Politics

Distant but devoted, Biden supporters gear up for virtual inauguration

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 and heightened security have made the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden a largely virtual affair. But after a year of virtual conventions, virtual schooling. even virtual legislating, Arizonans are taking the distance inauguration in stride.


Washington in unprecedented lockdown days before Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON - When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday, it will be in front of a National Mall fenced off to crowds, just one in a series of extraordinary security measures put in place the face of threats of armed protests by right-wing and pro-Trump groups.


Officials prep for possible inauguration protests at Arizona Capitol

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by two rows of chain-link fence and police presence has been increased, as authorities brace for possible violence in response to the inauguration next week of President-elect Joe Biden.


Arizona lawmakers split as Trump impeached by House for a second time

WASHINGTON - No Arizona lawmakers broke party ranks as the House Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump on a mostly party-line vote, just one week after a deadly mob attack on the Capitol that critics said was incited by the president.


House votes on removing, possibly impeaching Trump after mob attacks

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Tuesday as the House took up a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Trump from office - or face the threat of a second impeachment.


Arizona lawmakers split on party lines over challenges to electoral votes

Arizona lawmakers voted mostly along party lines on the 2020 Electoral College votes certifying Democrat Joe Biden as 46th U.S. president.


Trump makes way in at least one part of Washington – souvenir shops

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump continues to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win, but it's time for Trump to go in some parts of Washington - the souvenir shops, where Trump hats, mugs, T-shirts and more are on sale to make way for Biden-Harris swag.


Not the ‘blue wave’ they hoped for, but Democrats made gains in 2020

WASHINGTON - For years, Democrats have argued that Arizona was about to turn blue. But while they grabbed the top two races on the ballot, Democrats made little headway in state, local or other congressional races - close, but not the "blue wave" they were hoping for.


Democrats pass independents, can’t overtake GOP in voter registration

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years - but still failing to overtake Republicans.


After years of lowered refugee admissions, Biden plans sharp reversal

WASHINGTON - After years of steadily slashing the number of refugees it will accept, President-elect Joe Biden has said that he plans to raise the number of refugees who can be admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 from the Trump administration's current cap of 15,000.


Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration cited national security for its efforts to boost uranium mining. but environmentalists saw it as an attempt to open the door to mining near the Grand Canyon. President-elect Joe Biden may be ready to shut that door for good.


Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start

WASHINGTON - The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think, and hope, President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception.