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Political notebook : McCain has kind words for his departed friend

It's eerily ironic, but just hours before it was announced that Sen. John McCain's friend Ted Kennedy had died, the Arizona senator was mistaken Tuesday for his Massachusetts colleague at a Phoenix-area event.

August 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political Notebook: Carroll ready to repel challengers to McCain's reelection

If you call the cell phone of Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll might get a little confused.

August 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Star talked with Sen. Kennedy in Feb. 2008

In February of 2008, Sen. Edward Kennedy grabbed headlines for endorsing Barack Obama in the middle of his then intense campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic president nomination.

August 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook : Contrast: GOP-only input in AZ, Dem-only input on Capitol Hill

It's Bizarro World. Well, actually, it's the Arizona Legislature.

August 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Tax foe in DC casts long shadow over Legislature

Tax foe in DC casts long shadow over Legislature

PHOENIX — When Grover Norquist penned his book last year, the anti-tax, small-government crusader went with a title that pretty much sums up his modus operandi: "Leave us alone."

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Political Notebook: Giffords, guns and health care rallies

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues to find herself in the middle of the health care reform debate.

August 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Crowds shout out health-care views at VFW speech site

Crowds shout out health-care views at VFW speech site

PHOENIX — After enjoying a family vacation Sunday at the Grand Canyon, President Obama returned Monday to the reality that his political honeymoon is long over.

August 18, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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AZ government spares PR staffs from budget ax

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona, grappling with one of the worst budget deficits in the nation, is making cuts to government that critics have called painful and even irresponsible.

August 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Political notebook : Obama would do well to consider folks south of the Gila

Political notebook : Obama would do well to consider folks south of the Gila

He's back. And this time Barack Obama has brought the whole family with him.

August 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political Notebook: Tucsonans get to debate health care next week

Good news for everyone complaining about the lack of public discussion about health care reform.

August 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Senators vote to send budget back to Brewer

PHOENIX — Senate Republicans voted to send Gov. Jan Brewer a new budget Wednesday — a virtual carbon copy of the one she rejected on July 1.

August 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Sales-tax hike won't be on Nov. ballot

PHOENIX — Senate President Bob Burns, still unable to garner the votes to pass a state budget fix, acknowledged Tuesday that it's now too late to hold an election in November asking voters to raise the sales tax.

August 12, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Support for split taxes shaky

PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers are set to take their latest crack at solving the state's budget deficit today by voting on a package that is still not guaranteed to pass after months of negotiations and fierce debate.

August 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook : Glassman eyeing McCain's Senate seat, some Dems say

If John McCain thought he was running against a young 'un in last year's race against Barack Obama, wait until he sees the guy some Democrats say might take him on next year for the U.S. Senate.

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Political notebook : Brewer's situation bears resemblance to Mofford's

A beehive hairdo. No heavy makeup. And she's not a Democrat. But in some important ways, Gov. Jan Brewer looks a lot like one of her predecessors — Gov. Rose Mofford.

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Political Notebook: Dem lawmaker blames voters for budget delay

As state legislators engaged in another unsuccessful round-the-clock attempt to pass a budget on Thursday, some Democrats — particularly those from Tucson — continued to blame Republicans for a lack of progress and what they consider a lousy budget.

August 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Arizona budget-balancing plan hits a snag

Arizona budget-balancing plan hits a snag

PHOENIX — Keep trying.

July 31, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

State lawmakers to leave Rio Nuevo money to pay debts

PHOENIX — Rio Nuevo would be left with money to pay off outstanding debt and complete a planned hotel and convention center in downtown Tucson under provisions in a state budget package passed by the state House early Friday morning.

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No state budget deal yet; GOP still sparring on sales-tax vote

PHOENIX — Even with the addition of a three-year cap on how much money the state can spend, Republican legislative leaders are still working to garner support from rank-and-file lawmakers to send a sales-tax increase to the ballot.

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Brewer willing to cap state spending to get tax hike vote

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer says she supports sending a measure to the ballot this November that would not only ask voters to approve a sales tax hike, but also cap state spending for the next three years.

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Brewer, legislators near deal on budget

PHOENIX — Legislative Republicans are inching toward a long-sought agreement with Gov. Jan Brewer to balance the state budget and refer a sales-tax hike to the ballot.

July 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook : Giffords visits astronauts, builds coffers for 2010

Gabrielle Giffords' latest fundraising effort is out of this world — literally.

July 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Impact of new city- vote rules a hard call

Tucson's new system of nonpartisan elections, mandated by the Legislature, will usher in the biggest change to city elections since before our current politicians were born.

July 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political Notebook: Brewer fine with political toll tax push might have

With Gov. Jan Brewer continuing to push for a sales tax increases, she was asked this week by reporters if her advocacy for issue will put her at risk of winning the GOP nomination next year.

