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Censure sensibility: Once rare, party censure rises amid polarized politics

Arizona is not the only state where political parties are taking their elected officials to task, a change that analysts and former lawmakers attribute to the politically polarized times and now almost a rite of passage for some prominent politicians. ... Read more»

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Protesters confront Arizona Sen. Sinema directly, she calls the move 'unacceptable'

Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs. ... Read more»

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Follow the bouncing stupid: California recall shows Republicans may out-dumb Dems in '22 midterms

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will likely hinge on which party runs a dumber campaign. Watch for Dems and R's to keep handing each other their beer during the 2022 election in Arizona... Read more»

Former Rep. Jim Kolbe says he left Republican Party 18 months ago

Jim Kolbe, a Republican who represented Southern Arizona in Congress for 22 years, confirmed Friday that he left the GOP — in 2018.... Read more»1

Arizona veterans of 1998 Clinton impeachment see similarities, deeper divides

Arizonans who served in Congress back in 1998 and 1999 remember the heady days of the Clinton impeachment as House vote looms on Donald Trump's presidency. ... Read more»

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Appoint, don't anoint: Let the voters grant incumbency on McCain's next successor

Gov. Doug Ducey should remember the power of incumbency should be earned, not awarded, But is the right to fill out late Sen. John McCain's term really a prize?... Read more»

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Words not bombs: Local GOP can get further playing on media's soft spot for answers

Republicans like Martha McSally and Lea Marquez Peterson need a refresher: Reporters will for damn sure always follow a good news tip, no matter where it leads. Trying to change the subject doesn't end questions. Answering them does. ... Read more»

O’Connor diagnosis brings flood of tributes from friends, colleagues

A flood of professional and personal tributes poured in Tuesday for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor following her announcement that she was stepping away from public life after receiving a diagnosis of dementia.... Read more»

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Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Trent Franks to resign over ethics probe into asking staffers to bear his child

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., will resign from Congress after the Ethics Committee began investigating his request of two female staffers that they be surrogate mothers to a child for him.... Read more»2

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Pima County's nat'l monuments should be safe from Trump's wrath

President Trump has included two sites in Pima County in a potential roll-back of national monuments across the country. But our Southern Arizona monuments aren't just good for the environment. They're good for business and not just the soy-based, eco-tourism business. There's a damned fine reason for the blade-and-grade types to keep things just as they are. ... Read more»1

Change bill: McCain again pushes dollar coins, eliminating pennies

Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending. That’s why Republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Enzi reintroduced legislation to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, as well as eliminating the penny.... Read more»1

Ex-congressman Kolbe joins signers of 'Dump Trump' letter

Jim Kolbe, who for 22 years represented Southern Arizona in Congress, has added his name to more than 120 other signers of a letter to the Republican National Committee, asking that support for Donald Trump instead be shifted to down-ballot races. The letter warned of a "catastrophic impact" from a loss by Trump.... Read more»

When a dollar is worth $4.4 billion: McCain tries again on dollar coin

U.S. Sen. John McCain calls his proposal to replace paper dollars with dollar coins “common sense” and “logical,” noting that it would save $4.4 billion on the cost of producing currency over 30 years. For more than two decades now, the rest of Congress hasn’t seen the logic.... Read more»1

McSally announces 30-person transition team

Gearing up to take her seat in Congress in just a couple of weeks, Rep.-elect Martha McSally has announced a wide-ranging group to advise her as she picks her team. As McSally decides who'll be on her congressional staff, both in Washington, D.C., and in Tucson, she'll have input from a long list, mostly composed of Republicans with a sprinkling of Democrats.... Read more»5

Immigration bill criticized for going too far – or not far enough

Sponsors of a comprehensive immigration reform bill said no one would be happy with all parts of the bill and a hearing Monday seemed to bear that out, with some in the day-long session saying the bill goes to far and other saying it does not go far enough. ... Read more»

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