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At least on a preliminary basis, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will use the state procurement process to review prospective legal counsel, which would require it to do most of its work behind closed doors. However, the commissioners may also change course down the road and choose a different process that would give the public a full view of their decision-making process. Read more»

Congressional districts in the state of Arizona, reflecting district boundaries current to the 113th United States Congress.

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has selected five finalists to be its executive director and will conduct interviews at its next meeting. Read more»

The Arizona Department of Administration is looking into what kind of process may be needed to remove a monument to Confederate soldiers at the state Capitol, but state law leaves the decision up to the agency’s director, and, by inference, his boss, Gov. Doug Ducey. Read more»

Three of the five seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for grabs. While the regulatory body is not as well known as others, its decisions regulate energy production and expenses for utilities. The ACC has perhaps the biggest impact on your monthly bills of any state agency. Read more»

Tobin in a 2011 photo.

A former state House speaker has been appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Andy Tobin will take the place of Susan Bitter Smith, who resigned over conflict of interest allegations. Read more» 1

Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, here testifying before a House committee this spring. Babeu is the latest Republican to announce a bid for the open 1st District congressional seat, which has drawn five GOP hopefuls with more than a year before the election.

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring. Read more»

Investigating complaints about gasoline prices not matching those posted is among the duties of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. Citing the need for efficiency, Gov. Doug Ducey is dissolving the agency, and other agencies are absorbing its duties and personnel.

The state agency that investigates rogue moving companies, makes sure you get the gas you paid for at the pump and offers other consumer protections is set to shutter its doors next year. Gov. Doug Ducey is closing the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures with a stated goal of making state government more efficient. Read more»

This week at the state Capitol: The Legislature is on track to finish its business early this year with this week being the final one for most committee meetings. The goal for legislators is to wrap up the session in the next couple of weeks, but the House and Senate still saw new legislation introduced. Read more» 1

Arizona House Speaker David Gowan, in hat, and former Speaker Andy Tobin answer questions outside the Supreme Court, where lawmakers argued that the state's redistricting commission is unconstitutional.

Supreme Court justices grilled both sides in the Arizona Legislature's challenge of a voter-approved redistricting commission. Opponents say the Constitution give the job of redistricting to lawmakers, but some justices argued that ultimate legislative power belongs to voters. Read more» 4

The Supreme Court’s decision to take the Arizona Legislature’s challenge of a law that set up an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional boundaries could affect other states with similar systems.

The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear the Arizona Legislature’s challenge to a voter-passed law that gave an independent, nonpartisan commission – not lawmakers – the power to draw legislative and congressional district boundaries Read more»

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a "staggering" sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general. Read more»

CD2 candidate Martha McSally talks to the crowd.

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent. Read more» 5

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who's aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber. Read more»

Politicians value endorsements,but political experts question whether they translate into votes.

As they race for votes in the hotly contested district, candidates are also racing to pick up endorsements. Political experts question their worth but, they say, in a tight race every little bit helps. And this race is one of the tightest. Read more»

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