WASHINGTON – After months of wrangling, state and tribal officials, industry and agriculture representatives walked out of a meeting at the end of last month with high hopes they were nearing agreement on a complex water-conservation plan. And at the beginning of this month, they found themselves grappling with new demands that threatened to derail.
PHOENIX – It’s 5 a.m. and Anna Mezzapelle Cacace, 85, is getting ready for another day at work. She sits up in faded powder-blue sheets and slides on her clear-framed prescription glasses before getting dressed, putting on a number of dainty gilded necklaces and rings that catch the light in small clusters of diamonds. She.
FLAGSTAFF – The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council has passed a resolution condemning animal-killing contests. The Nov. 20 resolution came three weeks before a coyote contest in central Arizona called the Santa Slay Coyote Tournament. Dewey-Humboldt – which is southeast of Prescott and bills itself as “Arizona’s Country Town” – joins Tucson, Pinal County, Albuquerque and California.
TUCSON – The click of container lids and swoosh of zippers filled the air on a still morning in Saguaro National Park East. Tom Orum and his wife, Nancy Ferguson, pulled measuring equipment from the trunk of their dusty white truck, parked in a flat landscape of majestic saguaros towering over teddy bear cholla, prickly.
GLENDALE – Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that has left the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crews and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs. “Right now, we don’t have enough of certain types of pilots to actually account for all the jobs that we.
WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Twitter Friday after the congressman wrote an editorial calling on Zinke to resign “immediately” in the face of multiple, ongoing ethics investigations. Grijalva, long a critic of Zinke’s and of his management of the Interior Department, said in the op-ed in Friday’s USA.
WASHINGTON – They won their elections, but the really important contest for members of the incoming freshman congressional class came Friday, with the traditional lottery drawing to see who gets first pick of House offices. Members-elect or their staffers gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building to draw numbers from an “ancient box” that would.
PHOENIX – Negotiations on a drought plan for Arizona took a step forward Thursday when the head of the state water department said Gov. Doug Ducey will ask for $30 million in his upcoming budget proposal to help make the Drought Contingency Plan a reality. The news came as the directors of two big water.
WASHINGTON – Everybody in Washington seems to agree that the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be renewed, but chances of that happening still appear slim as the clock winds down on this Congress. A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers gathered Thursday to push for the decades-old fund, which directs revenues from offshore.
SCOTTSDALE – Gov. Doug Ducey maintained his firm stance on border security at a panel discussion Wednesday during the Republican Governors Association annual conference, but he also stressed the importance of the state’s extensive trade ties with Mexico. “There is a humanitarian and security crisis happening south of the border,” said Ducey, who was sitting.
WASHINGTON – Ed Pastor, a trailblazing Arizona lawmaker who was the first Hispanic from the state elected to Congress, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Phoenix, his family said. He was 75. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for Pastor, whom he called “an Arizona trailblazer and.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s highest court is set to decide whether a Phoenix law aimed at prohibiting businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people violates the state’s Constitution. The case centers on two Phoenix business owners who say designing wedding invitations for same-sex couples goes against their religious beliefs. They argue Phoenix’s non-discrimination ordinance requires them to.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach. But environmental groups criticized the unanimous decision that they said “doesn’t do any damage to the Endangered Species Act” itself, but opens the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday. A showdown over border wall funding could lead to a partial government shutdown, with the current Department of Homeland Security budget set.
PHOENIX – Despite record-setting numbers in the November midterm election, turnout will likely remain a problem in Arizona, policy experts said Monday. But they expect a trend toward split-ticket voting, where people choose by candidate rather than party, to continue. Arizona saw its highest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1982, but about half.
WASHINGTON – National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment. “Exactly as predicted, this deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to our southern border has turned out to be nothing more.
WASHINGTON – Advocates fanned out across Capitol Hill Friday to tell members of Congress, current and incoming, that billions of dollars targeted for a border wall could be better used for needs inside the country. Their lobbying came one day after Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump to discuss funding the border wall, with.
WASHINGTON – Less than a day after Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to use whatever remaining leverage he has to push a bill protecting the Mueller investigation, he saw that leverage pulled away from him Thursday, at least for now. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley delayed action on 15 judicial nominees – including Bridget Bade.
WASHINGTON – Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen came under fire Thursday for her department’s handling of sexual harassment complaints, the same issue that led to the retirement of her predecessor as chief. Christiansen, the former Arizona State Forester, was grilled by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who also heard explicit testimony.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he will oppose all judicial confirmations until the Senate is allowed to vote on a bill to keep the White House from interfering in an investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Arizona Republican was joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, on the floor of.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, had to call Capitol Police after protesters disrupted a forum he joined with right-wing groups complaining about their social media access being restricted over comments on immigration and Islamic law. Gosar said he was at the Middle East Forum event with representatives of Breitbart London and the English Defence.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s two newest members of Congress joined more than 80 other newly elected House members for freshmen orientation Tuesday, as Democrats prepare to seize control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years. Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and two-time former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, both Democrats, are also part of.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema was already in Washington Tuesday, just one day after Republican Martha McSally conceded in the one of the narrowest, most closely watched races in the country. With more than 2.2 million ballots counted as of Tuesday evening, Sinema had a 38,295-vote lead, a 1.72 percentage point margin that made.
ALMADEN VALLEY, Calif. – About 20 miles south of San Francisco Bay, a gentle wind disturbs an otherwise peaceful afternoon in Almaden Valley. The breeze funnels between the rolling hills that encircle the community, detected only by the shuddering blades of turf on the football field at Leland High School. With each gust, a U.S..
WASHINGTON – Despite a record number of women running for office this year, Arizona will actually lose one female elected official when congressional and legislative delegations take office in January. But experts say the one-seat drop is nothing to worry about in a state that has regularly elected women to office, and which other states.
WASHINGTON – Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle. In Arizona, the spending was driven by high-profile campaigns like Proposition 127 and the still-undecided.
PHOENIX – Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally in the highly contested – and closely watched – race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat. The Associated Press called the race Monday evening after six days of post-Election Day ballot counting. Sinema, who will become the first woman U.S. senator from the state, tweeted her.
WASHINGTON – Advocates from Southwest border communities on Thursday called on Congress to resist the urge to ram through border laws in the coming lame-duck session before the newly elected, more Democratic, Congress is sworn in next year. But Tucson resident Vicki Gaubeca, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, said in a conference call.
PHOENIX – The battle over ballots in Arizona moved into the courtroom this week as the Republican Party in four counties filed a lawsuit against the state’s 15 county recorders and the secretary of state, setting up a showdown over voter rights vs. election fairness. Thousands of votes still were being counted as Republican Party.
PHOENIX – Updated election results will be announced at 5 p.m. daily, starting Thursday, and will continue until every ballot is verified and counted, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said. Fontes, who took office in 2017 and was widely criticized for difficulties in Arizona’s Aug. 28 primary election, answered questions on several issues that arose.
PHOENIX – The Senate race between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally remained too close to call Wednesday as the unexpected flood of voters left more than 650,000 ballots statewide to count, further ratcheting up the tension in the contentious race. Only a small fraction of votes separated the candidates, with McSally ticking ahead with 99.
WASHINGTON – Tucson resident Danny Howe made sure to vote in this election – because Howe knows what it’s like to have that right taken away. “Most people just don’t know,” Howe said. “Once you’ve been convicted of a felony you’re a felon your whole life.” Howe is one of the lucky ones, a former.
PHOENIX – Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters, the Associated Press reported. Opponents criticized the contentious proposition, officially the Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum, for its confusing language and unclear objective. Supporters.
Updated at 11:08 p.m. PHOENIX – Early returns in the race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat showed a sliver of votes separating Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, after a campaign featuring millions of dollars in attack ads and verbal sparring over patriotism, voting records and alleged lies. The results were preliminary, based.
Updated at 10:29 p.m. PHOENIX – The crowd thrust campaign signs in the air as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey took to the podium Tuesday night to declare victory at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale. The Associated Press called the race for Ducey early in the evening. “If you voted for me thank you,” Ducey said..
