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Santa Rita Mountains, about 40 miles south of Tucson, one of five 'Madrean sky islands,' in the region. The proposed Rosemont mine is located on the east side of the mountain range.

Despite widespread resistance from the city of Tucson, Pima County, multiple environmental groups and Indigenous tribes throughout Southern Arizona, Canadian-based Hudbay Minerals continues to push its Rosemont Mine project through roadblocks hoping to get final approval. Read more»

Zack and Jessica Jarrett stood on the corner of Campbell Ave. and Speedway to push people to vote on the Saturday morning before Election Day.

We have both run for office in Arizona multiple times at the local and state levels. We have both been in close elections and it hasn’t always worked out in our favor. But the vote count was reached with integrity and a commitment that every Arizona ballot was counted. — Terry Goddard & Bob Worsley Read more»

Jan Brewer and Doug Ducey speak at an 'ice cream social' campaign event in 2014, when Ducey was running for governor to succeed Brewer.

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning "sanctuary cities," breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate. Read more»

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, won high marks from Arizona delegates to the Democratic National Convention for his Wednesday speech as well as his leadership of the delegation.

Gallego was one of two Arizonans who addressed the convention Wednesday night, along with former Rep. Gabby Giffords. But it’s not just his speech that’s been garnering attention for Gallego, who got high marks from convention-goers for his leadership of the state’s delegation. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

More boots on the ground and fewer supervisors to oversee them: That’s what the head of the United States Border Patrol union told a congressional committee is needed for the understaffed and outgunned federal agency grappling with the threat that violence south of the Rio Grande will spread north. Read more»

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco. The court ordered a new hearing for people who say Arizona illegally seized money in a smuggling probe.

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for two people who claim Arizona prosecutors unconstitutionally seized money transfers from them as part of an investigation into human smuggling. Read more»

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a "non-partisan seniors advocacy group," but like anything involving dark money, what they say is far from true. 60 Plus is a major player in the fight for Social Security privatization. That proposal was the brainchild of hedge fund managers who would profit from privatization and who write big checks to political organizations, not seniors who rely on Social Security. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Terry Goddard and Michele Reagan.

Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want Arizona to have laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups, shadowy nonprofits that for now can spend money on behalf of campaigns without disclosing sources of their funding. Read more»

A breakdown of registered voters in Arizona.

The state’s largest bloc of voters may be forfeiting their ability to make a difference in Arizona elections. About 12 percent of independents voted in the Aug. 26 primary, compared to 27 percent turnout among all voters, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Read more»

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected. Read more» 5

Landrum Taylor announced she would seek the state's No. 2 political spot last month.

Legislator Leah Landrum Taylor is dropping her bid to become the number-two politician in Arizona, and will announce she's ending her exploratory campaign to be the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. That will leave Terry Goddard as the sole Democrat seeking the office. Read more»

Interviews with Rep. Ethan Orr, Community Food Bank's Melissa Wieters, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, along with Habistore manager Terry Dee and Culligan Man Al Zaragoza. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer

With attention turning toward the 2014 gubernatorial race, much of the discussion revolves around Gov. Jan Brewer's intentions – and whether she's even eligible to run. Read more» 1

See an interactive map of states or counties covered under the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to review a law that requires federal approval of any changes to Arizona’s election laws and procedures, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday the measure has outlived its usefulness. Read more» 4

For all the political rhetoric and chest pounding about border security in recent years, the United States has done very little, and politicians have said almost nothing about cutting off massive amounts of funds flowing illegally across the Southwest border and feeding the drug cartels. Read more»

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