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Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

Arizona lawmakers’ reaction to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national border security emergency Friday split along party lines, with Democrats blasting the move as “fear-mongering” that sets “a dangerous precedent.”... Read more»

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Trump call for unity appears to do little to sway divided Congress

The split response to President Trump's speech was mirrored in Arizona’s congressional delegation, whose reactions largely followed party lines.... Read more»

Asian-Americans working to make their voices heard in Arizona

The Asian-American population is growing faster than the Latino community and they, too, are struggling to break through.... Read more»

Arizona's Biggs, Gosar among handful to vote against back pay for furloughed feds

President Donald Trump repeated a promise Monday that furloughed federal workers will get back pay when the government shutdown ends, but a bill to do just that was opposed by two Republican lawmakers from Arizona.... Read more»

Border tear gas incident renews wall debate, but little change expected

Arizona Republicans on Monday backed President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for border wall funding after migrants were tear gassed as they tried to rush the border at San Ysidro, California, Sunday.... Read more»

Lesko-Tiperneni CD8 rematch looks like a rerun of close April race

Poll shows another tight race for what has been a safe Republican district — former Rep. Trent Frank’s CD8 seat — but math presents a big hurdle for Democrats.... Read more»

Fall election means immigration reform chances continue to dim

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House for their August recess. After a year of squabbling, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything will get done by this Congress.... Read more»

Trump reversal on Russia doesn’t come soon enough for Az lawmakers

Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization.... Read more»

Trump ends family separations, maintains ‘zero tolerance’ policy

Trump's order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be referred for prosecution or held while their asylum claims are assessed. But for now they will no longer have their children taken away from them – families will instead be held together in custody.... Read more»

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Trump, school funding crisis may doom GOP control of Az Legislature

If school funding proves decisive and the anti-Trump trend continues, Republican control of the Arizona State Senate looks done for and their grip on the House may be fleeting. This is a really bad year to be carrying around an elephant. ... Read more»1

Democrat who lost special primary for Congress eyes August do-over

Even before she lost the Democratic primary in the special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, Brianna Westbrook had her sights set on a primary in August when the seat will be up again.... Read more»

Lesko, Tipirneni win CD8 special primary

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko had a commanding lead over a crowded Republican field in the hotly contested special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni had comfortable lead in the Democratic primary, setting up an April 24 special election between the two women.... Read more»

More than 100,000 early votes cast in hot CD8 race

Voters went to the polls Tuesday for a special primary election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, but the nearly 2,000 who had showed up by late morning were dwarfed by the more than 101,000 mail-in ballots in the race.... Read more»

Crowded field for CD8 special election raises more than $1.1 million

A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest fundraiser, Republican Phil Lovas, and more than $270,000 above her nearest Democratic opponent, Brianna Westbrook.... Read more»

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Church of Blake wants a piece of Az's school voucher action

So how can Blakeism make taxpayer dollars with no accountability work for me as I spread a vision some may find morally repugnant? Stick it to the suckers, that's how. Arizona lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to give tax money to religious schools. Well, I've got a church and I will teach those little ragamuffins all they need to know.... Read more»2

Nearly 12k abuse cases languish, kids dying without action

The Department of Child Safety has failed to resolve nearly 12,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect that have been open for at least 60 days without an investigation or services being provided to a potential victim. In some cases, children may have died because of it, records show.... Read more»

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