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Journalism is best when pursued with purpose. As an independent mission-driven nonprofit, the Tucson Sentinel.com tackles our community's biggest issues. We shine a light on this town because we love it. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Goodyear, speaks at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference about border security.

An event dubbed “Border 911” - hosted by the group largely responsible for funding the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election - will take place on Saturday in Phoenix and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker and speakers connected to QAnon and hate groups. Read more»

Arizona Republicans spent $205,000 or so on a three-day bus tour in the final days of the campaign, expenses that some Republicans say came at the cost of losing close races.

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her team spent more than $530,000 on what one GOP consultant said were “vanity projects” designed to boost her ego instead of winning races on an election that ultimately ended in disaster for Republicans in Arizona. Read more»

Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra.

Lisa Marra, the Cochise County elections director who refused to cooperate with an illegal hand count plan, describes a threatening work environment, both physically and emotionally, and says she was publicly disparaged in her resignation letter to county. Read more»

More than $433,000 of that was spent on 'telemarketing/auto dialers,' and nearly one in every three dollars Lake's campaign spent went to a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm.

Former television news anchor turned MAGA star Kari Lake raised $2,515,169 after the Arizona governor's election to continue her legal fight against her election loss - but less than 10% of her post-election haul was spent to contest the election. Read more»

The court did not provide a deadline for the government’s input so it is not clear when the justices will make a decision on if they will hear the challenges.

The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a legal battle between conservative states and social media companies over content moderation laws that sprang up after former President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter and suspension from Facebook. Read more»

Rep. Ruben Gallego. D-Phoenix, speaks during a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in May 2022. Gallego, a five-term House member, announced Monday that he will run for the seat of first-term Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic Party last month to become an independent.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, formally announced on Monday his long-anticipated challenge to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a first-term senator who recently left the Democratic Party to become an independent. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has jumped into the U.S. Senate race. For the moment, his prospects are a lot better than independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema's.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a former Marine Corps combat officer and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. Read more»

While the official investigation has come to a close, the court says it will still pursue any new leads on the leak if additional information comes to light.

The Supreme Court reported that it has been unable to identify a culprit behind the biggest leak in its history, a draft of the landmark ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade last year. Read more»

A protester holds a sign in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020. A bill proposed in the state legislature could put a damper on residential protests in the future.

A Republican bill aimed at stopping protests outside of Arizona residential properties has some First Amendment advocates worried, but lawmakers say it is needed in the currently heated political environment.  Read more»

Republican Reps. Bill Huizenga and Alex Mooney introduced H.R. 263, the Stop Trying to Obsessively Vilify Energy (STOVE) Act. The bill seeks to 'prohibit any rule or guidance that bans gas stoves in the United States.'

The Biden administration is not planning to ban gas stoves, but comments from a commissioner on the CPSC about gas stoves being a “hidden hazard” and that “products that can’t be made safe can be banned” provided just enough fuel to stoke fear and outrage. Read more»

The Ninth Circuit intervened in December and ordered Conradson to be issued a press pass pending his and his employer’s appeal before the court.

The Ninth Circuit seems likely to reverse a federal judge’s denial of a restraining order that would eradicate part of Maricopa County’s journalist-vetting criteria - used to bar Jordan Conradson a press pass granting access to voting centers during the November 2022 election. Read more»

A protester demonstrating as part of the 'Exxon knew' movement in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

ExxonMobil's climate projections, made by in-house scientists between 1977 and 2003, were startlingly accurate and correctly predicted that fossil fuel burning would lead to global warming - while funding research and advertising to sow doubt about climate science. Read more»

Arizona's Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, will face a GOP-controlled legislature that has already announced a lawsuit over her actions the first week on the job.

Divided rule used to be common in the states: State legislators worked across the aisle and with governors to get things done - but on many issues, bipartisanship in states is increasingly rare — because it’s increasingly unnecessary. Read more»

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022.

A judge on Dec. 24 dismissed Kari Lake’s claim that there was no chain of custody for 300,000 mail-in ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, during the 2022 election, yet posts on social media continue to spread the baseless claim. Read more»

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