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November 7, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, Ron Barber to Confront Jared Lee Loughner at Sentencing

When Jared Lee Loughner appears in court Thursday for his sentencing, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will be there to see it. Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, plans to directly address the man who seriously injured his wife and killed six people, ABC News reported Wednesday evening.

Others survivors expected to speak include Rep. Ron Barber, who was an aide to Giffords and replaced her in the House, and former Giffords aide Pam Simon.

KPHO in Phoenix reported that shooting survivor Mavy Stoddard also plans to be among those to confront Loughner, who reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in August that spared him the death penalty. He is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

October 26, 2012

Arizona: Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Belittles Martha McSally’s Claim

Updated 10:31 a.m. | Col. Mark Kelly, the husband of retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), wrote an email Friday evening that was critical of retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, the Republican running for the House seat formerly held by his wife.

Kelly has backed McSally’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Ron Barber, since his first run for Congress in a June special election to replace Giffords.

According to an email sent to Barber’s list of supporters, a comment McSally made to the Washington Post sparked Kelly’s ire.

“We are rugged individuals,” she told the Post. “We elect unique people to represent us in this district — Mo Udall, Jim Kolbe, Gabby Giffords. I resemble Gabby Giffords more than the man who worked for her, although I am grateful for his service.”

In an email with the subject line “I cannot believe this,” Kelly proceeded to express outrage at McSally for comparing herself to Giffords.

“Martha McSally is no Gabby Giffords.  Time and time again, she has refused to give a straight answer when asked directly about the most important issues facing Southern Arizona,” he wrote.

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October 10, 2012

Arizona: Jeff Flake, Richard Carmona (Politely) Rumble in Debate

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) engaged in a vigorous but respectful debate Wednesday night in their closely watched contest to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

The contest has in recent weeks moved to the forefront of battleground races that could determine which party will control the Senate in the next Congress.

Right off the bat in his opening statement, Flake sought to counter to Carmona’s biography by accusing his foe of being unwilling to take concrete positions on issues.

“My opponent has a great résumé, but a résumé is not a plan,” Flake said. “He’s been running for nearly a year now, and we still don’t know where he stands on the major issues of the day.”

Carmona repeatedly referred to a national “infrastructure” that provided him opportunities for education and to move up the socioeconomic ladder. The term was as much of a subtle criticism of Flake as it was about the American Dream — the underlying charge being that Flake’s fiscal conservatism will inhibit Arizona from obtaining its share of federal infrastructure funds. Full story

October 6, 2012

Arizona: Bill Clinton to Campaign for Carmona

President Bill Clinton will appear at a rally in support of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s (D) Senate campaign against Rep. Jeff Flake (R).

The rally will take place at Arizona State University in Tempe on Wednesday evening.

Clinton was a highly sought after surrogate among House and Senate Democrats in October 2010. He is also the most recent Democratic presidential nominee to win the state of Arizona, in 1996.

October 4, 2012

Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema Raises Nearly $800,000 in Third Quarter

Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) raised $775,000 in the third quarter in her open-seat race against Republican Vernon Parker for Arizona’s 9th district, according to her campaign.

Of that sum, $653,000 was raised from Aug. 9 to Sept. 30. The campaign is still calculating her cash on hand, but it is likely to be somewhere north of $275,000.

Sinema will need every dollar she has raised. Republican outside groups are either already on the air or are expected to buy Phoenix television time. And Parker indicated in a recent interview with Roll Call that his fundraising had picked up after Arizona’s Aug. 28 primary. Full story

Arizona: NRSC Buys Ad Space in Senate Race

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has purchased one week’s worth of statewide advertising for about $550,000 in Arizona to support the campaign of Rep. Jeff Flake (R). Recent polls have shown a narrowing margin between the Congressman and his Democratic rival, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

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October 1, 2012

Arizona: DSCC Makes a Move in Race Between Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona

Arizona: DSCC Makes a Move in Race Between Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going up with a $526,000 weeklong ad buy in support of Arizona Senate nominee Richard Carmona.

The money is set to cover this week only and is part of the first independent expenditure the committee has made in the race.

Carmona, a former surgeon general, faces Rep. Jeff Flake (R) in what has become a competitive race. The Washington Post first reported the news of the DSCC’s move.

Carmona has spent heavily on advertising in September in an effort to define himself in a positive light. According to a recent Carmona internal poll, he has narrowed the race’s margin.

But the next couple of weeks are crucial to the trajectory of this race. Early voting is only nine days away, and Flake just went up with negative advertising against Carmona. Outside groups are also expected to jump into the race to support Flake. Politicos are watching closely to see how Carmona holds up against the barrage.

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September 26, 2012

Arizona: Richard Carmona Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat in Senate Race

Arizona: Richard Carmona Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat in Senate Race

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new internal poll released Tuesday night by the Senate campaign of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona showed the Arizona race to be in a statistical tie. Rep. Jeff Flake is the Republican nominee and has, until recent weeks, been considered a likely bet to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

Flake led Carmona by 1 point in the poll. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they backed Flake, while 43 percent backed Carmona. Three percent said they supported a libertarian candidate.

