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Of the $2.2 million in independent expenditures made by outside groups in the District 8 race, almost half came in the three weeks leading up to the June 12 election, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Outside groups poured more than $1 million into polling and advertising in the three weeks before the election to replace former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to the Federal Election Commission. Read more» 3

An aerospace industry report claims that more than 1 million jobs will be lost, with another 1 million lost indirectly, if a federal budget-cuttng plan is allowed to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, as planned. Arizona job losses are estimated at 49,000.

Arizona could lose more than 49,000 jobs if automatic federal budget cuts are allowed to take effect in January, according to a report released Tuesday. “We are just a few short months away from economic Armageddon,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Read more»

Gilbert High School band members, from left, Justine Cote, Moriah Corbin, Melissa Pierce and Michael O’Connor return from placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

It was a sweltering-hot day in the nation’s capital, but the only thing the members of the Gilbert High School marching band could talk about was how cool it was. Cool to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Cool to be in Washington to march in the National Independence Day Parade. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, shown with other attorneys general at a March event, said he will continue to press his appeal of a circuit court ruling that voided the state’s law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for a lower court ruling that would stop Arizona election officials from rejecting voter registration forms that do not have evidence of citizenship. Read more» 2

Even though the Supreme Court rejected three of the four provisions of SB 1070 it was presented, Gov. Jan Brewer called the court’s ruling a major victory for the state’s immigration law. She is shown in April outside the court.

In the flurry of statements following the high court’s much-anticipated ruling on SB 1070, no one admitted defeat. All claimed victory of some kind and most saw the decision as a step in the right direction. But with no referees to say for certain who won, victory is open to interpretation. Read more» 4

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, was sworn in Tuesday but will be returning to Tucson for his first constituent meeting at a site similar to one where he and others were injured in a shooting rampage last year.

Days after being sworn in to replace Gabrielle Giffords, newly elected Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, will hold his first constituent meeting at a venue remarkably similar to one where he, Giffords and others were shot in 2011. Read more» 1

House Speaker John Boehner at a ceremonial swearing-in of new Arizona Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, as Barber’s wife Nancy holds a Bible.

Barber invoked Giffords, his former boss, as well as Arizona political icons Mo Udall and Barry Goldwater in making an appeal for bipartisanship in his first House speech shortly after taking the oath of office. Read more» 2

Opponents of Arizona’s voter identification law asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let a lower court decision take effect that would end the state’s requirement of proof of citizenship for voter registration. Read more» 1

President Barack Obama said the Homeland Security plan to not deport some low-risk immigrants is 'not amnesty … not immunity' but is the right thing to do for people brought here illegally as children.

Arizona officials reacted swiftly, and predictably, to Friday’s announcement that the Department Homeland Security will exercise “discretion” when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Read more» 1

A tractor is used to work a field on a farm near Chandler.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it could appoint “socially disadvantaged” farmers in six state counties where the elected county committees may be lacking in representation by women and minorities. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in Washington, D.C., to talk about potential defense budget cuts, said the threat of automatic cuts could have a 'devastating' impact on the region’s economy if Congress does not act.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has acknowledged defense cuts will happen, but said the reductions would have a “devastating impact on the local economy.” Read more»

A panel of government and business officials believes there are tremendous opportunities for trade and job creation along the border, but that they are not being developed.

The U.S.-Mexico border holds a huge opportunity for increased trade and job creation, but it has become increasingly difficult to develop those opportunities since 2000. Read more»

Democrat Ron Barber

Democrat Ron Barber had $390,000 on hand for the remaining two weeks of the campaign to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, compared to $83,000 for Republican Jesse Kelly, according to new campaign reports. Read more» 1

More than 620,000 Arizonans will drive at least 50 miles for holiday travel this weekend, and that travel will be fueled by slightly lower gas prices over last year's holiday weekend. Read more»