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Utility employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by Az congressmen

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»

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McSally hiring former Giffords spokesman to head Tucson office

Confirming rumors swirling among Tucson's political class, a former aide to Gabby Giffords confirmed Friday evening that he will become director of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's district office. C.J. Karamargin, who was a spokesman for Giffords before taking a post with Pima College, said in an email he'll go to work for the freshman Republican later this month.... Read more»5

Jan. 8: Bells mark 4th anniversary; Obama meets with Giffords

On the anniversary of an assassination attempt that nearly took her life, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, met with President Obama, who was in Phoenix to tout his housing programs. In Tucson, a small group of survivors marked the date at a bell-ringing ceremony at UAMC.... Read more»4

McSally wins by 167 votes after recount

After counting, and counting, and recounting and counting again, Martha McSally has been declared the winner of the CD 2 race. The Republican challenger ousted U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 167 votes, a change of only six votes after an automatic recount was performed.... Read more»10

Barber/McSally: Pima recount complete

Pima County completed a hand count of selected precincts Monday, which "exactly" matched the electronic recount finished last week, officials said. The state has a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to deliver the tally in the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally to a judge.... Read more»6

Barber/McSally: All over but the re-recounting

Pima and Cochise counties have finished the machine recount in the race between U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and likely winner Martha McSally, but there won't be any results released until next week. First, a hand recount of random ballots will be performed Monday, and used to verify the accuracy of the machine count.... Read more»

McSally poised for Armed Services, Homeland Security seats

If the ongoing recount holds up, Martha McSally will be stepping into U.S. Ron Barber's shoes in more than one way: she's set to be seated on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.... Read more»1

Deadline extended to collect holiday cards for troops

The office of U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has extended the deadline to collect holiday cards for hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas. Hundreds of cards are still needed.... Read more»

House passes budget bill that would save the A-10 for a year

The House passed a defense funding bill Thursday that would keep the Air Force's A-10 fighter jets flying for another year.... Read more»1

Homeland Security sec. vows Az visit ‘early next year’

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will return to Southern Arizona early next year to meet with residents and talk about steps his agency is taking to secure the border and further reduce illegal immigration.... Read more»1

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»

Cochise rejects Barber call to delay canvass, count more ballots

Cochise County joined a move by Pima County earlier in the week, rejecting a request Thursday by Rep. Ron Barber to delay a vote to approve the canvass of the election, a move that would give the Democrat more time to make a case for adding some rejected ballots to the count.... Read more»1

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