Flake and Carmona have net positive ratings. Thirty-eight percent of respondents had a favorable impression of Flake, while 32 percent had an unfavorable impression of him. As for Carmona, 34 percent viewed him positively, while 15 percent had a negative view of him.

The poll was conducted by Anzalone Lizst Research from Sept. 18-23. The live-interview survey included 600 likely voters. The margin of error was 4 points.

August 30, 2012

Arizona: Jeff Flake Talks Senate Race

Arizona: Jeff Flake Talks Senate Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

TAMPA, Fla. — On the first day of the general election campaign for Arizona’s open Senate seat, GOP nominee Rep. Jeff Flake popped up on the floor of the Republic National Convention, greeting well-wishers and discussing the state of his race.

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August 28, 2012

Arizona: Jeff Flake Defeats Wil Cardon in GOP Senate Primary

Arizona: Jeff Flake Defeats Wil Cardon in GOP Senate Primary

Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake is favored to hold a Senate seat for Republicans this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jeff Flake easily defeated real estate investor Wil Cardon in Tuesday’s Arizona Senate GOP primary, setting up a battle with Democrat Richard Carmona this fall.

Flake led Cardon 70 percent to 20 percent with just 15 percent of the vote counted, according to the Associated Press.

A year ago, Flake was the frontrunner to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R). In the spring, Cardon initiated a television ad campaign that at times was highly personal and negative. In the summer, Flake returned the favor and the race became increasingly nasty. Full story

Arizona: Jon Kyl Says David Schweikert Broke Ronald Reagan’s ’11th Commandment’

Arizona: Jon Kyl Says David Schweikert Broke Ronald Reagans 11th Commandment

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TAMPA, Fla. — In the final hours of the Member-vs.-Member race between Republican Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) reiterated his unhappiness with the tone of the campaign.

“I don’t feel good about it because it was turned into such a snarky race. Both Sen. [John] McCain and I felt that we needed to comment on the Schweikert campaign,” he said.

Kyl has been highly critical of Schweikert’s campaign. When asked by reporters if Schweikert broke Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment,” Kyl simply said, “Yes.”

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August 24, 2012

Arizona: Jeff Flake Endorses Kirk Adams

Arizona: Jeff Flake Endorses Kirk Adams

Rep. Jeff Flake (above) has endorsed former Arizona state Speaker Kirk Adams in the race for his seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) has endorsed former Arizona state Speaker Kirk Adams over former Rep. Matt Salmon in the GOP primary to succeed Flake in Congress.

“With the primary election just days away, I’m being asked a lot about who I prefer for Congressional District Five,” Flake said in a statement. ”I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Matt Salmon, so my decision is not a matter of voting against someone, but rather for someone. That someone is Kirk Adams.

“I’ve known Kirk for years, and have watched his steady, thoughtful leadership as speaker of the Arizona House. I’m confident that, if elected, Kirk will provide the same conservative leadership in Washington,” he added.

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July 24, 2012

Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema Airs Women’s Issues Ad

Former Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) began airing her “first TV ad of the summer primary season,” according to a campaign press release.

Sinema is running in the open seat race for the newly drawn 9th district and the new ad focuses on women’s issues. It has five figures behind it and is a targeted cable buy.

In the spot, a quick montage of male Republicans scrolls across the screen. They include former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Rush Limbaugh and Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle.

“They’re more focused on dictating women’s personal health care decisions, like birth control, than getting our economy back on track,” Sinema says. Full story

July 23, 2012

Arizona: Sarah Palin Endorses Jeff Flake

Arizona: Sarah Palin Endorses Jeff Flake

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Rep. Jeff Flake in the GOP nomination fight to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

“The United States Senate needs a leader like Jeff Flake,” Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, wrote in a letter to Flake. “Jeff is a proven conservative crusader, and today I am proud to announce my support for his campaign to become the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Arizona.”

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July 20, 2012

Arizona: Ben Quayle, David Schweikert Play Ball in FEC Reports

Arizona: Ben Quayle, David Schweikert Play Ball in FEC Reports

Rep. Ben Quayle (above) received many contributions from fellow Members in his primary race against fellow Republican Rep. David Schweikert. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Welcome to the NFL of politics. Or is the MLB?

One of the most interesting pair of competing Federal Election Commission reports from the second quarter are from Republican Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert, who are battling it out in a Member-vs.-Member primary for Arizona’s 6th district.

Quayle received donations from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, while the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball made a donation to Schweikert.

Quayle won the money race with a $530,000 second quarter haul, finishing the period with $1.1 million in cash on hand. Schweikert rasied $274,000, and closed June with $857,000 in cash on hand. But a source in the Schweikert camp claimed that when factoring only money that can be spent in the primary, Schweikert actually has more available cash.

But beyond those metrics, the names on the reports are fascinating. Most interestingly, current Members have gotten involved in the race.

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