Politics

Arizona primary elections might be held earlier in August

PHOENIX – A bill in the Arizona Legislature would change the date of primaries to the first Tuesday in August, instead of 10 weeks out from a general election.

Voting Rights

Using pain to help others: Opioid crisis is personal for Safford mayor and his wife

SAFFORD – Safford Mayor Jason Kouts and his wife Maria lost their 25-year-old son Josiah to an opioid overdose in January 2018, but they’re using the pain to help others struggling with addiction.


Pentagon could divert $30 million Fort Huachuca project to border wall

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has identified $150 million of military construction projects in Arizona that could be tapped to fund a border wall, with a $30 million project at Fort Huachuca the likeliest target in the state, under President Donald Trump's declaration of a nationa border emergency.


EPA plan to ease mercury standards raises ire of moms’ group, activists

WASHINGTON - A Phoenix mom joined dozens of activists who called the EPA's plan to relax standards on power plant emissions, like mercury, an "attack on American children," but one industry official said the ruls has cost billions for negligible benefits.


Arizona vigil for New Zealand victims wields love to overcome hate, terrorism

TEMPE – Hundreds gathered at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe Saturday night to hear lawmakers, civil rights activists and local leaders of faith organizations voice their support for the Muslim community in wake of the New Zealand terrorist attack.


Arizona sheriff, advocates on hand for Trump veto over border emergency

WASHINGTON - Backed by sheriffs and members of "angel families," including three from Arizona, President Donald Trump vetoed a bill that would have blocked his declaration of a national emergency at the border. It was the first veto of his term, but will not clear the way to funding a wall.


House panel votes to restrict power of DHS to bypass regulations for wall

WASHINGTON - A House committee voted along party lines to rescind the law that lets the secretary of Homeland Security waive regulations that get in the way of a border wall, a move critics say is used increasingly by the Trump administration as it presses forward on the wall..


Arizona again rejects push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

PHOENIX – Virginia failed to pass the ERA in February. Now, advocates are looking to Arizona to ratify the sweeping Equal Rights Amendment, which Congress passed in 1972.


Gallego wins big in runoff to become second woman elected Phoenix mayor

PHOENIX– Kate Gallego won the runoff election for Phoenix mayor Tuesday night, handily defeating former City Councilman and firefighter Daniel Valenzuela.


Democrats unveil bill to give DACA, TPS recipients path to citizenship

WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other immigrant protection programs targeted by the White House.


UA professor cautions senators to go slow in bid to protect personal data

WASHINGTON - A University of Arizona law professor said she was "delighted" to see lawmakers considering federal laws on data privacy, but cautioned members of a Senate panel against rushing into data privacy laws that could wind up hurting consumers in the long run.


City officials weigh local impact of plan to trim immigrants’ benefits

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration plan to limit public assistance for legal immigrants simply "passes the buck down to cities who are going to have to figure out how to pay" for the lost benefits, officials were told at a National League of Cities conference.