Check back for updates on the Arizona midterm election throughout the night. Yee, Brnovich secure victories Republican Kimberly Yee is projected by the Associated Press to take over as state treasurer, defeating Democrat Mark Manoil. Yee replaces outgoing State Treasurer Eileen Klein. Attorney General Mark Brnovich has been projected to win re-election by the AP,.
PHOENIX — Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said the election system faced some hiccups during voting Tuesday, and some voters had to deal with long waits, technical snafus and closed polling locations. “We will very likely get past a quarter of a million Maricopa County voters voting in person in this midterm,” Fontes said at.
WASHINGTON – James Bond and Cesar Chavez are both on the ballot in Arizona this year – just not the James Bond or the Cesar Chavez most people think of. Bond, a property manager and first-time candidate for Congress, and Chavez, who is running for re-election to the Arizona House of Representatives, are just two.
WASHINGTON – Anita Malik had never run for political office before, but the aftershock of the 2016 election – including the #MeToo movement and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings – pushed her to get her name on the ballot. “Everything that was going on just made me want to step in and take that on,” said.
PHOENIX – Election Day is just a few heartbeats away, with the race for an open Senate seat resting on a razor’s difference between Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema, big-money battles over Proposition 127 and a last-minute push for non-traditional voters like millennials to show their might at the Arizona polls. McSally, a Republican, and.
PHOENIX – LGBTQ members and their allies rallied Friday at the state Capitol after reports indicating the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as determined at birth and unchangeable. With this year’s midterm election at hand, about 100 members of the transgender community and their supporters gathered to stand up against those who want.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm. The president instead said that rock-throwing immigrants would be “arrested for a very long time” – even though the military is specifically prohibited.
WASHINGTON – Green Party nominee Angela Green’s decision to pull out of the Arizona Senate race and back Kyrsten Sinema was the “best possible news” the Democratic nominee could have received in the waning days of the campaign, analysts said Friday. Sinema, the Democrat, is locked in a tight race against Republican Martha McSally for.
WASHINGTON – Young Arizonans are casting ballots at more than three times the rate they did in 2014, according to an analysis of early voting, the possible result of such high-profile voter registration efforts as March for Our Lives. Despite the surge, however, young voters still have a long way to go to overtake their.
NOGALES – The border that divides the U.S. and Mexico also symbolizes divided opinions in this border city about the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to handle a caravan of Central American migrants making its way north through Mexico. President Donald Trump is deploying more than 5,000 troops – and may increase that to.
WASHINGTON – Open enrollment began Thursday for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, with most Arizonans seeing more choices and better prices, a sharp change from recent years when the state was the poster child for Obamacare problems. The Department of Health and Human Services said five companies will offer 18 qualified health insurance.
WASHINGTON – Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023. Arizona Democratic Party activist Rivko Knox challenged the law on grounds that it was pre-empted by federal.
WASHINGTON – When Republican Debbie Lesko won the April special election to fill former Rep. Trent Frank’s 8th District seat in Congress, it was a surprisingly close win over an unexpectedly well-funded Democrat, Hiral Tipirneni. Nov. 6 is starting to look like April 24 all over again. A recent poll shows Lesko leading Tipirneni by.
WASHINGTON – Arizona native Francisco Fernandez holds a college degree and a job with a nonprofit in the nation’s capital – none of which, he said, would have been possible without the citizenship status conferred on him at birth. “Had my mom had me in Mexico and then come to the United States, there’s no.
PHOENIX – Can a president change the Constitution by way of executive order? President Donald Trump thinks he can, saying in an interview this week that he intends to revoke the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. Attorney Dan Barr in Phoenix is among constitutional scholars who say such a move is impossible – Barr.
WASHINGTON – Arizona election officials are optimistic they will have the thousands of poll workers needed for Election Day, but they said the long days and an aging pool of workers is making it harder to staff up every year. That mirrors a 2017 U.S. Elections Assistance Commission report that said “nearly 65 percent of.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced Monday that it will send 5,200 active military troops to help “harden” the Southwest border to deter a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants headed north through Mexico. The departments of Homeland Security and Defense said the first 800 are already on their way to the border, and.
TUCSON – The motel is plain vanilla. Motorists streak past it on Interstate 10 without notice or memory. But inside the gates of the complex, over several days in October, 112 migrants, many from Guatemala, turned the motel into a temporary neighborhood. Children chased their friends underneath the stairs. Parents leaned against walls and chatted.
Name: Katie Hobbs Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Secretary of State City of residence: Phoenix Current office: Arizona Senate minority leader What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue is adequate funding for K-12 and university education,” Hobbs said. Although education funding isn’t.
Name: Steve Gaynor Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Secretary of State City of residence: Paradise Valley Occupation: Owner of a printing company in Los Angeles EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Gaynor did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing.
Name: Mark Manoil Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona state treasurer City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Property-tax lawyer What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “I’m trying to address structural problems we have in our government and trying to re-create the sense of opportunity that we.
Name: Kimberly Yee Political party: Republican Position sought: State treasurer City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Arizona Senate Majority Leader and small business owner What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? To promote a strong Arizona economy, Yee would promote lower taxes and bringing more jobs to.
Name: Kiana Sears Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Mesa Occupation: Volunteer, Valley of the Sun United Way What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The greatest issue for hard-working families in Arizona is the increase in electric bills,” said Sears,.
Name: Justin Olson Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Mesa Occupation: Member of the Arizona Corporation Commission What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The Number 1 issue that’s before the commission is the affordability of our utilities,” said Olson, who.
Name: Sandra Kennedy Political party: Democrat Position running for: Arizona Corporation Commissioner City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Campaigning full-time What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Kennedy’s main goal is rid the Arizona Corporation Commission of corruption and restore integrity. Kennedy, who served on the commission.
Name: Rodney Glassman Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Phoenix Current job: Attorney and major in Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Affordable and reliable energy and water, said Glassman, who has a.
Name: Joe Hart Political party: Republican Position sought: State Mine Inspector City of residence: Kingman Occupation: State Mine Inspector What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If re-elected, how would you address this issue? Hart, who has been in office for 12 years, said in an email interview he wants to continue working to.
Name: Bill Pierce Political party: Democrat Position sought: State mine inspector City of residence: Mesa Occupation: Retired engineer What is the greatest issue Arizona faces? If elected, how would you address this issue? “One of the main issues is the small budget and lack of field inspectors,” Pierce said. “There’s over 400 mines in Arizona.
Name: Kathy Hoffman Political party: Democrat Position sought: Superintendent of public instruction City of residence: Glendale Occupation: Former speech therapist on the campaign full-time What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? The teacher shortage is the biggest education issue in Arizona, Hoffman said. “We still have.
Name: Frank Riggs Political party: Republican Position sought: Superintendent of public instruction City of residence: Scottsdale Occupation: Self-employed What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Attracting and maintaining the best teachers in Arizona schools is the main issue. “We have to ensure that our K-12 education.
Name: Mark Brnovich Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Attorney General City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Arizona Attorney General EDITOR’S NOTE: Brnovich did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about his candidacy based.
Name: January Contreras Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Attorney General City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Founding CEO of Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Contreras is a proponent of honesty in politics – a quality lacking among politicians.
Name: David Garcia Political party: Democrat Position sought: Governor City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Associate professor with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University in the division of educational leadership and innovation What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue out there.
Name: Doug Ducey Political party: Republican Position sought: Governor City of residence: Paradise Valley Current office: Arizona Governor What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue in Arizona is education,” Ducey said. “We want our kids, the 1.1 million schoolchildren in our public education.
Name: Debbie Lesko Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 8 City of residence: Peoria Current office: U.S. representative, 8th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The Number 1 job of government is to protect its citizens,” said Lesko who.
Name: Steve Ferrara Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Interventional radiologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs and Maricopa County What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Ferrara said he’s concerned about the future of our.
Name: Greg Stanton Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Resigned as Phoenix mayor to run for Congress What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Setting water policies would be one of Stanton’s top priorities. He said there needs to.
Name: Joan Greene Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Entrepreneur and founder of Greene & Associates What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? In today’s political climate, corruption is the most important issue Arizonans face. Greene.
