It seems logical to have this as a forum heading. One piece of breaking news that has just come up is that John McCain, having chosen to forego further medical treatment, has now died. Sadly, it was four days before his birthday; whatever I thought of his performance as a Senator, his war service in Vietnam was highly meritorious, and it would have been nice for him to reach his birthday.
A crucial consequence, of course, will be his replacement as Senator. My understanding from the discussions in various sites earlier is that the vote for his replacement will be Election Day, 2020. Thus, the governor can choose a senator to hold the seat for 2 years. Most likely he would wait a few days, perhaps until after the funeral. No doubt this will be after the state's primary, which is scheduled for August 28. There are 3 significant GOP candidates running. One is Joe Arpaio, considered very unlikely to win in November and rather unpopular with most of the party leadership, including the governor.
But Arpaio was running 3rd in the polls anyway. The current leader is Martha McSally, distrusted by many conservatives. Kelli Ward, who tried to defeat McCain in the 2016, losing 51-39, trails her but we'll see in 3 days. If McSally wins, Ward would be an excellent choice to unify the party, but I'm not sure if the GOP leadership there is capable of making such a concession to conservative voters, but Governor Ducey does have a generally conservative record. One of his appointments to the state Supreme Court was conservative activist Clint Bolick.
This will also be good news for Brett Kavanaugh, since the replacement will almost certainly support him and give him a bit of leeway in the confirmation vote.
Another piece of political news earlier is that the special election in Ohio's 12th CD was called, with the GOP candidate winning. Presumably he won by enough to preclude a free recount.