Politics

As border budget talks wind down, rhetoric from warring sides heats up

WASHINGTON - As congressional negotiators reportedly closed in on a border-security funding compromise, advocates on both sides were complaining about the deal - with immigration advocates saying it gives too much, and strong-border supporters saying it needs to give more.

Arizona’s top 10 specialty license plates

PHOENIX – Arizona offers more than 60 specialty license plates, according to ADOT. The most popular plates include veterans, Arizona Cardinals, and military support.

‘In God We Trust’ license plates spark funding furor

PHOENIX – The specialty license plate “In God We Trust” has come under fire because Alliance Defending Freedom, the group behind the plate, is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBTQ views.

Kelly announces Senate bid, opening high-stakes race to unseat McSally

WASHINGTON - Former astronaut Mark Kelly said he will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2020, jumpstarting what experts were already predicting would be one of the "most competitive" races of the year in the bist to unseat Republican Sen. Martha McSally.

Pro-life groups seize on Trump call for federal late-term abortion ban

WASHINGTON - Even though Arizona has some of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the nation, pro-life advocates hailed President Donald Trump's call last week for a federal ban on late-term abortions, as pro-choice gave such a measure little chance of succeeding in a divided Congress.

Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

WASHINGTON - Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to map out a strategy for reversing the high rate of suicides among vets, a particular problem in Arizona which had the sixth-highest veteran suicide rate in the nation in 2016.

Grand Canyon, other parks, to be reimbursed for funds spent in shutdown

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service will reimburse parks, like the Grand Canyon, that were forced to dip into local maintenance funds to stay open during the government shutdown. But critics say parks should never have had to use their own funding to stay open and worry about long-term effects.