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Friese out: Tucson doc who ended Congress run now resigning from Az Legislature

State Rep. Randy Friese, who ended a run for Congress in September, submitted his resignation from the Arizona Legislature on Thursday. His last day in office will be Nov. 15; he's leaving to focus more time on his work as a medical doctor.... Read more»

Pima supervisors to pick replacement for Engel in Arizona Legislature

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will consider three candidates to replace outgoing state Sen. Kirsten Engel during a meeting Tuesday. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kopec: Delay in-person K-12 schooling because of COVID-19 outbreak

"I believe the beginning of in classroom instruction should be delayed until the start of the second academic quarter. I do not come to this conclusion lightly." — Amphi Governing Board member Matt Kopec... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

As goes Billy Kovacs, so go Pima Democrats

Billy Kovacs is going to lose. Billy Kovacs is the future of the Democratic Party in Southern Arizona. Reconciling those two truisms is the biggest challenge the party faces, here, statewide and nationally because they could use some new blood. ... Read more»6

Friese ices Senate run after Sinema announcement

Tucson legislator and doctor Randy Friese said Friday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate, endorsing Kyrsten Sinema after her announcement the previous day that she'll campaign to be the Democrat running against Sen. Jeff Flake.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What revolution? Primary is good news for Bronson

Staunch conservatives taking control of the liberal Pima County government looked doable. Then votes got counted Tuesday. The big winner of the primary election would seem to be (right now ... hedge, hedge) Sharon Bronson. If the Tea Party/Trump revolution is coming, it may be bypassing us.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Kopec: Az election was a national disgrace

Monday, the Arizona House of Representatives' Committee on Elections held a special hearing to take testimony from the Maricopa county recorder, secretary of state and members of the public about the fiasco that was last Tuesday's presidential preference election and how to prevent an incident like it from ever happening again. ... Read more»

Matt Kopec appointed to replace Steele in LD9

A Tucson City Council aide and Democratic activist was appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to replace Victoria Steele in the state Legislature. Matt Kopec, who became the youngest member of the Legislature, was sent to Phoenix to represent LD9 on a 4-1 vote.... Read more»

3 Dems nominated to replace Steele in LD9

Local Democrats have picked three party regulars from which the Board of Supervisors will appoint a state legislator next week: Pamela Powers Hannley, Matt Kopec, and Ted Prezelski.... Read more»

Victoria Steele resigns to focus on Congress run

State lawmaker Victoria Steele submitted her resignation Monday, the opening day of the legislative session, to focus on a run to be the Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. Steele, first elected in 2012, is vying with former lawmaker Matt Heinz for the party's nod.... Read more»

Vogt ducking Star candidate interviews

Republican city council candidate Tyler Vogt told the editorial board of the Arizona Daily Star last week that he'll only answer written questions, and won't appear for a candidate interview.... Read more»2