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Despite critics, House OKs bill aimed at curbing wildfires

Where supporters say the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 will reduce wildfires, critics say the bill guts environmental regulations and promotes high-risk logging.... Read more»

Factcheck: Clinton spins on immigration, emails

In her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that "all" Republican presidential candidates "don't want to provide a path to citizenship," and she distorted the facts on her exclusive use of private email as secretary of state.... Read more»2

Obama's numbers, July update

Unemployment is down, as is home ownership, while business start-ups, paychecks and oil production are up. ... Read more»

White House: Achievement gaps show need for education law overhaul

A state-by-state report released by the White House showed a wide disparity in reading and math scores and in graduation rates, which led administration officials to urge Congress to address those problems in a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.... Read more»

Apaches renew protest of Oak Flat copper mine

Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands.... Read more»

Analysis

Az redistricting process upheld, changes still possible

The Supreme Court surprised many observers on June 29 by upholding the right of Arizona’s five-member Independent Redistricting Commission to draw congressional districts. But change may still be in order.... Read more»

Export-Import Bank stalls in Congress leaving firms in ‘uncharted territory’

Authorization for the government bank that has helped more than 100 Arizona businesses do international business expired early Wednesday, leaving the Export-Import Bank in “uncharted territory” for the first time in its 81 years.... Read more»

Supreme Court upholds Arizona's independent redistricting

Arizona's system of drawing congressional districts with an independent commission rather than the Legislature is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday, rejecting a suit filed by lawmakers. The case has a major impact on the Southern Arizona district now represented by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Redistricting win doesn't mask how IRC failed in state races

Great: the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's independent redistricting system. But that commission failed to weaken Fortress Phoenix when it redrew electoral lines — the GOP starts with a majority before the first ballot is even cast. Giving Kyrsten Sinema a shot at Congress was done at the expense of actual competitive districts where they matter most — right here at home.... Read more»3

Family divided: Congressman, gay son disagree on same-sex marriage

Matt Salmon celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right. Matt R. Salmon, that is, the gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon, a conservative Republican from Mesa who, unlike his son, opposes same-sex marriage.... Read more»

Aging water facilities need ‘major’ repair, Yuma official tells Congress

Tom Davis said the West’s aging water infrastructure is beyond patching and in need of “major replacement and rehabilitation” – but that can’t happen until federal officials inventory the problem. ... Read more»

Sinema breaks party ranks on Syria/Iraq troop vote

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was the sole Arizona Democrat to break party ranks Wednesday as the House rejected a Democratic proposal calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Iraq.... Read more»

Sen. Flake goes to Cuba — again

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba this weekend, meeting with the island nation's vice president and foreign minister. The Arizona Republican is a strong backer of the Obama administration's push for a rapproachment with the communist country after five decades of a contentious relationship.... Read more»

Factchecking Obama's health care boasts

President Barack Obama made misleading and exaggerated claims in a speech Tuesday boasting of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

House OKs language to halt FAA changes to Sky Harbor flight paths

The U.S. House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday to a proposal that would stop the Federal Aviation Administration from making further changes to flight patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»1

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