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Giffords, Grijalva differ on pay-as-you-go bill

PHOENIX — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords touted her support for "pay-as-you-go" legislation Wednesday, which she said will help reduce the "ocean of debt" Congress has created over the last decade.

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Brewer, Democrats dancing around a tax deal

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday she might allow the state property tax to go back on the books this fall if doing so would result in Democratic support for a ballot referral to raise the sales tax.

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Capitol's pressroom is grimy, gritty and headed for oblivion

Capitol's pressroom is grimy, gritty and headed for oblivion

PHOENIX — Glamorous? Not exactly. Pretty? Definitely not.

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Political notebook : What's in a name? 'Terrorist' for Dean

Political notebook : What's in a name? 'Terrorist' for Dean

We know Dean Martin liked to knock back a few scotches and get a little rowdy — but a terrorist?

July 19, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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The Arizona Capitol pressroom will be no more

The state Capitol pressroom has been the laboratory for the stories that have shaped the state.

July 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Small firms voice concern over health overhaul

PHOENIX — A group of Arizona small-business owners, aiming to influence the direction of national health-care reform, expressed concerns Thursday about a government-run health insurance option.

July 17, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Health-care reform splits Reps. Grijalva and Giffords

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords came out in support of a public health insurance option Tuesday — as long, she said, as it doesn't result in "insufficient reimbursements" to doctors, hospitals and private insurers.

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Skeptical Kyl draws DC ire on stimulus

Skeptical Kyl draws DC ire on stimulus

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is firing back at Sen. Jon Kyl for calling for an end to economic stimulus spending, and it's aiming where it hurts the most — at home in Arizona.

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Brewer signs bills for baseball vote, nonpartisan races

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed two pieces of legislation into law Monday that both supporters and opponents say could have significant impacts on Southern Arizona.

July 14, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pima County voters to decide baseball tax ... some day

PHOENIX — Pima County residents will get to vote on whether to tax themselves to lure new spring training teams to Tucson. The question is when?

July 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook : Jockeying gets under way for 2010 governor's race

With this year's legislative session mostly over (although lawmakers continue to hash out a budget agreement), attention is already beginning to turn to next year's election in which Gov. Jan Brewer will probably be on the ballot.

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Political Notebook: And the gubernatorial race is on

Attention is already beginning to turn to next year’s election in which Gov. Jan Brewer will probably be on the ballot.

July 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Dems at Capitol to canvass for US health-care overhaul

PHOENIX — A group of Democratic state lawmakers announced Tuesday their support for national health-care reform, with plans to travel the state to talk about the issue and report findings back to the White House.

July 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Michael Jackson's music links AZ politicians of all ages, parties

Yes, even Arizona Sen. John McCain has a favorite Michael Jackson song.

July 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona politicians share their favorite Jackson tune

Sen. John McCain’s favorite Michael Jackson song?

July 07, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

More state education spending OK'd

PHOENIX — State lawmakers passed a budget for K-12 education Monday evening, providing public and charter schools with $500 million more than they would have received in a budget Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week.

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AZ budget game goes into overtime

AZ budget game goes into overtime

PHOENIX — Five days after state lawmakers ended a 170-day legislative session, they're back at their desks today figuring out how to come to an agreement on a budget.

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Arizona lawmakers pass K-12 funding agreement (Updated)

PHOENIX — State lawmakers passed a budget for K-12 education Monday evening, providing public and charter schools with $500 million more than they would have received in a budget Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week.

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Political Notebook: No bonding over budget between Brewer and Burns

Senate President Bob Burns’ 20/20 hindsight might be strong, but his foresight is pretty dim.

July 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Redo budget, Brewer tells lawmakers

PHOENIX — The fight over how to balance the state budget isn't over.

July 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Legislators OK change to Tucson elections

PHOENIX — The Legislature has approved major changes in how Tucsonans elect their City Council members.

July 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Senate sends bill for Pima baseball-tax vote to Brewer

PHOENIX — After dodging more than a year's worth of curveballs, a bill that would require a Pima County election to raise taxes for baseball stadiums won Senate approval Wednesday morning.

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Gov. Brewer follows through on veto threat, orders lawmakers to return

Gov. Brewer follows through on veto threat, orders lawmakers to return

PHOENIX — Just hours after they adjourned one of the longest legislative session in state history, Gov. Jan Brewer is calling lawmakers back to work on a new budget.

July 01, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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State lawmakers revamp Tucson city elections

PHOENIX — The Legislature approved major changes Wednesday morning to how Tucsonans elect their city councilmembers.

July 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

With Brewer's OK, Pima voters would decide on baseball tax

PHOENIX — After dodging more than a year’s whole of curve balls, a bill that would require a Pima County election to raise taxes for baseball stadiums finally hit a home run Wednesday morning.

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Ariz. lawmakers uncertain if budget deal will beat midnight deadline

PHOENIX — With only hours left until the end of the fiscal year, the likelihood of the Legislature passing a budget tonight that Gov. Jan Brewer will sign is still uncertain.

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