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McSally exaggerates campaign fundraising haul

Despite raking in the most campaign cash among Arizona's congressional delegation thus far this year, Rep. Martha McSally recently overstated her fundraising by about $36,000. She touted having pulled in $640,000, but a chunk of that take was actually a refund paid back to the campaign by a D.C. ad agency.... Read more»2

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Kozachik says he won't run in CD 2

Scratch one name of the list of potential Democratic candidates in Arizona's CD 2: Councilman Steve Kozachik said Tuesday he won't seek to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Barber: Not running again, cites family

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber has decided that he won't run for Congress again, saying that although he "enjoyed the job immensely," he was forced to miss "precious time" with his grandchildren.... Read more»3

APS holding co. was largest donor to 2014 federal campaigns in Arizona

Pinnacle West Capital and its employees were the largest non-party contributors to federal candidates in Arizona in the last election cycle, giving $187,783 to House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm election cycle.... Read more»

Sources: Ron Barber looking at rematch with Martha McSally

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber is looking ahead to the next election, eyeing a rematch with freshman Republican Martha McSally, political insiders said Friday. Barber won't tip his hand until Sunday morning, when he'll "announce his plans for 2016," his campaign said.... Read more»

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»

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

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