Name: Hiral Tipirneni Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 8 City of residence: Glendale Occupation: Medical doctor What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? As a doctor, Tipirneni said she’s seen the struggles of families who do not have access to health.
Name: Anita Malik Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 City of residence: Scottsdale Occupation: Former tech executive and businesswoman What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “One is education. I think what’s happening in our public schools and funding for education.
Name: David Schweikert Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 City of residence: Fountain Hills Current office: U.S. representative, 6th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Schweikert describes himself as having a “fixation on retirement security.” He said he.
Name: Paul Gosar Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 4 City of residence: Prescott Current office: U.S. representative, 4th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? It’s the economy, Gosar said. Gosar said he believes accelerating the economy will solve.
Name: David Brill Political party: Democrat City of residence: Prescott Occupation: Retired medical doctor, developer of telehealth services and manager of primary care services for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System. What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Health care. Brill said his experience as.
Name: Andy Biggs Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 City of residence: Gilbert Current office: U.S. representative, 5th Congressional District EDITOR’S NOTE: Andy Biggs did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News.
Name: Nicolàs “Nick” Pierson Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 City of residence: Tucson Occupation: Financial adviser EDITOR’S NOTE: Nick Pierson did not respond to requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about his candidacy based.
Name: Raúl Grijalva Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 City of residence: Tucson Current office: U.S. representative, 3rd Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Grijalva listed several short and long-term goals for the state: reducing poverty, increasing economic.
Name: Lea Marquez Peterson Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 City of residence: Tucson Occupation: President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? The economy. Voters across the southern Arizona district “feel.
Name: Ann Kirkpatrick Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 City of residence: Tucson Previous office: U.S. representative, 1st Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Kirkpatrick said voters continue to bring up concerns about health care. She said Americans.
Name: Wendy Rogers Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 City of residence: Flagstaff Occupation: Owner of home inspection business EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Rogers did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because she did not respond to questions about her priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is.
Name: Tom O’Halleran Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 City of residence: Sedona Current office: U.S. representative, 1st Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? O’Halleran’s top priority is making sure Arizonans have jobs that provide for a good.
WASHINGTON – Just under a half-million Latino voters are expected to go to the polls in Arizona this fall, a 33 percent increase from the 2014 midterm elections that reflects growing numbers and hot-button issues like immigration and health care. That projection was part of a report released Wednesday by the National Association of Latino.
PHOENIX – The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park is “presently out of the office” and under investigation by the Interior Department for undisclosed allegations, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said Wednesday. Christine Lehnertz, who was hired as park superintendent two years ago to address a pattern of sexual harassment among employees at.
PHOENIX – It’s grim, heartbreaking and hopeful work. Every year, families of missing people bring medical records, photos, fingerprints and maybe DNA samples to a team of forensic scientists who try to match them with jawbones and other skeletal remains, police sketches and dental records that put flesh on bones. Forensic experts and law-enforcement officials.
Name: Kyrsten Sinema Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. Senate City of residence: Phoenix Current office: U.S. representative, 9th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Health care. “Whether Arizonans have health insurance or not, they are concerned with the rising cost of insurance,”.
Name: Martha McSally Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. Senate City of residence: Tucson Current office: U.S. representative, 2nd Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? National security, particularly the security of the U.S.-Mexico border, is the top issue she hears from people, regardless.
WASHINGTON – A flood of professional and personal tributes poured in Tuesday for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor following her announcement that she was stepping away from public life after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. O’Connor, an Arizonan and the first woman to serve on the high court, said in a letter released.
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PHOENIX – Proposition 305 asks voters to decide the future of school vouchers – whether they want to keep or repeal a major expansion of the program. Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed a bill to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, but a group of parents, educators and advocates organized to put the.
PHOENIX – More than $40 million has been spent to fight for and against a ballot initiative that would change the future of Arizona’s energy mix. Proposition 127 has also been the subject of an Arizona Supreme Court lawsuit and a battle over claims that language from the Attorney General’s Office undermined the initiative. If.
WASHINGTON – The race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is shaping up to be one of the most expensive Senate races in state history, with the two leading candidates reporting a total of $28.6 million raised through the end of September. Federal Election Commission reports released last week showed that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema reported.
Story updated 8:30 p.m. MESA – President Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands in a Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport hangar Friday night that a vote for U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally would be the “second-best vote you ever cast.” The greatest vote was for him, he said. Trump had crisscrossed metro Phoenix Friday to stump.
WASHINGTON – Before heading to Arizona for a political rally Thursday, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. Trump’s early Thursday tweets were met with skepticism in Washington, where reactions ranged from puzzled.
WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump was still candidate Trump, he criticized President Barack Obama’s use of Air Force One on the campaign trail, demanding to know “who pays?” Trump’s not likely to ask that question when Air Force One touches down for a Friday rally in Mesa for Arizona Republicans. But watchdog groups will..
TEMPE – Political opponents are increasingly trading accusations of treason in hopes of influencing voters, and the tactic just might work, an Arizona State University history professor said Tuesday. Professor Peter Van Cleave commented a day after Republican Martha McSally flung the word at Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in their only debate in their race for.
PHOENIX – When President Donald Trump visits Mesa on Friday to stump for Arizona senatorial candidate Martha McSally, the setting will be much different from the aftermath of 2017 rally in Phoenix that led to police firing tear gas at a crowd of protesters and a class-action lawsuit. Trump will rouse a crowd at 7.
Watch video of the ArizonaPBS debate here. PHOENIX – In a debate peppered with accusations of lying and treason, U.S. Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema took shots at each other Monday in their only public debate of the 2018 election, each calling out the other’s voting record as proof that the other candidate.
WASHINGTON – The Senate left for its October recess two weeks earlier than planned Thursday, following the lead of House members who went home early to dive into their re-election campaigns as contentious midterm elections loom. The move did not surprise one political analyst, who said lawmakers are eager to spend time on the campaign.
WASHINGTON – Abeth Spencer said that most of the 100 immigrants that the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ took in this weekend at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had already moved on by Wednesday. The Phoenix church was one of several nonprofits in the state that provided shelter, food and laundry.
PHOENIX – Monica Strauss pulls on a pair of plastic gloves every morning to dig through blue recycling bins set out on curbs in parts of the city. The Phoenix Public Works Department employee is methodical as she approaches each blue bin and sorts through the paper, cardboard boxes, plastic waste and other contents. She.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and Jon Kyl fell in line with other Senate Republicans Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by the narrowest of margins. The 50-48 vote was partisan, expected and mostly anticlimactic after weeks of emotional and bitter fights over the nomination that was roiled by decades-old.
WASHINGTON – After weeks of “lingering doubt,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake indicated Friday that he expects to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now likely to be confirmed by a one-vote margin Saturday. Flake joins fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl – who confirmed his support for Kavanaugh on Thursday – along.
PHOENIX – Arizonans hoping to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election have until Tuesday, Oct. 9, to register. The Arizona Secretary of State’s office reports there were 3,632,045 registered voters in the state as of Aug. 1, and 2,661,497 voters cast ballots in August’s primary election. As of Friday, Oct. 5, there are.
WASHINGTON – More than 2,400 law professors, including at least 21 from Arizona, have signed an open letter of opposition to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The professors, whose numbers skyrocketed after the letter first appeared Wednesday on the New York Times online editorial pages, raised concerns about Kavanaugh’s temperament and.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and Jeff Flake voted Friday to end debate on the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, moving him one step closer to confirmation after weeks of emotional, often angry debate. The 51-49 vote means the Senate could vote as early as Saturday on Kavanaugh’s nomination – which.
GOODYEAR – A federal judge in California on Wednesday temporarily halted a federal order that removed Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants nationwide, including migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan. Immigrants with TPS are able to renew their work permit every 18 months. According to the Center for American Progress, about.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona State University swimmer Jancy Thompson said the sexual abuse she suffered for five years at the hands of her coach for USA Swimming “lives in my bones” to this day. That pain brought Thompson to Washington, where she joined 12 other former athletes who survived sexual abuse. They shared their stories.
WASHINGTON – Four days after brokering a deal to investigate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons said Tuesday that they were spurred to act by the “vitriol” roiling the Senate Judiciary Committee. Flake, an Arizona Republican, and Coons, a Delaware Democrat, told an audience at The Atlantic Festival that they.
