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After 23 years in Congress, Pastor savors victories large and small

Observers say Rep. Ed Pastor’s legacy can be measured in projects he brought to the state, like light rail, as well as people he helped. That’s just how Pastor, retiring this year, hopes to be remembered.... Read more»

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Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That’s why I am fighting to preserve a woman’s right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love.... Read more»3

Another McSally ad lacked military disclaimer

GOP congressional candidate Martha McSally has pulled down a Spanish-language campaign ad after TucsonSentinel.com questioned why it lacked a disclaimer required by Defense Department regulations that cover election activity by retired members of the military. The ad was later reposted online with the disclaimer.... Read more»3

Raytheon to produce parts for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $149 million contract to produce parts for the Tamir interceptor used in Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Raytheon plants in Tucson and Huntsville, Ala., will work on the contract, along with two other Arizona companies.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Perky pricks

The campaign commercials are out in full force. The candidates on the left and right have been picked and the mud-slinging has begun.... Read more»

McSally campaign photo may fly in face of military regs

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive.  Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the “primary graphic representation in any campaign media.”... Read more»2

Az lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS

Members of the state’s congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan.... Read more»1

Advocates on both sides take dim view of Obama’s immigration stance

As Congress returned from its August recess, advocates and Arizona lawmakers from both parties had harsh reactions to President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he would not take action on immigration reform by the end of summer as he had previously vowed.... Read more»

Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Negative campaigns: Winds of change sweeping from the plain?

While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona.... Read more»

CD2 candidates agree on border security, split on immigration reform

The three Republican candidates in Congressional District 2 largely agreed with each other on the lack of leadership in Washington, but split on the necessity of immigration reform at a debate Thursday night.... Read more»5

Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who’s aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the “far-left” scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was “honored” by his perfect score.... Read more»2

Sneak a peek at Sun Link streetcar

Politicians and longtime backers of the new Tucson streetcar system got a chance to ride Sun Link on Monday morning. The 3.9-mile, $197 million streetcar line will open to the public Friday, with free rides over the first weekend. (photos and video)... Read more»1

Senate cmte votes to fund A-10 in 2015

Backers of the A-10 aircraft based at Davis-Monthan won another victory Thursday as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to keep the planes flying for another year as part of the 2015 Pentagon budget. The measure must still be passed by the full Senate.... Read more»

Barber, McCain: Senate cmte vote step toward keeping A-10 flying another year

Backers of the A-10 aircraft based at Davis-Monthan won a key victory Tuesday as a key Senate subcommittee voted to keep the planes flying for another year.... Read more»

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