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Sinema lands in Washington, a day after McSally concedes Senate race

Arizona Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema was already in Washington Tuesday, just one day after Republican Martha McSally conceded in the one of the narrowest, most closely watched races in the country.... Read more»

Election 2018

Grijalva cruises to win, Kirkpatrick holds strong lead over Marquez Peterson

Rep. Raul Grijalva easily won a ninth term Tuesday, while fellow Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick held an 11-point lead over Republican candidate Lea Marquez Peterson in CD 2. Plus: more local and state election results.... Read more»

Marquez Peterson wins GOP nod, Kirkpatrick wins CD2 Dem primary

One of the quietest races in Southern Arizona has turned out to be one of the closest, with Lea Marquez Peterson eking out a narrow lead over Brandon Martin in the CD 2 Republican primary. Among Democrats, Ann Kirkpatrick won the CD 2 race by more than 10 points.... Read more»

Tolerance grows, but number of nonreligious lawmakers doesn’t

Most Arizona lawmakers feel a sense of pride when asked to give the invocation to open a House session, but Rep. Juan Mendez was gripped by a different emotion. “I came in with a little bit of fear – not wanting to let myself be known,” said Mendez, a freshman Democrat from Tempe. “Known” as an atheist.... Read more»

Immigration backers keep pressure on House with rallies, conferences

Phoenix resident Hassan Quiz had passed all the tests toward his dream of being in the military when he ran up against one he couldn’t pass. Quiz was brought to this country illegally as a child, making him ineligible to serve in the U.S. military. So Wednesday, he and eight other illegal immigrants who had been turned away from the service did military-style drills in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, hoping to get a message to Congress.... Read more»

Feds agree to let Az pay to reopen national parks during shutdown

Arizona and other states are able to reopen their national parks like Grand Canyon National Park during the federal government shutdown, the Interior Department announced this week.... Read more»

War of words on war: Social media light up in effort to reach lawmakers

Faced with the question of whether to approve U.S. military action against Syria, some Arizona lawmakers used social media this week to pose the question to the public. And they got answers. Lots of them, from lots of places.... Read more»

Az House members not sold on call for military action in Syria

Four of Arizona’s nine House members said they will oppose a U.S. attack on Syria and at least four others said they are not sure how they will vote when Congress returns next week.... Read more»

Brewer appeals FEMA denial of Yarnell disaster declaration

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday asked the Obama administration to reverse a decision denying a federal disaster declaration for the fire-ravaged community of Yarnell.... Read more»

House OKs bill lowering student loans; some worry about long-term impact

Arizona students who rely on federal student loans to go to college can breathe easy – at least for now.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Immigration reform reconsidered; BP investigated

Politicians are reconsidering immigration reform, Homeland Security is investigating the Border Patrol after complaints of excessive force, plus: what happens to U.S. veterans deported to Mexico... Read more»

Dem lawmaker: Obama’s jobs bill would mean more Az teachers

Thousands of Arizona educators laid off in recent budget cuts could be reinstated if Congress passes President Barack Obama’s new jobs bill, a Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday.... Read more»1