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Law enforcement predicts asset seizures won’t be curbed by reforms

Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, law enforcement officials from around the state say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.... Read more»1

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Conservative GOPer announces challenge in vast CD 1

State Sen. Steve Smith, who represents Marana and Oro Valley as well as his home of Maricopa, is tossing his hat in the ring to seek the Republican nomination for Arizona's 1st Congressional District, which stretches from just north of Tucson all the way to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Napier ousts Nanos in Pima sheriff race

Three Arizona counties will no longer have controversial sheriffs, as Pima's Chris Nanos was defeated by GOP challenger Mark Napier, while Maricopa's Joe Arpaio was voted out and Pinal's Paul Babeu didn't run again as he pursued a failing bid for Congress.... Read more»1

McSally, O'Halleran, Grijalva win S. Az congressional seats

In Arizona's two open seats in Congress, Democrat Tom O’Halleran was elected to the 1st Congressional District, while Republican Andy Biggs was a clear winner in the 6th District. U.S. Reps. Martha McSally and Raul Grijalva won re-election in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Clinton campaign pushing money, proxies to Arizona in effort to swing state

With only three weeks to Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending top surrogates to Arizona this week and pledging $2 million in advertising in an effort to turn the state blue for the first time in 20 years.... Read more»

Trump touts Babeu's debate praise, after sheriff says 'comments not acceptable - period'

Just after Sunday night's debate, the Trump campaign released praise for the Republican nominee's performance from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — despite the CD1 candidate's quickly deleted tweet that he would write in Mike Pence in the wake of audiotape of Trump bragging about sexual assaults.... Read more»

Az Republicans scramble after latest Trump revelations, responses vary

Arizona Republican candidates scrambled Saturday to distance themselves from recordings in which presidential nominee Donald Trump makes offensive and lewd comments about women, while Democrats criticized the GOP responses as too little, too late.... Read more»

Arizona candidates kick off general election with Labor Day stumping

Fresh off the primary and with just weeks until the general election, Democrat Paul Penzone will kick off his campaign against longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by meeting and greeting voters this holiday weekend.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What revolution? Primary is good news for Bronson

Staunch conservatives taking control of the liberal Pima County government looked doable. Then votes got counted Tuesday. The big winner of the primary election would seem to be (right now ... hedge, hedge) Sharon Bronson. If the Tea Party/Trump revolution is coming, it may be bypassing us.... Read more»1

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»

Sheriff Babeu warns of cartel assassins in Pinal County

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has warned Memorial Day travelers of possible groups of Mexican drug cartel assassins in Arizona's western desert. Other Southern Arizona sheriffs said that they didn't see any reason to issue specific warnings in their counties. ... Read more»2

In 2 weeks, Pinal deputies arrest 25 smugglers, seize 1,000 lbs. of pot

In under two weeks, deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 25 men connected with smuggling and seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a half-dozen separate incidents, authorities said.... Read more»

BP union head, Babeu accuse feds of 'lack of enforcement' at border

Members of the Border Patrol's union and Sheriff Paul Babeu accused the Obama administration of "manipulating data," claiming BP supervisors are ordering agents to release immigrants without documents requiring them to appear in court. A staffer for Babeu blocked a Phoenix reporter from the announcement. ... 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»

Factchecking Carson on border apprehensions

Ben Carson, Republican candidate for president, said that “a lot” of the people captured crossing the U.S. border and then released are from Iraq, Somalia and Russia.... Read more»

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