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States’ bid to require citizenship proof for federal voters falls short

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from officials in Arizona and Kansas who wanted federal election officials to require proof of citizenship for people registering to vote.... Read more»

Supreme Court upholds Arizona's independent redistricting

Arizona's system of drawing congressional districts with an independent commission rather than the Legislature is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday, rejecting a suit filed by lawmakers. The case has a major impact on the Southern Arizona district now represented by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Ducey: Remember Granite Mountain Hotshots

Today marks a solemn anniversary for the state of Arizona, as we remember the 19 brave men who gave their lives at Yarnell Hill two years ago. ... Read more»1

Report: Border Patrol should double investigators, limit use of deadly force

A federal oversight panel charged with reviewing how Customs and Border Protection handles deadly force cases recommends the agency more than double the number of investigators to review abuses and corruption. ... Read more»

Arizona to pay families $670K over Yarnell Hill firefighter deaths

Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 elite firefighters killed in the country's deadliest wildfire in 80 years and has agreed to reform the way it fights wildfires, state officials said... Read more»

Feds set new policies for LGBT detainees

Immigration and Customs Enforcement will implement new guidelines designed to better protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities, the agency announced Monday.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Redistricting win doesn't mask how IRC failed in state races

Great: the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's independent redistricting system. But that commission failed to weaken Fortress Phoenix when it redrew electoral lines — the GOP starts with a majority before the first ballot is even cast. Giving Kyrsten Sinema a shot at Congress was done at the expense of actual competitive districts where they matter most — right here at home.... Read more»2

Convicted ex-congressman Renzi's last-ditch appeal turned down

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will continue to serve out his sentence in federal prison for extortion and other charges stemming from a land-swap deal, after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday. Renzi, who represented Arizona's 1st District from 2003 to 2009, was convicted in 2013 on conspiracy, extortion and money laundering charges and is serving a 36-month sentence.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Review city laws before writing new homeless rules

Instead of adding yet another ordinance to our tool kit, what we need to do is clarify what's already on the books, change language in those existing ordinances so that it's consistent, and transmit a clear message to the police and the public that we're enforcing. ... Read more»

Justices nix voter registration restrictions in Az, Kansas

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new case on voter registration in Arizona and Kansas, meaning the two states will not be able to require applicants to show proof of citizenship.... Read more»

High Court puts Texas abortion law on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed about half of the state’s abortion facilities.... Read more»

Advocates call for release of some LGBT asylum-seekers

A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants. ... Read more»

Months after Kayla Mueller’s death, Obama OKs new hostage policy

The White House announced a new policy this week on how it deals with foreign hostage-takers and “in particular its interaction and communication with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage.” Obama’s order comes four months after former Prescott resident Kayla Mueller died while being held by ISIS militants.... Read more»

Wounded but still fighting — now on a different field of battle

Less than two years after doctors said he might never run again, Safford native Terry Cartwright is proving them wrong. The Army specialist was competing in multiple events this week in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, which pit 250 athletes representing all branches of the military against one another. ... Read more»

Family divided: Congressman, gay son disagree on same-sex marriage

Matt Salmon celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right. Matt R. Salmon, that is, the gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon, a conservative Republican from Mesa who, unlike his son, opposes same-sex marriage.... Read more»

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