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Pima Dems disavow CD 2 candidate Yuksel after dismissive reaction to rape claim

In an unprecedented move, Pima County Democrats voted to cut all ties with congressional candidate Yahya Yuksel in the wake of what many have called his "outrageous" reaction to the surfacing of a rape allegation from a decade ago.... Read more»

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Yuksel flees questions about rape claim, but won't quit CD 2 race

CD 2 candidate Yahya Yuksel held a press conference Sunday to call "false" allegations that he sexually assaulted an intoxicated girl when he was a teenager. He announced he was staying in the Democratic primary, and first ran from questions before returning — to again dodge answering.... Read more»2

House rejects immigration bill that included pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, border wall funding

As expected, Republicans were unable to reconcile differences within their party to move a major immigration bill through the U.S. House on Wednesday. Rep. Martha McSally voted for the measure; Rep. Raul Grijalva voted no as it failed 121-301.... Read more»

Analysis

Behind the criminal immigration law: Eugenics and white supremacy

The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country involves some dark corners of U.S. history.... Read more»

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims

President Trump's zero tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.... Read more»

Trump reverses course, signs executive order to stop separating families at border

After days of outcry, President Donald Trump is backing off of a contentious new "zero tolerance" policy that separated more than 2,300 immigrant children from their parents who crossed the border illegally.... Read more»

What we know about immigrant children being separated from their families

The attention of the nation has turned to Texas and its border with Mexico after the Trump administration enacted a policy that has resulted in undocumented children being separated from their parents. Here's what we know:... Read more»

Factcheck Q&A: Detaining children at the border

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. "Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?" one asked.... Read more»

Judge: Kirkpatrick to stay on ballot; petition challenge by Heinz fails

A judge ruled Tuesday that congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick can remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite a challenge to her nominating petitions backed by opponent Matt Heinz.... Read more»

House leaders derail plan to force vote on bipartisan immigration bills

House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor.... Read more»

30 parents & their kids protest family separation at McSally's office

About 30 parents and their children held a "play-date" at Rep. Martha McSally's office in Tucson to protest the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents as part of a new "zero tolerance" policy along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Heinz wants to boot Kirkpatrick off primary ballot over residence claims

A trio of Tucson-area Democrats is trying to narrow the CD 2 primary field by getting the apparent front-runner booted off the ballot. The suit challenging the nominating petitions filed by Ann Kirkpatrick is backed by candidate Matt Heinz.... Read more»1

CD2 GOP candidates square off; Arpaio refuses to bow out of Senate race

Two of the four Republicans running in the CD 2 congressional primary answered questions posed by a journalist at a forum on Thursday. Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Maricopa County sheriff, said he wouldn't bow out of the U.S. Senate race when called upon to do so by an audience member.... Read more»1

Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

A lawsuit against an Rep. Paul Gosar aims to bar elected officials from blocking critics on social media, while claims of censorship in Pima County have not been pressed in court.... Read more»

Schweikert's office probed over possible improper payments

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred an investigation of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and his congressional chief of staff.... Read more»

Guest opinion

What Martha McSally won't tell us about her border bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally showed last week how little she understands our southern border — and how well she understands her political campaign. She evidently hopes her hardline tack on immigration will make her look tough as she prepares for an uphill Senate primary.... Read more»

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