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Education advocates hold a sign during a press conference Sept. 15 as Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding, at the podium, calls out Republicans for failing to call a special session to lift the school Aggregate Expenditure Limit.

Arizona Democrats and public education advocates are urging Gov. Ducey and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to keep their promise to lift the state’s annual school spending cap, allowing districts across the state to spend around $1.3 billion already allocated to them. Read more»

Lake has been a outsized voice for unfounded claims and accusations of election fraud in the 2020 election, which she falsely claims was stolen from Donald Trump.

Kari Lake, a former Phoenix newscaster, will face Democrat Katie Hobbs in Arizona's November election for governor - and Adrian Fontes, former Maricopa County recorder, will face Republican Mark Finchem in the secretary of state contest. Read more»

Katie Hobbs in March 2022.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs secured the Democratic nomination for governor and former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes appears to have secured the nomination to be the Democratic nominee to replace her. Read more»

Former Doug Ducey protege Juan Ciscomani would seem to have the wind to his back after his primary win. But the Republican's party might just blow it for him, with Democrat Kirsten Engel ready to work for every vote.

Don't be shocked if the election between Engel and Ciscomani in Arizona's CD 6 is settled by less than 200 votes. The Southern Arizona congressional district is drawn up for bone-on-bone close. So get that 'I voted' sticker, folks. Tell the world you voted on Nov. 8. Read more»

State lawmakers worked overnight and passed a $15.6 billion budget in the early morning hours of June 23.

Republicans and Democrats joined forces early Thursday morning to pass a $15.8 billion budget that significantly increases K-12 funding as state lawmakers scrambled to approve a spending plan and avert a state government shutdown on July 1. Read more»

Reginald Bolding, left, and Adrian Fontes on stage during Satuday's debate for the Democratic nomination for Secretary for State.

Reginald Bolding and Adrian Fontes, Democratic primary candidates for Arizona secretary of state, contrasted their plans and qualifications Saturday, making their cases for who's best suited to beat a Republican opponent in the November election. Read more»

Candidates for the Arizona Legislature will make their cases during a series of primary debates hosted by the Clean Elections Commission. The online events, organized by district, will run from June through early July. Read more»

Adrian Fontes, left, and Reginald Bolding

Reginald Bolding and Adrian Fontes, the two Democratic candidates for Arizona's secretary of state, will go head-to-head at a forum moderated by Tucson Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith on Saturday, May 28. Read more»

Historically, across the country, statewide recounts have rarely led to a reversal of results.

A bill with bipartisan support awaiting a final vote as early as today in the Arizona Legislature would vastly widen the margin of votes between candidates that triggers an automatic recount in primary and general elections, for almost every type of race. Read more»

First quarter fundraising reports for statewide races show wide gulfs are developing between candidates.

The race for Arizona governor appears to be solidifying around three candidates who are each raising a lot of money - but also burning through it at a fast rate - and an election denier and state lawmaker leads the fundraising race for secretary of state. Read more»

Arizona House Republicans voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would allow an avenue for county-based audits of elections for residents or entities who could front the costs - yet despite four months of coordination and planning, a fee schedule has not been created. Read more»

A Maricopa County judge on Friday declared that a voter-approved income tax hike on wealthy Arizonans to fund public schools violates the state Constitution, though he made clear that he wasn’t particularly happy about it. Read more»

Arizona Senate Republicans on Monday advanced bills on voter registration that critics say will discourage some younger people — particularly college students — from registering to vote. Read more»

Legislation approves last week intended to standardize the number of signatures candidates need to get their names on the ballot also included another provision that makes drastic changes for selecting precinct committeemen - what the GOP is calling unintentional drafting errors. Read more»

The constitution does provide a way around the cap: A two-thirds supermajority of each legislative chamber can increase the spending limit.

Bipartisan proposals to fend off the threat of nearly $1.2 billion in mid-year funding cuts for Arizona schools were introduced Monday, just two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline to act before schools are forced to layoff staff and face shutting down. Read more»

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