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Gosar: Ban DREAMers in military; Grijalva: Bring deported vets back

Rep. Paul Gosar introduced a bill Monday to bar certain immigrants from serving in the military, a move he said is needed to keep the Obama administration from “enlisting DACA aliens through a backdoor amnesty program.” Rep. Raul Grijalva announced plans for a bill that would do the opposite, creating a special visa to let veterans return to the U.S. if they had been deported.... Read more»1

$54M grant will tackle nitty-gritty of Interstate 10 upgrades

The federal government is about to kick in $54 million to help pay for improvements on Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, including widening two additional stretches to six lanes and developing technology to warn drivers of potentially deadly dust storms.... Read more»

Grijalva, progressives call for DOJ probe of recent police shootings

Members of the House Progressive Caucus, including Tucson's Rep. Raul Grijalva, are calling for a Justice Department investigation of the shooting deaths of two black men this week. "I am sickened and appalled at the images of Americans dying at the hands of the very people sworn to serve and protect them," Grijalva said.... Read more»1

Az would get $21M to fight opioid abuse under White House plan

The state would get $21 million over two years to combat opioid abuse as part of a $1.1 billion proposal pushed Wednesday at the White House to tackle the spread of the epidemic. ... Read more»

Gallego, advocates renew calls for stricter gun-control measures

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, joined Arizona gun-control advocates on a conference call Wednesday to again call for stricter gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.... Read more»

Senators hope new ‘no fly, no buy’ gun bill finds bipartisan support

One day after efforts to advance gun-control measures in the Senate collapsed in partisan fighting, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Tuesday that they hope can get a vote and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.... Read more»

Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

Gallego, Hispanic Caucus blast attempt to ban DREAMers from military

The Republican-led house narrowly defeated Thursday afternoon an attempt to ban young undocumented immigrants from serving in the military.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on the Orlando shooting

A day after the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump made a series of false statements, misstatements and overstatements in TV interviews and a speech about the attack.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s drought claims

During a campaign rally in Fresno, Donald Trump claimed that California is not having a drought and water is being shoved “out to sea” to protect a “three-inch fish” at the expense of farmers.... Read more»

Obama not pursuing executive order to shut Gitmo, sources say

The Obama administration is not pursuing the use of an executive order to shutter the Guantanamo Bay military prison after officials concluded that it would not be a viable strategy, sources familiar with the deliberations said. ... Read more»

Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”... Read more»

Congressman Vela's 'up yours' letter to Trump wows Washington

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's open letter to Donald Trump, that missive challenging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to ram a theoretical border wall up his ass, is already the stuff of Capitol Hill legend. ... Read more»

TIA chief: Airports need more input on TSA staffing

Representatives of airports and airlines at Thursday’s Congressional hearing agreed the increased staffing is an important element. But Tucson airport chief Bonnie Allin said better coordination, and greater flexibility, is also key.... Read more»

Model gov't: Arizona lawmakers outsource legislative ideas

At least a handful of the 1,361 bills introduced in Arizona this year match bills introduced in other state legislatures. Nearly identical laws introduced in multiple states, or “model legislation,” come from national industry associations, individual companies, or policy think-tanks and advocacy groups, such as ALEC.... Read more»

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