WASHINGTON – Democratic challenger David Brill got national attention with a viral series of campaign ads in which six members of the Gosar family slam the politics and personal values of their brother, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott. What Brill apparently did not get was new voter support in his bid to unseat Gosar, according to.
WASHINGTON – An eight-member Supreme Court quizzed both sides Monday in an Arizona case that asks whether small government agencies should be exempt from age discrimination laws, just as small businesses are. A lower court said they should not, that a government agency of any size should be subject to the law – a ruling.
APACHE JUNCTION – A federal fund that has brought millions of dollars to Arizona over the years for national parks, trail maintenance, even community swimming pools, expired Sept. 30. That could jeopardize future outdoor projects funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund if Congress doesn’t act. Lost Dutchman State Park, nestled at the base.
WASHINGTON – After a sleepless night wrestling with “lingering doubt” over sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake orchestrated a surprise plan Friday to advance the nomination but delay it for an FBI probe. Flake provided the swing vote that let the Senate Judiciary Committee give preliminary approval to.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County prosecutor Rachel Mitchell took center stage at the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, gently probing a “terrified” Christine Blasey Ford about her charge that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teens. While Democrats took turns praising Ford for having the courage to come forward,.
WASHINGTON – Senators heard the conflicting stories Thursday of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused him of assault, but protesters outside the hearing seemed to have already made up their minds. Hundreds of anti-Kavanaugh protesters and a smaller number of supporters rallied at the Supreme Court.
TEMPE – On a regular weekday, Professor Wei Li would be teaching her students in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. But Thursday, she stayed home, laptop on hand and tea nearby, with her TV tuned to the extraordinary hearing in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “I don’t.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said he has not made up his mind on allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and he urged fellow senators to keep open minds when Kavanaugh and one of his accusers testify Thursday. Flake’s plea on the Senate floor came on the eve of a.
PHOENIX – Rachel Mitchell is a highly capable prosecutor, former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said Wednesday, but she’s not used to the enormous political pressure she’ll face helping the Senate Judiciary Committee question Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who says he assaulted her in high school. Mitchell is on leave from her positions.
PHOENIX – The City Council voted Wednesday to continue the original light-rail extension plan, despite fierce opposition from some south Phoenix residents and business owners. Before Wednesday’s council vote, dozens of local residents, community activists and business owners had the opportunity to express their position on the issue. Michael Kelly, who said he has lived.
WASHINGTON – Legislators across the country are far older than their constituents, and issues important to young people are taking a backseat at state and national levels as a result, according to a report released Tuesday. The report by the Center for American Progress said that while a third of eligible voters nationally are 35.
GRAND CANYON VILLAGE – The Grand Canyon twists through northern Arizona, a deep gash cut by the Colorado River. But the river had help from wind, rain and scorching sun, which also has battered its lodges, roads, and utility structures. On Saturday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Grand Canyon’s windswept roadways, sunbaked cabins.
PHOENIX – Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic rival David Garcia clashed Monday night over education and border security during a live, televised debate on Arizona PBS. The debate, sponsored by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and moderated by “Horizon” host Ted Simons, featured frequent back and forth and the two candidates talking over one.
PHOENIX – Millions of immigrant families who use public federal assistance could find it harder to obtain permanent residence status under new rules being proposed by the Trump administration. On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security proposed to limit access to green cards for immigrants who use or qualify for public assistance. According to DHS,.
PHOENIX – One recent poll gave Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey the edge against Democrat David Garcia. Another showed the two were neck-and-neck. A third – much earlier poll – predicted Garcia would lead in a hypothetical matchup with Ducey, who’s seeking a second term. But which polls should you believe? Political experts say that depends.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes on Thursday praised his office’s handling of the August primary election and said better training and monitoring will avoid issues in the Nov. 6 general election. “The story here is a story of success – successful planning for contingencies that we did not know would have happened but.
TUCSON – Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier says he now may have to use county taxpayer dollars to sustain additional border-patrol activities by deputies after a federal grant used for that purpose was killed by county supervisors in the wake of public outcry. “Politics and public safety should not intersect one another,” Napier said this.
WASHINGTON – Sarah Herve’s plan for the dozen volunteers she oversees every season at the Petrified Forest National Park is simple. “My goal is to treat volunteers so well that they don’t want to leave and always want to come back,” said Herve, a park ranger supervisor at the park west of Holbrook, where she.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a handful of other Republican senators broke with leadership Monday and won a delay of a scheduled vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after allegations of a decades-old sexual assault surfaced. Flake was quoted in published reports Sunday saying he is “not comfortable voting yes” on the.
GILBERT – A new Arizona law, pushed by advocates who say playtime burns off energy and helps younger students learn, requires public schools to expand recess from one period daily to twice a day for students in kindergarten through third grade. Expanded recess in district and charter schools, which started this semester, will be extended.
WASHINGTON – New income data released this week by the Census Bureau showed that poverty in the U.S. continues to fall and median household incomes are rising. To Annie Lowrey, that only tells part of the story. “Even given, in a lot of ways, poverty now is a lot better than it was 50 years.
PEORIA — The mission: to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. The story of the former Arizona State and Cardinals football player, who died in a friendly-fire incident while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, had an impact on the nation but most profoundly on two states: California and Arizona. Tonight at Liberty High School in.
WASHINGTON – A House committee unanimously approved a surprise, bipartisan plan to save a popular land conservation fund Thursday, just weeks before it was set to expire. Reauthorization of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund had stalled as the Republican chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and the panel’s senior Democrat locked.
PHOENIX – A year after Phoenix police fired tear gas and pepper-spray bullets at a crowd protesting President Donald Trump, the ACLU, two advocacy groups and several protesters have filed a lawsuit claiming police used excessive force and repressed free speech. Police “indiscriminately fired harmful pepper spray, gas, pepper bullets, and flash-bang canisters into the.
PHOENIX – Hand-to-hand combat. Pepper-spray. Mountain trails. Valeria Cazares endured it all during her time at the Detention Officer Academy in Phoenix. “It is more of a mental challenge than it is physical because your body does what your mind tells you to do,” she said. “Every time I kept telling myself, ‘You can’t do.
WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Democratic.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that Trump administration efforts to revamp the Endangered Species Act disregard science and ignore the impact that climate change is having on wildlife and their habitats. The House and Senate members were pushing back against plans by Republicans, who say the act is no longer useful and needs to.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Wednesday the county will use employees instead of contractors in the November election, a move to avoid the computer problems that spurred widespread delays and voter anger in the primary election. Fontes, who blamed contractors for computer equipment and other technical difficulties at 62 polling locations in.
WASHINGTON – If you want to boost votership, you go to where the voters are. And in the case of millennials, that’s probably the internet. So when Mi Familia Vota announced its plan Tuesday to reach millennial Latino voters ahead of November’s elections, it unveiled a campaign heavy on use of social media, text messaging.
TEMPE – Across the state, Arizonans honored the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At Tempe Beach Park, 3,000 flags – one for each person who died that day – were staked and waved red, white and blue as part of the 15th annual Healing Field. At Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, bikers paid.
WASHINGTON – When he named Jon Kyl to replace the late Sen. John McCain last week, Gov. Doug Ducey said that every day Kyl was in office would be “a day when our state is being well-served.” But it’s the service Kyl has performed for the past several years, as a lobbyist representing an impressive.
WASHINGTON – One day after President Donald Trump stepped back from demands for border wall funding in the next budget, family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants rallied Friday to demand tougher enforcement of immigration laws. The “Angel Families” rally on the Capitol grounds was held to convince Washington that illegal immigration “is a.
WASHINGTON – Mention the late Sen. John McCain and images of a war hero or a presidential candidate come to mind – but for far longer than he spent in those roles, McCain was a friend, and sometimes irritant, to Indian Country. There were disagreements – one tribal leader called it a warm relationship with.
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dodged pointed questions Wednesday from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, on the separation of powers and whether the president can be shielded from obstruction of justice charges while in office. The questions came during the second day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination and the first full.
