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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»

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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»

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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

Flake joins group pushing to end travel restrictions to Cuba

A bipartisan group of senators, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, moved to expand on the president’s overtures toward Cuba, introducing a bill Thursday to lift the ban on American travel to the communist country. ... Read more»1

Homeland Security chief bashes McSally-backed border bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sharply criticized a border security bill headed for a House floor vote next week, calling the legislation "extreme to the point of being unworkable." The measure includes an amendment pushed by Rep. Martha McSally that would require the Border Patrol to deploy closer to the U.S.-Mexico line.... Read more»6

McSally measure would direct BP to deploy at border line

Rep. Martha McSally added provisions to a border bill in Congress that would direct the Border Patrol to "patrol as close to the physical land border as possible" — a move the BP union local says "looks good from D.C." but not from where they stand. ... Read more»3

Az lawmakers find some good, some bad in State of the Union

Most members of Arizona’s congressional delegation said they found something to like in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday – and some areas where they thought it came up short.... Read more»2

McCain bill would require oversight over border drones

A bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. McCain and Flake would create new oversight over the Department of Homeland Security's use of Predator drones along U.S. borders and coastlines, and block the agency from buying more drones.... Read more»

Az lawmakers await details of Obama’s immigration plan

Arizona lawmakers were holding their fire after President Obama said he would unveil plans for executive action on immigration reform - but previous statements leave little doubt where they stand, with Democrats criticizing delays and the GOP chiding his "overreach." ... Read more»

Ducey, DuVal differ on driver's licenses for Dreamers

The two main candidates for governor agree on a few things when it comes to immigration, such as saying the federal government hasn't done enough to deal with border-area crime, but they differ when it comes to issuing driver's licenses to deferred-action recipients. ... Read more»

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