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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chair of the Democratic National Comittee, cited Arizona repeatedly Tuesday for what she said were failures of the national Republican Party to expand its appeal to minorities and women.

A year after the Republican Party unveiled plans to attract women and minority voters, a national Democratic leader insisted the GOP is still “out of touch,” citing the party’s actions in Arizona as examples. Read more» 1

Hispanics are expected to become a steadily more important voting group in coming years. But experts say political parties will not only have to reach out to those voters, but will have to get them to the polls, which they have not traditionally done in large numbers.

With the Hispanic population in Arizona growing, a report from a lobbying group said that the future of the Republican party in the state hinges on the passage of immigration reform. Read more»

State Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, who had to 'struggle' to get coverage after she was treated for cancer, said one of the benefits of Obamacare is that people with pre-existing conditions cannot be turned away.

Despite the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Arizona Democrats touted the law’s “many, many positive aspects” and showcased one woman Monday who successfully got health insurance through healthcare.gov. Read more»

Barber last November. The Democrat is expected to face a rematch next year with Republican Martha McSally, whom he beat narrowly for the 2nd District seat in 2012.

With a year until the next election, Democratic freshmen in three competitive Arizona congressional districts are continuing to stockpile cash for their re-election bids, according to the latest campaign finance reports. U.S. Reps. Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema each raised at least $280,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30. Read more»

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, had raised more than $330,000 and had more than $300,000 in campaign cash on had as of March 31, according to finance reports.

The election season is barely behind them, but freshmen Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, have both raised more than $300,000 toward possible re-election bids in 2014, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Southern Arizona Rep. Ron Barber has raised nearly $300k himself. Read more»

Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, says holding Arizona’s presidential primary on the same day as the Iowa caucuses would give the state the chance to look at more candidates and prompt candidates to spend more time campaigning in Arizona.

Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, says the change would give Arizona a bigger say in presidential politics and more candidates to look at. But it likely also would result in sanctions from national parties, as happened with the state's delegation to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Read more»

Barry Buhan, a poll watcher registered with the Republican Party, stands outside a polling place at a west Phoenix school. 'I'm just here to make sure everything runs smoothly,' he said.

Democrats and left-leaning voter-rights groups had raised concerns that poll watchers mobilized by conservative groups would lead to voter intimidation and vote-suppression, however there have been no reports of problems with poll watchers. Read more»

You may be alone when you step into the voting booth on Election Day, but there will still be thousands of people watching over your shoulder. Attorneys for the government, political parties and other groups will be monitoring the voting process closely this year to protect against voter fraud, voter intimidation and possibly to ready challenges in close races. Read more»

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, at the Washington release of a report projecting a sharp jump in Latinos voting this year, nationally and in Arizona.

The number of Latinos going to the polls in Arizona for this presidential election could jump as much as 23 percent from their turnout in 2008, according to a new report. Read more» 1

New Federal Election Commission filings show President Barack Obama raised more in Arizona than Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the last two months, although Romney still has raised more in the state overall ($5.6 million to $4.7 million).

President Barack Obama outraised Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Arizona by more than $300,000 for the second consecutive month, according to Federal Election Commission filings for September. Read more»

Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Phoenix, is challenging fellow Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Scottsdale for re-election.

Primary season has already done what hurricane season is only threatening to do: Driven some party members away from next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Read more»