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Matiella joins Dems seeking to challenge McSally

Although she's been lining up support for quite some time, former Assistant Army Secretary Mary Matiella has filed campaign paperwork and publicly announced that she's joining the jockeying field of Democrats looking to run against GOP Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»1

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Taking pulse of crowded race, Heinz to again run for McSally's seat

Ensuring that there'll be even more than 5-7 Democrats vying in the primary race to challenge Rep. Martha McSally for Arizona's CD2 congressional seat, Matt Heinz isn't waiting any longer: the doctor and 2016 Democratic candidate announced Tuesday that he's back for another try.... Read more»1

House OKs banking deregulation bill, consumer advocates worry about impact

When Vietnam vet Randall Stankewicz was getting the runaround from his mortgage lender, he complained to the Servicemember Affairs Office in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – which settled the issue in 10 days. But that office would be eliminated under a sweeping bill approved by the House that would undo many of the financial reforms approved in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Look out afterworld, Emil Franzi is advancing right at you

It's all too easy to praise the dead, and Emil slipped the mortal coil having a bone to pick with the hereafter. I'm just going to appreciate the individual thing that was him. I can't vouch for all his deeds or the full depth of his character but I can vouch that he was one of the great characters in turn of the century Tucson.... Read more»1

House OKs McSally bill to waive lie detectors for some Border Patrol applicants

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. Rep. Martha McSally's bill comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Trump’s plan to hire an additional 5,000 agents.... Read more»1

Obituary

Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.... Read more»5

Congress mulls military bills with fewest veteran members in decades

Since taking office in January, members of Congress have introduced nine separate pieces of legislation that deal with when and how the president should be allowed to use military force against terrorist groups abroad.... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

Update: Man charged with threat to shoot McSally: 'Venting with a buzz'

A Tucson man was charged in federal court with threatening to "assault and murder a United States official" after phone calls to the office of Rep. Martha McSally. Steve Martan, 58, called three times and made threats, court papers allege, including "Can't wait to pull the trigger bitch." Tuesday, Martan said he "just wants to say sorry to Martha and the great people of Southern Arizona."... Read more»

Gallego jumps district lines to hammer McSally in healthcare rally

As part of a political campaign designed to hammer away at Republican members of Congress for their votes on the American Health Care Act, Phoenix-based U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego hosted a town hall in Tucson, honing in on fellow Rep. Martha McSally's turf. ... Read more»1

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Report: Arizona women earn 83 percent of what men earn; U.S. gap wider

Michele Leber, 78, has been fighting to close the gender pay gap since the early 1970s, but new numbers released on the eve of Equal Pay Day show that she may still have her work cut out for her.... Read more»

BP, agencies seek help fighting ‘sophisticated’ criminal threat at border

The Border Patrol’s chief agent in the Tucson Sector, told a House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Martha McSally that a barrier along the border cannot be the only line of defense against the cartels.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to get local input on border wall

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a House panel Tuesday that a wall will help close the “gaping wound” of the U.S-Mexico border, but that he will rely on local authorities to tell his department where and how to close the border.... Read more»

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