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Redistricting chairwoman says she has the tools to forge consensus on AIRC

Erika Neuberg is hoping her background will serve her well as she embarks on a mission to reach maximum consensus on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. How the AIRC draws Arizona’s 30 legislative districts and possible 10 congressional districts will help determine which party controls the state legislature and Congress for the next decade.... Read more»

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Court: Constitutional change needed to allow e-signing of initiative petitions

Arizona voters are allowed to electronically sign petitions to get their favored candidates on the ballot, but the Arizona Supreme Court said Friday that the only way for voters to do the same for proposed ballot measures is to change the state constitution.... Read more»

No pressing the flesh, but candidates learn to campaign under COVID-19

Candidates across Arizona and the nation have suspended rallies and in-person canvassing, and have their campaign staffers work from home because of the coronavirus. In addition to the challenge reaching voters, COVID-19 brings competition for financial donations and media attention.... Read more»

Trump vows ‘positive’ State of the Union; analysts aren’t so sure

President Donald Trump said this weekend that Tuesday’s State of the Union Address will have a “very, very positive message.” Political experts say they’ll believe it when they see it.... Read more»

Poll: Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states

A poll says 52 percent of voters in eight Western states don't think federal lands should be shifted to state control. An Arizona bill to do that was vetoed in 2012, but Utah law calls on the federal government to cede lands there by Dec. 31. Few expect that to happen.... Read more»2

Dems slam conservative group behind SB 1062, abortion bill

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»

Pastor to leave Congress, candidate scramble begins

The senior member of Arizona's congressional delegation, 11-term Rep. Ed Pastor of Phoenix, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election. The move set off an instant flurry of speculation about who would seek to replace him in what's widely seen as a safe Democratic seat. State Rep. Ruben Gallego quickly tweeted, "I am in for Congress."... Read more»2

Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated."... Read more»4

Small-business owners call for less regulation, lower taxes

Reducing taxes and government regulation would help Arizona’s small businesses bolster the economy and create jobs, advocates said this week in making their case to state lawmakers.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Bennett prepares for gubernatorial run

Economist Jim Rounds, developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and the chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, Don Jorgensen.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Is government shutdown the answer?

Arizona Education Association head Andrew Morrill, talk show host Emil Franzi, former Pima Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

Campbell: No run for governor

After a long, hard look, Democratic legislator Chad Campbell announced Tuesday that he won't make a run for Arizona governor, leaving a clear path to the nomination for front-runner Fred DuVal.... Read more»

Orr: Mental Health First Aid funding will help raise awareness

A $250,000 appropriation to continue a state program that teaches how to spot signs of mental illness and connect individuals with help will allow even more Arizonans to participate, a Tucson lawmaker said.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Is Campbell still interested in running for governor?

Interviews with Gary Auerbach, founding president of the World Federation of Chiropractic, along with Democratic state Rep. and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, and, Don Loose, Buckmaster legal contributor.... Read more»

DuVal formally announces bid for governor

It's been an open secret for the last couple years that Fred DuVal would seek to be Arizona's next governor. The former member of the Board of Regents, a longtime Democratic player, assiduously lined up support for a bid and formed an exploratory committee in February. Wednesday, he publicly announced that he is indeed in the race.... Read more»

Poor districts may see cuts under Brewer's school performance budget

Supporters of Gov. Jan Brewer’s performance-based education funding model for school districts and charter holders say concerns about the formula’s effects on schools in low-income areas don’t take into account the bigger picture.... Read more»

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