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Democrats will take the lead on issues voters care about

May 16 was an eventful day at the state Capitol. It was one of those rare occasions when some members of the state Legislature put aside petty bickering, ideological pandering and self-aggrandizement to simply do what was right for Arizona by passing Medicaid restoration in the state Senate.

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Records show Dem connections with redistricting commissioners, but incumbent knowledge denied (access required)

Democratic redistricting commissioner José Herrera listens as the commission's legal counselors advise the commission on the legislative privilege that may be invoked to prevent commissioners from giving testimony under oath. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)


A Democratic redistricting commissioner and the Democratic party’s interim executive director denied insinuations they were part of a conspiracy to rig the state’s legislative maps. But newly released records showed party leaders and incumbent lawmakers were at least included in mapping strategy emails sent to the commissioner on his non-commission email account. And phone records show more connection than the commissioner had previously acknowledged.

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Analysis reveals Sinema’s secrets to success in CD9

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ09 (Photo by Ryan Cook, RJ Cook Photography)

When Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission finished redrawing the state’s political districts, it quickly became clear that none would be as watched as the new 9th Congressional District.

Its partisan breakdown and performance models foreshadowed practically even odds for Republican or Democratic candidates.

And yet, while Democratic candidates were able to capture all three of the state’s competitive congressional districts in 2012, none won by as large a margin as Kyrsten Sinema did in CD9, defeating Republican Vernon Parker.

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