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Kirkpatrick, center, wearing her boots, in a photo she posted online with the caption, 'Short skirt & high heels? Nope, not me. TV attack ad consultants need some Rural AZ 101.'

An experienced Democratic campaigner said Tuesday that she'll challenge U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2016. Ann Kirkpatrick, whose sprawling CD 1 stretches from the Grand Canyon to Oro Valley, made her announcement in an online video featuring the boots she used to kick back at GOP pokes as she was reelected last year. Read more»

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski addresses a news conference at which state lawmakers and city leaders outlined plans for a trade office in Mexico City.

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars. Read more» 1

Rep. Catherine H. Miranda, D-Phoenix, author of a bill that would allow participants in the Obama administration’s deferred action program to get driver’s licenses, said it was a victory merely to get the bill a hearing at the State Capitol.

Denying Arizona driver’s licenses to participants in the Obama administration’s deferred action program is setting up newly legal workers to break the law by driving anyway, an advocate told state lawmakers Thursday. Read more» 1

Ajo Station agents from the All-Terrain Unit patrolling discovered an abandoned Chevy Suburban near Why on Monday.

New reminders of environmental danger on the border, national and state politicians address immigration issues, law enforcement on both sides of the border deals with crime and gun violence issues Read more»

Taking a swipe at an executive order Gov. Jan Brewer issued last year, Rep. Catherine H. Miranda, D-Phoenix, introduced a bill that would allow illegal immigrants in the Obama administration’s deferred action program to receive Arizona driver’s licenses.

A Democratic state representative is taking a swipe at Gov. Jan Brewer’s executive order preventing illegal immigrants taking part in the Obama administration’s deferred action program from receiving Arizona driver’s licenses. Read more»

John Huppenthal, Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, speaks at a panel discussion Thursday on education data.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal wants $32 million to replace Arizona’s decade-old educational data system, which he said has required extensive upkeep for quite some time. (with video) Read more»

A state lawmaker wants Arizona voters to decide in November whether to allow a lower minimum wage for tipped workers and younger part-time and temporary employees. Read more»