WASHINGTON – Jon Kyl was welcomed back to the Senate with smiles, handshakes and applause Wednesday as he was sworn in to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain. The brief swearing-in ceremony came less than 24 hours after Kyl, a three-term Republican senator from Arizona, was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to.
WASHINGTON – Health care advocates Wednesday urged Attorney General Mark Brnovich to pull Arizona out of a multistate lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, saying the court case could deny coverage to vulnerable state residents. Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and Protect our Care delivered a July 9 letter from.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said he was impressed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “respect for the law” and his “kindness and decency.” Sedona resident Jeff Jeans was in Washington to say he worries that, as justice, Kavanaugh could be a death sentence for cancer patients like him, who were saved by the.
WASHINGTON – On the late Sen. John McCain’s office website is a note asking constituents for patience as staffers deal with their cases in the wake of the senator’s death. But that was before Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment Tuesday of former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill McCain’s seat, a move that assures what.
PHOENIX – Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will return to Congress for the remainder of the 2018 session, Gov. Doug Ducey announced at a news conference Tuesday. Kyl will fill the seat vacated by John McCain, who died last month after a long battle with brain cancer. In Cindy McCain’s first tweet since her husband’s.
WASHINGTON – There were more laughs than tears for Arizona Sen. John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral, where his funeral service Saturday drew scores of political power players of the last four decades – but not the current president. The sentimental, sometimes somber – and at one point political – two-hour service was not.
WASHINGTON – Images of Sen. John McCain have been hard to avoid for the past week – McCain the POW, the presidential candidate, the maverick politician. But until Monday, few had seen the photo of McCain now displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The never-before-published image is deceptively simple at first – McCain appears.
WASHINGTON – Applause is not often heard around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but that was the response Saturday from a few hundred people who came to see Cindy McCain place a wreath in honor of her husband, Sen. John McCain. The wreath-laying was one of the last events in a week of celebrations of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. John McCain lay in state Friday in the U.S. Capitol, honored by the nation’s top elected officials and then by thousands who waited in wilting heat for the chance to file past his flag-draped casket. The packed Rotunda was silent as Cindy McCain laid her head on her husband’s casket and.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Richard Nguyen remembers as many as 100 men in his family’s restaurant, reflecting on their Vietnam War experiences over spring rolls and noodles. Over the years, that number dwindled to 40, and then to 25, as the veterans moved out of the area or passed away. Last weekend, the group lost yet.
WASHINGTON – Growing up, Tucson native Joshua Carrigg learned about Arizona Sen. John McCain when his family talked about McCain’s service to the country as a politician and veteran. So it was a “humbling” experience when Carrigg, now Army 1st Sgt. Carrigg, served as non-commissioned officer in charge of the military detail that received McCain’s.
PHOENIX – Since news of Sen. John McCain’s death broke Saturday, Arizonans from all walks of life have shown their respect to the man who served his adopted state for nearly 40 years. They wrote letters and left them outside his Phoenix office on Sunday. They stood in 104-degree heat Wednesday to pay tribute as.
PHOENIX – On Thursday, just as he had done countless times in nearly four decades of serving the state, Sen. John McCain was flown out of Arizona, bound for Washington, D.C. But his 12:50 p.m. departure was his last. During a memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church shortly before his casket was flown to.
Bridget and Andrew McCain joined their father’s funeral service with these Bible verses amid the hymns and featured speakers. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (Read by Bridget McCain) 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time.
PHOENIX – Thousands of well-wishers Thursday lined the route of the motorcade carrying John McCain to memorial services at North Phoenix Baptist Church. After the service, the senator’s flag-draped casket was flown to Washington, D.C., for services later this week. The show of appreciation came a day after 15,000 people, according to McCain family estimates,.
WASHINGTON – A civil rights watchdog group that tracks elections said it was greatly concerned that 62 Maricopa County polling stations failed to open on time Tuesday, and “very disappointed” that county officials refused to extend voting hours to let people cast ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said the problems, which he blamed on.
PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain’s connections to community ran deep, whether through a high school student learning about his legacy, a native of the Philippines honoring her father’s military service by showing up at the public viewing of a fellow veteran, or a Phoenix woman who said his Senate office saved her. Lisa Whealy, 54,.
PHOENIX – In ancient Sparta, fallen warriors were carried home on their shields. On Wednesday, an American flag draped the casket of John McCain – sailor and senator, husband and father – as it was placed on the shield of his beloved Arizona. His widow and other family members, friends and Arizona leaders watched silently.
Updated 2:18 p.m. PHOENIX – On Wednesday, Arizonans said their last goodbyes to Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. Thousands streamed into the state Capitol rotunda to view McCain’s flag-draped casket. Here are some of their stories. Politics aside, social conscience connects McCain, coach John Goodie, 66, a.
PHOENIX – Since last weekend’s death of Sen. John McCain, honor guards have been lining up day and night to pay their respects. It has not been an easy task for some of them. “Sometimes, just standing sends a message,” David Carrasco said while on duty outside the north-central Phoenix funeral home where John McCain’s.
PHOENIX – Republican Martha McSally claimed victory Tuesday night and immediately called out general election opponent Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as a fake centrist. The two will face off in November to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican. “The contrast couldn’t be more clear,” McSally told supporters. “I’ve spent my life in service to.
PHOENIX – Unofficial election results Tuesday night showed Gov. Doug Ducey holding a substantial lead over former Secretary of State Ken Bennett in the Republican primary election. The Associated Press called the race for Ducey shortly after results began coming in to the Secretary of State’s Office. Ducey is likely to face educator David Garcia,.
PHOENIX – Early primary election returns for the Arizona secretary of state race showed Republican Steve Gaynor with a healthy lead over incumbent Michele Reagan. If the early returns hold, Gaynor will face Katie Hobbs, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, in the general election Nov. 6. Soon after results were released, Gaynor tweeted:.
WASHINGTON – As senators delivered glowing tributes to the late Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham reminded them of another side of his friend: Every one of them had “had their head ripped off by him at some point in time.” But the South Carolina Republican said McCain could work with those same.
PHOENIX – Computer system problems prevented people from voting at more than 60 polling places in Maricopa County for much of Tuesday, angering voters who waited for hours, spent time in long lines and worried whether the votes they eventually cast would be counted. Thomas Earl Council’s experience was typical of the problems that plagued.
WASHINGTON – Senators agree that they need to find some way to honor the legacy of Arizona Sen. John McCain, but this is Washington – there has to be a committee first. A proposal by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, quickly backed by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, calls for renaming the Russell Senate Office Building.
SCOTTSDALE – An unlikely friendship developed between Larry Fitzgerald and Sen. John McCain over the past 15 years. Decades separated the two in age, but the Cardinals receiver and Republican senator found common ground and mutual respect. Both shared an interest in sports, and both called Arizona home, but their relationship extended beyond the scope.
Check back for updates on the Arizona primary election throughout the day. Maricopa County will not extend voting hours Updated at 4:30 p.m. County officials chose not to petition the Superior Court about extend voting hours at a handful of polling places after widespread delays in the morning. All polling places in Maricopa County will.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump reversed course Monday and ordered the flag over the White House lowered to half-staff to honor Arizona Sen. John McCain after briefly raising the flag Monday, less than two days after the senator’s death. While there is no requirement that the flag remain at half-staff more than two days for.
WASHINGTON – Arizona elections officials say they are confident in the security of the state’s election infrastructure, after two years of working on the problem and the infusion of millions in federal funding to bolster security. The security of the state’s voter registration databases grabbed headlines in 2016 when a hacker tried to gain access.
WASHINGTON – Few details were released, but one Arizona business leader said the mere fact that the U.S. and Mexico unveiled a trade agreement Monday should “calm concerns” over the future of NAFTA. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that the two countries have a deal to reform the 24-year-old North.
Three days after Sen. John McCain died, his former presidential campaign manager, Rick Davis, had a request to fulfill. Davis, a family spokesman, said “this will be somewhat difficult,” then started reading McCain’s farewell. Here’s the full text: My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans, Thank.
