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Sinema pushes for streamlined reviews for asylum seekers

Sen. Krysten Sinema joined eight other senators in pressing immigration officials to spin up a pilot program that would streamline the asylum review process, and allow the Trump administration to deport migrant families within 15 days. ... Read more»

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McSally staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Tucson, Marana, Sahaurita

Staffers for Sen. Martha McSally will be on hand to assist constituents in Pima County with questions about government agencies over the next week.... Read more»

Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

The final vote included support from 129 Democrats and 176 Republicans, in what one expert called an “overwhelmingly bipartisan” vote to send emergency funding to the departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and others.... Read more»

Giffords back on Capitol Hill to push for vote on gun background checks

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic congressional leaders Thursday to demand that the Senate allow a vote on a bill that toughens background checks for gun purchasers.... Read more»

Tribal advocates urge passage of anti-violence bills

Native American advocates told lawmakers on a Senate panel Wednesday that tribal police should have jurisdiction over violent cases committed by non-Natives on tribal land and the federal government should improve databases tracking such crimes.... Read more»

Environmental groups call for McSally to support climate change legislation

Environmentalists gathered Tuesday outside Sen. Martha McSally’s office to demand she support legislation requiring the U.S. to honor the Paris climate accord, from which the Trump administration intends to withdraw.... Read more»

Pentagon shakeup means no Army photo-op for McSally, Sinema

Officials abruptly cancelled a planned press conference between Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper, and Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally at a Tucson resort after the acting defense secretary suddenly resigned, and Esper was named the Pentagon's new acting chief. ... Read more»

Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

A Coconino County official urged lawmakers Tuesday to “make sure the federal government meets its responsibility” of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed upkeep – $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.... Read more»

Elias defends Clean Water Act in U.S. Senate hearing

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told federal lawmakers that a plan to limit the so-called Waters of the United States rule would end up eliminating clean-water protections for “rivers like the Santa Cruz, the Salt, the Gila.”... Read more»

Safety agency probes data breach amid complaints about muzzling disclosure of hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission improperly informed some members of the public about potentially risky merchandise without first getting approval from the industry it regulates. ... Read more»

Democrats push Dream Act through House, outlook in Senate less certain

The House voted mostly on party lines Tuesday to approve a bill that would protect "Dreamers" from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship, a bill Republicans charged would only lead to more illegal immigration.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Trump towers: Who's brought to heel?

Political appearances are always exercises in one-ups(wo)manship, even with nominal allies. Sen. Martha McSally took a stand for paid parental leave in a meeting with presidential advisor/daughter Ivanka Trump last week, her office said.... Read more»

McSally staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Sierra Vista, Bisbee

Staffers for Sen. Martha McSally will be on hand to assist constituents with government agencies on Wednesday in Sierra Vista and Bisbee.... Read more»

Sinema staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Tucson

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema may not yet have a Tucson office, but caseworkers on her staff will meet with constituents at the Main Library on Wednesday afternoon.... Read more»

Analysis

How voter access laws & passion brought people to the polls

Nationally, 53 percent of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018, a 12-point bump from the previous midterms.... Read more»

FactCheck: What the Mueller report says about Russian contacts

After the 2016 election, Vice President-elect Pence was asked if there was “any contact in any way between [Donald] Trump or his associates and the Kremlin or cutouts they had.” Pence answered, “Of course not. Why would there be any contacts between the campaign?” Of course, there were contacts.... Read more»

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