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Obama administration turns over Fast and Furious documents

The White House on Friday turned over documents to a House committee investigating the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-trafficking probe, months after a federal court said executive privilege did not shield the records.... Read more»

As nat'l press groups react, House GOP won’t back down on reporter access

As state and national press advocates reacted Friday to what they called “invasive” background checks for media at the Arizona Legislature, state House Republicans were refusing to back down on an issue they insist is being blown out of proportion.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trigger warning: How to cover Speaker Gowan so he feels safe

Poor David Gowan. He just wants to be safe. He wants to conduct extensive background checks on journalists, after one had the temerity to report that he'd traveled on the taxpayers' dime while pursuing election to Congress. The threat posed by a reporter like Hank Stephenson of the Capitol Times isn't physical. It's existential.... Read more»

Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How the GOP can lose the City Council forever

Ward-only (only) is what Republicans want. But here's what it means: The GOP is likely to win two seats representing Tucson's East Side wards. There is no path to three. Today, the party needs four votes to control the Council. They're rejecting an election plan that would give them a path to a majority.... Read more»3

Feds begin environmental review of proposed Resolution Copper mine

The U.S. Forest Service has started its formal review of the environmental impact of the proposed Resolution Copper mine, but opponents charge the outcome of the process is “already pre-ordained.”... Read more»

In Arizona, Cruz vies with Trump on immigration

As the presidential race again turns West, Ted Cruz is zeroing in on what has become the defining issue of the Republican nominating process: illegal immigration. On Friday, that renewed focus brought the U.S. senator from Texas to Arizona.... Read more»

One last battle for WWII women pilots: A final resting place

In the serene rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery lie the remains of those who served their country in the armed forces. But after several years during which those who served during World War II with the Women Airforce Service Pilots were inurned at Arlington, the secretary of the Army said last year that the policy was a mistake. ... Read more»

In 2 weeks, Pinal deputies arrest 25 smugglers, seize 1,000 lbs. of pot

In under two weeks, deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 25 men connected with smuggling and seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a half-dozen separate incidents, authorities said.... Read more»

Oak Flat historic designation a win for mine opponents, but fight continues

Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month – but while they won the battle, they haven’t won the war.... Read more»

The Clinton-Sanders bailout brawl

This time it’s Bernie Sanders’ turn to cherry-pick the facts about the auto bailout of 2008 and 2009 — which has become a point of contention between Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the final days before the Michigan presidential primary.... Read more»1

Factchecking the 11th GOP debate

Claims by and about Donald Trump dominate this FactCheck report. ... Read more»

Flake, other border senators call for long-stalled vote on ambassador to Mexico

Arizona's Jeff Flake joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying “we need our top diplomat in Mexico.” Sen. Marco Rubio is among those blocking a vote.... Read more»

McCain says Trump 'dangerous' on national security

U.S. Sen. John McCain on Thursday said that Republican presidential front-runner Donal Trump has made "uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues." ... Read more»1

Future of solar threatened in nationwide fight over incentives

Two sun-drenched states have lately come to very different conclusions on a controversial solar power incentive essential to the industry's growth. How the Arizona Corporation Commission rules on UniSource's rate case is expected to signal how it will approach rate cases from five other state utilities.... Read more»

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