PHOENIX – Former Vice President Joe Biden, who years ago reached across the political aisle to become a longtime colleague and friend to Sen. John McCain, will speak Thursday at the senator’s Arizona memorial service. “John was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent. But, to.
PHOENIX – Arizona officials are expecting a record turnout for Tuesday’s primary election, and they’re reassuring voters that their votes will remain secure. “We’re estimating for the first time in Arizona’s history, the raw number of voters participating in a primary will go over a million,” said Matt Roberts, spokesman for Secretary of State Michele.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has steadfastly refused to discuss a replacement for Sen. John McCain until after the senator’s funeral, but political consultants say the governor faces an unenviable task when he does name an appointee. McCain, who died Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, was described by political experts this.
PHOENIX – Jerry Colangelo had many interactions with John McCain over the years as the senator helped to build the Arizona sports landscape. During the Phoenix Suns’ heyday, McCain was a regular at home games. “When I think of my seats at America West Arena, my memory is looking at his seats, which were courtside,.
PHOENIX – As Arizonans continued to mourn Sunday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the state Capitol on Wednesday – McCain’s birthday. Ducey called it a “rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man” in a tweet posted Sunday. Senator #JohnMcCain will lie in state here at.
PHOENIX – When Arizona Sen. John McCain died Saturday, he left a decades-long legacy in Congress, as well as an empty Senate seat. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint McCain’s successor, and the law states that replacement must be the same party as McCain, who was a Republican. He or she will hold the seat.
PHOENIX – Across Arizona, as a the sun set on a motorcade carrying the body of Sen. John McCain, others honored him in words and in actions. An engineer lowered flags at the state Capitol, a woman sobbed as the motorcade passed her along Interstate 17 and leaders of the Vietnamese community remembered him as.
PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain, a six-term senator and Vietnam War hero, died Saturday, a little more than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer and four days before he would have turned 82. U.S., Arizona and world leaders, from the political realm to the sports world, shared condolences and thoughts on McCain’s legacy..
PHOENIX – John McCain, the six-term Arizona senator who went from defiant prisoner of war to straight-talking Republican presidential candidate and conservative ideologist, died Saturday little more than a year after doctors diagnosed him with brain cancer. He was 81. McCain began his public life as an outsider, but he morphed into an Arizona icon.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain has discontinued treatment for the deadly brain cancer he has been living with since last summer, his family announced Friday. The six-term Republican announced his diagnosis of glioblastoma in July 2017 and has already beaten the odds against the very aggressive form of cancer. It can be particularly hard on.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s school choice laws, liberal land-use policies and rules for concealed-carry of guns combined to help boost the state into the top 10 in a “Freedom in the 50 States” report released Thursday. The biennial report by the Cato Institute rates states on 230 variables, with the most weight given to fiscal policy,.
TUCSON – The Department of Homeland Security on Friday reversed itself and said a Mexican wife and mother would be allowed into the U.S. on a 30-day “humanitarian parole” to visit her terminally ill husband here before he dies. The change was announced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Friday – one day after he.
WASHINGTON – A reported plan to let local schools use federal funds to buy guns and gun training sparked an immediate backlash from Arizona advocates and educators, who called the idea “absurd – and dangerous.” The Department of Education said in a statement Thursday that it would not comment on “hypothetical scenarios,” after news reports.
PHOENIX – More than 2.4 million crimes, whose victims suspect were motivated by hate, were committed across the United States in the five years from 2012 to 2016, according to a News21 analysis of the federal National Crime Victimization Survey, which interviews tens of thousands of Americans annually. Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute.
WASHINGTON – When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t. Little has changed in the year since, but the Arizona mayors are sticking to their guns, saying they would.
WASHINGTON – It’s 8 a.m. on a recent Wednesday and Rep. Debbie Lesko is standing in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, steps from a larger-than-life statue of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, waiting for a live television interview. It’s the first event in a 12-hour day that will include meetings, interviews, votes and hearings – a normal.
WASHINGTON – When Twitter purged suspicious accounts last month, Arizona Sen. John McCain lost 210,000 followers overnight – but it barely made a dent for McCain, who still had almost 3.2 million followers. The changes were much the same for the rest of the Arizona delegation, although on a smaller scale, with most lawmakers seeing.
PHOENIX – More than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched during the “lynching era,” from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to about 1950. Eighty-eight percent of the lynchings occurred across 10 Southern states, according to “Lynching in America,” a 2017 report by the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal advocacy group in Montgomery, Alabama. The lynching era’s.
PHOENIX — More than 16 million people, many of whom are foreign, passed through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. Most days, they only have to deal with immigration and customs inspectors. But one day last June, they dealt with a small, vocal group holding signs denouncing Islam. They.
WASHINGTON – Just days after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House last week for their August recess. After a year of squabbling on immigration reform, and despite the nudge from the president, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything.
PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gallego said. In response, Latinos have felt compelled to engage politically to combat the wave of.
WASHINGTON – The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight, with Gosar’s general counsel calling it a fitting conclusion to a court case that lacked.
PHOENIX – Three people died every day on average on Arizona roads in 2017, and 152 people were injured, according to the Department of Transportation’s annual report on motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly three-quarters of accidents occurred from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The report, released Tuesday, draws a detailed picture of such things as how often.
WASHINGTON – Tucson mom Linda Robles was in Washington Wednesday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban TCE, the chemical she blames for the death of one daughter and the birth defects of three other children. “Our community is tired of it,” Robles said at a Capitol Hill news conference with other parents whose.
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel Tuesday that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.” The comments came during a three-hour Senate Judiciary Committee hearing during which lawmakers grilled officers of.
WASHINGTON – A Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease cannot sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Felisa Tunac waited.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday repeated a threat to shut down the government this fall if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall. But analysts say the threat, first made in a tweet Sunday, is likely little more than a political ploy that the president.
PHOENIX – Gina Roberts knows that when it comes to getting younger generations to vote, you have to go to them. That’s why the Citizens Clean Election Commission commissioned a mural along Roosevelt Row – a vibrant arts district in downtown Phoenix – to attract attention to their cause, she said. “You know what, we.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers were among the handful of Republicans who introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the Justice Department probe of possible Russian election meddling. Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Prescott and Andy Biggs of Gilbert co-sponsored the impeachment resolution to “restore power to the people,”.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court this year decided some of the most divisive cases in America, from detained immigrants to minority-voter rights to anti-abortion pregnancy centers. The rulings bolstered conservatives and dismayed liberals, according to law experts speaking in Phoenix. Lawyers and legal scholars from the Anti-Defamation League, a group fighting anti-Semitism and civil.
WASHINGTON – Reps. Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year. Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat, and Bishop, a Utah Republican, unveiled the Restore Our Parks and Public.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is pushing ahead on construction of the South Mountain Freeway, even through 115-degree temperatures, by ensuring its workers remain safe and hydrated. The long-envisioned project, which began in early 2017, is meant to cut congestion and drive times in central Phoenix by diverting traffic off Interstate 10 onto.
WASHINGTON – Andrew Medway wasn’t sure how his Mesa business was picked to represent Arizona at the White House’s “Made in America Showcase,” but he was still excited to be there Monday among companies that made everything from spacecraft to MoonPies. “We’re thrilled to be here obviously, but it came completely out of the blue,”.
WASHINGTON – The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue. The measure was ultimately approved on a voice vote with no opposition after just five minutes of.
PHOENIX – Three years after the suicide of a decorated Army Ranger, friends and family of the victim are calling on state legislators to mandate the collection of data on suicide rates for military veterans in Arizona. At a news conference on Monday, State Rep. Jay Lawrence, Republican chairman the Arizona House’s Military, Veterans and.
WASHINGTON – Trump administration plans to revamp the Endangered Species Act were hailed this week as “long overdue” by industry groups, even as environmentalists called the changes a “a massive attack on imperiled wildlife.” The proposals unveiled Thursday by officials from the departments of Commerce and the Interior come a week after members of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to try again after the Senate blocked a vote Thursday on his resolution supporting U.S. intelligence agencies and rejecting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections. The bipartisan resolution also called for sanctions on Russia and a congressional investigation into what.
