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U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has jumped into the U.S. Senate race. For the moment, his prospects are a lot better than independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema's.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a former Marine Corps combat officer and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. Read more»

Republican Abe Hamadeh still lost the race for Arizona attorney general after recount deemed him a loser again.

So the recount in the 2022 Arizona attorney general's race is over and Democrat Kris Mayes won even though Pinal County's recounting of the votes cut her margin of victory in half. Read more»

A Tucson effort to fight homelessness has been nixed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. But for how long?

Outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich left me a holiday present — something to go with the snickerdoodles and cheap New Year's champagne. Read more»

The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is no longer a Democrat. She was just passing through the party, anyway. (Sinema speaks during a 
Finance Committee hearing, Oct. 19, 2021)

News flash: U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pulls an attention-seeking move to make herself so much more super-important. Or not. And my hot take: Eyeroll. Of course she did. Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe at a 2010 think-tank discussion on 'Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis.'

On a December night in 2006, I did an exit interview with Jim Kolbe. I knew he was smart. I didn't yet realize he was brilliant. He saw how the pieces fit together, and his intellect explained how he could be a total pain. Read more»

Arizona voters have taken punches over the decades but their vote in the midterms may have saved democracy in a very specific way.

I have something serious to be thankful for and that's you, Arizona. You might have saved democracy in America. Voters here fixed bayonets and charged down Little Round Top, routing the rebel army right back toward the village of Gettysburg (metaphorically of course). Read more»

Voters weren't really into populist outrage over mandates or race theories in 2022. Right-wing theatrics took it on the chin from the governor's race down to the school boards.

MAGA denialism didn't just bomb at the top of the 2022 ballots. Voters chose actual issues instead of overhyped conspiracies when it came to several Tucson-area school board races. Read more»

Blake Masters is left wondering where his U.S. Senate seat went. It seems his party could use some friendly advice about the 2022 election went so wrong.

How in the name of Bob Dole did the Republicans blow the 2022 elections? I've got some humble and simple suggestions for Republicans about how to avoid some mistakes in the future. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly takes a 6-point lead against Republican Blake Masters is bound into the next round of vote counting.

In the best possible environment, Arizona Republicans are struggling to win key races. The state is not reverting to pre-Trump form and is no longer a Republican stronghold. Read more»

Voter intimidation efforts haven't shown up in Tucson, police say, but law enforcement is ready if it does come down here. So go vote.

Local, state and federal law enforcement promise to protect voters from intimidation like what has cropped up in the Phoenix area. So don't let the bastards grind you down. Read more»

Kari Lake can't figure out why her refusal to accept election results is something people can't shut up about.

Kari Lake's "promise" to abide election result is as bogus as her claims of voter fraud, as democracy teeters in the balance of voter anger over inflation and crime. We're so screwed. Read more»

The question about Jan. 6 that must be answered is will Republicans work to do it again.

Election denying about 2020 doesn't matter anywhere near as much as election denying in 2024 will. It's not unfair to press Republicans on the matter. They brought it upon themselves. Read more»

Growing up is Tucson's alternative for growing out. What's been done Downtown, as with this project near West Broadway and South Church Street, should spread throughout the urban center.

Nothing sounds sexier than a "Downtown infill overlay zone" but Tucson has used this land-use tool to help resurrect our city core. Expanding it could help heal much of what ails Tucson. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's legal leap into the abortion debate means that medical care is no longer available in Arizona. Republicans would ordinarily prevail in these midterm elections, but the issue is likely to drag them down with voters — and not just women.

A Pima County judge cleared the way for a near-total abortion ban in Arizona. Republicans can no longer hide from the issue. They must stand and run on their extreme power grab from Arizonans' personal lives. The GOP's slim margin on power in the Legislature means the Democrats have an opportunity to seize. Read more»

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