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Senate fundraising off to fast start in what could be a costly campaign

Charles McConnell Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 Senate fundraising off to fast start in what could be a costly campaign WASHINGTON – The two front-runners for Arizona’s 2016 Senate race have raised nearly $6 million between them, new reports show, kicking off what experts say could be a year of heavy spending on elections in the state. In filings with the Federal Election Commission posted Tuesday, Republican Sen. John McCain reported raising $4.6 million so far this year to the $1.26 million reported by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, who is running to unseat McCain. Kirkpatrick, who announced her challenge in May, “thrives as an underdog” and is not intimidated by McCain’s deep pockets, a campaign spokesman said Tuesday. But political experts said any challengers to McCain will have their work cut out for them. “Sen. McCain has the advantage of (being) an incumbent senator with a long service record and so that’s just a formidable opponent,” said Ruth Jones, an Arizona State University political science professor. That has not deterred challengers. McCain, seeking his sixth consecutive Senate term, already has two primary opponents. Third-quarter campaign finance reports for those challengers, State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, and Scottsdale business owner Alexander Meluskey, were not yet available Tuesday. McCain’s third-quarter fundraising outpaced Kirkpatrick’s, at more than $1 million for him in the quarter to about $570,000 for her. Kirkpatrick reported...

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As women’s triathlon participation explodes, ASU adds it as a varsity sport

Bill Slane Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 As women’s triathlon participation explodes, ASU adds it as a varsity sport TEMPE– Arizona State became the first Power Five conference school Tuesday to elevate triathlon to a varsity sport. At a news conference Tuesday morning, ASU Vice President for University Athletics and Athletic Director Ray Anderson announced the addition of women’s triathlon and women’s lacrosse to Arizona State’s varsity roster, the 24th and 25th varsity sports at the Pac-12 school. The Pac-12 is one of the Power Five conferences in college athletics, along with the SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and ACC. There has been a significant increase in women’s triathlon participation across the country over the past 15 years. Female membership in USA Triathlon has gone up 400 percent during that time and there are currently to 189,018 female members, according to Sun Devil Athletics. Bettina Warnholtz, a running and triathlon coach and founder of Arizona’s Racelab, says she has about a 50-50 split between women and men that she currently coaches. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } “There have been many program geared toward women and encouraging them to start,” Warnholtz said. “There are also many races that are just for women.” ASU currently has...

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Cronkite News: Oct. 20, 2015

Staff Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 Cronkite News: Oct. 20, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on storm preparation, and Starbucks’ liquor license applications..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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