PHOENIX – The rolling, golden hills and towering mountains of southern Arizona sit under the bright morning sun in mid-March, providing the backdrop as a private jet skids to a halt along the runway at a small airport outside of Nogales, Ariz.
PHOENIX – Children kept themselves busy with coloring books and chased each other with masks in the corner of the cafeteria at Isaac Middle School, but school had long since ended and adults soon came over to keep them quiet.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $2.7 million award that Goodyear and its attorneys had been ordered to pay for withholding documents from a family that sued the tire maker over a crash in Arizona.
PHOENIX – As graduation looms and student applications are being submitted for the summer and fall semesters, Arizona State University officials are providing support to the international student community over President Trump’s second executive order calling for a travel ban from six Muslim-majority nations.
PHOENIX – When Magdalena Schwartz, now a pastor in Mesa, first immigrated to America from Chile in 1998, she played guitar for people in jail because she felt it was a way she could volunteer without speaking English.
TEMPE — On a sweltering spring afternoon, the normally gridlocked roadways are lightly traversed on a weekend afternoon. Jevin Hodge sits in a local coffee shop, a stylish three-piece suit draped over his athletic build, a gold watch adorning his wrist.
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WASHINGTON – Rosario Vazquez-Hernandez was washing windows of cars waiting at the Mariposa Port of Entry, as he did most days, when Border Patrol agents grabbed him on charges that he was attempting to re-enter the U.S. illegally in 2014.
WASHINGTON – Prisoners’ rights to confidential communication with their attorneys includes the right to watch jailers open some mail in front of them to make sure it’s not being read, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
AVONDALE – Rep. Raúl Grijalva told about 20 residents and community leaders in his district that highlighting their concerns about President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration would help “interject humanity” into the national debate on the issue.
PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memoranda released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers enforce immigration in the near future.
PHOENIX — President Donald Trump’s election and immigration executive orders have led to an increase in the number of immigrants seeking legal advice and assistance in Arizona, and local law organizations are responding to this influx by supplying pro bono and low-cost legal help to community outreach groups.
PHOENIX — With President Donald Trump’s new enforcement of deportation orders, and the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos last week, immigrant rights organizations in Arizona are stepping up their educational efforts so families will know what rights they have if a parent is deported.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, has been a supporter of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch since the nomination was announced last week, but he said he feels even more confident after the two met Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – Leila Asadi has had to put her doctoral dissertation on hold while courts consider legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court Thursday refused to reconsider its April ruling that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, despite dissenting judges saying the court should address “a fundamental question of presidential power.”
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republicans hailed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Wednesday as a “brilliant” legal mind who can be expected to respect the Constitution if he is confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
WASHINGTON – Paula Mercado, 18, has prayed at Planned Parenthood facilities and taken part in anti-abortion protests in Arizona, but Friday found the Tucson teen on the National Mall with thousands of others pro-life protesters, many of them millennials.
TEMPE – Police wearing body cameras can promote a good relationship between the community and police, including members of the public saying police officers treated them with respect, early results of an ongoing Arizona State University study show.
WASHINGTON – Tucson resident Greg Shimn knew he would have had a better view of the ceremonies from his couch back home, but there was no way he was going to miss the chance to be there in person for Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Outside the Arizona State Capitol, dozens of people gathered in protest of Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The protesters had plenty to say, and as follows, many visuals to accompany their chants.
TUCSON – While the fanfare of Donald Trump’s inauguration engulfed Washington, D.C., in a swathe of traditions and “Make America Great Again” hats on Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva watched the ceremony alone from his office a couple thousand miles away.
WASHINGTON – Thousands of cots line the suite-level hallways of FedEx Field, temporary housing for 3,500 National Guardsmen from around the country who are here as part of a contingent of 7,500 guardsmen helping provide security for Friday’s inauguration.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers will join dozens of Democrats who plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, saying they will spend time with constituents instead of the man they said ran a polarizing campaign.
PHOENIX – The Governor’s Office for Youth, Faith and Family will release about $3.5 million in new funding for substance abuse prevention programs for high school youth – a key demographic to target when tackling Arizona’s opioid epidemic.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Thursday that the owners of an Arizona ministry cannot avoid paying income taxes by claiming they had taken vows of poverty and were merely being supported by donations to their church.
PHOENIX – Medical professionals say Gov. Doug Ducey’s letter urging that Arizona doctors receive more education on drug addiction is a step forward in the battle against opioid abuse, but that the curriculum must be detailed and useful.
WASHINGTON – Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is “living the American dream” – a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.
