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Fun with meetings: Tucson City Council takes up 'casitas,' Pima Supes select lawmakers & more

The Tucson Agenda: The Sentinel's roundup of upcoming local government meetings shows the City Council, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Marana Town Council and Amphitheater Public Schools are covering issues you should know about.... Read more»

Kirsten Engel resigns from Az Legislature to run full-time for Congress

State Sen. Kirsten Engel is stepping down from her legislative seat to run full-time in the CD 2 Democratic primary, which will help determine who takes the place of U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick as she retires next year.... Read more»1

Incumbents have the edge, but redistricting scrambles Arizona House race outlooks

Arizona’s congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads – but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has “put us all in a state of limbo” for the 2022 House races. ... Read more»

Republican Ciscomani enters CD2 primary race

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»

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, built on a pioneer, conservative ethos of Second Amendment rights. That has meant most Arizona adults can openly carry weapons into many public and private spaces. Arizona also is the hub of a national gun-reform group, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a mass shooting outside a Tucson grocery store in 2011. At least five gun bills introduced in the Legislature show the tension between the poles of conservative and progressive viewpoints. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

State bill would pay $2.5M toward memorial for Jan. 8 attack

Several Arizona legislators support a bill to fund a memorial honoring survivors and victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, attack in Tucson, when a man started shooting during a congressional meet-and-greet in a grocery-store parking lot.... Read more»

Arizonans go head-to-head on motorcycle safety laws

Motorcyclists who roll down Arizona highways agree that riding in the open air is one of life’s exhilarating experiences. But disagreements become sharp when the subject of whether to wear a helmet – or whether the state should mandate helmet use – is on the table.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

National Day of Solidarity for Compassionate Patient Care

Human chain honors Giffords' doctor

Over 100 people gathered to form a human chain at University Medical Center at noon on Valentine's Day to recognize the humanism and compassion shown by Dr. Randall Friese, who cared for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the emergency ward.... Read more»