Constitutional experts express concerns after Trump declares state of emergency

PHOENIX – President Trump declared a national state of emergency on Friday, and law experts are worried about the legality of the action as well as which statutory powers the president will seize.


Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers' reaction to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national border security emergency split along party lines, with Democrats calling it "fear-mongering" that sets "a dangerous precedent" while Republicans said the action is needed to "protect American lives."


Sinema joins GOP, two Democrats, to confirm Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was one of just three Democrats who crossed party lines and voted to confirm William Barr as attorney general, despite critics' concerns that Barr might not defend probes of the Trump administration. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, also voted for Barr.


Moms Demand Action supports bill to ban guns for people convicted of domestic violence

PHOENIX – Moms Demand Action, a group committed to ending gun violence, talked with state lawmakers to lobby for support of SB 1219.


Senate OKs open-space bill, reviving Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - After months of gridlock, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a popular program that sent almost $240 million to Arizona for parks and open space projects over the years before expiring last fall.


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.


$300,000 down the drain: Rubber ducky, grease and currency clog treatment plant, cost taxpayers

SURPRISE – Surprise residents toss toys, money and food byproducts like grease into their drains that end up clogging equipment at the Surprise South Water Reclamation Facility. A new campaign teaches Surprise residents to save taxpayer money with proper disposal.


Phoenix mayoral candidates face off over light rail, Suns arena and homelessness

PHOENIX – Phoenix mayoral candidates Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela debated how to approach issues like the Suns’ arena renovations, light rail expansion and homelessness at the Burton Barr Library.


‘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.


Keel: State of Native nations ‘strong,’ but feds need to do their part

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders Monday called on federal lawmakers to avoid another government shutdown, saying the 35-day shutdown that ended in January was felt across Indian Country, hitting everything from housing to tribes' efforts at economic development.