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Arizona hasn't had a governor from south of the Gila since Raul Castro in the mid-1970s. Three-term Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Saddlebrooke thinks he can change that, although the GOP primary field is already crowded. Read more» 1

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»

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

Interviews with state Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford, the Democratic incumbent candidate in LD3, and U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican running for U.S. Senate. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik and newsman Jim Nintzel. Read more»

Terry Dee on the death of William G. Valenzuela; Rio Nuevo Board Chairman Fletcher McCusker; Democratic state House candidate Victoria Steele; U.S. Senate hopeful Wil Cardon. 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»

A poll released Wednesday shows Mitt Romney with a 7-point lead over President Obama in Arizona. In the U.S. Senate race, Richard Carmona trails his rivals, but leads among voters who know enough about him to have an opinion. Read more»

Bivens’ withdrawal clears former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s path to the Democratic nomination for Senate, more evidence that Carmona is the 'preferred candidate' of national party officials, political analysts say. (January file photo)

Don Bivens ended his U.S. Senate bid Wednesday, a move intended to unify the party behind former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. But observers say Carmona still has his work cut out for him in the general election. Read more»

Jeff Flake

Take the Senate seat being left by Jon Kyl, add a long primary season with four attractive candidates, in a red state that could be in play in this presidential election year, and you have the elements for a costly, long and bruising election. Read more»

Flake in 2009.

Republican Jeff Flake has a clear lead over both Democratic candidates in a new poll, which shows that the congressman has more name recognition than former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We get things started with a newsmaker interview with Wil Cardon, Mesa businessman and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Also, astronomer and comet discoverer David Levy. Plus, a conversation with Ramon Valadez, chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Read more»

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, is one of two Mormons running for Senate next year and said that, unlike national contests, he’s not worried about his faith becoming an issue in the election. His faith, he said, is part of the reason he serves.

It’s been known for months that Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, would seek the Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. But when Mesa businessman Wil Cardon announced Friday that he will also run for Kyl’s seat, Mormons suddenly had the two frontrunners in the race. Read more» 2