Government

‘Operation Kayla Mueller’ stirs memories of Arizonan killed in Syria

WASHINGTON - One official called it fitting: The military operation that tracked down and killed the leader of the Islamic State this weekend was named for Kayla Mueller, a Prescott native who was killed while being held by that group in Syria in 2015.


Arizona joins more than 40 other states in antitrust probe of Facebook

WASHINGTON - Arizona joined 46 other states and territories this week in antitrust investigation of Facebook, including whether the social media giant violated consumer data privacy and whether it is a monopoly that has driven up advertising prices and suppressed competition.


Arizonans among House Republicans who stormed impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers were among dozens of Republicans who stormed the House impeachment hearings Wednesday to protest the closed-door meetings and demand that Democrats open the proceedings.


Officials: State making gains on teacher vacancies, still has way to go

WASHINGTON - Arizona school officials told a Washington forum Tuesday that the state has made strides in teacher recruiting and retention, but there is still a long way to go to fixing a problem that saw 21% of teacher jobs vacant at the start of this school year.


Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020

PHOENIX – Census officials emphasized improvements in accuracy for 2020 to reduce historical undercounts of minorities.


McSally to pen memoir – just in time for her 2020 Senate bid

WASHINGTON - Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., announced a book deal Monday that will put her memoir, "Dare to Fly," on bookshelves in May, just six months before she stands for re-election.She's just the latest to pen a book, joining former Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake as election-year authors.


Fundraising shows Schweikert down, but analysts say he’s not out yet

WASHINGTON - Rep. David Schweikert's fundraising is down, he has a well-funded Democratic challenger and his office is dogged by ethics complaints. All that combines to make the 6th District competitive, but it doesn't mean the Schweikert should be counted out yet, analysts say.


Impeach Trump? Not an option for his supporters at Capitol Hill rally

WASHINGTON - With chants like "Pelosi's got to go" and "Four more years," hundreds of protesters marched to the West Lawn of the Capitol to voice their support for President Donald Trump - and disdain for Congress.investigating his possible impeachment.


Lawmakers optimistic for bill on National Museum of the American Latino

WASHINGTON - The dream of a national museum dedicated to the Latin American experience took one step closer to reality Thursday, as lawmakers and advocates touted a bill that they think has a good chance of putting a museum on the National Mall.


Senate approves Arizonan Barrett as fourth female Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett as the next Air Force secretary, one day after brushing aside an attempt to stall her nomination over Air Force use of Trump hotels for official business.


Schweikert among 129 House Republicans who join rebuke of Trump on Syria

WASHINGTON - Three Arizona Republicans held fast with President Donald Trump as the House voted 354-60 Wednesday to rebuke the president's decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, leaving former U.S. allies, the Kurds, open to attacks by Turkish forces.


Breakfast and a side of bipartisanship: Lawmakers revive get-together

WASHINGTON – It's a contentious time in Washington, but – for an hour a month at least – Arizona Democrats and Republicans sit down to chat over breakfast.