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Capitol Police prepare for return of Jan. 6 insurrectionists to Washington D.C.

The groups involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried a variety of political and ideological flags and signs, and as many of the same groups who participated are expected to return to the nation’s capital, scholars explain what those symbols mean.... Read more»

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Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election deniers organize to seize control of the GOP

When former Trump adviser and far-right nationalist Steve Bannon issued his “call to action,” people who had never shown interest in party politics began a nationwide groundswell of party activism whose central goal is not merely to win elections but to reshape the machinery.... Read more»

New details suggest senior Trump aides knew Jan. 6 rally could get chaotic

Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them. ... Read more»

White House calls for quick return to school; some Arizona parents, educators balk

A White House panel of parents, teachers and school administrators said Tuesday that reopening schools this fall should be the nation’s top priority, for the wellbeing of students and parents and as a move to “stabilize our society.”... Read more»

Giffords report claims gun violence in Arizona costs state billions

A new report claims that Arizona loses as much as $1.9 billion every year to costs directly associated with gun violence, from lost wages to expenses on everything from health care to police and criminal justice. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The challenger: Mark Kelly launches new mission of political discovery

The odds Martha McSally will lose two Senate races in two years shortened bigly when Mark Kelly announced his challenge to her seat in a video — but her fate is in no way sealed.... Read more»1

SaddleBrooke Republicans censure McCain, Flake for 'abandoning' Trump

A group of GOPers north of Tucson has censured Arizona's pair of U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The elected Republicans have "continued to attack" President Trump, the SaddleBrooke group said, noting McCain's vote against the bill that would have repealed Obamacare and Flake's stance on trade with Cuba.... Read more»

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

Trump's call for flood of poll watchers could disrupt some voting sites

In all but four states, private citizens can challenge someone’s right to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. In most places, the burden of proof then falls on the voter. Experience suggests a wave of partisan poll watchers could create confusion and discourage people who have a right to cast ballots.... Read more»

John McCain running for sixth term

U.S. Sen. John McCain confirmed Monday night TucsonSentinel.com's earlier report that he is making a bid for a sixth term. "I have decided to run," McCain, 78, told NBC News in an interview. The Republican will announce his campaign at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Phoenix on Tuesday.... Read more»2

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

The Martha McSally Show

Good ole Martha McSally is at it again. With a makeover and a snazzy new advertising campaign, she's setting her eyes on Ron Barber once more.... Read more»1

'Pro-troop' charity misleads donors, gives money to Tea Party

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs, and its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission.... Read more»

Tea Party conservatives win top Texas GOP runoffs

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election. ... Read more»

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

Conservative groups spent $10 million bashing Republican candidates so far this year. ... Read more»

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