PHOENIX – March for Our Lives, the student-led movement for sensible gun-law reforms, hosted a “Breakfast for Our Lives” on Thursday and announced a summer bus tour to educate and register young voters. This summer, March for Our Lives launched a 20-state bus tour, but because it does not include Arizona, local activists started their.
PHOENIX – As new apartment buildings crowd the downtown skyline and rents rise across Phoenix, low-income residents continue to rely on decades-old public housing. But that’s beginning to change: In June, the city announced that the A.L. Krohn East apartments in central Phoenix will be completely replaced with new units. Access to affordable housing is.
WASHINGTON – A day after President Donald Trump walked back his statements on Russian meddling in U.S. elections, the issue still simmered Wednesday in Washington where some lawmakers said the president cannot make up for his “ridiculous” original statement. Trump said Monday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful denial” of.
WASHINGTON – Pork-barrel spending more than doubled over the past year, with the federal government allocating $14.7 billion to fund 232 earmarks, according to a report released Wednesday by Citizens Against Government Waste. The annual Congressional Pig Book said lawmakers continue to win earmarks – spending approvals that circumvent regular budgetary processes – even though.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed the “Officer Craig Tiger Act,” which provides more counseling services to public-safety officials who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder because of their experiences on the job. The law is named after a Phoenix police officer who was forced to shoot an assailant in 2012 and later took his.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization. Trump sparked immediate backlash Monday after appearing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and saying he saw no reason why Russia.
PHOENIX – Voter participation is eroding across the U.S. and the situation in Arizona is a crisis, according to a study by the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University. The poor, minorities and young adults who would benefit the most by voting are the very groups that participate the least in the.
PHOENIX – Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arizona Department of Public Safety say. “We are the tip of the spear for drug trafficking,” said Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent in.
WASHINGTON – A group of Western lawmakers unveiled a package of bills Thursday to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act by allowing more local input and encouraging voluntary conservation efforts. “Everybody wants to have endangered species protected, but doing it in the right way, where everyone is included in the process,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott,.
WASHINGTON – The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel Thursday that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help. In testimony to a House Natural Resources subcommittee, Stefanie Smallhouse said that laws meant to protect.
PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill organized a letter of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, stirring controversy when a story about his backing of President Donald Trump’s nomination was posted on the team-affiliated website and Twitter account. The letter, which was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and vouches for Kavanaugh’s character,.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County patrol officers stopped Hispanic drivers for longer periods and searched them more often than other drivers, according to an annual report analyzing traffic-stop data. The results are similar to those over the past three years. Whites were stopped for an average of 13 minutes, compared with Hispanics, who were stopped for.
WASHINGTON – The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl had been tapped to act as a “sherpa” to help guide the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate. Kavanaugh, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was nominated.
WASHINGTON – Even before President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court nominee Monday night, advocates for a range of issues were bracing for what might come next. They knew they were likely to get a conservative jurist – the president had promised as much – but were trying to.
WASHINGTON – Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The report said that the number of Border Patrol agents actually fell from 2013 to 2017, at a time.
TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he decried the dozens of migrant children who are locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5. “Kindergarten age,” said the Democrat lawmaker, who represents much of southern.
WASHINGTON – Unemployment hit 3.8 percent in May, the lowest level in 18 years and a jobless rate that economists say represents virtually full employment. While that’s good news for workers, it’s causing problems for businesses that say they can’t get American workers to fill open jobs and they can’t get permission to hire foreign.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions. The news was widely cheered by people like Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, who when.
PHOENIX – Another attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona went up in smoke Thursday when Safer Arizona missed the 5 p.m. deadline to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot. A representative of the grassroots group said Thursday afternoon that it had collected about 75,000 of the 150,625 signatures needed to qualify.
PHOENIX – The next census is two years away, but Latino leaders across the country have voiced concerns over a citizenship question that will be included in the standard form for the first time since 1950. It’s “a tool that can be used to empower or to marginalize communities. This administration has chosen the path.
WASHINGTON – The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that his country’s relationship with the Trump administration is in better shape than it was a year and a half ago, but that there is still room for improvement. “The past year and a half have implied, I think, that we’re in better shape than.
PHOENIX – A group of Arizona Realtors on Tuesday delivered more than 400,000 signatures to the state Capitol in support of a ballot measure to constitutionally prohibit the state from imposing a sales tax on services. The group, Citizens for Fair Tax Policy, which was created by the Arizona Association of Realtors, says it opposes.
WASHINGTON – Immigrant-rights activists and lawmakers Monday accused the Trump administration of erecting a “second wall” to more than 700,000 potential immigrants – including more than 14,000 in Arizona – who have pending citizenship applications. The “Tear Down the Second Wall” campaign said the application backlog has almost doubled in the past two years. Joshua.
PHOENIX – Mexico’s crucial July 1 election will be the first in which citizens living abroad can vote without having to return to Mexico. “Mexico is a country that has the biggest amount of people living outside of the country,” said Yuri Gabriel Beltrán, a counselor with the Mexico City Electoral Institute. “Voting is like.
PHOENIX – First lady Melania Trump visited the Southwest Key shelter Thursday to talk to staff and children housed there. She toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson earlier in the day. A few dozen protesters greeted Trump as she arrived at the west Phoenix nonprofit shelter for immigrant youth. Many donned.
WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is moving ahead with its investigation of Rep. David Schweikert and his chief of staff for possible misuse of office funds and improper campaign contributions. The committee said it is also looking into whether the aide, Oliver Schwab, may have received outside income in excess of.
WASHINGTON – A last-ditch effort to get an immigration reform bill through the House was soundly defeated Wednesday, with almost half of the Republicans joining all Democrats to reject the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act on a 301-121 vote. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, was the only Arizona lawmaker to vote for the bill, with.
WASHINGTON – House leaders added employer checks and an expanded farmworker visa program in their latest attempt to get an immigration bill that can pass, but most lawmakers leaving a GOP meeting Tuesday morning appeared skeptical of its chances. “Working through it still,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, after the Republican caucus meeting. “Always good.
PHOENIX – Arizona anti-abortion activists hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting pregnancy centers as a win for free speech and religious rights. “The ruling means that Arizona city government will not be able to compel a pro-life pregnancy center to communicate a message that violates their deeply held convictions,” said Cathi Herrod, president of.
FLORENCE – Officer Laura Orscheln sets up her binoculars and tripod and stands on a ridge overlooking the quiet desert near Florence. Scanning the desert for any movement, the Arizona Game & Fish Department wildlife manager spots something dark moving about a mile away. It’s just trash, so she sweeps her binoculars elsewhere. She’s “glassing”.
WASHINGTON – Critics of the administration’s policy of separating families at the border called it the equivalent of “psychological torture,” and even President Donald Trump said he did not like it as he ordered the policy reversed this week. But the “Angel Families” who went to the White House Friday told the president that separation.
PHOENIX – Advocates for the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center have gained support from the Patriot Movement AZ, a controversial, conservative pro-Trump group that supports Second Amendment rights and a border wall. Lesa Antone, who founded the group that has drawn criticism over confrontations with Black Lives Matter and Red for Ed supporters, said.
WASHINGTON – Some conservative House Republicans bucked their party’s leaders Thursday and joined Democrats to kill a GOP-backed immigration reform bill, dimming chances that any reform bill will pass the House. After the Securing America’s Future Act failed on a 193-231 vote, House leaders quickly pulled back a second, more-moderate measure and called a late.
PHOENIX – Leaders of the Arizona ACLU and a Tucson-based coalition fighting to change immigration policy fear President Trump’s executive order will not end family separation and encouraged people to remain vigilant on immigration issues. Billy Peard, an attorney for the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Thursday that wording of the.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered immigration officials to keep undocumented immigrant families together, after weeks of mounting criticism over his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of families at the border. His executive order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be.
WASHINGTON – The House is poised to take action on two Republican immigration-reform bills, but it was not clear Wednesday if House leaders would be able to muster enough support to pass either. Democrats strongly oppose both bills, with even the more moderate of the two derided by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, as “a compromise.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday agreed to proceed with the development of the South Central light-rail extension, however, the council also approved a motion directing Valley Metro to evaluate the possibility of maintaining four lanes of surface roads along portions of the $965 million project. The number of lanes is a major.