WASHINGTON – Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday said Prescott breached its contract to treat wastewater from the Pure Wafer plant when it tried to get the plant to pay for the cost of meeting tougher state environmental regulations.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey sent a letter to the Arizona Medical Board and the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners pushing to require all Arizona physicians to complete continuing education in drug addiction, he said during his State of the State speech Monday.
PHOENIX – The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in the state for two weeks straight, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.
WASHINGTON – Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights.
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON – Arizona and Nevada have never had much in common with Vermont – until last month. Those three are now the only states that have not been touched by President Barack Obama’s record-setting pace of prison sentence commutations, with 1,023 nonviolent federal criminals having their sentences reduced so far.
WASHINGTON – A buzzing group of anxious staffers and strategists packed a Capitol Hill room with 48 newly elected House members Thursday, eagerly awaiting their first assignments in the coming Congress – an office.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Monday reinstated an excessive force lawsuit against a University of Arizona police officer who shot a woman four times as she walked toward another woman while carrying a kitchen knife.
WASHINGTON – A federal judge Tuesday halted an Obama administration rule on overtime pay that could have made as many as 90,000 workers in Arizona eligible for time-and-a-half pay had it been allowed to take effect next week.
WASHINGTON – Arizona is one of 15 states that expressly allow corporal punishment in schools, but state educators said most schools already heed the spirit of U.S. Education Secretary John King’s call for an end to the practice.
Election 2016 has concluded, and the country will move forward with President-elect Donald Trump at the helm along with a Republican-controlled U.S. House and Senate. In Arizona, the minimum wage is going to increase, and Maricopa County will get a new sheriff. We asked readers and viewers what the United States and Arizona will look.
PHOENIX – Independent voters, who get shut out of primary elections and are ignored by Republicans and Democrats, proved in the 2016 election that squandering their voices is politically dangerous, according to some political observers.
WASHINGTON – The House Republican Caucus sidestepped a proposal Wednesday that would have lifted a five-year-old ban on congressional earmarks, the special local “pork barrel” projects that can be slipped into budget bills with little public notice.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, issued a stern warning Tuesday against smoothing relations with Russia, one day after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the two countries need to do just that.
WASHINGTON – House Republicans capped a tumultuous campaign season by unanimously re-electing their leadership team Tuesday, while Democrats delayed their vote to give them time to figure out how to move forward following a disastrous election.
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to tap Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff could open the door for an Arizona official to move to the national stage.
WASHINGTON – Incoming Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, said they’re excited to come to Washington and represent the people of Arizona – but first they have to learn how to do that, exactly.
WASHINGTON – Marty Wheeler never did trust those polls. The 50-year-old Sun City resident and Donald Trump supporter said he saw stronger support for the Republican presidential nominee than the media reported, which cited polls predicting a Trump loss to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
WASHINGTON – Minority and civil rights organizations met in Washington Thursday with a message for President-elect Donald Trump: They are willing to work with his administration, but only if he rejects what they called the hateful rhetoric of his campaign.
PHOENIX – Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and businessman who resonated with white working-class Americans, rode a powerful wave of support on Tuesday in Arizona and across much of the country to become the 45th president of the United States.
WASHINGTON – Voting rights advocates for months had warned about possible voter intimidation at the polls, but voting watchdogs Tuesday were dealing with more routine problems: Long lines, computer issues and a lack of language assistance at polling locations.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans head to the polls Tuesday to cast actual ballots for president, but if they were voting with their pocketbooks the results wouldn’t be pretty for either of the major parties’ nominees.
In the run up to Election Day, Cronkite News asked Arizonans to share their thoughts and concerns about the voting process. We turned to our reporters, as well as county and state officials, to answer some of the questions you raised about casting your ballot.
WASHINGTON – Arizona officials were extending their condolences for a Tucson native who was among three soldiers killed Friday when their “convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base,” according to a Defense Department statement.
PHOENIX – For the first time during an election cycle, the millennial generation surpassed the baby boomers as the largest population of potential voters. Yet as Arizona set a record for early voting this month, millennials accounted for just 11 percent of ballots cast.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats their second defeat in a week Wednesday, refusing to block a state law that lets elections officials reject ballots cast by people who were not at their assigned polling place.
WASHINGTON – It’s tough to give a poll worker your street address when you don’t live on a traditional street, but that’s just one of the challenges that Native American voters who live on a reservation can face.
WASHINGTON – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday it would reconsider its decision to let stand an Arizona law that makes it a felony for third parties to collect and deliver ballots for others.
TEMPE – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a pitched plea Wednesday night for Arizona voters, focusing her courtship on embracing Latinos and other diverse voters in a race that is tightening six days before the election.
MESA – Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, sounded a continuing campaign drumbeat on Wednesday, saying the rising costs of “Obamacare” and Hillary Clinton’s “open borders” immigration policy show why Arizona voters should remain faithful to the Republican Party.
