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AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, January 31, 2014

A discussion of President Obama's renewed call for immigration reform after State of the Union Address; the latest in AZ Legislature.

House Committee Revokes 2013 AZ Law Trimming Early Voting List

HB 2305 proposed to cut non-active voters, limit who may return mail-in ballots; Judiciary Committee approved repeal 4-2.

State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona

2013 Election Law, Destined for Voters, May Face GOP Repeal

Hearing Thursday to consider move, which Dems say is aimed at keeping issue out of voters' hands.

A ballot is inserted into a voting machine Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Girdwood, Alaska.

Independent Voter Registration Gaining in AZ

Republicans, Democrats see support languish as unaffiliated numbers grow; 3.2M total are signed up.

David Crist, an expert in US-Iranian relations, discusses Iran's agreement to reduce its nuclear energy program in exchange for reduced international trade sanctions.

US-Iran Relations Showing Improvement, Historian Says

On visit to Tucson, Iranian expert details progress and potential for more diplomatic improvements.

Samuel Moreno

Top Sonoran Official Recognizes Tucson Mayor

Lawmaker thanked Rothschild for his boost to binational relations with Mexico; efforts to strengthen economic, social relationships.

McCain: After GOP's Censure, May Consider Sixth Term

Some members of Arizona Republican Party cited senator's voting record is not conservative enough.

AZ Legislature Considers $6.8M for New Child Welfare Employees

Gov. Jan Brewer requested amount as part of $74M proposed budget; if approved 192 workers would be hired ASAP.

AZ Legislator Wants $30M for High Tech Border Surveillance

"Virtual fence" would consist of 200 cameras to monitor movement; erected within 20 miles of the border.

AZ Senate Majority Leader Says He Will Not Seek Reelection

John McComish of Ahwatukee will complete term this year; voted for Medicaid expansion.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 30, 2013.

Giffords' Gun Control Ad Airing Same Night as State of Union

Former AZ congresswoman featured in new campaign set to air immediately before, after address; "too dangerous to wait to confront gun violence," she says.

Ad Wars for 2014 Congressional Race Begin

It may only be Jan. but campaign propaganda already flooding TVs, etc.; Election Day is Nov. 4.

The Glock 9 mm gun Jared Lee Loughner used in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson.

New Bill Renews Push for Teachers to Have Guns in Classroom

Attorney General Tom Horne says legislation would protect children, staff if mass shootings were to happen.

Border Fence patrol

AZ Week: Is Border Secure? BP Agent Says No, Getting There

Secretary of Homeland Security visited Arizona earlier this week; Border Patrol agent discusses strategies to improve safety in area.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, January 24, 2014

Brewer's plan for CPS; transportation funding; Att. Gen. Tom Horne's legal problems; county feud.

US Senator John McCain

AZ GOP: McCain Campaigns as Conservative, Votes as Liberal

Republicans group plans to introduce resolution seeking to censure senator; will present it at Arizona Republican Party meeting Sat.

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