David Garcia Lands Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's First-Ever Political Endorsement

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David Garcia wants to become Arizona's next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

And if he beats his challenger, Republican Diane Douglas, Garcia would be the first Latino elected to statewide office in about four decades.

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hopes that happens. The business association is giving its support to Garcia, a U.S Army veteran and former Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability.

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Education and Business Dominate First Debate Between Doug Ducey and Fred DuVal

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Last night's first gubernatorial debate between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal largely focused on the two candidates' bread-and-butter issues: business growth for Ducey, and education for DuVal.

The most contentious parts of the debate were over DuVal's record on the Arizona Board of Regents, as Ducey repeated lines from attack ads on TV that tuition went up 100 percent with DuVal in that position.

The attacks weren't as effective when DuVal was able to defend himself.

"I don't appreciate these attacks, which are these half-truths, which don't explain the difficulty of a $400 million cut for universities," DuVal said. "People said, 'Just close the campuses,' and I said, 'Not gonna happen.' His team broke it, and I fixed it."

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Fred DuVal Kicks Off Gov Campaign With Ads Featuring Grant Woods, Failed Fiesta Bowl Fiasco Investigator

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Grant Woods offering his endorsement of Fred DuVal for Arizona governor.
Fred DuVal's campaign for Arizona governor has been airing campaign ads featuring Republican Grant Woods, a longtime friend and college classmate of DuVal's.

DuVal, the Democratic nominee, is running against Republican Doug Ducey in the November general election.

Sure, Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, may have chaired Governor Jan Brewer's re-election campaign, but he's no hard-line Republican.

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Sylvia Allen, Professional Fuitcake, Faces Sane GOPer-Turned-Indie Tom O'Halleran in LD6

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So how does a crazy lady like Sylvia Allen become a member of the Arizona Legislature?

Some dude has to fall off a horse. Literally.

Back in 2008, it was state Senator Jake Flake, uncle of now-U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and former Speaker of the state House, who got bucked from his horse, breaking eight of his ribs and landing him in the hospital.

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Fred DuVal Now Being Attacked en espaƱol for Tuition Hikes

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The attack ad that hits Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal for voting for tuition increases as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents isn't going away.

In fact, it's now in Spanish, too.

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Twitter Tiffs: David Leibowitz, Mark Brnovich and Fake Twitter Accounts

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Felicia Rotellini (left) has David Leibowitz (center) helping her campaign for attorney general against Mark Brnovich (right)

David Leibowitz, a political consultant who's helping Felicia Rotellini, the Democratic candidate for Arizona Attorney General, posted a tweet implying that her opponent Mark Brnovich is being followed by thousands of "fake twitter accounts."

Funny because a quick (an inexact) check of Leibowitz's more than 26,000 followers on twitteraudit.com estimates that only about 17 percent of his followers are real.

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David Garcia Endorsed by Three Former AZ Schools Chiefs in Bid for State Superintendent

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Three former schools chiefs--including a Republican--have endorsed Democrat David Garcia in his bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Andy Tobin to Face Ann Kirkpatrick in Congressional Race as Gary Kiehne Concedes

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It took about a week, but the match-ups for all nine of Arizona's congressional races have been decided.

The Republican primary in Congressional District 1 had been too close to call since the primary election last Tuesday, but businessman Gary Kiehne has conceded defeat to Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin.

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Doug Ducey Supporters Waste No Time Getting Attack Ad Against Fred DuVal on TV

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Fred DuVal makes children sad, according to this hit ad on TV.
Supporters of Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Ducey aren't taking Democratic challenger Fred DuVal lightly.

With the primary election barely over, Ducey supporters had a DuVal hit on TV, spending more than a half-million dollars to slam DuVal -- a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents -- for college tuition hikes.

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Primary Day 2014: Bums Bounced, Dems Given Openings to Exploit

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Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics.

A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election.

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second-place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was anticipated, though the severity of the trouncing -- a 14-point spread for Ducey -- was not, even for Ducey, who called it a "pleasant surprise" during one post-primary interview.

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