Brooke Newman
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News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Brooke Newman completed her bachelor’s degree in spring 2021 and expects to graduate next spring with a master’s degree in mass communication. Newman has written for The Arizona Republic, the State Press and AZBigMedia.

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Incumbents have edge, but redistricting scrambles House race outlooks

WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads - but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has "put us all in a state of limbo" for the 2022 House races.


Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

WASHINGTON - More than half of Arizona's House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting "shameful and unconstitutional" but did it anyway.


In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

WASHINGTON - When Congress restored budget earmarks this year, 332 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests to fund local projects. Arizona lawmakers were part of that rush, but with requests that were relatively modest compared to the rest of the House.


Party poopers: Independent voter registrations surge as parties fall

WASHINGTON - The major political parties in Arizona have continued to lose voters since the November election, according to the latest state data, with analysts saying strident partisanship is "turning off" voters and driving them to register as independents.


Few rental assistance dollars reach renters, as eviction moratorium ends

WASHINGTON - The federal government's COVID-19 moratorium on renter evictions ends Saturday, leaving thousands of Arizona renters vulnerable while state and local officials have distributed just a fraction of the funding aimed at keeping people in their homes.


Critics: $5.7 million in private funds for ballot audit taints results

WASHINGTON - The private firm hired to audit Maricopa County's 2020 elections said this week that its work was funded by $5.7 million in donations from conservative groups, a revelation that raised as many questions as it answered for critics.


Court: Shooter cannot sue for expulsion from House in harassment case

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Thursday refused to reinstate former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter's challenge of his 2018 expulsion from the Legislature for violating its policies against sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace.


With Senate again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that's still no guarantee in a campaign where both parties are fighting to take control of an evenly divided Senate.


Arizona Democrats call for audit probe, as federal panel starts its own

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democrats on Friday urged Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the state Senate audit of Maricopa County's election, which they called a politically motivated sham, just one day after a congressional panel launched its own probe of Cyber Ninjas.


No end in sight for Maricopa election audit, or for feuding over it

WASHINGTON - The private firms auditing Maricopa County elections said they have reviewed the more than 2 million ballots but will be unable to deliver a complete report without cooperation from county officials, during what critics called a sham hearing on a sham audit.


Gallego, other officials join White House push for infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House Wednesday to push for the administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of "massive underinvestment."


Direct child tax credit checks start for thousands of Arizona families

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Arizona families will start getting direct payments from the federal government this week under the expanded child tax credit program, part of the American Rescue Plan that could mean up to $300 per child per month for the next year.


Arizona executions put on hold over state snafu with drugs to be used

WASHINGTON - The state's plan to execute two death-row inmates as early as this fall were derailed Monday when the Arizona Supreme Court ordered the state to first determine the viability of its execution drugs before pressing ahead.


Arizona venues get $45 million in COVID relief, but many still waiting

WASHINGTON - Federal officials have awarded $45.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds to 68 Arizona concert venues, a vast improvement over the single grant awarded a month ago but still far short of the need, advocates say.


Black-footed ferret on the way back, but hurdles remain, experts say

WASHINGTON - Federal officials want to greatly expand habitats for black-footed ferrets in Arizona and possibly into neighboring states, but the endangered animal, once thought extinct, still faces several hurdles, experts say.


Traffic stop: Commuting times, costs fell sharply during pandemic year

WASHINGTON - The COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp drops in commuting last year, with cities in Arizona and across the U.S. seeing drops of 50% or more in the number of hours and dollars they wasted, and the gallons of gas burned, while stuck in traffic, a new report shows.


AZ goes EV: Rate of electric car ownership relatively high in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Arizona had 28,770 registered electric vehicles in June, government data shows, the seventh-highest number among states. When ownership is measured per 1,000 residents, Arizona inches up a notch to sixth place, with just over four EVs per 1,000 people.


Vax backtracks: State, U.S. miss goal of 70% vaccinated by July Fourth

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said he wanted to see 70% of adults get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the Fourth of July, but it doesn't look like that will happen. Arizona and 30 other states are falling short, as is the U.S. as a whole, at 66.8% of adults vaccinated.


Advocates blast Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona election laws

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Thursday rejected claims that Arizona's ballot-harvesting and out-of-precinct election rules discriminate against minority voters, a ruling that one critic said "takes a sledgehammer" to equal voting protections.


Supreme Court ruling in Arizona case expected to have national impact

WASHINGTON - Both sides in the election law debate agree on at least one thing: The Supreme Court's expected ruling Thursday in an Arizona election law case will be felt well beyond the state's borders.


Court orders new hearing for death-row inmate in Bullhead City murders

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Monday ordered a new hearing for an Arizona death-row inmate, saying his attorney did not fully investigate the history of abuse and mental health issues that could have been used in his defense for two Bullhead City murders.


