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Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

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Man of the House? Not necessarily for Arizona's delegation

A review of how much members of Arizona’s congressional delegation pay staffers showed that every member had at least one woman among the top four jobs, and the three women who held the top job in each office earned salaries solidly in the middle of their male counterparts.... Read more»

Flake: States should determine primary responses to drought

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said he believes there is a chance the U.S. Congress will move forward with legislation addressing drought in the West, but any federal response to water shortages must not overrule state policies or rely on federal funding.... Read more»

Arizona senators cool to a vote on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Arizona’s senators fell in line with other Republicans who said Wednesday that there should be no vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy until the next president is elected. ... Read more»

Flake, other border senators call for long-stalled vote on ambassador to Mexico

Arizona's Jeff Flake joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying “we need our top diplomat in Mexico.” Sen. Marco Rubio is among those blocking a vote.... Read more»

Lawmakers want to pull Arizona from 'over-sized' 9th Circuit

Arizona lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would pull Arizona and four other Western states out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and form them into a new circuit.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Obama’s final State of the Union

Arizona Democrats welcomed Obama's "aspirational" speech, but Republicans called it everything from "fluff" to premature legacy-building by a lame-duck president.... Read more»

Operation Streamline

Tucson clergy interrupt immigration court

Nearly a dozen pastors interrupted federal court proceedings in Tucson on Monday, as part of an ongoing protest against a fast-track immigration prosecution system known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Critics fault new highway law for concessions to trucking industry

A $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress includes several provisions aggressively sought by the trucking industry that, critics say, will undermine traffic safety. The long-awaited FAST Act removes truck safety ratings from a public website. It also creates a program to put drivers as young as 18 behind the wheel of a big rig if they have received military training.... Read more»

Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Flake, McCain attack Pentagon funding sports teams as 'paid patriotism'

The Pentagon paid out at least $6.8 million in contracts to professional sports for honoring American soldiers at sporting events, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and his fellow Arizona senator, Jeff Flake. ... Read more»

Regulators pull plug on Meritus as Obamacare enrollment begins

Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents.... Read more»

‘Disillusioned’ Flake tripped up a second time in charity spelling bee

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was eliminated after the first two rounds of a charity “Politicians vs. the Press” spelling bee Wednesday night.... Read more»

McSally's 'Border Jobs for Vets' signed into law

A bill sponsored by freshman Rep. Martha McSally has become one of a handful to pass through a stalemated Congress and be signed into law. The "Border Jobs for Veterans Act" received President Obama's signature on Friday.... Read more»

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»

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»

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