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Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»

'Cause of my life' - Giffords rebrands gun-control group with her name

Gabrielle Giffords is a woman of few words, but the name of the formerly voluble lawmaker speaks volumes. Tuesday, the gun-control advocacy group she founded after surviving an assassination attempt was rebranded, and now simply bears her last name.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... Read more»

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»

GOP tax plan: Who does it benefit?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed that the Republican tax cut plan “raises taxes on [the] middle class,” while President Donald Trump claimed that “everybody’s gonna benefit” from a plan that “is for the middle class.”... Read more»

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: Deportation

In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, attorney Anthony Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants.... Read more»1

Flake bill to shield DACA recipients has green card path, border funds

Sen. Jeff Flake unveiled a proposal Thursday that would extend some protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding and new restrictions on who could be eligible for deferred deportation.... Read more»

McSally strips BP freedom of information loophole from border bill

Rep. Martha McSally pulled a provision that would have allowed CBP to evade FOIA laws from a border bill moving through Congress on Wednesday, after TucsonSentinel.com broke the news about the measure the previous day. No one has yet offered an explanation for the exemption being included in the bill in the first place.... Read more»1

From the editor

McSally bill may exempt Border Patrol from freedom of information laws

A hearing Wednesday may — inadvertently or on purpose — move forward a law, backed by Rep. McSally, that would exempt Customs and Border Protection from FOIA almost entirely, allowing the agency to keep records about its border enforcement activities under wraps. ... Read more»2

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the U.S. Capitol on Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.... Read more»

Friese ices Senate run after Sinema announcement

Tucson legislator and doctor Randy Friese said Friday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate, endorsing Kyrsten Sinema after her announcement the previous day that she'll campaign to be the Democrat running against Sen. Jeff Flake.... Read more»

Sinema joins Senate race to unseat Flake

Surprising no one who's been paying attention to her long flirtation with a candidacy, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema announced Thursday that she's in the running to be the Arizona Democratic candidate seeking to oust GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.... Read more»

GOP drops Obamacare repeal bill after McCain, others oppose

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»

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