Politics

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.


Extended campaign for Phoenix mayor will be decided Tuesday

PHOENIX – Polls are open Monday and Tuesday as former Phoenix City Council members Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela hit the final stretch of the mayoral runoff.


Despite last year’s promise, Legislature still has no code of conduct

PHOENIX – Nearly a year after Arizona legislative leaders promised a code of conduct would be adopted to hold members’ actions accountable, no such code has emerged from the committees tasked to draft it.


McSally says she was raped in military, ‘horrified’ by Air Force’s response

WASHINGTON - Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, revealed during a hearing on sexual assault in the miltary that she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force but was too "ashamed and confused" to report it, and that when she tried to report it years later she was "horrified" by tthe reponse.