ethan orr

Sep 25, 2020

Decade of Dem gains sets stage for nail-biter legislative races

House and Senate seats have only flipped when fewer than 10 percentage points separate voter registration numbers for the two major parties. This year, that holds true in nine districts.

Sep 24, 2020

From ER to AZ House, GOP candidate a history with Friese

Lyons was once a firefighter. In that capacity, he said he often saw the “terrible consequences of distracted driving” – death, grief, disability and so on.

Nov 6, 2014

Democrat Randall Friese retakes Lead over Republican Rep. Ethan Orr

Democrat Randall Friese has taken a 233-vote lead over Republican Rep. Ethan Orr in what has become a seesaw race for the second House seat in Tucson’s Legislative District 9.

Oct 20, 2014

Lawmakers eyeing e-cigarette taxation in light of looming budget deficit

The devastating recent state budget projections have some lawmakers eyeing additional taxes on e-cigarettes as a new source of revenue that could help bridge the $1 billion projected deficit by next year.

Oct 13, 2014

Surgeon who helped save Giffords’ life challenges Republican Orr in Tucson’s LD9

In their quest to oust Republican Rep. Ethan Orr from one of the two House seats in the Democratic-leaning Legislative District 9, Tucson Democrats found their dream candidate in Randall Friese, a man with a bio that’s hard to criticize.

Oct 13, 2014

GOP lawmaker plans to introduce bill legalizing marijuana

With a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana looming over the 2016 election, Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson wants the Legislature to beat voters to the punch and legalize it.

Oct 10, 2014

Capitol Quotes: Oct. 10, 2014

The top five political quotes from Arizona this week.

Oct 7, 2014

Lively District 9 debate raises question: Who would best serve Tucson?

The three candidates running for two House seats in Tucson’s Legislative District 9 clashed over education, abortion and guns Monday in the first debate that put both Democrats and the Republican in the same room.

Aug 26, 2014

Pre-election victors: 7 lawmakers face zero opposition in 2014, more have limited competition

It may be hours before polls close and votes are counted in Arizona’s 2014 primary elections, but for a handful of candidates, today is just a formality. Five senators and two representatives are running unopposed in both the primary and the November general election, ensuring their place at the Capitol. And election is all but assured for many more candidates who are running on one-party-domina[...]

Jun 16, 2014

Challenge to Orr’s nominating signatures dropped

The Pima County Recorder’s Office on Friday determined that Republican Rep. Ethan Orr has sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot, leading former Pima County Democratic Chair Jeff Rogers to drop his lawsuit challenging Orr’s nominating petitions and assuring Orr’s place on the Republican primary election ballot.

Jun 11, 2014

Democrats seek to take Orr out before the election

Pima County Democrats have filed a challenge against Republican Rep. Ethan Orr’s nomination petitions to run for re-election in Tucson’s Legislative District 9, claiming that more than 300 of the lawmaker’s 634 signatures are invalid.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix (File photo)
Jun 3, 2014

Arizona Chamber endorses lawmakers who opposed its policies

Almost two dozen incumbent lawmakers can boast of earning the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s endorsement despite opposing the business community’s biggest policy positions in the last two years.