Politics

New rules on school prayer, religious groups, hailed and assailed

WASHINGTON - Arizona religious groups said the Trump administration's release this week of regulations aimed at protecting religious expression "rights a serious wrong," but others expect the moves will have little practical impact.

Arizona one of seven state legislatures Democrats target for takeover

WASHINGTON - Arizona is one of seven states where Democrats plan to "fight like hell" to turn the state government from red to blue in 2020 and experts say that after gains in the 2018 elections, a takeover of the Arizona House and Senate is not out of the question.

Anti-social media: McSally brush-off of reporter as ‘hack’ goes viral

WASHINGTON - Impeachment may have been the business of the day, but Arizona Sen. Martha McSally's videotaped brush-off of a CNN reporter as a "liberal hack" was the moment of the day, earning the freshman senator a rebuke from the network - and tens of thousands of Twitter likes.

Arizona lawmakers vote on party lines to forward impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers voted on a straight party line Wednesday to forward two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a 228-193 vote that was as predictable as the arguments for and against it.

As state looks to redistricting after 2020, painful lessons from 2010

TUCSON - Arizona is one of 18 states where independent panels, instead of lawmakers, draw congressional and legislative lines, but the last redistricting devolved into fights, threats and legal battles that show how high the stakes can be and how hard it is to keep deeply divisive politics out of it.

For seventh straight decade, Arizona should gain House seat from Census

WASHINGTON - The only things certain in life are death, taxes - and, for the last six decades, that Arizona would gain seats in Congress.That streak is almost certain to continue this year, when the census will likely show the state has gained enough residents to add another seat in the House, its 10th.

Help wanted, and wanted, and wanted: Census to hire 57,000 in Arizona

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau wants you - specifically 57,000 of you, the number of people needed to fill jobs in Arizona alone for the decennial census in 2020.It's part of a push to hire 500,000 workers nationwide, for enumerators who will go door to door, but for other jobs as well.

Census studied citizenship question even after losing in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Even as it was losing the fight last summer to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the bureau was running tests it says show the question would not have hurt response rates.The findings will not affect the 2020 Census, but advocates call it an unwelcome distraction.

Despite relatively short tenure, Arizona delegation making waves

WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional delegation has an average tenure well below that of other states, but they have combined important committee and caucus posts with aggressive media appearances to give the delegation a presence bigger than its relatively short tenure would indicate.