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It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters. Read more» 1

While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona. Read more»

Arizone Secretary of State Ken Bennett gives his opening remarks at the beginning of a debate among five of the Republican candidates for governor. From left to right, is Christine Jones, Frank Riggs, Scott Smith, and Andrew Thomas.

Five of six Republican candidates debated the cost of border enforcement and the use of National Guard troops to secure the border, and took shots at Doug Ducey for not attending the last two debates. While most of Arizona's GOP gubernatorial hopefuls have worked to attract Tea Party support, the discussion was neither strong nor heated. Read more»

Eight candidates seeking the nod as the Republican candidate for Arizona governor will make their pitches to the Saddlebrooke Republican Club next week. Read more»

Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa and president of the U-S Conference of Mayors, is considering a run for Arizona governor. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Linda Valdez, Tucson-based columnist and editorial writer for The Arizona Republic, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer and columnist for The Arizona Daily Star. Plus, Matt Russell with Weekend Watch. Read more»

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and others at the 'Don’t Mess With Our Bonds' event said levying taxes on municipal bonds could lead to a loss of jobs, higher taxes and fewer public projects.

While much of Washington is focused on the impact of Friday’s “sequestration” cuts, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is worried that a proposed solution to that problem could end up seriously hurting cities. Read more»

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, left, discusses his city’s goals and challenges in terms of sustainability during a panel discussion with other mayors Wednesday during the Arizona Solar Summit in Scottsdale. Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord is at right.

Mayors of Mesa, Phoenix, Goodyear and Clarkdale shared their cities’ goals and challenges in fostering sustainability during the Arizona Solar Summit. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said sustainability should be a routine so that no fanfare is required. Read more»

Vince Roig, chairman of the Helios Education Foundation, discusses his group’s $250,000 grant to help 10 mayors found the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable.

Mayors representing 10 cities from around Arizona are forming a partnership to work with schools and private groups to improve education. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, founding chairman of the roundtable committee, said that cities have as much at stake as anyone else in what goes on in classrooms. Read more»

Passengers line up for service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

For some East Valley residents, the close proximity of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has made it an attractive alternative to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. (with video) Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in Washington, D.C., to talk about potential defense budget cuts, said the threat of automatic cuts could have a 'devastating' impact on the region’s economy if Congress does not act.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has acknowledged defense cuts will happen, but said the reductions would have a “devastating impact on the local economy.” Read more»

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith came away from a White House meeting Monday satisfied that he and other mayors had an “honest dialogue” with the president about the economy. (with video) Read more»