GRAND CANYON – Matt Rudig stands on Havasupai Hilltop and looks down at the landscape of the Grand Canyon. He laces up his hiking boots and situates his backpack in preparation for the 8-mile hike ahead of him. Deep within the gorge is the Havasupai Tribe’s village – his destination.
WASHINGTON – Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land that are now split between multiple owners, the Interior Department said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Arizona courts to reconsider the life-without-parole sentences handed down to five juveniles who were convicted in separate cases on a total of nine murders and other crimes in the 1990s.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats a setback Friday, refusing to block a new state law that makes it a felony for anyone but a family member or caregiver to collect another person’s mail-in ballot.
WASHINGTON – The Arizona Democratic Party has filed suit against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, the Arizona Republican Party and others for what it calls a coordinated effort to “depress voter turnout,” particularly among minority voters.
The Phoenix municipal ID, which is scheduled to launch in February, will allow city residents who don’t have the documents to obtain a state identification card to obtain a municipal ID that will allow them access to all city services, such as turning on water or checking out a library book. It also will serve.
PHOENIX – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hoped his seventh visit to Arizona Saturday afternoon was the charm to ensure victory, rallying in downtown Phoenix as he fights to win the state’s 11 traditionally Republican electoral votes.
WASHINGTON – If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are waging war over Arizona’s nearly 1 million potential Latino voters, it doesn’t appear to be an air war. A review of Federal Communications Commission filings by Spanish-language broadcast stations in the state shows that Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, invested in Spanish-language ads that aired.
TEMPE – Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday followed his father’s footsteps to Arizona, a battleground state in the presidential election that has drawn Republican Donald Trump here six times – with another planned visit this weekend.
WASHINGTON – Was Sen. John McCain’s decision to withdraw his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a principled stand by a political maverick or the calculated move of a career politician?
WASHINGTON – A state task force said Arizona has thousands more untested rape kits than originally thought, a problem that advocates fear could undermine efforts to get victims to come forward while giving serial offenders a “free pass.”
PHOENIX – It seems like a normal room: There’s a can of hairspray by the mirror, a red trash can by the desk, an extension cord plugged into the wall and a teddy bear wearing a tie-dye shirt on the bed.
WASHINGTON – In the five years since then-Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured in a Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13, Congress has been unable to pass gun reforms, her husband said Thursday.
WASHINGTON – Voting rights advocates Thursday lauded the final approval of a plan aimed at cutting lines and reducing wait times to no more than 30 minutes at polling places across Maricopa County, beginning with the Nov. 8 presidential election.
PHOENIX – First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned Thursday as the Hillary Clinton campaign closer in Arizona, speaking of the power of hope to build human connections, show empathy for the strength of inclusiveness and acknowledge the hard work of Americans who struggle to improve their lives.
About half of Arizona voters still support Proposition 205, the ballot measure to relax legal restrictions on recreational marijuana use, but the percentage of those opposed increased by two percentage points in recent weeks, according to the most recent Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll.
TEMPE – Chelsea Clinton on Wednesday spoke at a rally Arizona State University’s Tempe campus where she talked about college tuition and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s college affordability plan.
Democrat Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race in Arizona, though more than 20 percent of the state’s likely voters say they are undecided, according to the latest Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll.
The Arizona Republic, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and Cronkite News partnered on a statewide political poll in October. Behavior Research Center conducted the poll from Oct. 10-15. Using up-to-date voter registration lists, more than 1,200 live landline and cellphone calls were used to obtain an average of 811 valid responses from registered voters.
WASHINGTON – The state of Arizona could get up to $53 million for clean-air programs as part of a $14.7 billion settlement of a U.S. government lawsuit that charged Volkswagen rigged its “clean diesel” vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.
WASHINGTON – With only three weeks to Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending top surrogates to Arizona this week and pledging $2 million in advertising in an effort to turn the state blue for the first time in 20 years.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers on Monday questioned the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute officials in connection with the Gold King Mine spill, which dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River last year.
Federal prosecutors have said they will file charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for ignoring orders from a judge in a racial profiling case. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton, currently a partner at Steptoe and Johnson, and Stephen Montoya, a civil rights attorney from the firm Montoya, Lucero and Pastor, will discuss.
Cronkite News wants to know how politics does or doesn’t play a role in your relationships. While partisanship may dominate this presidential election, we want to know where and how people are coming together.
PHOENIX – When Sen. John McCain was asked during Monday’s Senate debate for whom he would vote in the presidential election, he responded: “I think I might write in Lindsey Graham. He’s an old, good friend of mine and a lot of people like him.”
