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Az Congress fundraising shows incumbents' advantage

There’s nothing new to the idea that congressional incumbents have a huge advantage in fundraising, but recent campaign totals show just how difficult it can be to out-maneuver a sitting representative on the money front. Just one challenger, CD 2’s Martha McSally, raked in big bucks, with CD 3’s Gabby Mercer faring so badly that her campaign account is running in the red.... Read more»

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Barber, McCain blast ‘ridiculous’ plan to retire A-10

Arizona congressmen Thursday renewed calls for the Pentagon to drop its “absolutely ridiculous” plan to retire the A-10 fighter, saying the replacement F-35 is 10 times as costly and does not protect ground forces as well.... Read more»

White House honors Pam Simon for work against gun violence

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control.... Read more»

Brown out: Ends CD1 bid, enters CD2 race

Republican congressional hopeful Jim Brown has wound up his campaign for CD1 before it ever started, and announced his intention to run against Martha McSally and Shelley Kais to be the GOP candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in CD2. “I’ll have to make up for a lot of lost ground,” said Brown, who first filed to run in January.... Read more»

Bar none: Two Az women fight to help lawyers in military families

Passing the bar is tough enough, but lawyers with military spouses have to face the exam - and its costs - every few years when the family is relocated. Two women are leading the push to change that.... Read more»

Panning Pentagon cuts, Barber vows fight for A-10

In the face of a proposal to retire the entire A-10 fleet, Rep. Ron Barber said he would fight to keep the Warthog flying, calling the aircraft “crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country.” While the Pentagon said cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years, Barber said it would only save $700,000 “after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade” the attack aircraft. (with video)... Read more»

Barber holds Congress On Your Corner

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber held his second Congress On Your Corner event of the year Saturday, meeting with constituents at the Northwest YMCA.... Read more»

Barber to hold Congress On Your Corner on Saturday

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will hold a Congress On Your Corner meet-and-greet event Saturday morning at the Northwest YMCA.... Read more»

GOP lawmakers dislike ‘how’ as much as ‘what’ of Obama speech

President Obama’s State of the Union address renewed calls for comprehensive immigration reform and action on economic opportunity, including an increased minimum wage and extended unemployment insurance benefits. But Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation quickly attacked the speech not just for what the president wants to do but how he vowed to do it.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief making first border visit

The head of the Department of Homeland Security is making his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since being confirmed. Jeh Johnson, sworn in less than a month ago, checked out the border in Texas on Tuesday, and spoke with border agents in Douglas on Wednesday morning, along with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Factcheck: Kirkpatrick a 'whistle-blower'? Not so much

An ad from a Democratic group claims that Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick “blew the whistle on the disastrous health care website.” But Kirkpatrick didn’t expose any secret wrongdoing. She merely criticized HealthCare.gov in mid-November, weeks after the site’s launch, by which time its technical issues were well known.... Read more»

Barber calls for bipartisan seating at State of the Union

Southern Arizona Democrat Ron Barber joined a bipartisan group urging senators and representatives to cross party lines — at least to sit together at President Obama’s Jan. 28 State of the Union address. Barber, along with U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican; Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado; and Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urged colleagues to repeat the aisle-crossing begun in 2011 after the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson.... Read more»

Factcheck: Group attacks Barber over Obamacare

A conservative group is attacking Democratic Rep. Ron Barber with an ad that claims the Affordable Care Act “means higher costs for struggling families.” It may mean higher costs for some, but hundreds of thousands of state residents are expected to qualify for Medicaid because of the law, and others will qualify for federal subsidies to buy coverage.... Read more»

Video: Barber leads Congress in moment of silence on Jan. 8

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber led the House in a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the Jan. 8 shooting. Surrounded by Arizona’s representatives and senators, Barber spoke of those who were killed, and House Speaker John Boehner ordered members of Congress to stand, quieting the House for about 20 seconds.... Read more»

Bill targets 'pension poachers,' but some worry it doesn’t go far enough

Lawmakers hope to make it harder for “pension poachers” to hide the assets of elderly veterans, but at least some advocates worry that the proposed fix may end up hurting the vets it is designed to protect.... Read more»1

GOP outlines strategy to unseat freshmen Az Dems

The midterm congressional elections are still a year off, but the Republican Party started ratcheting up its campaign this week against three freshman Arizona Democrats it has targeted in the race. In a conference call Monday, strategists for the National Republican Congressional Committee said they would try to tie “the disastrous rollout of Obamacare” to Democratic Reps. Ron Barber of Tucson, Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff and Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix.... Read more»

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