Felecia Rotellini and Mark Brnovich Battle in Debate for Arizona Attorney General

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Felecia Rotellini (left) and Mark Brnovich.
A debate last night between the two candidates for Arizona attorney general got heated quickly.

Democratic candidate Felecia Rotellini hammered away at Republican Mark Brnovich from the get-go, repeatedly labeling him an "ideologue."

"I want to take politics out of the attorney general's office," Rotellini said of the office currently run by scandal-plagued Tom Horne. "My opponent has already stated that the attorney general's office will promote an anti-choice agenda. That's what an ideologue does, not what a leader does."

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Doug Ducey and Fred DuVal Debate Again a Battle of Business and Education Candidates

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Fred DuVal (left) and Doug Ducey.
Now four debates deep in the race for Arizona governor between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal, the candidates have stuck to their bread-and-butter subjects.

For Ducey, everything is centered on promoting business growth in the state, and for DuVal, everything circles back to education. In last night's debate televised on the local PBS station, most of the interesting points came in reverse -- with Ducey talking education, and DuVal talking business.

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Doug Ducey Aligns Perfectly With Cathi Herrod on Candidate Surveys

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Doug Ducey.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey recently has downplayed his relationship with Cathi Herrod, the Christian Right lobbyist who serves as one of Ducey's top policy advisers on his campaign.

Ducey's been questioned about her role in the campaign in the aftermath of Arizona's SB 1062, a product of Herrod and her organization, the Center for Arizona Policy. Ducey's said several times that Herrod's only part of a broad coalition he's built, and explained to the Arizona Republic that he's the "independent voice for Arizona."

Well, how closely to Ducey and Herrod's views align? Perfectly, according to Ducey's answers on the Center for Arizona Policy's candidate surveys.

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Ruben Gallego, Presumptive CD7 Congressman, Gets an F from NRA, Loses B+ Rating

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Ruben Gallego, who's likely to be CD7's next U.S. Congressman, has received an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association, according to the latest grades released by the gun-lobbying group.

Although Gallego, a former Marine, previously had a B+ rating, he's now considered a "true enemy" of gun rights.

Ha. Where was this grade a few months ago?

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Diane Douglas, Candidate for Superintendent, Finally Faces Opponent David Garcia

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David Garcia and Diane Douglas

After ducking out on participating in more than a dozen political debates or public forums, Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, was forced out of hiding.

Because she's running as a Clean Elections candidate, she was mandated to participate in a debate sponsored by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission. The debate was hosted by Arizona Horizon's Ted Simons and televised Thursday on KAET Channel 8. (Station operators say the video will be available online later this evening.)

Douglas, a former school board president, is running against David Garcia, an associate professor at Arizona State University.

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Dabber in the House? Yes, if AZ's CD4 Voters Elect Democrat Mikel Weisser

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Mikel Weisser, Democratic candidate for Arizona's Congressional District 4.
The first member of the U.S. House of Representatives who publicly admits to "dabbing" could be Arizona Democrat Mikel Weisser.

The odds may be slim of this occurring since Weisser's facing off against incumbent Republican Paul Gosar in expansive and conservative Congressional District 4, which includes Kingman, Prescott and part of Maricopa County. He's a former plumber and middle-school teacher, an ultra-leftie, and the current leader of Safer Arizona, a group that tried unsuccessfully to get a cannabis-legalization measure on the ballot this year.

Weisser brings a plethora of personal experience to the national debate over loosened marijuana laws -- in fact, when we last met him, he brought it in an Altoid tin.

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Democrats Rallying Troops, Community to Vote in Key Statewide Races

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Mary Rose Wilcox and Pastor Warren Stewart during a recent campaign event.

Neither Mary Rose Wilcox nor Pastor Warren Stewart reached their respective goals of winning a seat in Congress or on the Phoenix City Council, but they vow to continue serving as community activists.

Both are aiming to stir their communities to make changes through voting, and they've timed it align with the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act next year.

"We thought it was important to have more interaction with the community, and to educate [citizens] about their rights, and through that, urge them to register, and more importantly, to vote," Wilcox tells New Times.

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Democrats Call Doug Ducey's Cold Stone a "Ponzi Scheme," and Say It With Ice Cream

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The Arizona Democratic Party is comparing the way Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey ran Cold Stone Creamery to a Ponzi scheme.

To push the point, the party held a bit of an ice cream party at its Phoenix headquarters today, showing off gallons of ice cream labeled: "Doug Ducey's Pistachio Ponzi Scheme."

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Congressman Franks Gets an "F" Grade From Atheist Coalition for Blending Religion, Politics

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Representative Trent Franks, Arizona's abortion obsessed Congressman, got a failing grade from an atheist coalition for, basically, draping himself and his political office with a robe of Christianity and proposing legislation based on his religious views.

As one would figure, that wouldn't go over well with the Secular Coalition for America, which serves as the "national lobby for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other non theistic Americans."

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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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