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Juan Ciscomani

Juan Ciscomani, an advisor to Gov. Doug Ducey, announced Tuesday that he is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in Congressional District 2. Read more»

On Tuesday, Gov. Ducey signed SB 1485 barely an hour after the Senate approved it on a party-line vote, which will allow voters who are signed up to automatically receive early ballots for every election to be removed from the list if they don’t use those ballots. Read more»

The Republican Party has gone feral and it's just one factor clouding the race to replace Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress. It should be an obtainable seat for a normal GOP candidate.

Ann Kirkpatrick's leaving Congress next year, creating an open seat. But too many moving parts obstruct any clear view into what might pass for a crystal ball that predicts the 2022 midterms that should be a big year for Republicans. Both parties remain their own biggest foils. Read more» 1

Congressional districts in the state of Arizona, reflecting district boundaries current to the 113th United States Congress.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the data states need for redistricting will be available in mid-to-late August, the Associated Press reported. Delays caused by the pandemic previously led the bureau to move the target date, making it likely that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission wouldn’t be able to complete its draft maps until December or later. However, there’s a catch: The data will be available in an outdated format that will be difficult for some states to use. Read more»

Phoenix police in riot gear at a 2010 neo-Nazi rally in downtown Phoenix. According to Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department currently employs more than 100 officers who are on the Brady List.

A bill that would allow law enforcement agents to appeal being placed on a list of dishonest officers cleared another hurdle on its way to becoming law, despite concerns from Maricopa County prosecutors. Read more»

Kirsten Engel

Kirsten Engel, a member of the Arizona Legislature, announced Friday that she's running for Congress, seeking to fill the seat to be left open when U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick leaves office. Read more»

Experts say signs like this one could become more common as state and national moratoriums on evictions in the face of COVID-19 are lifted.

As Arizona continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of eviction filings has also been steadily increasing, and lawmakers are looking to create a study committee to look into how the courts and laws can better help both tenants and landlords. Read more»

A Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy makes a traffic stop near Holbrook, Arizona on Nov. 22, 2016, in an effort to find and seize drugs along Interstate 40. Navajo County uses forfeiture money to partially fund the salaries of its drug task force.

Senate Bill 1556 would have made a number of changes to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system, under which law enforcement and prosecutors can take money and property allegedly used for or resulting from crimes. Chief among them would be to require a criminal conviction before property can be permanently taken. Read more»

Protesters (from left) Andrea Castro, Janna Hynds and Karina Hawkins attend the Arizona Youth Climate Strike at the Capitol on March 15.

Federal judges are weighing whether the U.S. can be held legally responsible for failing to protect future generations from climate change. Read more»

Arizona state legislators speak to the media following their tour of Southwest Key Program's Estrella Del Norte facility.

More than a dozen state legislators toured the Southwest Key shelter in Tucson, where nearly 300 children are staying as part of an contract with Health and Human Services, including 73 kids who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Read more»

In Southern Arizona, Rep. Stefanie Mach narrowly trailed Republican challenger Todd Clodfelter in the LD 10 House race. Just 230 votes separated the two Wednesday afternoon, with Democrat Kirsten Engel up about another 230 ballots as voters picked two legislative representatives from the district. Read more»

In the absence of concrete plans to generate the funds needed, talk about education funding is just that. Gov. Ducey's claim that Prop. 123 is a first step to restoring cuts to K-12 education is meaningless in the absence of a plan to implement steps two, three and four. What divides our political leaders is not their advocacy for quality education, but their willingness to make the tough decisions needed. Read more»

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