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Congress passes stopgap budget with a day to spare; Arizona vote split

It took until the last minute to do it, but Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term budget that avoided a shutdown and will keep the government operating through mid-December.... Read more»

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Church, state meet when pope addresses Congress, to dismay of some

Gilbert resident Simon Spanton doesn’t have anything against Pope Francis. It’s the combination of Pope Francis and Congress he has a problem with. “The pope seems like a nice guy,” said Spanton, 73. “But I see no place for religion in government.”... Read more»

Az lawmakers see mixed demand for tickets to watch pope’s speech

When Pope Francis gives a historic address to Congress next week, up to 50,000 people could be standing in a ticketed area of the West Front of the Capitol to watch the speech on large TV screens. Not as many of them will be Arizonans, however, as could be.... Read more»

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.... Read more»

Slain Mesa clerk’s uncle urges Senate to crack down on immigrant custody

Michael Ronnebeck was back in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to crack down on repeat offenders in the immigrant population in order to prevent another killing like that of his nephew.... Read more»

12 Operation Streamline protesters sentenced to time served

Twelve immigration activists were sentenced Monday to time served for their role in a 2013 Tucson protest that stopped two buses carrying migrants destined for federal prosecution under the fast-track Operation Streamline. ... Read more»1

Export-Import Bank stalls in Congress leaving firms in ‘uncharted territory’

Authorization for the government bank that has helped more than 100 Arizona businesses do international business expired early Wednesday, leaving the Export-Import Bank in “uncharted territory” for the first time in its 81 years.... Read more»

Border businesses hope meeting with regulators stems bank closings

Nogales officials hope that a meeting Tuesday between local banks and regulators from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. can help reverse a string of bank closings that have hamstrung businesses along the border.... Read more»

Water director: Az shoulders brunt of shortages

Arizona wants more control of its water resources and more equity between as the ongoing drought in Western states brings the likelihood of further shortages to the region, a state official testified Tuesday.... Read more»

New ‘Waters of U.S.’ rule does little to settle feud over EPA regulation

Federal officials have unveiled a rule meant to settle the question of which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act – but it did little to settle the fight over the issue. Waters covered could include wetlands or waterways that go dry for parts of the year, such as Arizona's washes, as well as lakes and rivers. ... Read more»3

Senators look at ‘perverse incentive’ of asset forfeitures for police

A Senate panel was told that while civil asset forfeitures can be a valuable tool for compensating victims and funding police work, there are too many loopholes that allow abuses of the system. That can lead police to shift their focus from fighting crime to padding budgets. ... Read more»

McCain’s announcement kicks off what is likely to be costly, fierce race

When U.S. Sen. John McCain announced his intention this week to run for election to a sixth term in 2016, he said he was ready for a fight from any challengers who might want to take him on. He may well get one. Political analysts say McCain will almost surely face an expensive campaign with challengers likely from both the left and the right.... Read more»2

APS holding co. was largest donor to 2014 federal campaigns in Arizona

Pinnacle West Capital and its employees were the largest non-party contributors to federal candidates in Arizona in the last election cycle, giving $187,783 to House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm election cycle.... Read more»

Forest Service seeks full funding for fire season

The Forest Service budget for fighting wildfires has been underfunded in eight of the last 10 years, leading the agency to raid other budgets to pay the firefighting bills. It's past time to end that "fire borrowing" and fully fund wildfire programs, the service's chief testified. ... Read more»


Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

Both sides of aisle laud Goldwater as statue takes place in Capitol

It’s been almost 30 years, but former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater is finally back in the U.S. Capitol. But this time he’s 8 feet tall and weighs 1,700 pounds. A statue of Goldwater was unveiled amid praise for the one-time presidential nominee known as "Mr. Conservative."... Read more»1

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