Government

Grijalva could bring dramatic shift as head of resources committee

WASHINGTON - After six years as the ranking Democrat on the House Naturall Resources Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, is in line to be its next chairman and he's promising vigorous oversight of the department whose secretary, Ryan Zinke, resigned before Democrats could take over.

Ducey taps McSally for McCain’s seat; state to have two women senators

WASHINGTON - Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, lost her bid to replace Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake this fall but won a seat in the Senate after all, when she was tapped Tuesday to replace the late Sen. John McCain, giving the state two female senators, both freshmen, in the next Congress.

Newly empowered House Democrats set priorities for next Congress

WASHINGTON - The first order of business in the new Congress, HR 1, is a three-pronged package of top Democratic election reform efforts, a clear signal from Democrats that they want to flex their muscle after midterm elections saw the party gain 40 seats and retake control of the House.

A year after its supposed demise, DACA renewals struggle along

WASHINGTON – A year after the Trump administration said it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program had received more than 230,000 DACA renewal applications after a court ordered the program kept alive while legal challenges played out - which they continue to do.

Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

WASHINGTON - When the 116th Congress convenes in January, something notable will be missing in Arizona's delegation: About 73 years of collective Capitol Hill experience. The loss of senior members drops the delegation's average tenure from just under nine years in the last Congress to just over five now.

Despite fits and starts, officials optimistic a water deal is close

WASHINGTON - After months of meetings, progress toward Arizona's portion of a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair, but those involved in the process think they're getting close to a deal they can present to the Legislature this spring.

Victims of Baptist Foundation scheme still recovering 20 years later

PHOENIX – Anne Mezzapelle Cacace was one of 11,000 investors who lost $580 million when the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, or BFA, a registered nonprofit, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999, in what prosecutors described as a Ponzi scheme. To this day, it is considered one of the largest affinity frauds in U.S history.