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Focus expected to narrow onto Senate race after Arizona primaries

Although Arizona voters will cast ballots Tuesday in Republican and Democratic Senate primaries, the result is all but a foregone conclusion. But the race between incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally’s and Democrat Mark Kelly, a retired Navy captain and space shuttle commander, is expected to be very competitive.... Read more»

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Monday musings: Analysis

Herstam: What Raytheon wants, Raytheon gets

As the 2021 Arizona budget is crafted behind Republican closed doors (as usual), look for $3.5 million that funds "hypersonic" research and expanded wind tunnels at the University of Arizona. Why? Because Raytheon Missile Systems wants it. Plus: Presidential primary looms here, Brnovich continues Obamacare assault.... Read more»1

Court rejects claim that Ducey’s pick of McSally was unconstitutional

Martha McSally can still claim the title of United States senator after a federal court last week rejected a claim that her 2018 appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey was unconstitutional. ... Read more»

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»

Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Quick questions raised by McSally's appointment to Senate

Now that everyone's a winner, how will the bruising election battle figure into the public service now required of Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema?... Read more»

McSally appointed to McCain's Senate seat

Martha McSally will be a U.S. senator after all. The Republicans' losing candidate in November's election will be sent back to D.C. to the upper chamber, taking the seat formerly held by John McCain, and ever-so briefly by Jon Kyl.... 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»

Kyl resigning from Senate on Dec. 31; Ducey to appoint again

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain in September, will leave office at the end of the year, and Gov. Ducey will again appoint a Republican to the Senate.... Read more»

Kirk Adams resigns as Ducey staff chief, Senate speculation rampant

Kirk Adams, chief of staff for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, will leave his post next month, and the announcement set off predictions that Ducey will appoint his longtime right hand man to the U.S. Senate seat now filled by Jon Kyl.... Read more»

Judicial nominee defends tribal law record in low-key Senate hearing

Federal appeals court nominee Eric Miller tried to dispel concerns last week about his record on tribal law, telling a Senate committee that his previous work on behalf of clients did not foretell how he would rule as a judge.... Read more»

Kyl challenges DHS over releases of migrant familes

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen had no answers for communities and overloaded non-profits helping families released from federal detention. ... Read more»

Experts: Constituents should see smooth transition from McCain to Kyl

On the late Sen. McCain’s office website is a note asking constituents for patience as staffers deal with their cases in the wake of the senator’s death. But that was before Gov. Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill his seat, a move that assures what experts said would likely be a “near-seamless” transition as far as constituents are concerned.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Once & future Sen. Kyl is a dicey proposition for Team MAGA

Jon Kyl is a throwback conservative to the days of counting character, budget slashing and rule of law. Senator, meet Donald Trump, who believes all glory goes to him. I'm not sure how well they are going to fit.... Read more»

Former senator Jon Kyl named as McCain's replacement

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has been appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, and will take office this week — but perhaps only for a short time.... Read more»

Kyl to help shepherd Supreme Court nomination through Senate

The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl had been tapped to act as a “sherpa” to help guide the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate.... Read more»

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