Protesters confront Sinema directly, she calls the move ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON - Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs.


Arizona groups aim to influence Supreme Court in abortion-rights case

WASHINGTON - An abortion rights case that is a top issue in the U.S. Supreme Court term that began Monday has already drawn scores of legal filings - including from dozens of Arizona lawmakers, activists and advocates on both sides of the issue.


Can you hear me now? Centrist positioning makes Sinema a player, pariah

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's refusal to back the Biden administration's $3.5 trillion social and clean-energy spending package has made her a target for Democrats - and possibly "the most powerful person in Washington right now," one analyst said.


From the Hill to the mound: Playing ball is break from political brawl

WASHINGTON - Arizona Reps. Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego, both Phoenix Democrats, among the players at this week's Congressional Baseball Game that pits Republicans against Democrats, lets them let their hair down and raise money for charity at the same time.


New law prohibits vehicles blocking sidewalks, punishable by a $250 fine

PHOENIX – A new law makes blocking sidewalks with vehicles a crime, meant to keep walkways clear for all pedestrians. It was one of 12 laws that took effect Wednesday.


McCain, Flake face light questioning in chummy confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON - It was supposed to be a confirmation hearing for the ambassadorial nominations of Cindy McCain and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, but their appearance Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sounded more like a family reunion at times.


Q&A: How a brother’s drug overdose led to one woman’s crusade for harm reduction

PHOENIX – Amid rising opioid overdoses, needle exchange programs now are legal in Arizona. An advocate for one program talks about her work and how such efforts combat addiction and deaths.


Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting

WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.


Rally to support seven Arizonans charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

WASHINGTON - Organizers are downplaying expectations for a large crowd at Saturday's rally in Phoenix to support the "political prisoners" arrested in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol - but they are not downplaying the seriousness of their cause.


Democrats blast ‘cancer’ of Arizona election probe on eve of release

WASHINGTON - Democrats went on the offensive Thursday, saying the Arizona election audit scheduled to be released Friday is a "cancer spreading through the country" as it is mimicked by other states.


Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a ‘world of good,’ politicians say

PHOENIX – Since its rollout in July, the expanded Child Tax Credit program has received praise from government officials and advocates who call it a solution to “combating economic hardship and poverty in Arizona.”


Arizonans join hundreds of female athletes opposing strict abortion law

WASHINGTON - Nine Arizonans are among the more than 500 female athletes who signed on to a brief to the Supreme Court this week challenging Mississippi's restrictive new abortion law, which abortion opponents see as a vehicle for overturning Roe v. Wade.