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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Republican and Democratic candidates for Arizona governor are making a final campaign push through the state as they try to seal a general election win and their parties pull out all the stops to get voters to the polls.
The efforts by Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal are being mirrored by other statewide and congressional candidates who hope that voters will back them in Tuesday's elections.
Democrats are focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts, trying to mobilize voters who are seen as generally less enthusiastic than their GOP counterparts in a midterm election year.
That includes Democratic state Rep. Ruben Gallego, who is facing only token opposition as he races toward an expected win in Congressional District 7 in south and west Phoenix. He's trying to help statewide candidates by using the campaign machine that propelled him to a victory in the primary in the heavily Democratic district to turn out voters.
"We've had 60 people going out every day for the last month and a half," Gallego said. "There's never been an operation like this in this district â but this district alone cannot turn the whole state." Gallego pointed to similar efforts by Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick to get Democratic voters to the polls as well.
The state Democratic Party has more than 150 paid canvassers contacting voters and is hiring more for the final push, Executive Director DJ Quinlan said Friday. That's on top of 60 organizers who have been in the field for months.
Democrats are targeting unmarried women, younger people and minorities, especially Hispanics, who tend to vote in lower proportions.
Republicans are also pulling out all the stops, and if registered Republicans haven't returned their early ballot, they can expect a phone call this weekend from one of hundreds of volunteers working phone banks, said Tim Sifert, the state party's spokesman.
"We've got a massive statewide get-out-the-vote effort involving phone calls to voters who have not yet voted their early ballots as well as voters we are encouraging to go to the polls on Election Day," Sifert said. "Clearly the campaigns are in addition to that. We also have canvassers going door to door, where it's practical."
Democrats acknowledge that nationally the election is likely to favor Republicans, with the Senate possibly becoming majority Republican and the GOP gaining more House seats to strengthen its current majority. But they still like their chances for victories in stateside, congressional and legislative offices in Arizona.
"We feel like across the board we'll certainly win statewide - it's really a crapshoot which we'll win because the races are so close," Quinlan said. "But my fundamental point is, in a year when it really should be favoring Republicans I think we have a chance to win at every level."
Ducey plans stops in Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Coconino counties between Friday and Monday. DuVal plans 22 stops across metro Phoenix and in southern Arizona over the weekend. Both will be joined by other candidates for statewide office on many of the stops.
Not long ago, the FCC issued a proposed rule that I firmly support, as do emergency service dispatchers and law enforcement officials throughout the country. This rule would require standards to be updated so that individuals who dial 911 from a mobile phone can be located just as they would if they had used a landline.
Saying Tucson has been “uncooperative and evasive,” the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the police department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
PHOENIX -- Saying Tucson has been "uncooperative and evasive,'' the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the Police Department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
In legal filings in Pima County Superior Court, attorney Dan Pochoda pointed out to Judge Douglas Metcalf that he had ordered city to provide the ACLU with a list of each document it believes it does not have to disclose "with enough information to make it identifiable.'' Metcalf also directed the city to explain why it is being withheld.
What the ACLU got, Pochoda said, was a list of documents the city already said it had given to Metcalf for him to review in chambers along with "vague, speculative, and conclusory rationales for withholding the requested items.''
Pochoda said the request, submitted by investigative reporter Beau Hodai, was very specific about wanting data about the purchase and use of device, sold by Harris Co. originally as the StingRay and later as Hailstorm, along with what appears to be a new non-disclosure agreement between the Tucson Police Department and the FBI about what it would and would not make public.
"Defendant simply chose not to address this request in its submission (to the court) and failed to submit any factual or legal reason to the court why the requested records should not be provided,'' Pochoda wrote.
He said the Police Department "simply ignores'' a subsequent request for information on requests for search warrants to use the equipment.
If nothing else, Pochoda said Arizona case law states if a document falls within the scope of the public record statute, then there is a "presumption favoring disclosure.'' He said that means Tucson must "prove specifically how the best interest of the state outweighs the public right to disclosure,'' something he said the city did not do.
"A purported speculative interest does not outweigh the presumption favoring disclosure,'' Pochoda wrote.
There was no immediate response from the city.
At issue is equipment the Police Department admits it bought in 2011 and has used at least five times.
The device tricks cell phones into believing it is just another cell phone tower operated by the owner's carrier. That causes the phone to report its individual identifying information and essentially allow police to use the mobile device to find its location.
Hodai, an investigative reporter, made three separate requests for the information. The case wound up in court, with Hodai represented by the ACLU, when the department failed to produce all the documents. On Aug. 18, Metcalf said the way to resolve this is for Tucson to produce a list of what it won't produce and why.
But Pochoda said what the city produced last month does not comply with the judge's order. So now he wants Metcalf to produce the records themselves.
In his own filing at the time, City Attorney Michael Rankin told the judge he believes the items not produced are exempt from Arizona's public records laws.
