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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»

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at an August campaign event at the University of Arizona.

"Who will Arizona voters support: Mark Kelly - whose life reflects the values by which he and the late Sen. John McCain lived their lives - or a Silicon Valley-financed newcomer to politics like Blake Masters?" — Michael G. Mathis, Rear Admiral, USN (ret) 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 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»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema speaking on the Senate floor Jan. 13, 2022, in defense of the filibuster, which requires all legislation to receive 60 votes to pass the 100-member body.

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»

Protesters with the Arizona Coalition to End the Filibuster gathered outside of Sen. Kysten Sinema’s office in Phoenix on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, to pressure the senator to support ending the filibuster. Phoenix police arrested 10 people at the rally who staged a sit-in.

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»

Voting rights activists, some of whom began a hunger strike last week, rallied on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as the Senate began debate Tuesday on a package of voting rights bills.

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»

Woods (left) was a close friend of the late Sen. John McCain, and the two enjoyed Diamondbacks games together.

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

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, and Trump, in his latest campaign announcement video.

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

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»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly delivers his maiden speech on the Senate floor.

"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

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»

Thousands came to Washington in November 2017 to protest the Trump administration’s plan to do away with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That program, which was ultimately preserved, gives recipients authorization to work in the U.S. – but not in federal jobs or on Capitol Hill.

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»

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