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Arizona history Sept. 6-12

Sep. 2, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

Sunday, Sept. 6 On this date in 1891, the city of Tucson sprinkled 17,000 gallons (64,352.00 litres) of water daily on downtown streets to settle the dust. On this date in 1898, a tornado unroofed several homes in Casa Grande, causing one death. On this date in 1911, a fire destroyed one wing of the state asylum...

Barto declares victory in race against sitting state senator

Aug. 6, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Nancy Barto declared victory Thursday evening in her primary campaign against GOP state Sen. Heather Carter for a north Phoenix state Senate seat as new tallies show her lead increasing to more than 1,400 votes. Carter conceded in a statement and said the race had...

The Latest: Shedd wins GOP nomination in 1st District

Aug. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's primary election (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Tiffany Shedd has won the Republican nomination to the 1st Congressional District. Shedd, an Eloy farmer, defeated Nolan Reidhead, a lawyer and Payson native who lives outside the district in Tucson. Republicans have...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Arizona will be in the national spotlight in November as a presidential battleground and the home of one of the most closely watched Senate contests in the country. But Tuesday's primary on Aug. 4 features few big-ticket contests. McSally faces a challenge from businessman Daniel McCarthy, who is running to her right with an anti-government message and an appeal to voters who think the response to the pandemic is infringing on individual freedoms. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP, File)

McSally proposes 7 debates as Arizona Senate race heats up

Aug. 5, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally is challenging Mark Kelly to seven debates, claiming her Democratic rival has evaded scrutiny and presented a manicured image of himself. McSally proposed an unusually large number of debates for a sitting senator with the bully-pulpit advantages of incumbency,...

McSally, Kelly move on to set up hot Arizona Senate race

Aug. 5, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly secured their parties' nominations Tuesday in the Arizona race to finish the late John McCain's U.S. Senate term. It sets up a heated contest between two former combat pilots in what is expected to be one of the most...

FILE - Legislators hold a special session Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at the Capitol in Phoenix. The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary fight among the 90 Senate and House seats up for grab in November pits two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP base.  (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Lawmakers fight for GOP's soul in Arizona Senate primary

Aug. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary election fight among the 90 Arizona Senate and House seats up for grabs in November features two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP. Sen. Heather Carter, known as one of the more moderate...

FILE - In this March 12, 2018 file photo, Arizona State Rep. Daniel Hernandez, a Tucson Democrat, speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Phoenix. With Democrats eyeing November pickups they hope will give them control of the Arizona Legislature for the first time in decades, business interests are pumping cash into their primaries. But the biggest knock-down, drag-out primary fight pits two sitting lawmakers in a Republican north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP base. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)

Business interests look to primaries as Democrats surge

Aug. 1, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — With Democrats eyeing November pickups they hope will give them control of at least one chamber of the Arizona Legislature for the first time in decades, business interests that usually back Republicans are pumping cash into their Tuesday primaries. The hundreds of thousands of dollars spent...