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A placard is displayed with an image of the late U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on it as people wait for an urn with his cremated remains to be carried into the U.S. Capitol to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Feb. 2, 2021.

The estate of the late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick sued former President Trump in connection to U.S. Capitol attack, saying Trump incited the mob that stormed government offices in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

With eyes on the 2024 presidential election, state lawmakers around the country are preparing to reshape voting rules as Republican lawmakers are looking to tighten rules around absentee voting and Democrats will try to expand access to the ballot box through early voting. Read more»

It's a long, dry haul to secure Tucson's water future and rates are set to increase to foot the bill.

Water, trash, space and a big old "I told you so" headline this week's agendas of the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Members who released statements Friday about the attack were united in praising the law enforcement response. 

Two years after a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undo Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election, Democrats in Congress vowed to remember the Capitol police officers who died, hold Trump accountable and prevent similar attacks. Read more»

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers.

Rusty Bowers, the former speaker of the Arizona House who resisted pressures to overturn 2020 election results, will be honored as one of a dozen people who “demonstrated courage and selflessness during a moment of peril for our nation.” Read more»

Attorney General Merrick Garland gives an update on the Justice Department's investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The FBI is still working to identify hundreds of people who committed violent crimes when a far-right mob attempted to overthrow the U.S. government two years ago this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday. Read more»

Hamadeh, the Republican nominee for attorney general, sought last month to nullify the race he lost by 280 votes with a lawsuit that was thrown out for failing to support any of its claims or present any proof of issues that could put the election’s outcome in doubt. 

Everyone involved in Abraham Hamadeh’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of a race he lost should face sanctions and more than $10,000 in fines, the lawyer for Attorney General Kris Mayes told a judge - as Hamadeh announced in a tweet that he was filing a new lawsuit. Read more»

The Supreme Court held a special sitting on September 30, 2022, for the formal investiture ceremony of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. From left to right are Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas; Chief Justice John G. Roberts; and Associate Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Brett Kavanaugh.

Released hours before the new year, the Supreme Court year-end report reminisces about a much older decision: Brown v. Board of Education - a decision used by Chief Justice John Roberts o convey a plea to uphold the court’s rulings.  Read more»

This month saw new laws that have the potential to impact Arizonan wallets and criminal records go into effect.

The vast majority of new laws become official 90 days after the end of the legislative session in which they were approved - but some are delayed for a later date - and this month, new laws that have the potential to impact Arizonan wallets and criminal records go into effect. Read more»

Short-term rentals aided by applications like Airbnb have irritated neighborhoods. Oro Valley's town council is set to take the little action its allowed by state law.

Property owners in Oro Valley pocketing extra cash by renting to short-term customers and vacationers may face new – but limited – restrictions. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Nonviolent offenses had the most significant percentage reduction while the number of people charged with violent crimes increased.

According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, federal arrests declined by 35 percent from fiscal year 2020 to 2021, ending at the lowest number of arrests in two decades - but the number of people charged with a federal offense decreased less than 1 percent.  Read more»

Hobbs speaks at Planned Parenthood in Tucson during the early days of her campaign.

Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs is taking the state’s child protective services agency in a radically different direction in the wake of an investigation into the racial disparities that have plagued the child welfare system here. Read more»

Little information is available so far on the government's probes, and U.S. Inspector General Michael Horowitz pointed recently to 'strengthening public trust' in the department as one of Garland’s biggest challenges this year.

Two years nearly to the day that they and colleagues ran for cover from an armed mob who stormed the seat of the U.S. government, Republicans will take the majority of a chamber on Tuesday. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions. Read more»

Mark Finchem has built a national profile as a key proponent of misinformation about the 2020 elections.

The testimony of Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection sheds gives new insight into a man who has been instrumental in misinformation around Arizona’s electoral process.  Read more»

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