PHOENIX – Arizona is expanding drop-off services for unused and old medications to 13 pharmacies and additional police stations in a continuing battle against opioid abuse. “We know that so many times it’s friends, family, grandparents, kids that end up getting access to these dangerous opioids,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said, announcing the program.
WASHINGTON – Democrats and immigration advocates rallied Tuesday against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that has led to the separation of families at the border, as immigration agency officials defended the treatment of children in shelters. It came as President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill to lobby House Republicans before an expected vote on.
PHOENIX – A recent nationwide poll indicates the general public doesn’t broadly support the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when crossing into the U.S. illegally. The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that 66 percent of respondents opposed the policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May. Only 27.
PHOENIX – Akemi Vargas mourns the absence of her father, deported when she was 7. Francisca Porchas, a Puenta Arizona activist with a 2-year-old daughter, anguishes over children she says have been ripped from their families. And social worker Laurie Rosales, who has worked in immigrant detention centers in Eloy and Florence, worries about the.
WASHINGTON – Hugo Nuñez acknowledged that some drivers were unsettled when they first saw the drive-through X-ray machine at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. “The public at first was a little taken aback by it,” said Nuñez, a supervisory Customs and Border Protection officer at the Nogales port. “When people aren’t fully educated.
WASHINGTON – A year to the day after he was severely wounded in a gunman’s politically motivated attack, Rep. Steve Scalise took the field Thursday and recorded the first out for Republicans in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. It was the perfect statement to open the game, a Washington tradition where Democrats and Republicans preach.
PHOENIX – Political activism can be as simple as voting for a candidate or as statement-provoking as students lying on the Capitol lawn in a “die-in,” according to a growing movement of Arizona organizations teaching millennials, minorities and other underrepresented groups how to dive deeper into community issues. Progress Now Arizona, NextGen Arizona and other.
WASHINGTON – House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday after a meeting of House Republicans that they had come together.
PHOENIX – A Phoenix subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to move forward a proposal to spend $149,000 on a study into a recent rise in officer-involved shootings, which already have exceeded the annual totals for 2017 and ’15. Phoenix police have been involved in 23 shootings from Jan. 1 through May 29, according to a.
PHOENIX – About 30 Arizona students held a “die-in” at the state Capitol Tuesday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people two years ago. They also want to pressure elected officials into enacting tighter gun-safety laws. The student-led March for Our Lives group organized.
PHOENIX – Mark Maddox is left with fragments of what should be his fondest memories: He’s lost the details of a family trip to Disney World, and forgotten most of what happened in the three Super Bowls he played in. Sometimes, he watches video of his games to help jog a memory impaired by too.
PHOENIX – The Obama Foundation launched its first Community Leadership Corps in Phoenix over the weekend, a six-month program designed to help young people bring about change in their communities. “It’s exciting, the idea of building something from the ground up,” said Breeonna Combs, one of 35 young people chosen to participate in the program..
PHOENIX – This monsoon season, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce a law that permits some motorists to be billed for the cost of their rescue from flash floods because authorities worry people who can’t afford the fine won’t call for help. Under the so-called stupid-motorist law, motorists who drive around a barricade or.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake took the Senate floor Thursday to “sound the alarm” on President Donald Trump’s trade policies in a speech that quickly became a discourse on liberty, freedom and America “turning our back” on its responsibility as a world leader. The Arizona Republican’s 16-minute speech was another in a series of.
PHOENIX – Nearly a year after flood damage closed the Burton Barr Central Library, it will reopen June 16 with a party to celebrate new features like expanded areas for children and a room set aside for 3D printing. A daylong celebration June 16 will start at 9 a.m. with events for all ages, including.
PEORIA – On a scorching summer day, children run and laugh as they pelt each other with dodgeballs in the gym of Sundance Elementary School. OK, guys, pipe down, a volunteer counselor tells them. Lunch is about to be served. They scramble over to rows of long tables, demolishing hamburgers and yogurt parfaits swirled with.
PHOENIX – About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied outside the state Capitol Wednesday morning to ask for 90 more days to figure out how to keep the Navajo Generating Station near Page operating. Community leaders said they needed the time to “slow this process down, answer important questions and.
MESA – The City Council has approved a $65 million deal to bring an Arizona State University campus to downtown Mesa, a move some business owners and residents lauded as an economic boon and a few residents worried would bring higher taxes. “Central Mesa is tired of merely surviving, not thriving,” Jen Duff said. “It’s.
WASHINGTON – Arizona election officials agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit that claimed the state’s two-track voter registration process was unduly burdensome and “irrationally” disenfranchised thousands of voters. Arizona voters can register for federal elections with a federal registration form that does not require proof of citizenship, but state registration – which is needed to.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying that doing so would violate his deeply held religious opposition to same-sex marriage. The court’s 7-2 decision left open many questions surrounding Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’ refusal.
WASHINGTON – Raghunathan Srinivasan’s online interactions with Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, started off innocently enough. First it was emails expressing concern about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Srinivasan’s 4-year-old son has a pre-existing medical condition but was able to get insurance through the act, which Biggs vehemently opposed. The responses were polite,.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said it will let tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect Friday, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Within hours of the announcement Thursday, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy vowed it “will adopt equivalent measures on a variety.
WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred an investigation of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and a legislative aide. Neither office would confirm the nature of the investigation, but published reports have said the probe involves payments by Schweikert’s campaign committees to a consulting firm run.
NOGALES – The 1,475 undocumented children reportedly lost in the federal system “are not lost,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Thursday, “they just don’t want to be found.” Nielsen visited the border near Nogales to discuss security issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Arizona National Guard and local ranchers.
PHOENIX – Rep. Martha McSally on Wednesday blamed the country’s lack of border security as one reason for Arizona’s opioid epidemic. “The overwhelming majority of drugs, up to maybe 90 percent, come through the nation’s ports of entry,” she told the House Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “In order to mitigate these illicit paths ….
PHOENIX – The news spread like wildfire: 1,475 immigrant children missing and nowhere to be found. No records of their whereabouts, and the federal government was being singled out as the party responsible. However, in the days after the initial news reports, more information has revealed the steps – and the multiple agencies involved –.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he believes that evolution should remain a part of Arizona’s science education curriculum, referring to state schools’ superintendent Diane Douglas attempts to remove or water down references to evolution. Douglas, the Arizona superintendent of public instruction, had recommended striking the word “evolution” from current science standards, saying.
GLENDALE – When Kevin Phelps met with Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill in November 2015, all was not well in Glendale. At the time, the once-harmonious bond between Bidwill’s Cardinals and the city – where the team’s home field, University of Phoenix Stadium, is located – was in shambles. The NFL franchise and the Arizona.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona cities were among the fastest-growing in the nation in 2017, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The bureau’s “2017 City/Town Population and Housing Unit Estimates” said Phoenix saw the second-biggest increase among cities in nation, adding 65,852 new residents over the course of the year, or almost.
PHOENIX – The American flag doesn’t always bring people together. Old Glory was burned to protest the Vietnam War in the ’60s and, more recently, used by the “alt-right” and its opponents, and in demonstrations against police injustice toward people of color. But residents of one north-central Phoenix street, 11th Avenue just south of Northern.
PARADISE VALLEY – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey chuckled when he heard the word again. Closer. “You know, it’s this community that closed this deal,” the governor said. “This deal” is the awarding of Super Bowl LVII in 2023 to Arizona, which all 32 NFL teams unanimously approved on Wednesday morning in Atlanta. By Wednesday evening,.
PHOENIX – The City Council voted Tuesday to join multiple cities and states in a lawsuit to prevent the federal government from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire. The measure to allow the city manager to include Phoenix in the lawsuit was approved 7-2, with Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring opposing..
PHOENIX – For the fourth time, the Super Bowl will come to Arizona. The NFL on Wednesday announced that Super Bowl LVII, to be played in 2023, will return to the Arizona Cardinals’ home field, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. It will be the third time the venue has hosted the event; Super Bowl.