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Sneak a peek at Sun Link streetcar

Politicians and longtime backers of the new Tucson streetcar system got a chance to ride Sun Link on Monday morning. The 3.9-mile, $197 million streetcar line will open to the public Friday, with free rides over the first weekend. (photos and video)... Read more»1

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Senate cmte votes to fund A-10 in 2015

Backers of the A-10 aircraft based at Davis-Monthan won another victory Thursday as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to keep the planes flying for another year as part of the 2015 Pentagon budget. The measure must still be passed by the full Senate.... Read more»

Barber, McCain: Senate cmte vote step toward keeping A-10 flying another year

Backers of the A-10 aircraft based at Davis-Monthan won a key victory Tuesday as a key Senate subcommittee voted to keep the planes flying for another year.... Read more»

White House: $3.7 billion needed for border security surge

The White House has requested an emergency supplement of $3.7 billion to support a “sustained border security surge” in response to a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this summer.... Read more»

Politicians, experts hosting forum on mental health, violence

Prompted by gun violence, local politicians and mental health experts will hold a community forum on mental health issues Monday night.... Read more»

McSally: GOP debates slated for SV, GV

Two Republican congressional primary debates will be held later this month in Sierra Vista and Green Valley, presumed frontrunner Martha McSally said Monday morning. The announcement follows the cancellation of a debate promoted by a right-wing group after the three-time candidate declined to participate.... Read more»

Homeland Security secretary details response to wave of immigrant kids

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that Arizona officials should have been notified before hundreds of immigrant children and families were shipped to Nogales for processing – instead of learning about it in news reports.... Read more»1

House adopts amendment to bar NSA encryption meddling

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA “backdoor spying” via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva.... Read more»

Az officials rail against transfer of minors, laud BP response

Arizona officials criticized federal officials for transferring unaccompanied children to the Nogales Border Patrol station and Greyhound terminals in Phoenix and Tucson. “The conditions are spartan, but the kids are being taken care of,” said State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro.... Read more»

House unanimously passes VA bill

The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that allows veterans who having been waiting too long to go outside the VA system to seek health care.... Read more»

Barber to hold Congress On Your Corner in Sierra Vista on Saturday

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will hold a constituent meet-and-greet in Sierra Vista on Saturday morning at Safeway, 2190 E. Fry Blvd. from 10-11 a.m.... Read more»

Shinseki acts against Phoenix VA officials, before turning in resignation

Amid the controversy at the Phoenix VA facility, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation was welcomed by some state lawmakers who also cautioned that more needs to be done. Before stepping down, Shinseki announced several fixes at the Phoenix facility.... Read more»

Barber: Shinseki resignation 'important step' for VA

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber said the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is an “important step restoring our veterans’ and the nation’s trust in the Veterans Administration.” Republicans McSally and McCain agreed, but took the opportunity to criticize the administration.... Read more»

Tucson bishop joins clerics in Capitol to push immigration reform

Bishop Gerald Kicanas joined five other bishops who prayed and then fanned out across Capitol Hill to urge House members to act on comprehensive immigration reform. Kicanas said believes there is “still a glimmer of hope” for reform this year, despite little time and looming elections.... Read more»1

House panel blasts VA; Barber calls for Shinseki resignation

The House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing came just hours after a preliminary inspector general’s report confirmed “significant delays in access to care” for vets at the agency’s Phoenix medical facilities. It sparked renewed calls for Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.... Read more»

McSally, other GOP challengers get boost from 'jumbo joint'

National Republicans have launched another jumbo joint fundraising committee in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling — this one with the goal of aiding some of the party’s most promising challengers and open seat contenders, including Martha McSally.... Read more»

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