Politics

Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em: Flavored vape ban alarms Arizona retailers

WASHINGTON - Arizona vape-store owners were alarmed by the Trump administration's announcement Wednesday that it plans to begin enforcing rules that would drive flavored e-cigarettes out of the market, an industry official said.


Air Force nominee Barrett gets gentle treatment at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON - Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett might have been the subject of a Senate hearing Thursday on her nomination to be the next Air Force secretary, but it was President Donald Trump who was often the focus.


House panel’s votes on gun bills give likely preview of battles to come

WASHINGTON - A House panel worked late into the night in a sometimes heated, sometimes emotional hearing on gun-control bills Tuesday, a potential preview of congressional debates to come in the weeks after a string of mass shootings.


Never forget: Phoenix commemorates 18th anniversary of 9/11

PHOENIX – Phoenix dignitaries, first responders and members of the public marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at a memorial at City Hall.


Advocates alarmed by reports administration may lower refugee cap again

WASHINGTON - Advocates reacted with alarm Tuesday to published reports that the Trump administration may again cut the number of refugees allowed in to the U.S., a move they said would endanger vulnerable people and tarnish the country's standing.

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House members again push ‘born-alive’ abortion bill, despite long odds

WASHINGTON - Despite repeated failures, Republican leaders rallied Tuesday in support of their latest version of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, called "the most important bill in Congress."


Border apprehensions fell sharply, but still at highest level in years

WASHINGTON - Apprehensions at the southern border dropped sharply in August, to just over 64,000 people, in part because of increased cooperation from Mexican authorities, a Customs and Border Protection official said. But apprehensions were still the highest of any August in the last five years.


Mesa mayor, others in Washington to urge action on gun background checks

WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles was in Washington Monday with police chiefs and mayors from across the country, meeting with senators and White House officials to urge action on House bills that have been stalled in the Senate since February.


Ethics panel releases details of new probe of GOP Rep. David Schweikert

WASHINGTON - Potential challengers to Rep. David Schweikert were quick to jump on new ethics revelations Friday that there was "substantial reason to believe" the Fountain Hills Republican may have used congressional staff and resources to benefit his political campaigns.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law

WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements toward keeping places like Grand Canyon National Park open during the last government shutdown, a new report from the Government Accountability Office said.


State GOP looks to clear nomination path for Trump by canceling primary

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's road to renomination could get easier through Arizona, with the state Republican Party looking to join three other states and drop its presidential primary next year - a move used before by both Democrats and Republicans in the state.


Deferred action on DACA: Program lives on; advocates worry for how long

WASHINGTON - Two years after the Trump administration announced plans to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program still has a pulse - though advocates worry about how long that might last, and the Supreme Court could settle the question this fall.