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FactCheck: Is Obama flying Central American kids to the U.S. for free?

Will the CAM Program established in November 2014 result in “millions” of foreign children coming to America, and will they be traveling at the expense of U.S. taxpayers?... Read more»

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Kirkpatrick: Arizona forests need thinning

Arizona’s forests and public lands are more than just beautiful scenery. For many of us, the trees, lakes, rivers and other outdoor treasures embody our way of life. And they are part of our local economies. That’s why so many hopes are pinned on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the nation’s largest forest-thinning project.... Read more»

House, Senate panels forward bills to halt T-O casino in Glendale

Bills that would halt construction on a Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale passed committees in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday. The Keep the Promise Act of 2015 – introduced by U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks – would “prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts” in 2027.... Read more»2

Douglas border crossing being named for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, if Congress carries through with passing a measure introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva. The House unanimously backed the renaming Tuesday, moving a bill co-sponsored by the state's entire congressional delegation. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died earlier this month.... Read more»

Tucson group cultivating civility at state capitols

More than 200 state legislators have participated in workshops aimed at improving civil discourse and building bipartisan trust.... Read more»1

Experts press case for forest management to head off catastrophic wildfires

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

McSally exaggerates campaign fundraising haul

Despite raking in the most campaign cash among Arizona's congressional delegation thus far this year, Rep. Martha McSally recently overstated her fundraising by about $36,000. She touted having pulled in $640,000, but a chunk of that take was actually a refund paid back to the campaign by a D.C. ad agency.... Read more»2

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Gender pay gap in Clinton’s Senate office?

The Republican National Committee chairman says Hillary Clinton paid women in her Senate office less than men. But annual salary data provided by the Clinton campaign show median salaries for men and women in Clinton’s office were virtually identical.... Read more»

Students can learn about military careers at Academy Day

Local high school students interested in attending a U.S. service academy are invited to Academy Day on Saturday at Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, from 10 a.m. to noon.... Read more»

House panel: ICE released 30,000 convicted criminals in 2014

House lawmakers grilled ICE Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday, saying her agency had released more than 30,000 immigrants with criminal records in 2014 while failing to act against other immigrants its officers stopped.... Read more»

Decades later, families wait as tribal relocation office struggles

A plan to end an age-old land dispute between the Navajo and Hopi was supposed to take five years and $41 million, but 30 years and $564 million later families are still waiting to be moved. No one seems happy with the relocation effort. But few want to see it go away – yet. ... Read more»

Barber: Not running again, cites family

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber has decided that he won't run for Congress again, saying that although he "enjoyed the job immensely," he was forced to miss "precious time" with his grandchildren.... Read more»3

Sources: Ron Barber looking at rematch with Martha McSally

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber is looking ahead to the next election, eyeing a rematch with freshman Republican Martha McSally, political insiders said Friday. Barber won't tip his hand until Sunday morning, when he'll "announce his plans for 2016," his campaign said.... Read more»

Arizona exports topped $21 billion in 2014

Arizona businesses exported $21.1 billion in goods last year, which supported 93,354 jobs in the state, according to a report by the U.S. Trade Representative. It said the state's exports have grown 57 percent since 2004, with the vast majority from small or mid-sized companies. ... Read more»

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Ad links Rand Paul to Obama on Iran

FactCheck: A conservative group welcomed Sen. Rand Paul into the presidential race with a TV ad that says he “supports Obama’s negotiations with Iran.” That’s misleading. Paul does support negotiating a nuclear deal, but he wants Congress to approve it.... Read more»

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