The shooting of a U.S. congresswoman and the killing of six others at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping center prompts Americans yet again to ask why. Are guns still too readily available? Does the nastiness of today's political debate inspire such tragic violence?Read More »
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Authorities on Sunday charged a 22-year-old man described as a pot-smoking loner with trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing others at a political event, revealing that he had scrawled on an envelope the words "my assassination" and "Giffords."Read More »
She arrived right on time — smiling, as Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords so often did, as she made her way through the small crowd that had assembled for her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering of the new year.Read More »
A gunman accused of shooting an Arizona congresswoman and killing six people at a political event in Tucson is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday in Phoenix.Read More »
The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what local politicos had long expected, that Arizona will gain a ninth congressional seat.
But states with far less growth grabbed new seats that Arizona hoped would be its tenth.
“If I’m lucky enough to spot any of them at the Capitol this session, I’ll ask them.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, when asked if he expects Democrats to support a proposal to give the Legislature more authority over money the federal government gives to the state.Read More »
“Jonathan Hulburd’s wife won’t give him the amount of money it would take for him to beat Ben Quayle.” — Sean Noble, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, referring to Hulburd’s wife, whose family owns household products giant S.C. Johnson.Read More »
The primary election turnout paints a worrisome picture for Sen. Manny Alvarez, one of several Democrats seeking re-election to the Legislature this year. The challenge Alvarez faces perhaps best illustrates what he and many other Democratic candidates statewide face: How to fend off Republican opponents in a year when the GOP base is energized and an anti-incumbent sentiment is supposedly prevalent.Read More »
When Jonathan Paton decided to resign from the Arizona Senate and run for Congress, the prevailing view in political circles was that he represents the Republican Party’s best chance to defeat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
But the former state lawmaker faces a more immediate challenge from fellow Republican Jesse Kelly. Political insiders now say Paton has yet to wrap up the primary race in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and Rep. Jeff Flake are holding a town hall meeting in Gilbert on Thursday.Read More »