Government

Rocks vs. Glocks: Trump backs off suggestion that soldiers fire on migrants

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump 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, saying Friday that such immigrants would be "arrested for a very long time."

Green nominee’s withdrawal injects new drama into tense Senate race

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 her tight race against Republican Martha McSally, analysts said.

Young-voter turnout up sharply, but still trails most other age groups

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 high-profile voter registration efforts like March for Our Lives. But their participation still lags well behind most other age groups.

Nogales awaits arrival of U.S. troops as migrant caravan plods north

NOGALES – The Nogales mayor, a business owner and a resident are among the 20,000 residents in this Arizona border city awaiting the arrival of U.S. troops. President Trump ordered the deployment of 5,200 troops along the U.S. Mexico border to handle a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico from Central America.

ACA open enrollment begins with lower prices, more choices in Arizona

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. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15.

Appeals court rejects latest challenge to state’s ‘ballot harvesting’ law

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 - what one critic dubbed the "you can't help your elderly and disabled neighbor vote law."

Nov. 6 looking like April 24 all over again in Lesko-Tipirneni rematch

WASHINGTON - Republican Debbie Lesko's April special election win in the 8th Congressional District was surprisingly close over well-funded Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. Their Nov. 6 rematch looks a lot like April, with Tipirneni heavily raising funds and a poll showing only a few points between the women.

Trump’s aim of skirting birthright citizenship draws backlash, skeptics

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, a right that could be dismantled for others if President Donald Trump has his way.

Long hours, low pay, but poll workers are still signing up – for now

WASHINGTON - Arizona election officials are optimistic they will have the thousands of poll workers trained and ready to go on Election Day, but said that long days and an aging pool of workers is making it harder to staff up at the polls every year.

Administration plans to send 5,200 active-duty military to assist at border

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration confirmed plans to 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, with the first 800 troops already on their way.