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Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. ... Read more»

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Luke F-35 funds could be tapped for Trump's border wall emergency

Arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke AFB, where $40 million in construction projects could be tapped for border wall funding under President Trump’s national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

Arizona lawmakers’ reaction to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national border security emergency Friday split along party lines, with Democrats blasting the move as “fear-mongering” that sets “a dangerous precedent.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The challenger: Mark Kelly launches new mission of political discovery

The odds Martha McSally will lose two Senate races in two years shortened bigly when Mark Kelly announced his challenge to her seat in a video — but her fate is in no way sealed.... Read more»1

Mark Kelly catapults into U.S. Senate race

Ending months of behind-the-scenes prep, Mark Kelly — former Navy pilot, astronaut and husband of ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — publicly announced his Senate campaign Tuesday.... Read more»1

Lawmakers, advocates say gov't shutdown hits hardest in tribal areas

The government shutdown is in its 29th day, and America's tribal reservations are among the places hardest hit. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Appoint, don't anoint: Let the voters grant incumbency on McCain's next successor

Gov. Doug Ducey should remember the power of incumbency should be earned, not awarded, But is the right to fill out late Sen. John McCain's term really a prize?... Read more»

Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh nomination

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.... Read more»1

Gallego: Hating Latinos and immigrants ‘one and the same’

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks... Read more»

‘Good riddance’: Dems, environmentalists cheer Pruitt’s departure

Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions.... Read more»

DHS secretary, McSally to tour border in Nogales

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will return to Arizona to tour the state's border with Mexico on Thursday, visiting several sites, including the border crossing in downtown Nogales. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, running in the Republican senatorial primary, will join her. ... Read more»

Tribes say 'no thanks' to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears monument

Leaders of five tribes accused lawmakers Tuesday of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only.... Read more»

Gosar call to arrest illegal immigrants at Trump address causes stir

Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers.... Read more»

Bill would limit marketing, publishing info about medical-marijuana dispensaries

Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill from a Mesa Republican that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business.... 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»

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»

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