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The average Arizonan with medical debt has $1,903 in collections and while 20% of white Arizonans have medical debt in collections, that number for communities of color is much higher at 39%.

Initial results from the tabulation of early ballots and some Election Day votes showed 75% in support of Proposition 209 - known as the Predatory Debt Collection Act, which aims to restructure how medical debt is collected in favor of the indebted party - and just 24% opposed. Read more»

Proposition 209 would ease the stress on patients with overdue medical bills - one of the leading causes of consumer complaints - so they could keep jobs and homes and eventually pay off their debts, backers say. But critics say the measure will affect all debt and up rewarding those who don't pay their bills while penalizing those who do.

Proposition 209 would increase protections for Arizona residents who face potential wage or asset seizures because of outstanding debt - but critics say the proposal will backfire, rewarding people who don’t pay their bills and punishing people who do. Read more»

Hobbs (left) and Lake

Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs is being hammered by her opponent’s campaign - after she declined for the second time to participate in a televised debate with Republican Kari Lake - with the Lake campaign calling Hobbs a “chicken” for opting out. Read more»

President Donald Trump, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, from left, at a June 2019 White House meeting where Ducey talked about the state’s occupational licensing recognition law.

Most Republicans watched President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech from their couches Thursday but Gov. Doug Ducey watched from the South Lawn of the White House. Read more»

Two months after it halted in-person signature gathering due to the coronavirus outbreak, a citizen initiative that aims to make sweeping changes to Arizona's health care system is renewing its efforts. Read more»

The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty. Read more»

Kirkpatrick at a February debate in Green Valley.

A judge ruled Tuesday that congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick can remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite a challenge to her nominating petitions backed by opponent Matt Heinz. Read more»

Kirkpatrick at a February debate in Green Valley.

A trio of Tucson-area Democrats is trying to narrow the CD 2 primary field by getting the apparent front-runner booted off the ballot. The suit challenging the nominating petitions filed by Ann Kirkpatrick is backed by candidate Matt Heinz. Read more» 1

McCain in 2014.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July but will be “working and campaigning throughout Arizona,” a campaign official confirmed. Read more»

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, said he will not seek re-election this fall, a move likely to shake up what was expected to be a sleepy race in the heavily Republican 5th District.

Rep. Matt Salmon’s unexpected announcement last week that he will not seek re-election to Congress shook up what was expected to be a sleepy campaign in a solidly Republican district. Senate President Andy Biggs was the first to step in, announcing his candidacy less than a half hour after Salmon announced his retirement. Read more»

Rep. Martha McSally’s aggressive fundraising gives her an edge over her competitors in the CD2 House race, but the district will likely still be competitive come November. Even so, national Democratic fundraisers have left Southern Arizona off their list of targeted districts. Read more»

Barber helped escort Honor Flight veterans at the World War II Memorial on Monday.

Republicans are accusing U.S. Rep. Ron Barber of "fudging the facts" about a bill to fund death benefits for armed forces members despite the federal shutdown, while Democrats say the complaints are "pathetic ... what's wrong with politics." Read more»

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, had raised more than $330,000 and had more than $300,000 in campaign cash on had as of March 31, according to finance reports.

The election season is barely behind them, but freshmen Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, have both raised more than $300,000 toward possible re-election bids in 2014, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Southern Arizona Rep. Ron Barber has raised nearly $300k himself. Read more»

McSally (second from left) and Stone (rear) at McSally's announcement of her CD 8 campaign.

A top aide to GOP CD2 candidate Martha McSally has resigned in the wake of allegations that he approached a staffer for Democrat Ron Barber with advice on how to beat Republican Jesse Kelly in the CD 8 special election. Read more» 2

McSally (second from left) and Stone (rear) at McSally's announcement of her CD 8 campaign.

A campaign aide for Martha McSally gave a staffer for Ron Barber unsolicited tips on beating Jesse Kelly a week before the special general election, Barber aides said. The Republican spokesman, Sam Stone, denied giving campaign advice. Read more» 2

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