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Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

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House unanimously passes VA bill

The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that allows veterans who having been waiting too long to go outside the VA system to seek health care.... Read more»

Voting Rights Act changes would free Arizona from federal ‘pre-clearance’

The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws. While Arizona and other states will be out from under the federal microscope for now, the proposed change to the law would let them be drawn back in.... Read more»

Grijalva, House Dems call for 'cease fire' on deportations

Calling on the White House to use executive authority to expand a deferment program created in 2012, six congressional Democrats argued Monday that such a measure is necessary to deal with current immigrants and push Congress to action on the immigration reform measure passed by the Senate last year.... Read more»2

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court OKs higher campaign contributions

Interviews with Rep. Ethan Orr, Community Food Bank’s Melissa Wieters, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, along with Habistore manager Terry Dee and Culligan Man Al Zaragoza.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Time running out for year-end charitable giving

Interviews with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Andrew Morrill of the Arizona Education Association, Easter Seals Blake Foundation CEO Ema Kammeyer, developer Richard Studwell, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: 6,000 allegations of abuse ignored by CPS

Interviews with former KTKT GM Phil Richardson, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, Children’s Action Alliance CEO Dana Naimark, Republican state. Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state. Sen. Steve Farley, Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin.... Read more»

Barber's bill on troop death benefits passes House

Just a day after being introduced by U.S. Ron Barber, a bill to fund death benefits for armed forces members despite the federal shutdown passed the House with a unanimous vote, 425-0.... Read more»1

Farm bill squeaks through House; almost entire Az delegation opposed

The U.S. House barely passed a farm bill Thursday afternoon, with only one member of the Arizona delegation supporting the measure after leaders stripped the food stamp program out of it. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it.... Read more»

House leaders reject Senate immigration bill

Advocates for immigration reform who balked at a U.S. Senate proposal that adopted a strict border enforcement amendment might soon realize it was the best chance they were going to get. On Wednesday a group of key House Republicans said in a brief statement that they will not support the Senate’s measure, opting instead for a series of fixes to what the group calls the country’s broken system.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Medicaid expansion passes. What's next?

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state Sen. Linda Lopez, former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, and AEA President Andrew Morrill.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tucson City Council approves budget

Former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Jesse Lugo, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, state Rep. Ethan Orr (R-LD9), financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

Az Dem: Double school resource officers, close gun show loophole

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, says spending $261 million to beef up school security, help at-risk students and address the needs of the mentally ill would help prevent gun violence in schools and communities. A House GOP spokesman calls the proposal “irrelevant.”... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Kozachik undecided on running again; show expands to 2 hours

Interviews with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik; Richard Studwell, developer and City Hall commentator; and the president of the Arizona Education Association, Andrew Morrill.... Read more»

STEM Jobs Act

House votes to give green cards to U.S.-trained math and science experts

The House has passed a bill that would replace the green card lottery with permanent residency visas for U.S.-trained math and science experts.... Read more»

Roundup: Cross-border agreements, new immigration bills in the works

Cross-border agreements between U.S. and Mexican officials, Republican politicians evaluate their stance on immigration and an update on the Department of Homeland Security’s investigation into Border Patrol’s October shooting in Nogales... Read more»

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