tucson, one of dozens of rallies planned nationwide. ... Read more»

House leaders derail plan to force vote on bipartisan immigration bills

House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor.... Read more»

30 parents & their kids protest family separation at McSally's office

About 30 parents and their children held a "play-date" at Rep. Martha McSally's office in Tucson to protest the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents as part of a new "zero tolerance" policy along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Heinz wants to boot Kirkpatrick off primary ballot over residence claims

A trio of Tucson-area Democrats is trying to narrow the CD 2 primary field by getting the apparent front-runner booted off the ballot. The suit challenging the nominating petitions filed by Ann Kirkpatrick is backed by candidate Matt Heinz.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

5 reasons McSally should sign on to help DREAMERS

The DACA kids need Martha McSally to now do the job she was hired to do — and the one she said Congress has to do — rather than seek the Senate job she hopes to hold next year. ... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to end 'lawlessness' along border

On her second trip to Arizona, Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen once again said the border was in "crisis" and Trump administration officials are taking steps to "end lawlessness." She visited Nogales with Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Guest opinion

What Martha McSally won't tell us about her border bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally showed last week how little she understands our southern border — and how well she understands her political campaign. She evidently hopes her hardline tack on immigration will make her look tough as she prepares for an uphill Senate primary.... Read more»

Arpaio submits signatures for Senate race, vows he’s a serious candidate

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday submitted more than 10,000 signatures in his bid to qualify as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.... Read more»

McSally, immigration agency directors decry 'loopholes' in asylum law

Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home.... Read more»

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