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Wave of legislative resignations means new faces at Arizona Capitol this year

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. ... Read more»1

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Some Arizona lawmakers are posed to lose out in redistricting draft maps

A number of incumbent lawmakers find themselves facing suddenly unfavorable electoral prospects under the proposed legislative map drawn by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.... Read more»

Arizona Gov. Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

No gimme: GOP may not benefit from Kirkpatrick's retirement

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

Az Dems want special legislative session to address coronavirus

Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Doug Ducey to order a special legislative session to address coronavirus in Arizona. But that doesn't appear likely to happen, at least not right now.... Read more»

‘We deserve better:’ 17-year-old activist joins legislators calling for gun control laws

High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.”... Read more»

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

The Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Reps. Randall Friese and Daniel Hernandez, both from Tucson, co-sponsored a measure that would have banned trigger cranks, including bump stocks.... Read more»

What is Arizona doing about gun control?

Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., put the national debate about gun control back into the spotlight. But at least one Arizona lawmaker remained skeptical much would change in Arizona.... Read more»

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»

Recount pending: McSally clings to 133-vote lead over Barber

Too close to call: Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, up just 133 votes Tuesday as Pima County reported that "nearly all" ballots had been tallied. While McSally is the apparent winner of the election, an automatic recount is almost inevitable. There are about 200 conditional ballots that might yet be added to the count. ... Read more»3

Update: Barber picks up more votes, McSally up by 179

Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber on Monday, up 179 votes as Pima County released new numbers around 5:30 p.m. Barber picked up another 162 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, while a judge denied McSally's move to block the count of a number of provisional ballots.... Read more»

Judge denies McSally move, says to continue counting Pima ballots

A request by GOP candidate Martha McSally for a restraining order to halt the count of provisional ballots in Pima County was denied by a judge Monday. McSally, up just 341 votes, has had her lead slowly eroded as additional ballots have been tallied in her challenge to U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»6

Update: Barber picks up votes, McSally still up by 341

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 341 votes Sunday, as Pima County released new numbers just after 4 p.m. Barber picked up 168 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, and McSally threatened a lawsuit as she challenged the process of reviewing provisional ballots.... Read more»

McSally threatens suit to stop provisional count

Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally's lawyers said Sunday they may go to court to halt the processing of provisional ballots, saying they are challenging the validity of provisional ballot forms that were not signed by elections officials. The GOP challenger leads Rep. Ron Barber by 509 votes, but there are thousands of Pima County ballots left to tabulate.... Read more»

No new count in Barber-McSally race until Monday

There'll be no new totals of the vote count in Southern Arizona's congressional race until Monday. In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Other close local races also hang in the balance.... Read more»

Pima counting 14k ballots, no update until Fri. evening

Stare as long as you want at our live vote tracker, but there won't be an update of Pima County's ballot count until round 5:30 p.m., officials said. "Several thousand" of the 14,000 outstanding ballots were expected to be tallied Friday, with another 10,000 provisional ballots being reviewed.... Read more»2

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