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Wing upgrades for Korea-based Warthogs near completion, extending service into next decade – Stars and Stripes

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Wing upgrades for Korea-based Warthogs near completion, extending service into next decade


OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — All but one of nearly two dozen Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in South Korea have completed wing upgrades that should extend the service life of the close combat support jet well into the 2030s.


The new wings are designed to last up to 10,000 flight hours without a major inspection. The upgrade includes a new wiring harness created for easier wing removal and to reduce the chance of damaging the wing…

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Arizona’s GOP Sen. Martha McSally target of new super PAC ad – Roll Call

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A new super PAC is targeting GOP Sen. Martha McSally in an early sign that the competitive Arizona Senate race could attract plenty of outside spending.

The group, named “Middle Class Fighting to Restore Arizona’s Unity and Decency,” or “McFraud,” is launching a five-figure TV and digital ad buy with a 30-second spot accusing McSally of changing her positions on immigration issues and highlighting an Arizona Republic editorial that labeled her as “disingenuous.”

The ad will air in the Phoenix media market on CNN and Fox News, according to information shared first with CQ…

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Arizona Democrats go to court to gain top ballot listing – Your Valley

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By Peter Gong and Kyla Wilcher, Cronkite News

PHOENIX — Democrats allege the design of Arizona ballots puts their candidates at an unconstitutional disadvantage, according to a lawsuit filed last month against Arizona’s Secretary of State.

The suit takes issue with ballots in partisan races that routinely list Republican candidates before Democrats, and it recommends rotating ballot order to ensure no candidate has an advantage.

Arizona law dictates that each county’s ballot order be determined according to the votes cast for governor…

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Senators grill military chiefs over private housing ‘slumlords’ on bases – Fairfield Sun Times

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WASHINGTON – Lawmakers grilled military branch heads Tuesday over poor living conditions in military housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., compared to “slumlords.”

She was not the only one on the Senate Armed Services Committee upset by a Government Accountability Office report that detailed weak oversight of the 14 companies running housing complexes across the U.S. on military bases.

The GAO report said unreliable and potentially misleading data, discrepancies in enforcement and a lack of advocates…

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Democrats go to court to gain top listing on Arizona ballots – Cronkite News

Democrats allege the design of Arizona ballots puts their candidates at an unconstitutional disadvantage, according to a lawsuit filed last month against Arizona’s Secretary of State. The suit takes issue with ballots in partisan races that routinely list Republican candidates before Democrats, and it recommends rotating ballot order to ensure no candidate has an advantage.
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New Poll Shows Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden Tied With Donald Trump in Traditionally Republican Arizona – Newsweek

Two Democratic 2020 candidates, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden, are both in a dead heat with President Donald Trump in the traditionally Republican state of Arizona, a new poll shows. The latest hypothetical general election matchup poll for December 2019 released on Monday shows Biden with 44 percent of support among overall voters compared to Trump's 45 percent, while Buttigieg is at 43 percent to Trump's 45 percent in a head-to-head matchup.
Trey Gowdy blasts Lisa Page: ‘The word “loathsome” really doesn’t need to be put in context’ – Fox News
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Trey Gowdy blasts Lisa Page: ‘The word “loathsome” really doesn’t need to be put in context’ – Fox News

New York’s most vulnerable Democrat — freshman Congressman Max Rose — joined the legions of Republicans criticizing the state’s criminal justice reforms Monday, blasting the measures as going “too far, too fast.” “We can and we must ensure our justice system is fair and maintains our public safety — but the fact is with the bail and discovery reforms Albany went too far, too fast,” Rose said in a statement. Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy responded Monday to former FBI attorney Lisa Page after she broke her silence in an interview with The Daily Beast. "When she says things need to be put in context, the word 'loathsome' really doesn't need to be put in context," Gowdy said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." "And when you say somebody will be a national security disaster, that doesn't need to be put in context."
GOP West: could Republicans have an Arizona advantage? – The Spectator USA
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GOP West: could Republicans have an Arizona advantage? – The Spectator USA

Arizona is a Democratic target in 2020, not only in the presidential race but also in the struggle for the Senate. Martha McSally — the nominee who lost Flake’s seat, only to be appointed to fill the one left vacant by John McCain’s death — is up for re-election and one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents. Yet what happened in Tucson suggests that the Republicans still have an advantage in the state, if they only know what to do with it. What happened is that Tucson, with a population 47.2 percent non-Hispanic white and 41.6 percent Hispanic, defeated a proposition to become a ‘sanctuary city’ for illegal immigrants with a landslide 71 percent of the vote. The Democrats’ key message — Trump put our immigrant ‘kids in cages’ — failed to resonate in a city with almost as many Hispanics as whites. (Those figures are from the 2010 census, and the city has probably become more Hispanic since then.) Tolerating illegal immigration might not be the winning issue Democrats have long assumed it to be.
Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet
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Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet

