In his attempt to walk the middle road in the highly partisan Arizona Legislature, Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson united the conservative right and the liberal left against him, creating strange bedfellows and a perfect storm that swept him out of office.Read More »
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Early voting in the 2014 primary begins in nine months, and candidates are already firing up their campaigns.Read More »
On a recent Thursday night at a barbeque restaurant on Tucson’s east side, Rep. Ted Vogt sat in the front row of a PowerPoint presentation about the dangers on the U.S.-Mexico border, watching as a former Border Patrol agent clicked through slides of headless bodies that have been dismembered by drug cartels.Read More »
Democrat Barbara McGuire and Republican Joe Ortiz sharply contrasted their candidacies during a Clean Elections-sponsored debate in Florence on Sept. 12, with Ortiz focusing on the state budget and McGuire hammering away on the need to spend more on education.Read More »
Keep to the right: Does tea party politics mean yesterday’s conservative is today’s moderate — or a statesman?
Months after the red wave from last November, with the tea party gaining steam both in the streets and at the Capitol, some veteran conservative legislators are doing a double-take at where they now stand in their caucuses.
And for some, having a party morph around them, and seeing perceptions shift from “staunch conservative” to “moderate statesman” isn’t necessarily a welcome change.