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Bernie Sanders is continuing his presidential campaign swing through Arizona with a stop in Flagstaff.

The Vermont senator, who is coming off a wave of primary losses to Hillary Clinton, is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting Thursday evening in the state's high country at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

His appearance comes two days after Sanders held a rally in Phoenix.

The Democratic candidate did not mention his defeats to Clinton in other states.

A bill overhauling the state's campaign finance laws that has passed a House panel would also allow politicians to divert campaign contributions to other politicians.

Democratic Rep. Ken Clark says the measure would amount to a fundamental change in state politics that allows politicians to buy votes from colleagues using campaign contributions. Clark calls it the "king maker provision."

Bill sponsor Sen. Adam Driggs added the provision onto a sweeping bill he said is designed to simplify and re-organize the state's campaign finance code.

Jim Louvau

Bernie Sanders is avoiding mention of his losses as he kicks off his Arizona presidential campaign.

The Vermont senator spoke for an hour Tuesday night at the Phoenix convention center. He did not mention his defeats by Hillary Clinton earlier in the day in primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Instead he reminded Arizonans that they are the next major state to vote in the Democratic contest for president. He urged the crowd to come out to vote in a week, March 22.

Arizona's Republican primary also is that day.

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UPDATE: According to the U.S. State Department, former State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. is not running for state senate in Legislative District 7.

So far, only one candidate has officially announced her senate run for the state’s largest legislative district, LD-7. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Associated Press

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing her support behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump's campaign announced Brewer's endorsement Saturday. In a statement, Brewer called Trump a "Washington outsider" who will follow the people's will. She says Trump would secure the border and defend workers deprived of jobs by people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Trump says Brewer's endorsement is an honor.

Jon Austria/The Daily Times

Arizona voters will go to the polls this spring to decide on Proposition 123. It settles a long-running lawsuit over school funding in the state, and the Navajo Nation Council has announced its unanimous support of the measure. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Slate

Some Arizona lawmakers want the state to change how their electoral delegates vote for the president. If they’re successful, Arizona would be the first Republican-leaning state to back electing presidents through a country-wide popular vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


CBS News

Presidential primaries in Arizona are known as the Presidential Preference Election. A bill under consideration in the House would cut all state funding for those elections and make paying for them the responsibility of political parties. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


The number of people registered to vote in Arizona declined by 1 percent during the last three months of 2015.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office says 3.2 million people are now registered to vote.

There were 45,000 more registered voters in the second-to-last quarter of 2015.

Independents and those who haven't designated a party preference now account for almost 37 percent of all voters.

Nearly 34 percent of voters are registered as Republicans, and 28 percent are Democrats.

The Arizona Legislature will begin its 2016 session next week, and lawmakers have already introduced several bills for consideration. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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