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Political notebook : Brewer's situation bears resemblance to Mofford's

A beehive hairdo. No heavy makeup. And she's not a Democrat. But in some important ways, Gov. Jan Brewer looks a lot like one of her predecessors — Gov. Rose Mofford.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Mitchell, Giffords want to forgo raise

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Mitchell, Giffords want to forgo raise

Many Americans won't see much, if any, raise in their paychecks this year, given the struggling economy, but members of Congress are poised to get a nice $4,700 bonus to their nearly $170,000 salary in 2009.

January 11, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee goes job-hunting in Brewer transition

The soon unemployed state Senate president is looking for work.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : DC gala could make for odd seating; Giffords moving her office in capital

Wonder who's doing the seating arrangements for this party:

December 28, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Napolitano's expected hike in pay not as big as it looks

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's new gig as Barack Obama's secretary of homeland security will come with a nice big salary boost.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Here's what you need to know about governors

On Notebook's menu this morning: (1) the old governor, (2) the new governor, and (3) the person who doesn't want to be governor.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : No glass in ceiling of Arizona politics

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : No glass in ceiling of Arizona politics

First there was Jane. Then there was Janet. Now, it's Jan.

December 07, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Obama's inaugural to include AZ flavor

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Obama's inaugural to include AZ flavor

An Arizonan may not have been elected president, but there's still a special celebration at this year's presidential inauguration for those of us from the Grand Canyon State.

November 16, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Napolitano is mum on attorney general talk

For Arizona, the result of the presidential election creates more questions than it answers:

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : No, you can't take photo of yourself voting

Politicians have spent the past year talking until they're red, white and blue in the face.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Kyl's quote on a McCain probable loss is confirmed

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Kyl's quote on a McCain probable loss is confirmed

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl made national news this week for a story that originated in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

October 29, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Campaigns recycling other states' ads

At least two campaigns in Arizona are getting into the whole green movement — if you consider recycling political ads to be resourceful.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Obama edges by McCain in kids poll

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Obama edges by McCain in kids poll

Ever wonder what things would be like if kids ruled the world — or at least the country?

October 22, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Little fraud is seen in attempts to vote twice

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Little fraud is seen in attempts to vote twice

We've all heard that turnout is expected to be high this year, but apparently some people are so excited about voting they want to do it more than just once.

October 15, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Backstage drama adds some spice in Dist. 26

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Backstage drama adds some spice in Dist. 26

In a game of "he said, she said," one of this year's legislative candidates has been accused of having some anger-management issues. But he says the woman pointing the finger is just plain wrong.

October 12, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Ariz. dodges much of the mud being slung on TV

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Ariz. dodges much of the mud being slung on TV

Because Arizona isn't tagged a battleground state by either John McCain or Barack Obama, there's not much campaigning going on here.

October 08, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : As Giffords takes break, Bee ellipses cause a stir

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : As Giffords takes break, Bee ellipses cause a stir

Congressional opponents Gabrielle Giffords and Tim Bee got caught in a mini-religious war last week.

October 05, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Will Sedona's serenity get Palin ready to rock?

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Will Sedona's serenity get Palin ready to rock?

What better place than Sedona — known for its spiritual and metaphysical healing powers — for Sarah Palin to revive before her big performance at Thursday night's vice-presidential debate in St. Louis?

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Politics: the long and the short of it

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Politics: the long and the short of it

Those of us who always had to sit in the front row during class picture time, or who were picked last for basketball, can relate to the problem vertically challenged candidates face in politics.

September 28, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee scores another celeb 'prez' fundraiser

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee scores another celeb 'prez' fundraiser

How does Tim Bee plan to top his visit in July from the president of the United States?

September 21, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee, Giffords promise they'll ease access to their specific stances

If you want to know where congressional opponents Gabrielle Giffords and Tim Bee stand on specific policy issues and you aren't, let's say, a reporter — well, good luck.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : McCain's photo of school confounds pundits

If you thought those Greek columns behind Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention were weird, then wrap yourself around this stagecraft mystery.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Napolitano isn't one to underestimate GOP's Palin

Don't expect Gov. Janet Napolitano — a big supporter of Barack Obama — to be enticed into voting for John McCain because of his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : '08 race for presidency is covering fresh turf

This year's election presents a lot of exciting firsts.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Kromko's back with new beef about signs

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Kromko's back with new beef about signs

When John Kromko launched his doomed initiative effort last year to ban "toilet-to-tap" water delivery, the city — which opposed the plan — was suddenly inspired to strictly enforce its ordinance restricting signs.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Dems strive to paint McCain as $5M man

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Dems strive to paint McCain as $5M man

When John McCain joked during Saturday night's televised interview with the Rev. Rick Warren that he defined "rich" as someone who makes $5 million a year, he quickly shot back with, "And I'm sure that comment will be distorted."