PHOENIX – Earl Watson’s father was one of the first African-American men to join the integrated Army, as mandated by President Harry Truman in 1948. So, Watson was taught from an early age to respect the flag.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick faced off Monday in a debate hosted by Arizona PBS and The Arizona Republic. The candidates discussed a range of issues, including the presidential race, immigration, health care and congressional gridlock.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republican candidates scrambled Saturday to distance themselves from recordings in which presidential nominee Donald Trump makes offensive and lewd comments about women, while Democrats criticized the GOP responses as too little, too late.
WASHINGTON – A national expert on whistleblowers Wednesday welcomed the multimillion-dollar settlement of charges against the Yavapai Regional Medical Center as “a great example” of how the system should work.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pounded on familiar themes that he will create jobs, stop illegal immigration and work on “fixing our inner cities” Tuesday in his sixth visit to Arizona, exhorting Arizona supporters to help him keep America rich, strong and great by electing him on Nov. 8.
WASHINGTON – Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks.
Arizona has already legalized medical marijuana, and a recent poll showed about half of state voters favor legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults. Under federal law, it’s illegal to use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, but Arizona voters could change state regulations for recreational marijuana use when Proposition 205 appears on the Election Day.
Phoenix – Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s campaign raised $725,000 this past month during the same period a U.S. District Judge referred the Sheriff’s legal case to federal prosecutors for possible criminal contempt of court charges.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama told tribal leaders Monday that they and his administration had come far since he took office eight years ago, but that there is still work to be done to solve problems in Indian Country.
TEMPE – Longtime Phoenix activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin led about 50 protesters across the Mill Avenue Bridge in Tempe on Monday, blocking traffic in what Maupin said was a protest of two police shootings of African-Americans in Arizona.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday upheld the state’s process for recognizing political parties, rejecting claims by the Arizona Green Party that the petition deadline for new parties posed an unconstitutional burden.
WASHINGTON – National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.
WASHINGTON – House members grilled the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday, alleging that more than 80 percent of detainees released by the agency have criminal records and that some reoffend once they are freed.
In November, Arizonans will vote on a measure that would increase the minimum wage from $8.05 an hour to $10 an hour in January 2017. The ballot measure would also increase the minimum wage annually until it reaches $12 in 2020.
PHOENIX – Near the end of spring training in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent came to Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford with an ultimatum, according to former Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Bruner.
PHOENIX — Standing firmly in a political divide drawn along party lines, U.S. Senators John McCain and John Barrasso blamed federally subsidized health care for a shift in Arizona’s insurance industry.
PHOENIX – Kelsey Bone is taking her social injustice protest to a bigger stage. On a night when the Phoenix Mercury clinched a berth in the WNBA playoffs, the 24-year-old center kneeled during the singing of the national anthem to raise awareness of alleged racial inequality and the recent shootings by and of police officers.
MARICOPA – Cecily Peters and three other members of the Ak-Chin Indian Community loaded into an SUV Friday evening and drove 24 hours straight to join the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a group of Arizona Medicaid recipients who sued the government after it approved higher copayments for their care should still be able to recover attorneys’ fees in the case.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a former Maricopa County jail inmate can sue the sheriff’s office for shackling her while she was in labor and as she left the hospital after giving birth.
PHOENIX – The Republican primary election that places Andy Biggs as the winner by 16 votes in Congressional District 5 was officially confirmed Monday by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, but that doesn’t mean the race is over.
WASHINGTON – House members came together on the steps of the Capitol Friday to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, listening to speeches, joining with the U.S. Marine Band in a rendition of “God Bless America” and observing a moment of silence.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona aeronautical company’s claim that a major competitor used its market dominance to “unfairly smother competition” in the aeronautics maintenance business.
PHOENIX – A judge on Friday ordered 18 disputed votes to be counted in the congressional Republican primary between Christine Jones and Andy Biggs, putting a race divided by a sliver of votes into further disarray.
PHOENIX – Despite Arizona’s national reputation as a hardline immigration state, most “likely voters” in the Grand Canyon State oppose deporting all undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to a poll of Arizona registered voters released today. The Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll also found that a majority of likely voters opposed building a wall.
About 50 percent of Arizona voters favor a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use for Arizona adults 21 and older, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll of registered voters.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in the presidential race in Arizona with more than 20 percent of the state’s likely voters undecided, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll.
WASHINGTON – A federal court Friday upheld a Cochise County man’s conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, even though the state’s sex-offender registry law was passed the year after his sexual misconduct conviction.
WASHINGTON – Fresh off the primary and with just weeks until the general election, Democrat Paul Penzone will kick off his campaign against longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by meeting and greeting voters this holiday weekend.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ordered a new hearing Thursday for two Mexican men seeking to get back more than $800,000 that U.S. authorities seized in the belief the men were laundering drug money.
