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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially bowed out of this year’s talks on Tuesday, leaving it at Biden and McCarthy’s feet.

President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders called on the House GOP to “show us their plan,” with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time after the country reached the limit earlier this month. Read more»

Rep. Ruben Gallego. D-Phoenix, speaks during a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, in May 2022. Gallego, a five-term House member, announced Monday that he will run for the seat of first-term Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic Party last month to become an independent.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, formally announced on Monday his long-anticipated challenge to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a first-term senator who recently left the Democratic Party to become an independent. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has jumped into the U.S. Senate race. For the moment, his prospects are a lot better than independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema's.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a former Marine Corps combat officer and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. Read more»

Although rents in the state had started dropping slightly by late last year, homelessness in Arizona is still on the rise as housing remains unaffordable for many. 

Democratic lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives are looking to pass a suite of housing bills that aim to help renters weather the ongoing housing crisis, but their proposals have detractors in the state’s powerful landlord lobby.  Read more»

Arizona's Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, will face a GOP-controlled legislature that has already announced a lawsuit over her actions the first week on the job.

Divided rule used to be common in the states: State legislators worked across the aisle and with governors to get things done - but on many issues, bipartisanship in states is increasingly rare — because it’s increasingly unnecessary. Read more»

Bipartisanship will be critical to passing some of the Democrats’ top priorities, including the much-hoped for repeal of the 1864 near-total abortion ban.

Arizona Democrats have big plans for the new legislative session — and with a Democratic governor to back them, those plans have a better chance of being implemented than they have in recent memory.  Read more»

Supervisor Adelita Grijalva at a March 2022 meeting of the county board.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to choose its officers next week, and Sup. Adelita Grijalva looks set to be the first to count to three, taking up the gavel from Chair Sharon Bronson. Read more»

Members who released statements Friday about the attack were united in praising the law enforcement response. 

Two years after a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undo Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election, Democrats in Congress vowed to remember the Capitol police officers who died, hold Trump accountable and prevent similar attacks. Read more»

Rep.-elect Juan Ciscomani nominating Kevin McCarthy to be House speaker Thursday.

Tucson's Juan Ciscomani nominated Republican Kevin McCarthy to be speaker of the House on Friday in the 10th round of failed voting in the chamber. Ciscomani incorrectly claimed to be Arizona's first naturalized member of Congress. Read more»

Republican Abe Hamadeh still lost the race for Arizona attorney general after recount deemed him a loser again.

So the recount in the 2022 Arizona attorney general's race is over and Democrat Kris Mayes won even though Pinal County's recounting of the votes cut her margin of victory in half. Read more»

Kris Mayes at a September election forum.

Kris Mayes maintained her win in the race for Arizona attorney general after the results of a recount were released Thursday, with the Democrat prevailing by 280 votes over Republican Abe Hamadeh. Most of the vote shifts were in Pinal County, where officials blamed 'human errors.' Read more»

A screenshot of the Pima Dems website.

Judging from the recent party reorganization meeting, it appears that inclusivity be damned when it comes to the leadership of the Pima County Democratic Party. Read more»

The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is no longer a Democrat. She was just passing through the party, anyway. (Sinema speaks during a 
Finance Committee hearing, Oct. 19, 2021)

News flash: U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pulls an attention-seeking move to make herself so much more super-important. Or not. And my hot take: Eyeroll. Of course she did. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday that she was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent. Here, she arrives at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on Feb. 1, 2022 in Washington D.C.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she was leaving the Democratic Party, a move that was not surprising to political observers and longtime former allies and foes of the senior senator who are now looking ahead to 2024.  Read more»

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