Politics

House OKs ERA bill, Violence Against Women Act in Women’s History Month

WASHINGTON — The House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act and lifted the deadline for ERA ratification during Women’s History Month.


House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON - The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farmworkers.


Judge: Tape shows Chansley’s ‘detachment from reality’ in riot defense

WASHINGTON - An attorney for Arizona native Jacob Chansley, the face-painted "Q-Anon Shaman" charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, downplayed government video showing his client as part of the mob that broke into the building and confronted police.


Senate makes history with vote confirming Haaland as Interior secretary

WASHINGTON - The Senate Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as the next Interior secretary, a historic vote that makes her the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency.


Biden insists border’s closed, unveils plan to halt migrants at source

WASHINGTON - The White House had a strong message on Wednesday for migrants who are flocking to the southern border in hopes of getting into the U.S.


Sinema faces blowback for minimum wage vote; long-term damage unclear

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she still believes the Senate should take up a higher minimum wage, but that didn't keep critics from lighting into her after her Friday vote to keep the higher wage out of the latest pandemic relief package.


Supreme Court hears Arizona voting law case with national implications

WASHINGTON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued that voting laws overturned for reflecting the state's "long and unhappy history of official discrimination" are no more the "common-sense and commonplace" voting protections and should be restored.


Zoom gives Arizonans a voice at Capitol, but getting to speak isn’t that simple

PHOENIX – A procedure requiring Arizonans who want to testify before House and Senate committees to visit the Capitol in person is hindering the public’s ability to participate in the legislative process.


House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights

WASJHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups "the full equality under the law they deserve."


Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

WASHINGTON - The federal district court in Arizona has been struggling to keep pace with a staggering civil and criminal caseload in the growing state, and it needs more judges to keep up, a judge from the court told lawmakers Wednesday.


Senators press Capitol police on security breakdowns before Jan. 6 riot

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined other senators asking police officials Tuesday how it is that an FBI report warning of the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol did not reach the right officials before the attack.


State of tribal nations ‘strong’ despite crises, but feds need to help

WASHINGTON - The state of Indian nations is strong, but the federal government still needs to "come to terms with the right of tribal Nations to chart their own course and their rightful place," a tribal leader said Monday.