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Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake are all smiles before a confirmation hearing on their nominations to be ambassadors to the United Nations and to Turkey, respectively.

Cindy McCain, whose late husband served more than 30 years in the Senate, and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who served on Foreign Relations, faced light questioning during their confirmation hearing to be ambassadors to the United Nations food programs and to Turkey, respectively. Read more»

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican, was an early critic of President Donald Trump and came out publicly in support of President Joe Biden in last year’s election. Biden this week nominated Flake, who left the Senate in 2018, as the next ambassador to Turkey.

President Joe Biden’s choice of former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican never-Trumper with no formal diplomatic experience, to be the next ambassador to Turkey was “risky” – but is still likely to win confirmation, analysts said. Read more»

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake speaking at the John J. Rhodes Lecture at Arizona State University, March 2018.

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who walked away from the Senate over his distaste for Donald Trump's burgeoning support in the GOP, was named Thursday as President Biden's choice to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey. Read more» 1

President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped Arizona's Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain, as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with the rank of ambassador. Read more»

Arizona’s Senate race is now the state’s most expensive campaign, with the latest Federal Election Commission filings showing the two candidates have pulled in a staggering $133.7 million so far. Read more»

Why not us? Iowa's incalculable caucus screw up should be Arizona's gain.

It's time for the Hawkeyes to start figuring out what Super Tuesday balloting feels like and I got just the state to take it's place. It's hot. It's dry. It's neither corn-based nor high-fructose and it's got a pair of rainbow shades. Read more»

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, in an October photo after House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room to protest the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. That outspoken support of Trump earned Lesko a role this week as one of eight House members tapped to defend the president.

Testimony in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Tuesday, with at least two Arizonans looking on in unofficial capacities as senators engaged in an all-day debate of procedure. Read more»

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., in a photo from April. McSally, who is running for re-election next year in what is expected to be one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, announced that she will have a memoir hitting bookshelves in May, just months before the election.

Running for office has always required determination, funding, a message – and now it apparently requires a book deal. Martha McSally is set to join the ranks of published authors. Read more»

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., declined to comment on a move by some in the Democratic Party to censure her over her voting record. But experts say censuring her would likely have little effect on the freshman senator, even if it does manage to move forward.

An intraparty threat to censure Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is on hold for now, but progressives who called for the vote said they achieved their goal of putting the freshman Democrat on notice over her voting record. Read more»

Sinema in a meeting at Raytheon in Tucson about two weeks ago.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema may not yet have a Tucson office, but caseworkers on her staff will meet with constituents at the Main Library on Wednesday afternoon. Read more»

Flake in 2017.

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has eschewed a presidential campaign in favor of becoming a talking head on CBS. "I will not be a candidate," said the Arizona Republican, who had mulled challenging President Donald Trump in next year's primaries. Read more»

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, appointed to replace the late Sen. John McCain, announced he will step down on Dec. 31, one of a number of experienced lawmakers from the state who will not be in the next Congress being sworn in Jan. 3.

Arizona will lose decades of seniority, as the 116th Congress convenes without McCain, Kyl, Flake or Franks. But that may not be a bad thing. Read more»

"As we in America – during this moment of political dysfunction and upheaval - contemplate the hard-won conventions and norms of democracy, we must continually remind ourselves that none of this is permanent, and that it must be fought for constantly." — U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake said he is confident that some of the dozens of judicial nominees awaiting confirmation will come up for a vote in the remaining few weeks of this Congress, which should give him leverage to push protection for the Russia-election-meddling probe.

Less than a day after Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to use whatever remaining leverage he has to push a bill protecting the Mueller investigation, he saw that leverage pulled away from him Thursday, at least for now. Read more»

Spending on traditional political advertising, particularly television, hit a record $3.3 billion this year, with $129 million of that amount spent on high-profile races in Arizona, new reports say.

Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle. Read more»

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