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s career, after 27 relatively tranquil years disrupted by one major upheaval, is balancing on a thin blade of a few hundred votes that separate her from a win or a loss.
PHOENIX – Community activists, including a former Phoenix mayor and Arizona attorney general, believe loopholes in Arizona zoning laws could allow medical-marijuana dispensaries to open too close to schools, homes and religious institutions.
PHOENIX – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump returned from a controversial visit to Mexico’s “wonderful wonderful” President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday evening in time to unveil his hardline immigration policy to an enthusiastic crowd gathered in the Phoenix Convention Center.
PHOENIX – Dressed in a floppy hat and her grandmother’s pearls, Loretta Spencer stood in a line that snaked around two buildings as people waited to get into the Donald Trump rally. She lost her salon business during the Obama presidency and switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
PHOENIX – Ramon Chavez worries that if Donald Trump becomes president, his family, including his autistic brother, will be deported to Mexico. Regardless of what Trump may say Wednesday night about his immigration policy, Chavez is not convinced that the Republican presidential candidate will soften his original plan to implement mass deportation policies.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans have been relatively stingy with their presidential donations this year, contributing $8.4 million as of August, well off the 2012 pace when residents forked over $21.9 million by the end of the presidential campaign.
PHOENIX – Arizona Republicans want John McCain to serve a sixth term as their U.S. senator, handing him a comfortable victory in the Tuesday primary. With 20 percent of the vote reported, McCain held a 53.7 to 36.8 percent lead over challenger Kelli Ward.
WASHINGTON – A day before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s scheduled “major immigration speech” in Phoenix, immigration advocates on Tuesday were already denouncing any new policy as a likely repackaging of the same “inhumane” policies.
WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court Tuesday overturned the assault conviction of a Gila River Indian Community man, saying the tribal court failed to tell him he could get a trial by jury – if he asked.
PHOENIX – When poll workers arrived at a high school Tuesday morning to get ready for voters, they encountered two barriers that could have prevented voters from casting their ballot: a locked gate and a pack of dogs.
SCOTTSDALE – The Federal Aviation Administration this week released new rules for commercial drone pilots, but one local unmanned aircraft enthusiast said the agency is focused on regulating the wrong group of users.
PHOENIX – So far, so good. The polls were quiet through most of Tuesday for Arizona’s primary election as voters across the Phoenix area and elsewhere in Arizona cast ballots for their Republican or Democratic choice for Congress, statewide and local offices ranging from the Senate to Maricopa County sheriff.
WASHINGTON – Whatever the final tally in Tuesday’s 2nd Congressional District primary, there’s one other number that Democratic challengers Victoria Steele and Matt Heinz will need to worry about: $2,063,033.42
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain has spent $6.2 million on his re-election bid and his lead challenger, Kelli Ward, has spent about $1.3 million as they prepare to square off in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said.
WASHINGTON – Republican congressional hopefuls in Arizona’s 1st District have raised more than $3.3 million ahead of Tuesday’s primary, already surpassing the $2.4 million that GOP candidates in the district raised for all of 2014.
PHOENIX — Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is widespread.
WASHINGTON – An independent political action committee has spent more than $280,000 since Aug. 1 in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District in an effort to unseat three-term Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, in next week’s primary election.
When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. And the federal Election Assistance Commission, charged with monitoring their votes, may not know either.
SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would cast their ballots.
When Daniel Magos first learned Friday that a judge referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for criminal contempt of court prosecution, he felt a flood of relief and elation. And then he wept.
CINCINNATI – With the presidential election less than three months away, millions of Americans will be navigating new requirements for voting – if they can vote at all – as state leaders implement dozens of new restrictions that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot.
WASHINGTON – When Carlos Andres Maciel told police in Yuma County, before being advised of his Miranda rights, that he had broken into a church, officers were free to use that confession against him, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled late last month.
PHOENIX — When one of Sen. John McCain’s campaign rivals stages an event, the Arizona Republican uses Snapchat GeoFilters to digitally advertise “Vote McCain” in the area. His opponent in the GOP primary, Kelli Ward, has galvanized hashtags and six second videos to get her point across. And interns for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic.
Matthew Shuman looks forward to voting for Donald Trump this fall and said he agrees with the Republican Party on most everything, including its policies on national security, gun rights and economic liberalism. Most everything.
When Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton opens a campaign office in Tucson Saturday, some of the Hernandez siblings will be there – just as one or the other of them has been on hand, pretty much since Clinton first ran for president eight years ago.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the former Williams water superintendent can sue the city for violating his First Amendment rights by firing him in what he said was retaliation for an age-discrimination complaint.
