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A House divided – but for Arizona lawmakers, maybe not so much

Arizona’s congressional delegation may not be as polarized in its votes as headlines would make it appear. Arizona – with four members of the conservative Freedom Caucus and two left-wing stalwarts in its nine-member House delegation – was less polarized than 22 of 33 states with at least one member from each party.... Read more»0

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Gallego, McSally still upbeat as gridlocked freshman year winds down

U.S. Reps. Ruben Gallego and Martha McSally knew when they were sworn in to their seats in Congress in January that there were problems with partisanship and productivity in Washington. And D.C., for the most part, did not disappoint.... Read more»0

Arizona driving deaths on rise after sharp drop in 2014

After years of steady declines, driving deaths in Arizona have risen sharply this year, mirroring a “troubling” national trend in which lower gas prices and more drivers are translating into more fatalities.... Read more»0

Az lawmakers split as House tries to put brakes on Syrian, Iraqi refugees

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that calls for the U.S. to stop admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq until they pass additional background checks, including direct approval by three federal security agencies.... Read more»0

Report: Arizona in top 10 states for ‘bad apple’ gun dealers

Arizona is among the top 10 states for “bad apple” gun dealers, the 5 percent of dealers who sold almost 90 percent of the traceable guns later used in crimes across the U.S., a new report says. The state was also the fifth-largest exporter of guns found at crime scenes in other states in 2013... Read more»0

Apache leader apologizes for blackface photo, asks forgiveness

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler’s apology for appearing in blackface as part of a Halloween costume brought varied responses – but agreement that the tribal leader should have known better.... Read more»0

Court sides with Tohono O’odham - again - in Glendale casino fight

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino there.... Read more»0

Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report.... Read more»0

2016 campaign spending already tops $5.5 million in Arizona

With more than a year until the election, congressional candidates in Arizona have already spent $5.5 million on their campaigns – for everything from consultants to coffee mugs, according to the latest FEC filings.... Read more»0

Az slips to 17th in energy efficiency despite bright spots

Arizona slipped two spots to 17th place in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Wednesday, even though experts say the state still does very well in some areas.... Read more»0

McCain and Kirkpatrick fundraising off to fast start in what could be a costly campaign

The two front-runners for Arizona’s 2016 Senate race have raised nearly $6 million between them, a new reports show.... Read more»1

No joke: Public suggests comedians, former pols for House speaker’s job

If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian? That’s who Jeff Fearnow of Tucson suggested for the next speaker of the House – Sarah Silverman... Read more»0

In red-state Arizona, fervent supporters await Bernie Sanders visit

Republican-dominated Arizona might seem like an unlikely place for left-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to garner support, but the Arizonans who do back the Vermont senator are fervent.... Read more»1

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.... Read more»0

Pascua Yaqui: Domestic violence pilot 'very successful,' but hurdles remain

The Pascua Yaqui tribe was one of three to pilot a program allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians for acts of violence against women on reservations.... Read more»0

As U.S. raises refugee cap, Az relief agencies ready for increase

The announcement this week that the U.S. will admit thousands more refugees in the coming year will likely mean hundreds more being resettled in Arizona – where relief agencies say they’re ready. ... Read more»0

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