Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has entered the race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

Babeu announced his candidacy Monday for the open seat held by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. She is running in the 2016 race for the Senate seat held by Republican John McCain.

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and rancher and businessman Gary Kiehne also are seeking the Republican nomination, while former state legislator Tom O'Halleran is running for the Democratic nomination.

The state commission overseeing discipline for judges is recommending that a Flagstaff judge be suspended for 90 days without pay for using government resources in his 2014 re-election bid, campaigning on government property and confronting a court employee who supported his opponent.

The seven-member panel of the Commission on Judicial Conduct also recommends that Flagstaff Justice of the Peace Howard Grodman be removed from the state Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

Grodman's lawyer says his client has already resigned that post.

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A group supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona says its proposed ballot initiative could pump millions dollars into state education every year. 

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  Navajos voted Tuesday to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.

  A Republican Arizona lawmaker who has been exploring a challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain is set to reveal her decision at a Lake Havasu City news conference.

State Sen. Kelli Ward announced in April she was considering taking on the five-term incumbent in next year's Republican primary. She's scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce her decision.

McCain announced in April that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

Navajos who want a say in changing the language requirements for anyone seeking the tribe's top two posts have until the close of business Monday to register to vote.

The tribe is holding a referendum election on July 21.

Voters will be asked if they want to determine whether candidates for president and vice president speak and understand Navajo and English well enough to hold office. They currently are required to speak fluent Navajo.


A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

LA Times

A poll conducted last month reveals that more than half of all Arizonans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the study comes as multiple measures are in the works to put the question to voters in 2016.


A vote on whether Navajo Nation presidential candidates must speak the tribe’s language fluently has been set for next month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the issue arose after one of the candidates was disqualified last year.

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice are proposing legislation to increase voter access for Native Americans. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Arizona counties are already following the department’s recommendations.