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Shaq McCoy, one of the co-founders of Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, works to collect signatures on Wednesday evening.

An effort to amend Arizona's Constitution to guarantee abortion rights fell well short of the 356,000 signatures required to add the measure to November's ballot, organizers said Thursday. State officials said an 1864 territorial-era ban on nearly all abortions remains in place. Read more»

Hundreds of people protested the potential end of Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., in Downtown Tucson on May 3.

A group of abortion rights activists filed an initiative to amend the Arizona Constitution to add a "fundamental right to reproductive freedom." They'll need at least 356,000 signatures by July 7 to get the measure on the ballot. Read more» 1

Cage, via Facebook.

The chairwoman of the Pima County Democratic Party has made a dramatic exit from her post just weeks before Election Day. Cheryl Cage resigned following a meeting last week in which the party's executive committee disagreed with her spending priorities. Read more» 1

The GOP aspirants have $16,715 cash on hand. Which ones? All of them. Together. Lawton, challenging Cunningham in Ward 2, has $7,962 in the bank. Burkholder, vying for Scott's Ward 4 seat, has $4,559. Hunt, pursuing Romero's seat in Ward 1, is sitting on $4,194. At this rate, they'll be fierce contenders by 2019. Read more» 2

McManus, left, and Butrum at a June lunch marking the retirement of former Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Shasta McManus, the executive director of the Pima County Democratic Party, is leaving for a role with local political consulting firm SIMG. Stepping in on an interim basis will be Democratic activist Heath Butrum. Read more»

Brewer's office released a photograph of her signing the veto letter.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated." Read more» 4

Shasta McManus was announced Monday as the new executive director of the Pima County Democratic Party. McManus was given the post Wednesday after serving as interim director since December, Pima Dems Chairman Don Jorgenson said Monday. Read more»