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Chiricahua National Park Act could provide economic boost to Cochise County

WILLCOX–U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is promoting legislation to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. If the move is successful, Arizona would gain its fourth national park.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

In Mexico, complaints about immigrants crossing illegally and taking jobs

In southern Mexico, locals say some migrants fleeing Central America are staying put instead of traveling on to the United States. They're blamed for taking jobs, driving down wages and taxing social services — familiar complaints in our country's immigration debate. This story is part of Tribune's yearlong Bordering on Insecurity project. ... Read more»

Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes

Under U.S. law, hemp can be grown only for research, with a permit from the DEA. But in 2014 the Justice Department agreed that tribes can set cannabis-related laws just as states can. Native American-owned CannaNative LLC said on Monday it was in final talks with the Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe, to grow industrial hemp. ... Read more»

Giffords, Kelly take 'Vocal Majority' gun-control tour to Washington

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, joined other gun-control activists in Washington on Thursday to demand reform from Congress and encourage voters to elect lawmakers, beginning with the White House, who will enact what they call sensible gun safety laws.... Read more»

Hispanic leaders push voting, but dismiss third-party candidates

Latino leaders are making the case to millennial Hispanic voters that “there are really only two options in this next election” – Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.... Read more»

VA official: Nelson right choice to head Phoenix hospital, despite objections

RimaAnn Nelson is the right choice to take over the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary David Shulkin, despite objections from Arizona’s congressional delegation and her record of managing a facility that failed to meet sanitation standards that potentially put thousands of veterans at risk of being exposed to HIV.... Read more»

FactChecking the VP debate

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine got their one chance to debate Tuesday night, and it was a fact-checking bonanza.... Read more»

Troubled visa investment program gets short-term extension, no fixes

Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks. ... Read more»

Tribal leaders give Obama high marks for Native American relations

President Barack Obama told tribal leaders Monday that they had come a long way since he took office eight years ago, but that there is still work to be done to solve problems in Indian Country.... Read more»

Court upholds state’s rules for political parties to get on the ballot

A federal appeals court Friday upheld the state’s process for recognizing political parties, rejecting claims by the Arizona Green Party that the petition deadline for new parties posed an unconstitutional burden. ... Read more»

House members grill immigrations official on detainee releases

House members grilled the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday, alleging that more than 80 percent of detainees released by the agency have criminal records and that some reoffend once they are freed.... Read more»

Some Navajo locals join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument

Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Wednesday to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in southeastern Utah as a national monument.... Read more»

Southern Arizona residents take border security complaints to Congress

Two southern Arizona residents told a House panel Tuesday that their communities have grown more dangerous due to what they see as a lack of security at the Arizona-Mexico border.... Read more»

House panel OKs bill to change how tribes get federal recognition

A House committee last week gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give Congress greater control over which Native American tribes are granted federal recognition. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, was approved 23-13 on a largely party-line vote, despite objections from Democrats that the measure would just make the process even more cumbersome and erode tribal rights.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Flipping Arizona: Can Clinton carry the state?

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Hillary Clinton within one point of Donald Trump in Arizona. You read that right. This is in line with a polling average from Real Clear Politics, which even had Clinton slightly ahead during and after both parties' conventions. Is it possible that Hillary could flip Arizona to the Democrats? I am skeptical.... Read more»

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