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McCain on Trump: 'Duty to concede' after presidential loss

After walking away from his support for Donald Trump two weeks ago, Sen. John McCain took another step Thursday, declaring in the wake of Trump's debate comment that he wouldn't necessarily accept the results of the election that a presidential nominee who loses has a "duty to concede."... Read more»

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Az Republicans scramble after latest Trump revelations, responses vary

Arizona Republican candidates scrambled Saturday to distance themselves from recordings in which presidential nominee Donald Trump makes offensive and lewd comments about women, while Democrats criticized the GOP responses as too little, too late.... Read more»

McCain: 'I will not vote for Donald Trump'; McSally mum on endorsement

U.S. Sen. John McCain joined the wave of Republicans withdrawing their support for Donald Trump in the wake of the release of taped comments in which the GOP nominee joked about sexual assault. Rep. Martha McSally said she as "appalled," but did not indicate her stance on voting for Trump.... Read more»3

Inspector general report says problems persist at Phoenix VA hospital

Two years after problems with health care were first uncovered at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, an inspector general’s report released Tuesday said patients there “continued to encounter delays in obtaining” care.... Read more»

Troubled visa investment program gets short-term extension, no fixes

Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks. ... Read more»

Tribal leaders say proposed water deal could benefit Az tourism

The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.... Read more»

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Flipping Arizona: Can Clinton carry the state?

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Hillary Clinton within one point of Donald Trump in Arizona. You read that right. This is in line with a polling average from Real Clear Politics, which even had Clinton slightly ahead during and after both parties' conventions. Is it possible that Hillary could flip Arizona to the Democrats? I am skeptical.... Read more»

Flake: Trump can't win if he can't change

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday that Republican nominee Donald Trump will not be able to win the presidential election, and should not win it, if he maintains the positions that he holds now, including his harsh stance on immigration.... Read more»

Franks, lone Az congressman at RNC, urges support for Trump

The only Arizona congressional Republican to show up at the party’s national convention this year defended his absent colleagues Wednesday, calling it a busy time of year for officeholders facing re-election this fall. ... Read more»

Taking the ‘go’ out of GOP: High-profile Republicans avoid convention

Tens of thousands will flock to Cleveland this weekend for the start of the Republican National Convention that is expected to formally name businessman Donald Trump the party’s presidential nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake will reportedly be home mowing the lawn instead.... Read more»

McCain, Flake concerned tunnel beneath Nogales port may collapse

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are urging federal officials to inspect a drainage tunnel that runs beneath the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales because it could potentially collapse. ... Read more»

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

The Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items.... Read more»

Apache, lawmakers seek access to federal funds to finish dam

The federal government needs to “honor its commitment” to Arizona’s White Mountain Apache and let the tribe use funds from a federal water-rights settlement funds to continue work on the Miner Flat Dam, lawmakers said Wednesday.... Read more»

Senators hope new ‘no fly, no buy’ gun bill finds bipartisan support

One day after efforts to advance gun-control measures in the Senate collapsed in partisan fighting, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Tuesday that they hope can get a vote and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.... Read more»

Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade.... Read more»

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