By Philip Athey | Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
WASHINGTON - Despite days of open debate, the Senate failed to agree on immigration reform this week. With a March 5 deadline on DACA looming - and Congress on recess next week - there is little time to find a way to protect about 800,000 young immigrants who could face deportation.
By Philip Athey | Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vow to not "cede a single community, one block or one street corner, to violent gangs and drug dealers" in the fight against opioids was well received at a meeting of sheriffs that included Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier.
By Philip Athey | Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
WASHINGTON - After years of incremental improvement, Democrats have a "great chance" of turning Arizona blue this year, gubernatorial candidate David Garcia said. But experts and state GOP officials said Democrats have made similar claims before, and nothing's changed this year.
By Philip Athey | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Senate has plenty of options, and not much time, as it begins the debate with less than three weeks until the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires. And Senate leaders said they expect to move on to other topics after Friday.
By Philip Athey | Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
WASHINGTON - The charge for the National Native American Veterans Memorial was daunting: Design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S. More than 100 took up the challenge, and five design finalists have been chosen.
By Philip Athey | Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split on a budget that would have kept the government running past 12:01 a.m. Friday, with opposition coming from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates upset by the bill.
By Philip Athey | Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, rebuffed House Democrats' failed attempt to censure him for tweets about undocumented immigrants at the State of the Union, calling the censure move "left-wing non-sense to silence my speech."
By Philip Athey | Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON - A Mesa woman whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant in a 2014 drunken driving accident was in Washington to tell lawmakers that border security and immigration enforcement must come before any "amnesty" bills.
By Kyley Schultz | Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON - The House gave final approval to measures aimed at protecting congressional workers from sexual harassment. It comes just two months after the abrupt resignation of Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, in the face of a harassment investigation.
By Philip Athey | Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
WASHINGTON - Despite falling unemployment that President Donald Trump touted, African Americans still lag the rest of Arizona: The 9 percent jobless rate in 2017 was almost twice the state average, while black incomes were lower and poverty rates higher.
By Shelby Lindsay and Ariana Bustos | Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
WASHNGTON - The White House promised that President Donald Trump's first official State of the Union address to Congress and the nation would be a unifying message, but Arizona lawmakers found little to agree after the 80-minute speech Tuesday.
By Philip Athey | Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
WASHINGTON - Two Arizona lawmakers were among a number of Democrats who invited DACA recipients as guests for the State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers.