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Two Az lawmakers buck their parties in House speaker vote

Arizona lawmakers helped the state live up to its maverick reputation Thursday, with two of the state’s nine House members voting against their respective parties in the choice of a new speaker.... Read more»

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No joke: Public suggests comedians, former pols for House speaker’s job

If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian? That’s who Jeff Fearnow of Tucson suggested for the next speaker of the House – Sarah Silverman... Read more»

House Speaker Boehner quits after five stormy years

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday he will step down and leave the House at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican.... Read more»1

McCain, McSally offer praise to Boehner on resignation

U.S. Sen. John McCain thanked House Speaker John Boehner for his "years of distinguished service" as the GOP leader announced he would step down next month. Rep. Martha McSally said she was "grateful for his support to me and my fellow pragmatic freshmen as we wouldn't be serving in Congress without it."... Read more»

Safari Club that suspended lion-killing hunter donates to top politicians

A Tucson-based hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show.... Read more»

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video

Several Republican presidential candidates have claimed that Planned Parenthood is “profiting” from abortions. But the full, unedited video they cite as evidence shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.... Read more»2

Congress fully funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the DHS through September. ... Read more»

Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

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

Tribal leader calls on feds to honor ‘duty’ to help Native nations

Tribal nations are in better shape than ever, but the federal government still has to keep promises it made with tribes, the National Congress of American Indians president said Thursday. The annual State of Indian Nations address ranged from tax reform to the Redskins name.... Read more»3

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»

Advocates tell Obama it’s time to keep promises on immigration reform

Immigration advocacy groups from across the country urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to act swiftly to “end the deportation enforcement machine” that is separating parents from their children.... Read more»1

Az lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS

Members of the state's congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan. ... Read more»1

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The Martha McSally Show

Good ole Martha McSally is at it again. With a makeover and a snazzy new advertising campaign, she's setting her eyes on Ron Barber once more.... Read more»1

Time runs out for Congress to address border crisis

Lawmakers spent hours earlier debating the merits of a border bill. But CSPAN reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, failed to garner enough support from his GOP colleagues, who argued the measure was not strong enough.... Read more»

As employment improves, disabled jobless rate stays high

U.S. joblessness fell from 7.9 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013, while it remained stubbornly above 13 percent for people with disabilities. Advocates said it is much the same in Arizona, where hesitation among both employers and would-be workers help keep the rate high. ... Read more»

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