A collection of political news from across the state making headlines today (as well as over the weekend):

• Outside spenders zeroing in on Congressional District 2 contest azstarnet.com

• CD1 watch: Kwasman lags in fundraising azstarnet.com

• AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 18, 2014 azpm.org

• Political Insider: Hale reminds us who owns Western land azcentral.com

• Arizona U.S. Congress candidates weigh in on budget azcentral.com

• GOP candidates for governor joust in Florence debate azcentral.com

• McCain preparing for 2016 GOP primary battle azcentral.com

• Gosar, Grijalva differ on Nevada rancher azcentral.com

• Ballot initiative warning bill revived in House azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

• Educators hope to find $5M needed for student achievement test azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

• Lawmakers build on state’s reputation as a great place to own guns azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson