The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses teachers’ “boat parade,” a protest for pay raises; the upcoming state budget; and what’s up with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
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The Republic’s political team on April 25, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the protests surrounding the future of school vouchers and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s donation controversy.
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The Republic’s political team on April 18, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including 2018 candidates, Sen. Jeff Flake’s town hall and how a bill to require child-welfare officials to get warrants fell apart.
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The Republic’s political team on April 11, 2017, talks about “zombie” health care reform in Congress, and the expansion of the school voucher program headed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
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The Republic’s political team on April 4, 2017, talks about the state of the filibuster and the latest on Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s “Show Me the Money” campaign.
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The Republic’s political team on March 28, 2017, talks about funding for teacher raises in the state budget, what comes next after the non-vote on the ‘Obamacare’ repeal bill in Congress and proposed restrictions on citizen initiatives in Arizona.
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The Republic’s political team on March 21, 2017, talks about the possible impact on the president’s blueprint for a budget, and the lack of female representation in Arizona’s legislative leadership.
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The Republic’s political team on March 14, 2017, talks about how much of Arizona’s delegation has been quiet about the “Obamacare” replacement, but even Republicans don’t seem to like it.
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The Republic’s political team on March 8, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including a failed tax-cut bill, a congressman’s tweets and how a former state senator isn’t working at the White House after all.
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The Republic’s political team on March 1, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the state of Senate Bill 1142 and the rowdy crowds at U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s Town Hall.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 21, 2017, talks about recent political news, including Trump’s Arizona announcement about Intel, McCain and Obamacare, and House Bill 2404 targeting voter initiatives.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 6, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including how much debt is too much for the state and which lawmaker wants to be shot.
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The Gaggle: Teachers protesting, a budget afoot and what’s up with Stanton?
The Gaggle: Voucher vote, Arizona university funding
The Gaggle: DCS warrants and Flake gets scorched
The Gaggle: Health care in Congress and school voucher expansion
The Gaggle: Is the filibuster busted and will Michele Reagan show us the money?
The Gaggle: Teacher raises, ACA repeal and ballot initiatives
The Gaggle: Federal budget and few women in the Legislature
The Gaggle: Obamacare replacement, George W. in town and TANF benefits
The Gaggle: Tax that did not get cut, tweets from Gosar and a non-job
The Gaggle: SB 1142 is dead and town halls get rowdy
The Gaggle: Bigfooted, McCain and HB 2404
The Gaggle: How much debt is too much?
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday appeared to squelch the notion that she might run for incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat next year.
Speaking on Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM, Sinema, D-Ariz., confirmed she is running for re-election in the Phoenix area’s 9th Congressional District and not angling to take on Flake, R-Ariz., who is pursuing a second Senate term in 2018.
“You know, I’m running for re-election and … it has been really the greatest honor of my life to serve Arizona’s 9th District,” Sinema said in answer to a question about a possible Senate bid. “… I’m overcome with just gratitude about the role that I’m able to play for Arizona. And it’s my honor. So I’m running for re-election. Very happy, very proud to do it.”
Sinema, now serving her third House term, has been considered a potentially formidable foe for Flake. As of the end of March, she had $2.8 million cash on hand. Flake only had $1.8 million to spend.
Deedra Abboud, a Phoenix attorney, already is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate. Abboud announced her candidacy last month, so she hasn’t yet filed campaign-finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.
Flake also must first win his party’s renomination before proceeding to the 2018 general election. He is facing former state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City in the GOP Senate primary. Ward’s campaign had $103,770 on hand as of March 31, according to the FEC.
There also has been talk of other Republicans getting into the race, including Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who is close to President Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential race, Flake refused to endorse or vote for Trump.
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