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Democrat who lost special primary for Congress eyes August do-over

Even before she lost the Democratic primary in the special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, Brianna Westbrook had her sights set on a primary in August when the seat will be up again.... Read more»

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Lesko, Tipirneni win CD8 special primary

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko had a commanding lead over a crowded Republican field in the hotly contested special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni had comfortable lead in the Democratic primary, setting up an April 24 special election between the two women.... Read more»

More than 100,000 early votes cast in hot CD8 race

Voters went to the polls Tuesday for a special primary election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, but the nearly 2,000 who had showed up by late morning were dwarfed by the more than 101,000 mail-in ballots in the race.... Read more»

Crowded field for CD8 special election raises more than $1.1 million

A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest fundraiser, Republican Phil Lovas, and more than $270,000 above her nearest Democratic opponent, Brianna Westbrook.... Read more»

Feds sue Az over rushed absentee voting in CD 8 special election

The federal government sued Arizona on Wednesday, claiming the state failed to give absentee voters enough time to consider the finalized and official ballot ahead of a Democratic special primary election. ... Read more»

House OKs harassment bills in wake of charges against Franks, others

The House gave final approval Tuesday to measures aimed at protecting congressional workers from sexual harassment and making it easier for them to come forward if they feel they have been victimized.... Read more»

Staffer: Franks offered $5M to be surrogate; congressman resigns immediately

Rep. Trent Franks abruptly announced his immediate resignation from Congress just hours after he said he would step down Jan. 31 in the face of a House Ethics inquiry. The move came as the AP reported that a former aide said Franks offered her up to $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trent Franks deserved a fair shot at due process

Two things should bother us about this wave of revelations: 1) women face some seriously nasty behavior in the workforce, and 2) one accuser can end a man's career as we move toward “zero tolerance.” ... Read more»

Trent Franks to resign over ethics probe into asking staffers to bear his child

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., will resign from Congress after the Ethics Committee began investigating his request of two female staffers that they be surrogate mothers to a child for him.... Read more»2

Az lawmakers split along party lines as House approves GOP tax plan

Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion Republican tax plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess.... Read more»

House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks; chances slim in Senate

The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother.... Read more»

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the U.S. Capitol on Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.... Read more»

Az congressman pushes ban on abortions after 20 weeks

House leaders said they hope to have a vote as soon as next week on a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, that would prohibit abortions in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy.... Read more»1

Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

Bronson blasts GOP call to eliminate Ironwood Nat'l Monument

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima Board of Supervisors, is "astounded" that three Republican congressman from Arizona are calling for the elimination of four national monuments here, including Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They "assert outright falsehoods," she said.... Read more»

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