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Debate not bitter: Arizona Leg might declare lemonade as state drink

Lemonade is one step closer to becoming Arizona’s state drink. Four senators jokingly proposed amendments to change the state drink to pink lemonade, sun tea, the margarita or Jamaica, a drink created from hibiscus flowers.... Read more»

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‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing & murdered women

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. Trying to get a handle on the number of missing and murdered Native American women quickly gets mired in conflicting jurisdictions, inconsistent numbers and stories some say are best left untold.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

After primary, challenger to McSally will face steep fundraising climb

Whatever the final tally in Tuesday’s CD2 primary, there’s one other number that the Democratic challenger — either Matt Heinz or Victoria Steele— will need to worry about: $2,063,033.42. That’s how much campaign cash incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha McSally had in the bank.... Read more»

Steele campaign shakeup after lackluster fundraising

Dogged by slow fundraising, the campaign team of Democratic congressional candidate Victoria Steele is undergoing changes, while GOP incumbent Martha McSally still has millions in the campaign kitty. The other D in the primary race, Matt Heinz, boosted his quarterly take over $200,000.... Read more»

Obama plan to close Gitmo panned by Arizona GOP lawmakers

Arizona Republicans responded swiftly – and vehemently – to the plan announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some of the most notorious terrorism suspects are detained.... Read more»

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Scalia replacement battle will help McCain, McSally

When Supreme Court Justice Scalia slipped this mortal coil, the political earthquake began before his family could digest the news and this temblor is like a ZZ Top song: It's bad. It's nationwide. It will even shake up the casting of ballots out here in Arizona — and looks like bad news for Democrats.... Read more»2

Grijalva puts weight behind Steele candidacy

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva endorsed congressional hopeful Victoria Steele on Tuesday, saying the former state representative would fight for women, revitalize public education, and had a "rational view" on the need for comprehensive immigration reform and climate change legislation.... Read more»1

McSally raises millions, Dems trail in cash flow in close district

Rep. Martha McSally’s aggressive fundraising gives her an edge over her competitors in the CD2 House race, but the district will likely still be competitive come November. Even so, national Democratic fundraisers have left Southern Arizona off their list of targeted districts.... Read more»

Matt Kopec appointed to replace Steele in LD9

A Tucson City Council aide and Democratic activist was appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to replace Victoria Steele in the state Legislature. Matt Kopec, who became the youngest member of the Legislature, was sent to Phoenix to represent LD9 on a 4-1 vote.... Read more»

3 Dems nominated to replace Steele in LD9

Local Democrats have picked three party regulars from which the Board of Supervisors will appoint a state legislator next week: Pamela Powers Hannley, Matt Kopec, and Ted Prezelski.... Read more»

Victoria Steele resigns to focus on Congress run

State lawmaker Victoria Steele submitted her resignation Monday, the opening day of the legislative session, to focus on a run to be the Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. Steele, first elected in 2012, is vying with former lawmaker Matt Heinz for the party's nod.... Read more»

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Watch lists should never be used to deny constitutional rights

Terror watch lists may be a valuable tool to let law enforcement react at Jack Bauer speeds to thwart impending doom as the clock winds down. But they are horror shows when used to limit our civil rights, and Arizona Democrats may be on the road to McCarthyism as they attack McCain and McSally over gun laws. ... Read more»1

Az delegation splits on party lines as House votes to strip Planned Parenthood funding

A sharply divided House on Friday passed two strong anti-abortion bills that supporters said would help stop an American “genocide,” but critics derided as a political “farce” to appeal to pro-life voters. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to approve one bill to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.... Read more»

Update: Heinz making bid to unseat McSally

And then there were two: Matt Heinz, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nod in 2012, has joined legislator Victoria Steele in seeking to campaign against freshman Republican Martha McSally. Heinz filed paperwork with the FEC on Tuesday, and made a formal announcement Thursday.... Read more»5

Supreme Court upholds Arizona's independent redistricting

Arizona's system of drawing congressional districts with an independent commission rather than the Legislature is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday, rejecting a suit filed by lawmakers. The case has a major impact on the Southern Arizona district now represented by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»1

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