There is a catch-all category dealing with what is in the "best interests of the state.'' And in this case, Rankin argued, releasing the information would "compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques and national security interests by making the technology available to criminals.''
Rankin said the city also does not want to release "equipment worksheet'' and PowerPoint presentation to familiarize those working with the equipment with how it operates, arguing it would "compromise the effectiveness and use of this technology by both local and federal law enforcement agencies.''
In his filing with the court, Pochoda said Tucson does not dispute that records pertaining to the Counter Narcotics Alliance, of which the Police Department is a member, are public. The same is true, he said, of any communications between the department and the FBI.
"Defendant misleads the court concerning the scope of plaintiff's requests and ignores the applicable law concerning the duty to release public records,'' Pochoda told Metcalf.
Pochoda said the city's argument about the narcotics alliance records is that producing them would "easily produce thousands of pages of materials that is in no way related to the use of Harris technology.'' But he said that does not mean the records do not have to be poroduced.
"Public officials do not have the right to ignore or limit the scope of a record request based on their belief the request is too broad,'' Pochoda wrote.
Similarly, he said the city is somehow suggesting that the request for communications between the Police Department and the FBI also is overly broad. But Pochoda said the request covers less than a 12-month period.
"Despite defendant's claims that there could be 'tens of thousands of documents' responsive to plaintiff's request, defendant failed to provide plaintiff with a single responsive record,'' Pochoda argued.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are working on a special report on heroin and opioid use.
The 30-minute, commercial-free investigative report will be broadcast simultaneously on TV stations and radio outlets across Arizona.
Cronkite officials say the event will include a 100-phone center for viewers seeking counseling or more information on heroin and opioid addiction.
Teams of advanced journalism students at the Cronkite School also will produce packages of digital stories and data analysis available on the Web, an accompanying mobile tablet app, and Spanish-language and radio versions of the documentary.
The statewide simulcast of the report is scheduled to air Jan. 13 on the 32 TV stations in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma and most of the state's radio stations.
The Tempe City Council is considering options concerning cell phone use while behind the wheel that might include passing a law to ban the practice in the near future.
Q: I’m a little nervous about all this talk about turning my smartphone into my wallet; isn’t it just going to create another major area to get breached?
The chief attorney for the city of Tucson is telling a judge that national security could be compromised if it is forced to disclose some documents about how it uses equipment it has purchased to track cell phone users.
There’s no doubt it’s politics time in the Valley. The signs are on street corners. Candidates messages are coming to phones across the Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO — Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.
Do you want to make some money?
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse recently launched a new mobile app that allows customers to order before entering the restaurant.
NEW YORK — So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too. They chat, and make plans to meet. They're only three miles apart, after all.
In Mesa Public Schools, they should allow students to use their phones properly in class. I’m a student at Taylor Junior High that has to have a phone at times, but can’t use it for anything that can help me. When there’s an essay due and I need to check facts, there’s always a line for the computers and the essay is due in two days. I can’t finish it. Fifty percent of the school can be responsible with their phones; the other half will have to live with using computers until the teachers see that they are responsible. So, Mesa Public Schools should let responsible students use their phones in school.
Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, and anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.
NEW YORK — Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder.
Over the past several years, driving distractions caused by mobile devices have been a hot topic here in Arizona and across the nation. Study after study has confirmed that distractions can worsen driving performance, making the roads more dangerous for everyone.
WASHINGTON — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
Technologist Seth Schoen holds a cell phone as it displays information, also seen on the screen behind, during a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mobile tracking demonstration, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Washington. You might want to keep your cellphone home _ or at least turn it off _ when you go shopping. Stores are using technology to track consumers’ movements, but they say the information is anonymous. The Federal Trade Commission takes a look at the information these companies are collecting, how long they are keeping it and what it’s being used for. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Technologist Seth Schoen holds a cell phone as it displays, also seen on the screen behind, during a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mobile tracking demonstration, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Washington. You might want to keep your cellphone home _ or at least turn it off _ when you go shopping. Stores are using technology to track consumers’ movements, but they say the information is anonymous. The Federal Trade Commission takes a look at the information these companies are collecting, how long they are keeping it and what it’s being used for. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chief technologist Latanya Sweeney, left, points to cell phone information displayed as she conducts a mobile tracking demonstration, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Washington. You might want to keep your cellphone home _ or at least turn it off _ when you go shopping. Stores are using technology to track consumers’ movements, but they say the information is anonymous. The Federal Trade Commission takes a look at the information these companies are collecting, how long they are keeping it and what it’s being used for. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Cell phones are displayed during a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mobile tracking demonstration, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Washington. You might want to keep your cellphone home _ or at least turn it off _ when you go shopping. Stores are using technology to track consumers’ movements, but they say the information is anonymous. The Federal Trade Commission takes a look at the information these companies are collecting, how long they are keeping it and what it’s being used for. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)