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In key Pima County races, Laura Conover won county attorney election with 57%, while Matt Heinz beat out incumbent Supervisor Ramon Valadez in the Democratic primary in District 2. Read more»

Joe Ferguson, whose fingers will soon have more gun oil than newsprint on them.

The Daily Star newsroom got a little bit sleepier on Tuesday, as longtime political reporter Joe Ferguson became a politician himself, trading his pen for a gun. Despite accusations of "a political favor" and some loud profanity, Pima supervisors appointed him as a constable in JP 9. Read more» 1

Interviews with Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, who's running for reelection, plus KVOI's Doug Martin and Ally Miller, a Republican candidate for supervisor in District 1. Read more»

How long can the love last between two political operatives divided by party? Find out next week in the next installment of The Sandbox.

Democratic activist Ted Prezelski and Republican consultant Sam Stone rate the best and worst local primary campaigns in the initial installment of The Sandbox. Read more» 14

GOP supervisor candidate Mike Hellon, Republican candidate for CD2 Martha McSally, along with education sales tax proponent Ann-Eve Pederson and Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer. Read more»

The Arizona State Capitol complex in Phoenix.

Arizona’s legislative session this year was as hard to track as a Stealth bomber, even for many Capitol regulars. Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, but lawmakers are short-circuiting the public process. Read more»

Wednesday on Buckmaster - state Rep. Vic Williams, a GOP candidate for Pima County supervisor in District 1. Plus, Rick Grinnell, a former candidate for Tucson mayor and ex-Rio Nuevo boardmember, and Lea Marquez Peterson, head of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. Read more»

Shaun McClusky, a Republican who tried to run for mayor, and Luke Knipe, a blogger at PocoBravo.com and a Democratic activist, guest host. Read more»

When Arizona faced a $2 billion deficit in 2010, lawmakers closed the budget gap by tightening eligibility requirements for Medicaid — eliminating health insurance for 300,000 people — and by ending a state preschool program and cutting funding from K-12 education. Read more»

Applicants at a 2010 job fair for civilian defense workers.

Thousands of unemployed Arizonans could be stripped of their benefits if three bills approaching passage in the Legislature become law. Critics say GOP legislators are attacking the unemployed with bills that would mandate drug tests, raise the income needed to quality and cover fewer workers. Read more»

The latest attempt to ban texting while driving in Arizona has reached a dead end at the Legislature. Read more»

Angel Lopez, a second-year medical student from Yuma, Ariz. said the funding the University of Arizona would receive from this bill would help move the medical program forward.

A Tucson lawmaker is seeking a $15 million appropriation that he says would allow the University of Arizona’s medical, pharmacy and public health programs in downtown Phoenix to turn out more health care professionals. Read more»

The Arizona centennial special plate is an example of dozens of similar plates that allow motorists to display their support for various groups and causes. A House panel has endorsed a bill that would get rid of many of these special plates.

A House panel endorsed a bill Thursday that would put the brakes on many of the special license plates that allow Arizonans to display support for various causes. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We kick off the show with a conversation with Arizona Representative Vic Williams, candidate for Pima County Supervisor. Then, certified financial planner Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Next, New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance stops by to talk about her latest book. Plus, Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly Arts Editor, with her bi-monthly arts report. Read more»

Businessman Mike Hellon has declared his candidacy for the Pima County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by the retiring Ann Day. Hellon is a former head of the state Republican Party. Read more»

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