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After decades, tribal courts & police slowly regaining lost authority

Congress has only recently started to reverse the trend, but for most of the last 50 years tribal law enforcement had to refer any serious crime to federal or state law enforcement agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.... Read more»1

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Maricopa Recorder says multistate database could ease, improve voting process

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Friday that a new “master database of voters” should help Arizona and other states improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration.... Read more»0

Sinema raises $8M in Senate bid, outpaces likely GOP challengers

New campaign finance reports and recent polls on the U.S. Senate race in Arizona show good news for Democrats, as Republicans look ahead to a hard primary fight.... Read more»0

Court OKs special prosecutor to fight Arpaio’s push to clear his record

A federal appeals court this week approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s claim that his criminal contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon.... Read more»0

Prior Guard deployments to border got lukewarm reviews by auditors

A GAO audit after National Guard deployments ordered by Presidents Bush and Obama said that while they did have some success in combating illegal border activity, the operations had numerous problems and were inefficient.... Read more»0

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»0

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»0

Supreme Court reverses case against officer in Tucson police shooting

The Supreme Court reversed a lower court Monday and said a University of Arizona police officer cannot be sued for shooting a woman who refused to drop a knife as she stood in her driveway.... Read more»0

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arizona’s death penalty law

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to the way Arizona decides which criminals can be sentenced to death, a process critics say is so broad that virtually every convicted murderer is eligible for execution.... Read more»0

Flake plan to raise age limit for long guns leaves both sides unhappy

When Sen. Jeff Flake said he would work to restrict access to AR-15s for those younger than 21, he somehow managed to unite pro-gun advocates and gun control groups who think little of his response to the Florida high school shooting. ... Read more»0

Crowded field for CD8 special election raises more than $1.1 million

A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest fundraiser, Republican Phil Lovas, and more than $270,000 above her nearest Democratic opponent, Brianna Westbrook.... Read more»0

Congress takes week off as DACA deadline looms, Dreamers fret

With the March 5 deadline coming up quickly and Congress on recess this week, that leaves just five working days left for a solution before the legal protection goes away for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children.... Read more»0

Despite gains, Arizona blacks still lag in employment, income

President Donald Trump bragged that African American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona.... Read more»0

Gosar call to arrest illegal immigrants at Trump address causes stir

Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers.... Read more»0

Wish you were here: CBP tries to sell Nogales to reluctant officers

In real estate, the saying goes, it’s all about location, location, location. Apparently, that same rule also applies when it comes to recruiting Customs and Border Protection agents.... Read more»0

Customs rotates officers into Nogales to deal with staffing shortages

Ports of entry at Nogales are as many as 300 CBP officers shy of their approved staffing levels, according to the officers’ union, leading to long lines that threaten the region’s economy.... Read more»0

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