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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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Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over filibuster support

Arizona Democrats formally censured Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Saturday for her vote to preserve the filibuster and refusal to join her Democratic colleagues in carving out an exception to the 60-vote threshold to allow a voting rights bill to pass.... Read more»

Arizonans protest at U.S. Capitol as Senate takes up voting rights, Kelly endorses changing filibuster

Arizonans were among the activists protesting in Washington D.C. as the Senate began consideration of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Sen. Mark Kelly announced that he'll back changing filibuster rules for the measures.... Read more»

'The ultimate umpire': Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods remembered

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods was remembered Monday as an “incredibly active public servant” whose sudden death over the weekend had the potential to deal “a pretty big blow” to moderates in the state. ... Read more»

Grant Woods, longtime McCain confidante & former Az Attorney General, dead at 67

Grant Woods, a longtime aide of Sen. John McCain who was Arizona's attorney general for nearly a decade, died Saturday at 67. Woods notably broke from the Republican Party over his scorn for Donald Trump, and his name was floated as a Democratic candidate for the Senate.... Read more»

Glassman returns, again: Rodney in GOP attorney general primary

Rodney Glassman, the former Democratic Tucson City Councilman, is continuing his apparent quest to run for every elected office in Arizona, this time setting his sights on the Republican primary for state attorney general.... Read more»1

Arizona Redistricting Commission chooses competitiveness metrics

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has selected the tools it will use to determine whether the new congressional and legislative districts it draws are competitive, one of the criteria the Arizona Constitution directs the commission to use when drawing new maps.... Read more»

Sen. Mark Kelly's maiden speech: Full transcript & video

"Arizonans sent me here to have their backs. And to work towards a brighter future for our growing state." — U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly delivered his first speech on the floor Wednesday, in a Senate tradition of "maiden speeches."... Read more»1

Cindy McCain picked by Biden as UN food ambassador

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»

Obscure law denies Dreamers congressional jobs

A little-known law – specifically section 704 of Title VII of Division E of the federal budget –prohibits undocumented residents of the U.S. from holding a federal job, which includes paid internships and jobs on Capitol Hill, something the American Dream Employment Act seeks to change.... Read more»

Fight over Arizona's Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

The prospect of whether to turn sacred Apache land over to a mining company, whose plans for the site would “obliterate” the ability of tribal members to worship there, has turned an environmental fight over the mine into one over religious rights and drawn a diverse cast of supporters to the Apache cause. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Clean Elections commissioners: Arizona Leg would put 'unconscionable' limits on voting

John McCain would be ashamed of some things going on at the Arizona Legislature – actions being taken in the name of addressing alleged election fraud. — Clean Elections Commissioners Mark Kimble and Damien Meyer... Read more»

Kirkpatrick won't seek re-election to Congress

Ann Kirkpatrick, who's served a total of five terms representing two different Arizona districts in Congress, won't seek re-election in 2022, the Tucson Democrat announced Friday morning.... Read more»

Sinema faces blowback for minimum wage vote; long-term damage unclear

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she still believes the Senate should take up a higher minimum wage, but that didn’t keep critics from lighting into her after her Friday vote to keep the higher wage out of the latest pandemic relief package.... Read more»

Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

U.S. District Judge Steven Logan rejected a request by the group Apache Stronghold for a preliminary injunction against the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, saying the group did not have standing to challenge the project and questioning the merits and likelihood of success of the claim.... Read more»

Dems want OV Rep. Mark Finchem expelled from Arizona Legislature

Arizona Democrats introduced a resolution Monday to expel a Republican state lawmaker for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, his ties to extremist groups and for spreading misinformation about the election.... Read more»

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