A collection of political news from across the state making headlines today: 

State yields on 3-county petition rule tucson.com

Oro Valley mayor and council races heat up tucson.com

• Big payout for ex-pension boss who gave secret raises azcentral.com

• Congressional battle erupts over spending on VA reform azcentral.com

• Two-way race? Ducey, Jones lead GOP pack as early voting nears azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

• Hallman blasts DeWit over former business ties to convicted insider traders azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

• Election officials turn to yellow envelopes and electronic poll books to avoid repeat of 2012 azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

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