WASHINGTON — Veterans rallied outside Sen. John McCain’s Capitol Hill office Thursday demanding that the Arizona Republican rescind his endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of Trump’s comments about veterans and Muslims.
WASHINGTON – The war of words between Donald Trump and Gold Star father Khizr Khan echoed among the Muslim groups for and against the GOP presidential nominee this week, with each side seemingly becoming more entrenched in its position.
WASHINGTON – Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies.
U.S. Military veterans have been at the center of several aspects of the platforms in the campaigns of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Now Cronkite News wants to know how the campaign has touched your community.
PHOENIX — Hillary Clinton is alternately revered and reviled, similar to Donald Trump, her Republican opponent for president. Here is what some Arizona residents – Democrats, Independents and others with no political party affiliation – had to say about the woman seeking to become the next U.S. president.
Sen. John McCain on Monday released a lengthy statement condemning GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s reaction to the criticism he received by the immigrant family of a Muslim U.S. soldier who died in battle.
PHILADELPHIA – Belen Sisa and Ellie Perez are both politically active, both beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – and both were pages for the Arizona delegation to the Democratic National Convention, the first DREAMers in the state to hold the job.
PHILADELPHIA – Tucson resident Joseline Mata, a Hillary Clinton delegate from the beginning, was crying in the stands of the Democratic National Convention Thursday as Clinton accepted the party’s nomination, the first woman in history to do so.
PHILADELPHIA – The normally placid breakfast meetings of Arizona’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention turned into a lively discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday, one day after Tempe police shot a black suspect during a robbery.
Now that both the Republican and Democratic national conventions have come to a close, both parties have officially selected their presidential candidates for the 2016 race: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
PHILADELPHIA – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords veered from her usual theme against gun violence to add her endorsement of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in an address to the Democratic National Convention that one Arizona lawmaker called “very, very emotional.”
WASHINGTON – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission.
PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. party, Arizona Democrats said they think the historically Republican state could turn blue – or at least purple – this fall.
PHILADELPHIA – Arizona native Jason Hurst came to Philadelphia with a message for Democrats on the night they were expected to formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president: “I can’t stomach the thought of even voting for Clinton.”
PHILADELPHIA – Former Tucson Rep. Gabrielle Giffords walked onto the stage unassisted and smiling Tuesday and exhorted a crowd at a gun-control rally in a park here to have the “courage to do what’s right” to pass “responsible” gun reform.
PHILADELPHIA – A divided Arizona delegation cast 51 of its 85 convention votes for Hillary Clinton as she wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday after a surprisingly tough, and sometimes bitter, battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
WASHINGTON – When Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this month, Phoenix Sanders supporter Susan Martin turned to what she believed was the only other option: the Green Party.
PHOENIX — KidsCare returned to Arizona on Tuesday after a more than five-year absence and advocates expect to sign up more than 30,000 children for access to free or affordable medical, dental and vision care by the end of the year.
PHILADELPHIA – Sanders delegate Mikel Weisser was not surprised that leaked emails showed the Democratic National Committee apparently scheming to support Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary that culminates with Clinton’s nomination here this week.
PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Raul Grijalva, one of the earliest congressional supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to say he is throwing support behind likely nominee Hillary Clinton.
We have connected with Arizona delegates through text messaging as a part of the Cronkite News Democratic National Convention coverage. We asked Arizona Democrats in Philadelphia why they decided to become delegates. This is what they had to say.
PHILADELPHIA – Edward Manuel ticks off the issues – water shortages, federal approval of mining projects, allocation of scarce resources – all decisions made with what he thinks is insufficient input from the nation’s tribes.
PHILADELPHIA – Cheers from a packed room of Bernie Sanders’ followers turned to boos Monday, as the Vermont senator renewed his endorsement of his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, and urged them to do the same.
After weeks of speculation, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, announced her selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, as her running mate. Cronkite News wants to know what Arizonans think about Clinton’s pick.
PHOENIX — Hundreds of Arizonans applied to be delegates to the Democratic National Convention this year, but only 100 people will actually attend. For Philadelphia 2016, Arizona will send a delegation that includes young up-and-comers, immigrants, a 102-year-old woman and two sisters, among others.
CLEVELAND – Donald Trump closed out a bumpy Republican National Convention Thursday, officially accepting the party’s presidential nomination in a rousing speech that reiterated campaign themes of bringing law and order and prosperity to the country.
In advance of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Cronkite News reporters reached out to every member of the Arizona delegation to learn more about the people who will represent the state’s Democrats.
