Arizona Obamacare premiums may drop, as troubled enrollment opens

WASHINGTON - Arizona is one of the few states expected to see a decrease in average premium costs during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that opened Wednesday - if consumers can figure out how to sign up.

Before the perks, the pick: Freshmen hope, plot in Hill office lottery

WASHINGTON - A buzzing group of anxious staffers and strategists packed a Capitol Hill room with 48 newly elected House members Thursday, eagerly awaiting their first assignments in the coming Congress - an office.

In Gila County’s political divide, Democrats and Republicans coexist

GLOBE-MIAMI — It’s here, on the drive along Arizona’s U.S. Route 66 into this historic mining community, where symbols emerge that reveal the political and social changes that roil much of America.

Democrats call on Obama to pardon DREAMers, quell deportation fears

WASHINGTON - House Democrats urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to pardon DREAMers, in an effort to quash the young immigrants' fears of deportation when incoming President Donald Trump takes office in January.

DREAMer Pardons

Arizona voters on the future after Election 2016

Election 2016 has concluded, and the country will move forward with President-elect Donald Trump at the helm along with a Republican-controlled U.S. House and Senate. In Arizona, the minimum wage is going to increase, and Maricopa County will get a new sheriff. We asked readers and viewers what the United States and Arizona will look like in a year. Here are some of their responses:

Political mascots engage in civil conversation during Thanksgiving dinner. (Illustration by Roman Russo/Cronkite News)

Election rejection: independent voters don’t feel respected, but can’t be ignored

PHOENIX – Independent voters, who get shut out of primary elections and are ignored by Republicans and Democrats, proved in the 2016 election that squandering their voices is politically dangerous, according to some political observers.

Minority advocates, Trump transition team hold closed-door meeting

WASHINGTON - Leaders of about 20 minority advocacy organizations met with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team in a closed-door meeting Wednesday in what advocates said they hope was one of many meetings to come.

McCain warns against Russian overtures, a day after Trump, Putin talk

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, issued a stern warning Tuesday against smoothing relations with Russia, one day after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the two countries need to do just that.

Democrats delay, as House GOP keeps leaders after historic elections

WASHINGTON - House Republicans capped a tumultuous campaign season by unanimously re-electing their leadership team Tuesday, while Democrats delayed their vote to give them time to figure out how to move forward following a disastrous election.

Rare sighting: President-elect Donald Trump wins electoral votes, may lose popular vote

PHOENIX – It's rare in U.S. history: the president-elect wins the electoral vote but loses the popular vote.

Civics Lessened

Arizona immigration lawyers busy fielding calls from anxious clients

WASHINGTON - Immigration lawyers in Arizona said they have been flooded with calls from anxious clients in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's victory, but they are urging people to avoid rash decisions in the midst of uncertainty.

Citizenship Rush

Housewarming: Biggs, O’Halleran join freshmen in Capitol orientation

WASHINGTON - Incoming Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and Tom O'Halleran, D-Sedona, said they're excited to come to Washington and represent the people of Arizona - but first they have to learn how to do that, exactly.