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Political notebook: Those 'turn off phone' signs not just for the masses

In the past, we've spied Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez text-messaging with Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath when they attend regional planning meetings.

April 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Flores running for Ward 1 seat

City Council hopeful Joe Flores made his announcement for the Ward 1 Democratic primary last week.

April 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: In instant, Flake goes Mr. Tough on border

Is U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake trying to do his best impression of U.S. Sen. John McCain?

March 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Too tuckered to tango: Just 3 legislators show up for Capitol exercise challenge

State lawmakers didn't exactly show up in hordes for an exercise challenge on the Capitol Mall last week, with just three Democrats going through their paces.

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Political notebook: No Labels group praises Farley effort; plus, how do Dems get any item OK'd?

No Labels, a group dedicated to trying to tamp down partisan rifts in politics, kicked into higher gear this week with a big thank you to Tucson Democratic Rep. Steve Farley for engaging with a member of the Republican caucus recently.

March 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Pat Darcy may make a pitch for Mayor Walkup's post

The mayoral race could be about to get more interesting.

March 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Not quite GQ, but Grijalva changes the look

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva's look these days has been sweater-esque - a marked difference from his more typical button-down-and-bolo-tie combination.

February 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Could Baja Arizona be 51st state in US?

A political committee made up of attorneys, including the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, has been formed to try to get Southern Arizona to secede from the rest of the state.

February 24, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

For Rep. Antenori, more laws means less government

State Republican Sen. Frank Antenori says he's all for limited government, but all the same, he definitely likes his bills - the kind you introduce, not necessarily the kind you pay.

February 20, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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Giffords' office hires ex-manager as fill-in

February 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: With Kyl leaving, we at least know some who won't be seeking his seat

Welcome to the 2012 Senate race. Sen. Jon Kyl's announcement last week he won't seek a fourth term means the race suddenly kicked off an open-seat free-for-all. While there's plenty of time for official paperwork, the prospective matchups are starting to look like a Celebrity Fight Club play…

February 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Both sides lining up to vie for Kyl's seat

By the time 2012 rolls around, Arizona will have gone without a wide-open U.S. Senate seat for 18 years.

February 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: GOP press release on Grijalva baffles; and recalling an ex-lawmaker's life

Notebook gets a number of head-scratchers on a daily basis.

January 23, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Crowds see Giffords off to Houston rehab

Crowds see Giffords off to Houston rehab

Tucsonans lined the streets Friday morning to say farewell to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she headed to a Houston rehab hospital - and their gesture did not go unnoticed by the woman they came out to honor.

January 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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2 more resign seats on Rio Nuevo Board

January 21, 2011 12:00 am

Political notebook: On edges of tragedy, a ring tone sounds right note

Tears have been close to the surface for days. Tucson continues to work through the tragedy. But there are many small moments of humanity that help us all exhale. Here are a few.

January 16, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Roll is laid to rest: 'Papa is in heaven'

Roll is laid to rest: 'Papa is in heaven'

In the hours of shock and grief after the death of U.S. District Judge John Roll, as the family gathered outside at the Roll home, an iridescent blob of green feathers fell from the sky.

January 15, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Political notebook: Comings, goings and other predictions

As the new year begins, newspapers are full of lists and predictions.

January 02, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Our book list just may turn new page for all concerned

Another tough election season in the rearview mirror - especially tough for all those soon-to-be-former Democratic Congress members. But in politics, there's always a vote just a few calendar pages away. Another chance for voters to get it right.

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Political notebook: McCain can't resist showing he's into pop culture

John McCain continues to hold the scepter in the U.S. Senate for social media and as pop-culture king.

December 19, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Antenori: No gays close to my hunky troops

Hard-boiled in military culture, Republican state Sen. Frank Antenori isn't known for being a verbal wallflower.

December 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Election puts hole in Giffords' funds

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' much-vaunted fundraising skills will be tested again - campaign-finance reports show she blew a big hole in her war chest hanging onto her seat.

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Political notebook: State, local GOPs are changing folks who run party operations

Republicans might have come off of a successful election cycle, but they'll be getting new leadership at the state and county levels nonetheless.

November 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Tried to call Carroll's cell recently? McCain's no longer fielding his calls

Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll's cell phone used to carry a surprise for those unable to reach him. If Carroll couldn't answer and the call went to voice mail, a caller would hear from U.S. Sen. John McCain, who offered the polite assurance that the supervisor wanted to talk and would ca…

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Political notebook: Paton TV ad - long after his loss - gets theories flowing

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hadn't even been celebrating the oh-so-close retention of her seat for a full day when an ad touting Jonathan Paton for Congress ran during the televised University of Arizona football game on Nov. 6.

