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Arizona slipped from top 10 in Pentagon spending, but defense economy still strong
WASHINGTON - Pentagon spending in Arizona fell sharply in fiscal 2021, part of an overall decline in expenditures nationally that bumped the state from seventh place among states to 13th, Pentagon data shows, but experts say the industry remains strong in the state.
Border surge brings shift in migrant countries, challenges to U.S. policy
WASHINGTON - The surge of migrants at the southern border has included skyrocketing numbers from countries that were barely represented in previous years, presenting a challenge that experts say the U.S. is not equipped to address.
Supreme Court wrestles over state challenges to federal immigration policy
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with how strictly the federal government must enforce immigration policy, and whether states should have a say in how that policy is enforced.
Arizona pet-toy maker in the doghouse with Jack Daniel’s over parody product
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether an Arizona manufacturer of pet toys infringed on Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 trademark with its Bad Spaniels Old No. 2 squeaky toy for dogs.
Magnus out as head of Customs and Border Protection after less than a year
WASHINGTON - Former Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus resigned as head of Customs and Border Protection over the weekend, reportedly forced out after a tumultuous year that saw record-shattering numbers of migrants stopped at the southern border.
U.S. Senate: Kelly takes lead on Masters amid voting hours dispute
WASHINGTON – Incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly was leading his Republican challenger, Blake Masters, with a narrow lead in unofficial election results.
Supreme Court lets stand ruling upholding Arizona’s eight-person juries
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Arizona's law that allows defendants in serious criminal cases to be tried by a jury of just eight people.
Prop 130 could restore long-defunct property tax break for veterans
WASHINGTON - It's been 32 years since disabled Arizona veterans got the same property tax break as widows, widowers and disabled individuals. Proposition 130 restores the tax break by fixing language in the Constitution that courts said violated the equal protection clause.
Libertarian nominee Victor drops out of Senate race, backs GOP’s Masters
WASHINGTON – Libertarian Senate nominee Marc Victor withdrew from the race Tuesday and endorsed GOP candidate Blake Masters, shaking up a race that was already tightening just a week before Election Day.
Southern border apprehensions hit record 2.4 million in fiscal 2022
WASHINGTON – Border officials encountered a record of almost 2.4 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal 2022, shattering the old record of 1.7 million set just a year earlier, according to numbers released late Friday by Customs and Border Protection.
Kelly continues to raise ‘like a maniac,’ dwarfing Masters in Senate race
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly continued to widen his fundraising lead over GOP challenger Blake Masters, who still trailed the incumbent despite heavy spending on Masters' behalf by outside conservative groups.
Who’s on second? Prop 131 answers with new lieutenant governor’s office
WASHINGTON - Presidential candidates do it. Gubernatorial candidates in most states do it. Arizona would join them if voters approve Proposition 131, to create an office of lieutenant governor who would be from the same party and run on the same ticket as the governor.
Sinema defends filibuster at McConnell event, raising Democratic ire anew
WASHINGTON - Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been criticized for defending the filibuster before, but that did not stop her from repeating her position Monday, this time at an event hosted by the Senate's minority leader.
Migrant deaths declined as encounters rose; advocates warn against relaxing
WASHINGTON - Migrant deaths in Arizona's deserts have fallen sharply so far this year, even as the number of immigrants caught trying to cross the state's border with Mexico has been soaring, but advocates cautioned against reading too much into the numbers.
Average gas price falls below $4 in Arizona, after record-high summer
WASHINGTON - The average price for gas in Arizona fell to $3.99 a gallon Thursday, the first time in months it has been below $4 and a sharp decrease from the record high of $5.388 hit just two months ago. It's part of a steady decline in gas prices nationally.
DACA déjà vu: Biden reaffirms, doesn’t expand, migrant protection program
WASHINGTON - The White House reaffirmed its commitment to DACA Tuesday, posting regulations to extend the 10-year-old program that has protected more than 770,000 of young undocumented immigrants, including more than 23,000 in Arizona.
Joe who must not be named: Democrats steer clear of Biden in campaigns
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's name is being invoked a lot in Arizona campaigns this year - by Republicans, who routinely criticize Biden, who is all but invisible on Democratic websites. Experts are not surprised, noting Biden's low approval ratings in a midterm election.