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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»

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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»

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»

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