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U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, shown in a 2011 file photo, announced on her Facebook page Thursday that she won’t run in the congressional district where fellow Democrat Ed Pastor is retiring.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said Thursday she won’t switch districts to run for the congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor. Read more»


The senior member of Arizona's congressional delegation, 11-term Rep. Ed Pastor of Phoenix, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election. The move set off an instant flurry of speculation about who would seek to replace him in what's widely seen as a safe Democratic seat. State Rep. Ruben Gallego quickly tweeted, "I am in for Congress." Read more» 2

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, shown in a file photo, said he and other community leaders in Arizona will use Latino Enrollment Week of Action to encourage more Latinos to seek health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of uninsured Latinos would benefit from the Affordable Care Act, but many incorrectly assume that coverage is too expensive and that enrolling would put relatives in the country illegally at risk for deportation, a White House official said Monday. Read more»

Rep. Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park, said requiring Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens would help ease unemployment in his district, which stretches to Yuma.

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens, as is already the case with other peace officers, saying the change would help ease unemployment in his district. Read more»

Laid off and with a pre-existing medical condition, Tucson resident Sue Voelker said it was a struggle to get health insurance – until the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Voelker said that under Obamacare she was able to sign up for a Gold Plan policy at the same price as lesser coverage that had previously been offered to her. Read more» 1

Gov. Jan Brewer answers reporters' questions after an appearance Tuesday.

While the governor has restored welfare payments to families whose checks were hung up by the federal shutdown, she's warning that a larger crisis looms. Food stamp payments that 1.1 million Arizonans rely on wouldn't go out if the impasse continues into November, she says. Read more»

Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, organized a news conference at which he, other GOP lawmakers and limited-government advocates slammed Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Republican lawmakers and advocates for limited government took to the House lawn Thursday to protest Gov. Jan Brewer’s support for expanding Medicaid coverage. After opposing the Affordable Care Act and deciding against having a state-run health insurance exchange, Brewer announced earlier this year she wants Arizona to accept billions in federal funds over three years. Read more»

From left to right, members of the new veterans caucus at the Arizona State Legislature include Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix; Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City; and Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale.

The group includes five Democrats and two Republicans, most of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members say they are working on bipartisan legislation that will benefit Arizona veterans. One early result is a bill boosting incentives for hiring disabled veterans. Read more»

Brewer in January 2012.

For those whose role can involve fundraising and who would seem to have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the presidential campaign, few of Arizona’s state and federal elected leaders had made personal campaign contributions to Mitt Romney or Barack Obama Read more»

Supporters of Proposition 114 argue that people who commit a felony cannot sue the victims involved. The measure would amend Arizona's Constitution, which currently bars laws limiting the right to sue for death or injury. Opponents of the proposition expect it to pass in November. Read more»

State Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, discusses a plan put forward by liberal groups to stimulate the nation’s economy.

A plan to revitalize the U.S. economy put forward by liberal groups would create jobs in Arizona and help the poor move to the middle class, a Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday. (with video) Read more»

Changing procedures to identify military veterans eligible for federal medical benefits would save Arizona's Medicaid system millions of dollars, a state lawmaker said. (with video) Read more»

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