‘An unlikely friendship’: Biden taps McCain for UN ambassador-rank role

WASHINGTON - Presidents typically pick ambassadors for technical skills or their political connections, but in the case of President Joe Biden tapping Cindy McCain to a United Nations post, it is probably a little bit of both, experts say.


Biden, senators tentatively agree on $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators announced agreement Thursday on a "historic" $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that is heavy on construction but does not include the "human infrastructure" the White House originally wanted.


Officials ‘devastated’ as feds extend nonessential border travel ban

WASHINGTON - Border officials said they were "devastated" this week to find that the federal government has extended a COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings for another month, potentially crippling businesses there.


Sinema defends filibuster on same day it’s used to stall voting rights

WASHINGTON - Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., repeated her refusal to end the filibuster Tuesday, the same day that Republicans used the maneuver to block debate on sweeping voting rights legislation that has already passed the House.


Advocates: Affordable Care Act here to stay, as more Arizonans enroll

WASHINGTON - Arizona advocates are breathing "a sigh of relief" this week after the Supreme Court again refused to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, a decision that should preserve the health care program for at least several years.


Arizonans host a range of events to mark brand-new Juneteenth holiday

WASHINGTON - The federal Juneteenth holiday may be brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona, with celebrations across the state scheduled to start Friday night and continue through Saturday evening.


Tribal leaders bring litany of needs to hearing on federal funding

WASHINGTON - To the Tohono O'odham, it's schools and health care. To the Hopi, it's a badly needed jail improvements. Those were among the laundry list of needs outlined at a hearing on federal facilities in Indian Country, a situation that one lawmaker called a "travesty."


Peoria parents hope military mental health act spares others their pain

WASHINGTON - Patrick and Teri Caserta hope no one has to go through what they did in 2018 when their son died by suicide while in the Navy. That's why the Peoria parents were on hand to support a bill to give service members confidential access to mental health care.


Tempe mayor calls for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds

WASHINGTON - Tempe Mayor Corey Woods told a Senate panel that cities like his need federal funding for affordable housing and public transit, saying local investment alone cannot do the job. His testimony came as Washington wrangles over massive infrastructure proposals.


National park visitors – and money – returning after 2020 plunge

WASHINGTON - After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors - and their dollars - are steadily returning, but they are still below pre-pandemic levels, according to new National Park Service data.


Concert, theater owners call pandemic relief fund efforts a ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON - Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 "has been a disaster," taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year.


Hot, dry forecast offers little hope for relief as wildfires rage

WASHINGTON - A half-dozen wildfires were burning close to 140,000 acres across Arizona Tuesday and growing, as heat, wind and drought conditions complicated firefighting efforts, officials said.


Arizona plans to use gas chamber again, sparking revulsion, disbelief

WASHINGTON - Reports that Arizona is preparing to execute death row inmates with gas similar to what was used in the Holocaust have brought responses ranging from "concerned" to "horrified," but the most common reaction was disbelief.


Vaccination rates drop, but officials still hopeful state can hit goal

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen sharply in Arizona, but health officials are still hopeful the state can reach a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goal of vaccinating 70% of Arizonans by July 4.


Tribal police may detain non-tribal members, Supreme Court rules

WASHINGTON - Tribal police have the authority to detain non-Natives traveling through reservation land if the officer has a reasonable belief that the suspect violated state or federal law, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


A year after Memorial Day went virtual, in-person events welcomed back

WASHINGTON - With vaccinations rising and new COVID-19 cases falling, Memorial Day ceremonies around the state and the nation that were forced to go virtual last are scheduled to be held in person again this year - a welcome change for those who observe the day.


Celebrate holiday with a healthy dose of caution – emphasis on healthy

WASHINGTON - Arizona residents should feel comfortable celebrating Memorial Day this year, but health experts said they still need to be careful to keep from repeating last year's mistakes, when unguarded partying led to a "lethal July."


Vaccinated and restless, holiday travelers return at near-2019 levels

WASHINGTON - Travel experts say that with more people getting vaccinated and the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic easing, they expect the number of Memorial Day travelers to bounce back to almost pre-pandemic levels this holiday weekend.


Do voting laws protect or restrict access? House echoes state debate

WASHINGTON - House members stuck largely to talking points at a hearing on the effect that voter ID laws have on election access, with Republicans dismissing suggestions that they hit minority voters harder and Democrats citing a string of studies that say they do.


Election officials can fight fraud; fighting misinformation is tougher

WASHINGTON - Maricopa County's chief information security officer said the county handled cyberthreats to the 2020 elections, but handling public perception of the results in the face of rampant social media misinformation has been more of a challenge.


Over GOP objections, House OKs panel to probe Jan. 6 Capitol assault

WASHINGTON - The House voted Wednesday to create a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, despite the opposition of 175 Republicans, including all four from Arizona.


Supreme Court to consider if two death-row inmates get new hearings

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said it will consider whether two Arizona death-row inmates should get new hearings on claims that attorneys who represented them decades ago failed to present evidence that could have spared them.