The term “swing state” was seldom used in connection with Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s. Associated with Sen. Barry Goldwater and, after that, Sen. John McCain, the southwestern state usually went Republican — and when centrist Democrat Janet Napolitano served as Arizona governor in the 2000s, she stressed her willingness to work with Arizona Republicans. But in 2019, the term “swing state” is being used more and more in connection with Arizona.
Five senators to watch on impeachment – The Christian Science Monitor
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Five senators to watch on impeachment – The Christian Science Monitor

…..two key groups in the GOP caucus are worth watching as the impeachment saga moves to the Senate, political observers say. The first…..includes Senator Alexander of Tennessee, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina (whose current term lasts until 2022 but who announced that 2016 would be the last time he’d run for elective office), Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas. The second group consists of …..Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Senator Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona, and Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
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Senate confirms Arizona’s Barbara Barrett as next Air Force Secretary – AZCentral

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Barbara Barrett as the next secretary of the Air Force.

The Senate voted 85 to 7 on her nomination, delivering bipartisan support for President Donald Trump’s pick of the nation’s 25th Air Force secretary. Barrett is a longtime Arizona businesswoman and former diplomat who has a long history in aviation and politics.

Barrett suggested that she will bring a Western perspective to her new office.

“We think often that decisions in Washington are made with an East Coast perspective,” Barrett told The Arizona Republic shortly after the vote.

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Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com
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Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com

The Emerson College poll shows why both parties see Arizona as a ... Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says. Slightly more Arizona voters disapprove of President Donald Trump than say they approve of him, but overwhelmingly they don't want to see him impeached, according to a new Suffolk University/Arizona Republic poll. ... Even so, a clear majority of respondents, 58 percent, do not want ...
Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service
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Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a distinct edge over his nearest Democratic rivals, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, in a poll of likely Arizona voters released Tuesday. Biden was the choice of 28% of voters in the Emerson Polling questionnaire, conducted Oct. 25-28 online and via landlines. Warren and Sanders polled at 21% each, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg drew 12% support among Democrats. Warren and Biden tied President Donald Trump at 50% in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, while Sanders polled 49% to Trump’s 51%.
McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier
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McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., signed onto a resolution condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a move that could have ramifications in her bruising 2020 campaign. McSally was one of 43 Senate Republicans to sign onto a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That resolution calls on Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a formal vote to open an impeachment inquiry; to allow Trump to call witnesses and face his accusers; and to allow Republican members to...
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Arizona starts to eye the 2020 election – Aztec Press

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by JOE GIDDENS 

The national spotlight has come to Tucson as both parties compete for Arizona’s potential swing state status in the 2020 election. 

 

Vice President Mike Pence, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Sen. Martha McSally arrived at Tucson International Airport Oct. 3 to stump for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA is the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

The agreement hasn’t yet been put to a vote in Congress…

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A few things that should keep Republican senators up late – The Washington Post

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These are short-term tactics to avoid pesky questions from the media and from constituents. However, 23 of them (or prospective Republican successors if the incumbent is retiring) will have to spend considerable time back home to defend their seats. That includes some highly vulnerable seats in Maine, North Carolina and Colorado as well as competitive seats in Iowa, Georgia, Texas and Arizona. Most of them will have to endure at least one debate. Even in completely safe seats, the Republicans will have to expose themselves to local media.

Consider the kinds of questions they will get (and…

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McSally sidesteps questions about Trump’s Ukraine call – Kansas City Star

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she's troubled by President Donald Trump's efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival. Asked repeatedly by reporters whether the president acted appropriately, McSally said she wants to wait until all the facts are gathered.
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Beto discusses immigration, education and gun control at Gentle Ben’s – Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Beto O’Rourke was the first Democratic presidential candidate of this election cycle to speak to students and locals during a town hall Sunday, Oct. 6. 

O’Rourke spoke to a full rooftop at Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company. 

“This is a moment of truth,” O’Rourke said. “It will define us forever and decide anything and everything that you care about in this country, forever going forward. No pressure, Tucson. The responsibility is ours at the moment.”

RELATED: Noam Chomsky speaks…

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