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Giffords floated as governor candidate

Arizona's next big political race is looming right around the corner.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Napolitano staff shuffle includes 2 Tucsonans

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Napolitano staff shuffle includes 2 Tucsonans

One Tucsonan is in and another is out (kind of) in a staff shuffle at Gov. Janet Napolitano's office in Phoenix.

August 13, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Is Kolbe the next Comeback Kid?

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Is Kolbe the next Comeback Kid?

There's no question the outcome of the presidential race could affect Arizona politics.

August 10, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Recess vote by Giffords draws flak from rival

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Recess vote by Giffords draws flak from rival

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' vote in favor of Congress' taking a five-week hiatus has resulted in mounting criticism from Republicans — but her aides promise the next month won't be about lounging by the pool and sipping drinks with little umbrellas.

August 06, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : The old McCain place can be yours for $12M

So, John McCain might be trying to liken Barack Obama to celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in a new TV ad, but our Arizona senator is the one whose former home is being listed as a celebrity property.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee gets photo-op with Bush, sort of

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bee gets photo-op with Bush, sort of

When President Bush dropped in last week for Republican congressional candidate Tim Bee, everyone wondered whether the duo would appear together, providing the media — and Demo-crats — with a photo-op.

July 26, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bush buoys Bee but frets about YouTube

So sensitive were Republicans about information getting out about the goings-on at the Tucson fundraiser hosted by President Bush Friday morning, even W. himself made sure to ask the 400 or so people at the event to turn off any recording devices.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bush will raise funds for Bee at Foothills manse

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bush will raise funds for Bee at Foothills manse

When President Bush stops in Tucson next week to raise money for Republican Tim Bee, he'll be welcomed into the Foothills home of William and Jackie Bell, a wealthy Republican couple with a palatial residence.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato: It's gotta hurt: Kolbe no longer helping Bee

Republican congressional candidate Tim Bee has lost the help of former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe in his quest to snatch Kolbe's old Southern Arizona seat from Democratic incumbent Gabrielle Giffords.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Dems keep cameras on Bee, hoping for a gaffe

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Dems keep cameras on Bee, hoping for a gaffe

It's a lot like "Candid Camera": Political parties follow candidates around with video cameras, waiting for them to slip up and say something that can be used against them.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Glassman backs this proposal, underwater

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Glassman backs this proposal, underwater

One of Tucson's most eligible bachelors is finally off the market.

June 21, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Even sales of safe-sex wares now bipartisan

Who doesn't need some extra protection this election season?

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Sorely out of touch on critical TV program

As tens of millions lined up last week for the release of "Sex and the City," at least a couple of people we know couldn't have cared less about Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolo Blahniks.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Giffords for Obama? We're still waiting . . .

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Giffords for Obama? We're still waiting . . .

Now that primaries across the country are winding down, we hear that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is poised to endorse Barack Obama late next week.

May 31, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Bush will be at fundraiser for McCain, but don't tell

It's the event no one really wants you to know about. But how do you keep a party on the q.t. when the guest of honor is the leader of the Free World?

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Political luck seems to run out for Randy

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Political luck seems to run out for Randy

It's been a long time since Republican Randy Graf won an election. There was the unsuccessful primary bid against Rep. Jim Kolbe in 2004. And after getting through a crowded primary, the former state lawmaker lost in his match- up against Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in 2006.

May 17, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Poky lawmakers have to live on less

Remember when your parents would cut your allowance for slacking off on your chores?

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Oien quits MADD after its overture to Glassman

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Oien quits MADD after its overture to Glassman

It's been six months since the contentious City Council race between Democrat Rodney Glassman and Republican Lori Oien came to a close, but there's clearly still a hangover.

May 03, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Rhetoric heats up in 8th District over origins of campaign money

Temperatures here are rising — that's for sure. And so it seems is the rhetoric between congressional opponents Tim Bee and Gabrielle Giffords.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Tucsonan to have say at Dems' convention

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Tucsonan to have say at Dems' convention

One of the most powerful Democrats in Arizona may very well be Adelita Grijalva.

April 19, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Mrs. Olson backs Bee for Congress

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Mrs. Olson backs Bee for Congress

When a couple splits, the hardest part can be divvying up the friends.

April 12, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Testy talk punctuates state House floor debate

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Testy talk punctuates state House floor debate

Remember a few weeks ago, when we explained how state Rep. Steve Farley of Tucson had to apologize for "impugning" a fellow lawmaker on the floor of the House?

April 05, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : GOP, take heart: Pelosi to drop by Phoenix for a visit with Giffords

Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : GOP, take heart: Pelosi to drop by Phoenix for a visit with Giffords

Republicans have desperately been trying to argue that Gabrielle Giffords and Nancy Pelosi are two peas in a pod.

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Political Notebook by Daniel Scarpinato : Governor's PAC awaits economic stimulus

With the price of just about everything skyrocketing these days, you've gotta be anticipating that $600 "stimulus" check the federal government is supposed be sending us.

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