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Az lawmakers split along party lines as House approves GOP tax plan

Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion Republican tax plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess.... Read more»

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Arizona Obamcare premiums may drop, as troubled enrollment opens

Arizona is one of the few states expected to see a decrease in average premium costs during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that opened last week – if consumers can figure out how to sign up. The window to enroll has been cut in half from previous years, to 45 days, hours have been shortened, outreach and advertising budgets have been cut — in what critics are calling a Trump administration campaign to “sabotage” Obamacare after Congress was unable to kill it.... Read more»

Quick take

Grijalva on Grand Canyon uranium mining: 'No boundaries to Trump's spite'

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva dug in against an administration proposal to reopen areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining: "Trump wants to turn one of the world’s greatest natural wonders into a strip mine... there are no boundaries to his spite."... Read more»

Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult last week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»1

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.... Read more»

House advances bill to limit president’s creation of nat'l monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.... Read more»

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the U.S. Capitol on Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.... Read more»

Grijalva 'proud' of arrest at Trump Tower protest

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was arrested during an immigration demonstration at Trump Tower in NYC on Tuesday, along with two other members of Congress. Grijalva was taken into custody after protesters blocked traffic outside the building owned the President Donald Trump.... Read more»3

Critics: Hunters’ rights is wrong argument for bill allowing silencers

Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. ... Read more»

Feds waive enviro laws for new stretch of border wall

Despite a lawsuit from an Tucson-based environmental group, Homeland Security officials are setting aside more than two dozen federal laws and regulations to replace a two-mile section of border wall near Calexico, Calif.... Read more»

Dems raise the stakes in push to get vote on ‘clean’ DREAM Act

Hispanic House members took a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook Friday, saying they are willing to risk a government shutdown later this year if they cannot get a vote on the DREAM Act.... Read more»1

Arizona lawmakers sour on plan to revoke DACA, vow to work on new bill

Arizona Democrats, joined by some Republicans, had harsh words for the Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement that it will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress can agree on a replacement in six months.... Read more»

State lawmakers praise, condemn Trump’s pardon of Arpaio

In Washington, reaction to President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was swift and strong.... Read more»

Az group wants $57M VW settlement to pay for electric school buses

A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses.... Read more»

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