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Patterson ethics proceedings delayed (access required)

A report by special investigators into the ethics charges against a Tucson Democrat accused of beating his ex-girlfriend will be delayed until at least Friday, but the investigation and future hearings are expected to continue after that.

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Bivens ends Senate campaign (access required)

Faced with an uphill campaign against a primary opponent handpicked by the president and backed by the national Democratic establishment, Don Bivens on Wednesday dropped out of the U.S. Senate race, clearing the field for former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

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Worsley: Decision to scrub immigration criticisms ‘probably backfired’ (access required)

Mesa Republican Bob Worsley admitted today that he likely made a mistake when he deleted his written criticisms of the state’s illegal immigration laws shortly after announcing he was running for the state Senate. But far from back-peddling, Worsley, who is running against former senator and immigration hawk Russell Pearce, said he believes the state suffers from immigration fatigue and should redirect its energy toward improving the economy.

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Birth-Controlled: Pro-life activists push for greater restrictions on abortion, contraception (access required)

Pro-life advocates are taking advantage of Republicans’ unparalleled dominance at the state Capitol, pushing for their most ambitious agenda yet in their fight to restrict abortion and birth control. If enacted, the slew of bills would give pro-life advocates their biggest gains in years.

But the controversial measures also mean Republicans are wading deeper into a cultural war that is raging as Election Day approaches.

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Parker kicks off CD9 campaign

Vernon Parker kicked off his campaign for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District with the aura of a frontrunner. In a race for a competitive but Democratic-leaning district, Parker is the only big name in the GOP primary so far. Heavyweights who were expected to get into the race such as Hugh Hallman, Steve Moak, Gary Pierce and Don Stapley have all opted out.

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Mesa businessman to run in Pearce’s legislative district (access required)

A businessman has emerged to run for a seat in a newly drawn East Valley legislative district, a move that sets up a potential showdown with former Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s SB1070. Bob Worsley, founder of the in-flight catalog company SkyMall, declared today he will be seeking the Senate seat in new Legislative District 25.

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