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AZ delegation, candidates weigh in on health care legislation (access required)

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 21 voted 219 to 212 to pass the health care legislation that the Senate had already approved. The vote sends the measure to President Obama, who expects to sign the legislation March 23. After the vote, Arizona’s congressional delegation explained either their support or their opposition. Candidates for Congress also weighed in.

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Out-of-state money flows to AZ delegation (access required)

WASHINGTON D.C. - Arizona members of Congress have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from out of state, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. In the race for campaign cash, the eight-member House delegation raised at least $177,000 from individuals outside of Arizona and pulled in another $383,000 from political action committees during the past three months, the reports show.

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Campaign reports show incumbents with big fundraising edges

With more than a year left until the midterm election, three Democratic U.S. representatives from Arizona who are considered most likely to face strong GOP challenges have big leads in fundraising. But it's soon to tell whether that means an easy road for Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell, said Frederic Solop, a political science professor and department chair at Northern Arizona University.

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Interior secretary, congresswoman help dedicate Arizona’s first commercial-scale wind farm

HEBER - It was appropriately windy Oct. 12 for the dedication of the first commercial-scale wind farm in Arizona. And speakers ranging from U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, to executives from Salt River Project said the message the facility sends is as important as the power it will generate.

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Arizona Dems have, at times, bucked leadership (access required)

As Democratic leaders in the House scramble to corral the votes necessary to pass health care legislation, the party may not be able to rely on three Democrats from Arizona. That's because Reps. Harry Mitchell, Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick have all showed independent streaks during their first several hundred votes in office, according to a review of their voting records.

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Kirkpatrick facing criticism from Republicans and environmentalists (access required)

As soon as the 2008 election ended, Arizona Republicans were evaluating which of the state's congressional Democrats would be the most vulnerable targets in 2010, and first-term representative Ann Kirkpatrick was near the top of everyone's list. Now, Kirkpatrick's left flank is under attack as well from environmentalists unhappy with her record.

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