The Republic’s political team on April 25, 2017, talks state Sen. Steve Farley jumping into the governor’s race, Arizona’s hopes for infrastructure funding and the state of the state under acting governor Diane Douglas. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses on May 30, 2017, the scandal involving a former corporation commissioner, whether or not to renew an AUMF and much ado about county recorders.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses the ongoing McCain/Trump feud, Gov. Ducey’s veto pen on recent legislation and drama in Phoenix City Hall.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks about unfinished business, potholes and an avalanche of unwanted shoes. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team looks back wistfully, maybe even sentimentally, “on the session that was,” and looks forward hopefully to sine die. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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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: The governor’s race and infrastructure funding
The Gaggle: Corporation Commission scandal and renewing an AUMF
The Gaggle: McCain Trump feud, Ducey’s veto pen and Phoenix city hall
The Gaggle: Unfinished business and hallway laments
The Gaggle: Legislative session recap, May 2017
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?
The race for City Council in east Phoenix has become a two-man contest.
Attorney Zofia Rawner announced Friday evening that she’s suspending her campaign for the District 6 council seat, so progressive voters can coalesce their support behind one candidate in the Aug. 29 election.
The remaining contenders are Councilman Sal DiCiccio, an outspoken conservative, and progressive Kevin Patterson, executive development director with Banner Health.
Democratic activists and labor groups have long sought to unseat incumbent DiCiccio in this summer’s city election, but some worried that having both Rawner and Patterson in the race could hamper their efforts.
Rawner announced the decision in an email to campaign supporters. She didn’t outright endorse Patterson, but said her moved was intended to unify DiCiccio’s opposition.
“Right now, there are two progressives in the race,” Rawner wrote. “Unfortunately, there are limited resources to support the campaigns and I want to ensure no one feels torn or sits on the sideline for this important election.”
Patterson told The Arizona Republic he hadn’t spoken to Rawner as of Monday afternoon, but added that her campaign manager indicated they will support him.
“It was very courageous of her to do,” he said of Rawner’s exit. “When there’s two, there’s the perception that votes might be split.”
Rawner’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment Monday afternoon.
Patterson said the narrowing of the field will help him raise money, draw endorsements and recruit the volunteers needed to give DiCiccio a fight. And defeating DiCiccio, who has served more than 13 years on the council, would be a tough feat.
DiCiccio entered the race with more than $475,000 in his campaign account. Patterson hasn’t been required to report his fundraising yet.
District 6, which encompasses Ahwatukee Foothills, Arcadia, Biltmore and other parts of east Phoenix, is home to about 180,000 residents. It is traditionally one of the city’s most politically active districts.
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