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Trailblazing lawmaker Ed Pastor remembered as tireless advocate, 'legend'

Ed Pastor, a longtime Arizona lawmaker who was the first Hispanic from the state elected to Congress, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Phoenix, his family said. He was 75.... Read more»

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Remembering Raul Castro, Arizona’s first and only Hispanic governor

Castro, who died Friday at age 98, had a rough childhood in the border community of Douglas that included walking miles to school while white kids took the bus and wondering where his next meal would come from. He wandered as a hobo for a time and boxed on the side to make ends meet.... Read more»

Even before swearing-in, Gallego takes long view of career in Congress

When the primaries ended in August, most candidates turned their attention to this week’s general election, but Ruben Gallego was looking farther down the road. Much farther. At a September fundraising event, Gallego told donors that he plans to spend the next 25 to 30 years in the House, all but ruling out a future run for the Senate.... Read more»

After 23 years in Congress, Pastor savors victories large and small

Observers say Rep. Ed Pastor's legacy can be measured in projects he brought to the state, like light rail, as well as people he helped. That's just how Pastor, retiring this year, hopes to be remembered. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the "far-left" scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was "honored" by his perfect score. ... Read more»2

White House outlines plans to deal with surge of detained immigrant children

The White House on Monday outlined actions the government has taken in response to a recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children that has burdened immigration facilities in Texas and led to some immigrants being transported to Arizona.... Read more»

House Dems trying to force immigration reform vote

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. ... Read more»

Sinema won’t run in CD7 contest to replace retiring Pastor

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said Thursday she won’t switch districts to run for the congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor.... Read more»

Pastor to leave Congress, candidate scramble begins

The senior member of Arizona's congressional delegation, 11-term Rep. Ed Pastor of Phoenix, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election. The move set off an instant flurry of speculation about who would seek to replace him in what's widely seen as a safe Democratic seat. State Rep. Ruben Gallego quickly tweeted, "I am in for Congress."... Read more»2

Lawmakers see little hope for action on immigration reform

Another immigration reform plan was unveiled last week by House Republican leaders, but members may be reluctant to sign on during an election year. The six-point plan unveiled last week by House Republican leaders includes calls for tougher border security, a revamped visa system and “no special path to citizenship” for immigrants who are here illegally.... Read more»

Az lawmakers recall tragedy, legacy of JFK assassination

Some were in college, some were barely walking. Some still have memories of the day, while others know only the legacy. But members of Arizona’s congressional delegation, young and old, Democrat and Republican, all say they were touched in one way or another by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago Friday.... Read more»

Targeted Dems stockpiling funds for congressional re-election bids

With a year until the next election, Democratic freshmen in three competitive Arizona congressional districts are continuing to stockpile cash for their re-election bids, according to the latest campaign finance reports. U.S. Reps. Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema each raised at least $280,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30.... Read more»

House approves border security funding, in 13th ‘piecemeal’ budget bill

The House voted on Thursday this week to fund Department of Homeland Security operations for fiscal 2014, the latest in a string of votes to reopen specific agencies in a strategy that Democrats deride as “cherry-picking” areas of the government.... Read more»

Az congressional staffers work through gov't shutdown

Other parts of the government were shut down, but it was still a workday Tuesday for many Arizona congressional office staffers - even though there's no guarantee they will get paid. Some lawmakers brought in the whole office, others kept only a bare-bones staff.... Read more»

U.S. Airways, American Airlines workers rally at Capitol to support merger

U.S. Airways and American Airlines workers from 30 states rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging Congress to block a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against the planned merger of the two airlines.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Fimbres: Honor Hispanic Heritage Month by registering to vote

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. During this month, let us reflect on where we have been but not lose sight on where we still need to go.... Read more»1

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