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"I wish I could tell Jim Kolbe how much he meant to me, how much he helped me, and how I will always hold dear that incredible period in Arizona and American political history. I think Jim knew what he meant to all of us." — Scott Kirtley Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe at a 2010 think-tank discussion on 'Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis.'

On a December night in 2006, I did an exit interview with Jim Kolbe. I knew he was smart. I didn't yet realize he was brilliant. He saw how the pieces fit together, and his intellect explained how he could be a total pain. Read more»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero listening during a City Council meeting in May 2022.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has selected as a 2023 Rodel fellow, and will join other local and state-level elected officials of both parties from around the U.S. at a series of seminars to talk about ethics, leadership and democracy over the next two years. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, speaking at an election night event at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly has won re-election, with the Democratic incumbent widening his lead over Republican challenger Blake Masters as votes continue to be counted in the Arizona Senate race, the Tucson Sentinel projects. Read more»

Former President Barack Obama speaking at a Nov. 2, 2022, campaign rally in Phoenix.

With former President Barack Obama in Arizona to campaign with them, Democratic candidates running for office tried to strike a more hopeful tone at a campaign rally with only six days to go before Election Day. Read more»

"For the first time in memory, as a lifelong Republican, I cannot vote for or endorse any of the federal or state candidates in Arizona my party put on the ballot this election." — Dick Walden Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who represented Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, will serve as grand marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 2.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was named grand marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. - this year themed “Turning the Corner,” - and on Jan. 2, she will flip the coin to decide the kicking and receiving teams at the Rose Bowl game later that day. Read more»

Democrat Mark Kelly.

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly, elected in a 2020 special election, is co-founder of a PAC that advocates for stricter gun laws, calls the U.S.-Mexico border “a mess”, and said abortion should be a personal decision but would support legislation banning it after 15 weeks gestation. Read more»

Former Doug Ducey protege Juan Ciscomani would seem to have the wind to his back after his primary win. But the Republican's party might just blow it for him, with Democrat Kirsten Engel ready to work for every vote.

Don't be shocked if the election between Engel and Ciscomani in Arizona's CD 6 is settled by less than 200 votes. The Southern Arizona congressional district is drawn up for bone-on-bone close. So get that 'I voted' sticker, folks. Tell the world you voted on Nov. 8. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the subject of the documentary 'Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down.'

A new documentary, “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” opens with the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery in 2011 that left Giffords near death and follows her painful recovery from the attack that has left her partially paralyzed and with aphasia. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, called 'one of the most courageous people I have ever known' by President Joe Biden, who bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on her Thursday.

President Joe Biden honored 17 Americans on Thursday, including the late Sen. John McCain and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the nation’s highest civilian award. Read more»

Gabby Giffords and the late John McCain were among the 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Friday by the Biden administration, making them among the relatively few Arizonans to be honored with the nation's highest civilian honor. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, second from left, joined senators and House members at a rally on the National Mall Tuesday to push for gun-control bills now working through Congress.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rallied with lawmakers and gun-control advocates Tuesday on the National Mall, where organizers had put up a gun violence memorial consisting of 45,222 white flowers representing people who lost their lives to gun violence in 2020. Read more»

Firearms on display at Legendary Guns store in Phoenix in 2018, when there were 377,838 firearm background checks in Arizona. By 2020, that number had jumped to 665,458 and it has since remained well above previous years. Now, analysts say there could be another surge in buying in response to the recent spate of mass shootings in the U.S.

Gun sales in Arizona have surged in recent years - with more than 4.3 million background checks on gun purchases over the last decade and one-third of those in the last two years - and experts say they could jump again, sparked by multiple mass shootings. Read more»

The U.S. Postal Service just got a congressional reprieve that could save Tucson's Cherrybell Processing and Distribution Center from a decade-old death sentence.

Tucson's Cherrybell postal operation has been defying death for so long, it should be a Marvel franchise. The odds of it staying open just improved with the U.S. Postal Service measure passing Congress. Read more»

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