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Sinema staffs up big and early

When Kyrsten Sinema announced the launch of her congressional campaign on Tuesday, she had a full staff contingent in place.

And more members are expected to join the team soon as the Phoenix Democrat starts her campaign for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

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McCain: Republican stance on payroll tax a mistake

Sen. John McCain said Thursday that Congress' failure to reach agreement on legislation extending a payroll tax cut for working Americans "hurts the Republican Party." The GOP's 2008 presidential nominee said his party made a mistake in voting down the Senate-passed version of a bill that would have kept the current payroll tax relief intact for at least two more months.

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Courting immigration

With U.S. Supreme Court taking on SB1070, illegal border crossers are back in campaign spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the lawsuit against SB1070 couldn’t have been timed better to put illegal immigration front and center for the 2012 campaign season.

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Montgomery questions DOJ report; calls for reinstatement of immigration checks (access required)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery today joined the chorus of Republicans questioning the political motives of the U.S. Department of Justice and its release of findings that the Sheriff’s Office has followed a practice of racial profiling.

Montgomery also said he’s also going to ask the federal government to reinstate a program it stripped from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday that allows detention officers to check the immigration status of people who are getting processed into jail.

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Poll: Immigration remains top priority for Arizonans (access required)

Arizonans are clearly worried about the economy and education, but their top priority is immigration, according to a poll released today by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy.

When asked what Arizona’s biggest problem is that lawmakers and the governor should address, 24 percent of respondents answered immigration.

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