CLEVELAND – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was awarded a prime speaking slot at the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, delivering a speech with familiar themes of stopping illegal immigration and protecting law enforcement.
CLEVELAND – When Arizona delegates to the Republican National Convention were asked Thursday how many would not vote for Sen. John McCain in next month’s primary, more than half of their hands went up.
CLEVELAND – Despite his previous attacks on Mexicans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump still has a chance to “close the sale” with Hispanic voters as the general election approaches, the leader of a Latino organization said Wednesday.
CLEVELAND – For Buckeye resident Ernesto Lopez, the border wall promised by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is disturbing enough that he was willing to drive from Arizona to Cleveland to be part of a protest against it.
CLEVELAND – The only Arizona congressional Republican to show up at the party’s national convention this year defended his absent colleagues Wednesday, calling it a busy time of year for officeholders facing re-election this fall.
CLEVELAND – Arizona delegates cast all 58 of their votes Tuesday for Donald Trump, helping him complete his run to be the unlikely presidential nominee of the Republican Party in a red, white and blue sea of chanting convention delegates.
In advance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Cronkite News reporters reached out to every member of the Arizona delegation to learn more about the people who will represent the state’s Republicans.
CLEVELAND – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, condemned likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s foreign policy proposals Monday, part of a coordinated Democratic attack on the opening day of the GOP convention.
As part of the Cronkite News multi-platform coverage of the Republican National Convention, we connected with Arizona delegates through text messaging. We asked Arizona Republicans in Cleveland why they decided to become delegates. Here’s what they had to say:
WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands will flock to Cleveland this weekend for the start of the Republican National Convention that is expected to formally name businessman Donald Trump the party’s presidential nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, will reportedly be home mowing the lawn instead.
After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, announced his selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. Cronkite News wants to know what Arizonans think about Trump’s pick.
PHOENIX – “Pokemon Go,” just days after being released for mobile phones, has surged past Twitter in the number of users. The app uses a smartphone’s GPS to track and locate Pokemon in real world places, which can then be “captured” after players frantically search streets, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, and even churches.
WASHINGTON – ACLU attorneys from Southwest border states said Tuesday that a lack of reporting on stops by Customs and Border Protection officers opens the door to police abuse and makes it difficult to hold officers accountable for their actions.
WASHINGTON – There have been lots of arguments in the gun-control debate in Washington, but there probably have not been many like Tylor Vacca’s. “Kids at school ask me how my dad died all the time, and I tell them that he was shot by a 9-year-old girl who was learning to fire an Uzi,”.
WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ endorsement Tuesday of rival Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination was met with resignation from many of his Arizona delegates, followed by calls for party unity.
PHOENIX – A peaceful protest that moved through downtown Phoenix Friday night turned tense when protesters wanted to move onto Interstate 10 at Seventh Street and police formed a barricade, releasing pepper spray to try to get the crowd to disperse.
PHOENIX — The sniper killings of Dallas police officers and the officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile ushered in moments of grief and reflection for many across the nation, including Arizona religious leaders.
WASHINGTON – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill to reach out to Republican lawmakers Thursday but ended up criticizing several instead, saving his sharpest comments for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, according to published reports.
WASHINGTON – House Republicans Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of setting a “dangerous precedent” by refusing to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of State Department emails.
PHOENIX — Unsolved shootings that have claimed the lives of five people in Maryvale weigh heavily on local police and community members, but a neighborhood watch group on Wednesday said they focus on preventing petty crimes that affect people’s day-to-day lives.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders’ web-driven, grass-roots campaign had close to three times as many contributions from Arizonans and brought in about $123,000 more than Hillary Clinton, out of the $3 million Democratic presidential hopefuls raised in the state.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, joined Arizona gun-control advocates on a conference call Wednesday to again call for stricter gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
WASHINGTON – He may have received close to half the primary votes in the state, but presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump got just 3 percent of the money Arizonans gave to 2016 Republican presidential campaigns, according to the latest campaign finance numbers.
WASHINGTON – Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.”
PHOENIX – Global competition, trade agreements and the budding economic relationship between Arizona and Mexico were on the agenda this week at the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, discussed how she feels about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the.
PHOENIX – Protesters chanting “We deserve our freedom,” and waving the American flag blocked Central Avenue outside federal immigration offices, hours after the Supreme Court deadlocked on an immigration reform case.
WASHINGTON – House Democrats, chanting “no bill, no break,” shut down the chamber with a sit-in Wednesday in an effort to force the Republican leadership to allow a vote on stalled gun-control legislation.
WASHINGTON – One day after efforts to advance gun-control measures in the Senate collapsed in partisan fighting, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Tuesday that they hope can get a vote and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.