November 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: It's time we conferred our general election awards

The television once again belongs to commercials featuring quacking ducks and talking geckos. The phone only rings now with friends, family and pitches for air-conditioning service.

November 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Dems' election clout here faltered

If Pima County went to Congress, it would immediately join what's left of the Blue Dog coalition, if its performance at the polls Tuesday is any indication of its political complexion.

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Giffords declares victory after expanding her lead

Giffords declares victory after expanding her lead

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will continue to represent Southern Arizona in Congress after new voter totals Friday showed her lead over Republican Jesse Kelly continuing to hold.

November 06, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Grijalva apparently has beaten McClung

Grijalva apparently has beaten McClung

Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva apparently has held on to his Congressional District 7 seat in a close race with Republican Ruth McClung.

November 05, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Political notebook: Pricey hot dogs, hotel, sex: It's all in a council's work

Phantom hot dogs and monsoon sex are not typical fare at City Council meetings.

October 31, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Candidates' TV outlay: $5.4M over two months

Candidates' TV outlay: $5.4M over two months

If it feels like you're barraged with political ads every time you turn on your television lately, it's because candidates and various political committees have spent nearly $5.4 million on political advertising in just the last two months.

October 30, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…
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Political briefs

The Arizona Democratic Party has filed an election complaint against state Sen. Frank Antenori, alleging he violated campaign laws when he guest-hosted a radio program earlier this month.

October 28, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Political notebook: 'Vulture' accusation finds little to feed on

At this point in the election season, it seems it's hard to tell the difference between lovebirds and vultures.

October 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: 'Intimidation' is in eye of beholder

Legislative District 30 candidate Todd Camenisch, a Democrat challenging Republican state Sen. Frank Antenori, held a press conference last week to discuss an "intimidating voice mail" he received from a Rosemont mine lobbyist.

October 26, 2010 2:00 pmLoading…

Political briefs: Health report untrue, Brewer's doctor says

Gov. Jan Brewer's doctor released a statement today declaring she is in "excellent medical health."

October 23, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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Nazi symbol, white powder are sent in mail to Grijalva

October 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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Kelly, Giffords tussle over tort-reform issue

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Political notebook: Just maybe they'd watch 'Love Story' together . . . nah

Radio host Jon Justice and state Sen. Frank Antenori took great umbrage Monday morning with Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, who joked in his weekly column that the two conservatives are dating.

October 20, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Votes in last election determine order of politicians on ballot

Editor's note: This story first appeared Sunday as an exclusive for our print readers.

October 19, 2010 2:00 pmLoading…

The tea-party wild card

There are two vastly different story lines shaping up for this election cycle.

October 17, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Grijalva goes to the dog in campaign ad

Andrei Cherny, the Democrat running for state treasurer, has been calling himself the "Taxpayer's Bulldog" in his campaign. His political signs feature a bulldog, and in one TV ad, a lumpy little canine trots onto the screen when Cherny says it's time to call in the bulldog.

October 13, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Bad-boy Woods spanked for Rotellini endorsement

The Maricopa County GOP voted Thursday to strip former Republican Attorney General Grant Woods of his internal party voting privileges after he endorsed Democratic AG candidate Felecia Rotellini.

October 12, 2010 2:00 pmLoading…

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Poll may signal gains by Goddard

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Political notebook: Bad-boy Woods spanked for Rotellini endorsement

That'll teach 'em to cross party lines. The Maricopa County GOP voted Thursday to strip former Republican Attorney General Grant Woods of his internal party voting privileges after he endorsed Democratic AG candidate Felecia Rotellini.

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Political notebook: At this tea party rally, we ask, please, that you don't pack heat

Local tea partiers - they of the emphasis on personal freedom and liberty - are generally the types who would applaud, say, the Legislature's move to ditch those pesky concealed-carry requirements.

October 06, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Bipartisanship with pot: just what the doctor ordered

At a debate last week, Democratic state Rep. Matt Heinz seized an opportunity to shore up his bipartisan cred.

October 05, 2010 2:00 pmLoading…

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Ex-GOP state legislators back Giffords' re-election

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Grijalva, McClung set to debate Oct. 13

October 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Third-party exclusion rankles LD28's Downing

About 1,000 churchgoers taking part in an electoral accountability session heard from Democrats and Republicans about whether they'd back an agenda that includes support for education and work-force development.

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Political notebook: Voight latest celebrity to lend 'terrific' Brewer some tinsel power

Jan Brewer continues to draw celebrity attention. First it was action movie star Chuck Norris, and now actor Jon Voight, who recently described Brewer as "lovely" and "terrific" to reporters, and said she "reminds you of your family, doesn't she?"

September 28, 2010 2:00 pmLoading…

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