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The number of gun manufacturers in Arizona grew by 218% from 2010 to 2020, from 128 such businesses to 407. That was the third-highest in the nation trailing only Texas and Florida, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives data.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced Sunday the framework for a legislative deal to address gun violence in the aftermath of the May 24 mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead at a Uvalde elementary school. Read more»

Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old survivor of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, appeared on video at a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence on June 8, 2022.

Miah Cerrillo, 11, was among the small group of Uvalde survivors and community members who testified at a House hearing Wednesday, offering details about the incident and the devastation to those left behind. Read more»

With federal voting rights legislation in the Senate failing again this year, lawmakers are facing renewed calls to allow an exception to the filibuster for voting rights bills.

Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas joined GOP senators to block a federal voting rights bill that would have restored protections for voters of color and helped override some of Texas’s new elections restrictions and redistricted political maps. Read more»

As expected, Republicans were unable to reconcile differences within their party to move a major immigration bill through the U.S. House on Wednesday. Rep. Martha McSally voted for the measure; Rep. Raul Grijalva voted no as it failed 121-301. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, center, during a 2013 meeting in Nogales, with fellow Democratic U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Beto O'Rourke of El Paso.

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's open letter to Donald Trump, that missive challenging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to ram a theoretical border wall up his ass, is already the stuff of Capitol Hill legend. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, center, during a 2013 meeting in Nogales, with fellow Democratic U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Beto O'Rourke of El Paso.

"Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," Brownsville's Rep. Filemon Vela wrote in a lengthy missive to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday. Read more»

Only a year ago, Democrats far and wide treated HUD Secretary Julián Castro as the most likely vice presidential pick for a Hillary Clinton ticket. Young and Hispanic, the former San Antonio mayor posed a perfect complement to the former New York senator and Secretary of State. But in recent weeks, speculation about Castro's chances has grown more muted. Read more» 1

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz picked up two key endorsements Wednesday: one from ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and another from powerful conservative group Club for Growth. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on stage at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford, Texas on the evening of the Texas primary on Mar. 1, 2016.

As Americans learned about the latest terrorist attacks in Western Europe, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called for law enforcement targeting of Muslim neighborhoods, while also taking swipes at both President Obama and his leading Republican rival, Donald Trump. Read more»

Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting at the Peterborough Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat. Read more» 1

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina joins Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Kimballton, Iowa.

In the past week, many have invoked Rick Perry's farming background to describe his campaign's current famine days. On the surface, little had changed with the campaign since the revelation that his campaign is in such financial trouble that staffers are no longer being paid. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues. Read more»