Reporters from the Cronkite Public Insight Network Bureau talked to Trump supporters and those protesting his June 18 rally in Phoenix. Attendees shared three reasons why they came out to voice their opinions despite the triple-digit heat. Here’s what they said:
PHOENIX – A U.S. district court judge may decide two critical issues in Arizona before the November presidential election: whether to stop the state’s new so-called “ballot harvesting” law from taking effect and whether to force elections officials to count out-of-precinct provisional ballots.
PHOENIX – Donald Trump brought his trademark “make America great again” presidential campaign to the Arizona desert Saturday, rallying voters giddy over his proposals to build a wall along the Mexican border, ban Muslims from coming into the country and put a conservative on the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON – Angry members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus accused House Republicans on Wednesday of “compromising national security” with a proposal that would ban DREAMers from serving in the military.
WASHINGTON _ It was 50 years ago this week that the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona that made the now-familiar Miranda warning – “you have the right to remain silent” – the law of the land. But not all the land.
WASHINGTON – The reaction in Washington to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando was swift and nearly unanimous, as statements and social media posts offered prayers and condolences for what the president called “a horrific massacre” flooded the web.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s claim that he had an ineffective attorney at his trial and sentencing in the 1987 stabbing of a elderly Phoenix couple.
WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, told a Washington audience Friday that “common sense” steps on guns need to be taken to “help address the epidemic of gun suicide” by veterans.
WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was back in Washington Thursday with her husband, Mark Kelly, calling for a more civil public discourse during a campaign season filled with what Kelly called “kind of historic poor rhetoric.”
WASHINGTON – The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”
WASHINGTON – House Republicans are trying to block a Library of Congress proposal to replace the term “illegal aliens” with “noncitizens” in its subject listings, a move the GOP called an attempt to “unilaterally censor these terms.”
WASHINGTON – The White House told the hundreds of thousands of people who signed petitions demanding action after the botched March presidential preference election in Arizona that they would have to look elsewhere for help.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Arizona Students’ Association can pursue a claim that the Arizona Board of Regents cut off its funding in retaliation for the student group’s aggressive support of a school-funding initiative.
PHOENIX – A federal judge who ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated a court order to curb racial profiling decided Tuesday the county will have to pay at least $1,000 to each person unlawfully detained. But the judge delayed a decision on other penalties until June 30.
Updated at 5:50 p.m. May 26, 2016. PHOENIX — The May 17 special election results have been approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and county election officials pledged to make sure the primary and general elections run smoothly.
You may have heard it on TV: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” This short statement is part of the Miranda Warning that law enforcement officers are required to say before you are arrested.
Workers earning less than $23,660 annually are guaranteed overtime pay when logging more than 40 hours per week. But on Dec. 1, the United States Department of Labor will update this overtime rule. The updated rule will mean workers who are paid $47,476 annually or less will now be guaranteed overtime pay.
WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans’ Affairs officials apologized this week for comments by Secretary Robert McDonald that compared VA health care wait times with wait times at Disneyland – but they didn’t back down from the statement.
WASHINGTON – Tribal and federal officials called Monday’s planned sale of Indian remains and sacred objects at a French auction “disrespectful and fundamentally wrong” and called for the return of the items.
WASHINGTON — Over two days last week, three Arizonans – a teacher, a former student and a immigration case worker – came to Washington to add their voices to the debate over Merrick Garland’s stalled Supreme Court nomination.
The Cronkite News team reports on legal issues from across Arizona, including efforts to fund housing for homeless veterans, an end to dog racing in the state and expanding internet access for low-income students.
WASHINGTON – A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented “a new dawn” for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed.
Updated at 12:05 p.m. May 18, 2016. After months of frustration, hope, and Twitter mentions, voters’ decision on Proposition 123, a measure that could give schools $3.5 billion over the next decade, is still too close to call on Wednesday.
Voters in Arizona decide on two propositions today. Proposition 123 would approve funds from the State Land Trust for public schools over the next decade. Proposition 124 would reform the pension fund for firefighters and police officers. Following long lines at the Presidential Preference Election in March, Cronkite News is out at polling places today.
PHOENIX – Arizona Democrats gathered Saturday to choose the final delegates for the Democratic National Convention, in what one party official said was the largest turnout of would-be delegates she could remember.
PHOENIX – A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny over the plan to take money out of the state land trust.
It was just a few short days before Halloween in October 2012. Petty Officer Second Class Scott Bourque was stationed in Japan and had just received his mail-in absentee ballot for the presidential election. He knew it would be nearly impossible to fill out his ballot and mail it back in time for it to.
Arizona’s new law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers could impact the ability of the elderly and Latinos to cast their votes, according to local voter outreach groups.