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GOP, Democrats spar over best way to save Endangered Species Act

Democrats and Republicans agreed last week that everybody wants to prevent extinction of endangered species – but they differ sharply on how to do that. That was the main issue as the House Natural Resources Committee took up five bills, what Rep. Raul Grijalva called a “weird menu” of measures that would modify the Endangered Species Act in ways he called a “waste of time.”... Read more»

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1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

What happens if McCain resigns?

With U.S. Sen. John McCain facing a diagnosis of malignant brain cancer, what happens to Arizona's Senate seat if he steps down, or dies in office? Complicating the answer is Arizona's other seat — there is the prospect of there being two Senate elections taking place at the same time next year.... Read more»1

Bronson blasts GOP call to eliminate Ironwood Nat'l Monument

Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima Board of Supervisors, is "astounded" that three Republican congressman from Arizona are calling for the elimination of four national monuments here, including Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They "assert outright falsehoods," she said.... Read more»

Az protesters arrested at Flake’s D.C. office in health care rally

As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as many as 400,000 Arizonans, who would lose health care under a bill the Senate is considering to replace the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

Local protests just part of pressure aimed at Flake on health care vote

When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices last week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

Arizona won't turn over voter rolls to Trump; Reagan invokes 'best interests of state'

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has shifted course, telling the Trump administration that she won't provide information on the state's voters. Friday, she'd indicated that she would provide the same set of data that would be released under a normal public records request.... Read more»1

A Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at voter ID and redistricting fights

Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws and redraw election districts both wound up in federal court. Dale Schultz ended 30 years in state politics lamenting the recent displays of partisanship. ... Read more»

From the editor

Here's why it's vital to hand your voter info over to Trump

Here are a few facts, rather than fervent partisan spin, on the request for voter data by the Trump administration, as there's some stiff competition going for the most uninformed knee-jerk Democratic over-reaction. This information is a public record, and should be released to anyone who asks for it.... Read more»3

Arizona will comply with only some of White House request for voter data

Arizona will comply with some of a request from the Trump administration's "Commission on Election Integrity" for public records on the state’s 3.6 million registered voters, Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Friday.... Read more»

House passes bills aimed at crimes committed by illegal immigrants

The House passed immigration bills Thursday that Republicans promised would take criminal immigrants “off the street,” but Democrats said would do little for public safety while having a “chilling effect” on immigrant communities.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Morlock: What price Mom's life?

A view of health reform from inside the ICU provides much clarity: Patient-centered, market-oriented health-care reform means customers face more exposure to prices — and their ultimate bargaining power is the right to walk away ... Gulp.... Read more»

Flake, witnesses recall ‘indiscriminate firing’ at lawmakers in attack

Arizona's Sen. Jeff Flake was among the Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game Wednesday when “indiscriminate firing” rang out from a gunman who left five wounded before he was killed in a shootout with police.... Read more»

Rodney Glassman on GOP bus as candidate for Az Corp Commission

Rodney Glassman, a former Tucson councilman who ran for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has filed as a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission in the 2018 election... Read more»1

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