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Trump returning to Phoenix for rally next week

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake.... Read more»

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Christian radio owner: 'Trump must repent or resign'

Doug Martin, the owner of a group of conservative Christian-oriented radio stations in Tucson, said Wednesday that Trump must "repent humbly or resign" after blaming both sides for the violence at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. ... Read more»1

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McSally: 'White supremacy has no place in America'

With dozens of national Republicans specifically blasting Donald Trump's responses to the fatal neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, Rep. Martha McSally made a restrained comment Tuesday evening: "Let's be clear: white supremacy or any form of racism, bigotry, violence or domestic terrorism has no place in America."... Read more»

SaddleBrooke Republicans censure McCain, Flake for 'abandoning' Trump

A group of GOPers north of Tucson has censured Arizona's pair of U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The elected Republicans have "continued to attack" President Trump, the SaddleBrooke group said, noting McCain's vote against the bill that would have repealed Obamacare and Flake's stance on trade with Cuba.... Read more»1

Photos: Tucsonans march against racism in wake of Charlottesville killing

Around 1,500 people slogged through the August heat in Downtown Tucson on Sunday to express "love and support" from our community in response to a bloody neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., a day earlier. ... Read more»

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Ally Miller: 'I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary'

Responding to comments about Trump's platitudes about the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally, Pima Supervisor Ally Miller said, "I'm sick and tired of being hit for being white....It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary."... Read more»2

Doubling down: McCain, Flake don’t soften edges despite poll showing

What do you do when you are listed as one of the most unpopular people in your home state? If you’re a U.S. senator from Arizona, apparently you stick to your guns.... Read more»

Homeland Security may not have capacity to hire 15,000 border officers Trump promised

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them.... Read more»

Despite best efforts, years of drought leave Arizona little room for error

Arizona’s top water official told a congressional committee that even though the state has done a lot right, years of drought still threaten to push the region into a water emergency in the next few years.... Read more»1

Trump backs ‘merit-based’ visa bill that would cut legal immigration in half

President Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a "merit-based" system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers. It would cut the number of green cards granted in half, and critics called it just another move "to come after immigrants as a whole."... Read more»

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

McCain, 2 GOP women senators, help defeat repeal of Obamacare

Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” He joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against a repeal of parts of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

Flake raises more than $4 million for expected tough 2018 campaign

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, often called one of the most vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, has started aggressively fundraising, and reported having almost $3 million in the bank.... Read more»

McCain votes to allow Obamacare debate: Congress 'getting nothing done'

"We're getting nothing done," McCain said. "We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors.... I don't think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn't." With complete text and video.... Read more»

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.... Read more»

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