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Rep.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, shown here in a November file photo, got 47th pick out of 70 in the freshman lottery for congressional office space. Sinema brushed it off, saying that as long as the office had 'computers and chairs, you’re good.'

Weighty decisions abounded on Capitol Hill this week, but the decisions for Arizona’s three incoming congressmen came down to picking official stationery and the drapes that will hang in their new offices. Read more»

A worker assembles scaffolding on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol as crews work to build seating and a swearing-in platform for the Jan. 21 inauguration ceremony.

With the 113th Congress not seated until January, inaugural tickets requests are a particular challenge for Arizonans, who elected three new House members and one senator. Current lawmakers are trying to point people in the right direction or putting together waiting lists until Jan. 3. Read more»

A federal appeals court overturned a juvenile’s felony drug conviction Wednesday, ruling that a Border Patrol pat-down that turned up marijuana during a vehicle stop in Arizona was not justified. Read more»

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, left, sits with other senators-elect Tuesday for a photo with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Flake, the senator-elect from Arizona, was joined by Deb Fischer of Nebraska, McConnell and Ted Cruz of Texas.

A few thousand – or even a few hundred – votes separate the top finishers in three of Arizona’s nine congressional races, with more than 300,000 ballots yet to be reviewed and processed. But freshly minted lawmakers did not wait for confirmation, traveling to Washington for congressional meetings and photo opportunities Tuesday. Read more»

Like many third-party candidates, Marc Victor, the Libertarian nominee for Senate from Arizona, faces long odds despite the relatively high number of unaffiliated voters in the state.

Marc Victor’s spokesman is realistic: The Libertarian nominee does not expect to break through the high-profile Senate standoff between Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona. It’s not for lack of trying. But with limited resources – the Arizona Libertarian Party reported spending just $1 on campaigns since August – there is only so much a third-party candidate can do. Read more» 1

Many of the television ads in the high-profile Arizona race have come from outside groups, like this VoteVets ad attacking Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa.

Political ads peppering Arizona airwaves in this contentious election season have cost at least $29.4 million, based on newly mandated electronic filings to the Federal Communications Commission. Read more»

New Federal Election Commission filings show President Barack Obama raised more in Arizona than Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the last two months, although Romney still has raised more in the state overall ($5.6 million to $4.7 million).

President Barack Obama outraised Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Arizona by more than $300,000 for the second consecutive month, according to Federal Election Commission filings for September. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton opens the 2012 Arizona StandDown.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton urged a group of convention organizers in Washington to "come back" and give the Arizona city a second look after the fallout from SB 1070. Read more» 1

At least four members of Arizona’s congressional delegation had estimated wealth of more than $1 million in 2010. Read more»

Former Border Patrol Chief Ron Colburn, speaking at a dinner Thursday in Washington in support of agents and their famlies, spoke of Agent Nicholas Ivie, who was killed in a shooting near the Arizona border this week.

The shooting death of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie cast a somber cloud over an annual dinner in Washington that honors Border Patrol officers, families and supporters. Despite enhanced border resources, there have been 27 line-of-duty agent deaths since 2002, nine in Arizona. Read more»

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, has  been considered the frontrunner in the campaign to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Independent spending by political action committees has begun to flow into the Senate race between Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, and Democrat Richard Carmona. Most has come in the last 10 days, when FreedomWorks for America put more than $225,000 into the race. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, speaking at a Woodrow Wilson Center luncheon, says intelligence sharing between the U.S. and Mexico is enhancing security along the border and making for quicker crossings.

Citing a new collaboration between law-enforcement agencies, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire say intelligence sharing between the U.S. and Mexico is enhancing security along the border and expediting crossings. Read more» 1

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said that, unlike the military, the nation’s civilian power and communications grid is “almost completely unprepared” for the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse incident. (file)

He concedes that the worst-case scenario is a once-in-100-years event, but Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said the U.S. still needs to defend against an electromagnetic pulse attack or solar storm that could cripple the nation. Read more»

Arizona death row inmate Kevin Miles.

A federal appellate court Monday upheld the death sentence for Kevin Miles, an Arizona man involved in a 1992 carjacking and murder in Tucson. Read more» 1