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Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, (left) said the partisanship in Washington during his first year in Congress was as bad as he expected, but that he is optimistic about the possibility of improvement in the future. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, (right) said there have been disappointments during her first year in Congress, but she also pointed out the successes, noting that four of her bills have passed the House and one is now law.

U.S. Reps. Ruben Gallego and Martha McSally knew when they were sworn in to their seats in Congress in January that there were problems with partisanship and productivity in Washington. And D.C., for the most part, did not disappoint. Read more»

Deaths related to motor vehicle accidents started rising in 2015, in Arizona and the nation, after years of steady decline. Officials said part of the problem is that more people are on the roads more often

After years of steady declines, driving deaths in Arizona have risen sharply this year, mirroring a “troubling” national trend in which lower gas prices and more drivers are translating into more fatalities. Read more»

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that calls for the U.S. to stop admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq until they pass additional background checks, including direct approval by three federal security agencies. Read more»

In this 2012 photo, federal officials displayed some weapons recovered from gun-trafficking operations in Phoenix. A new report called Arizona one of the top exporters of guns later used in crimes.

Arizona is among the top 10 states for “bad apple” gun dealers, the 5 percent of dealers who sold almost 90 percent of the traceable guns later used in crimes across the U.S., a new report says. The state was also the fifth-largest exporter of guns found at crime scenes in other states in 2013 Read more»

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler in a file photo from February, when we was in Washington with leaders of other tribes for meetings on tax issues.

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler’s apology for appearing in blackface as part of a Halloween costume brought varied responses – but agreement that the tribal leader should have known better. Read more»

The Tohono O’odham Nation acquired 135 acres in Glendale that converted to reservation land, where the tribe will soon open the Desert Diamond-West Valley resort and casino.

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino there. Read more»

Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report. Read more»

Traditional campaign materials are a tiny part of the cost of running for office. Consultants’ fees were the biggest part of the $5.5 million already spent on 2016 congressional races in Arizona, according to the latest FEC filings.

With more than a year until the election, congressional candidates in Arizona have already spent $5.5 million on their campaigns – for everything from consultants to coffee mugs, according to the latest FEC filings. Read more»

Arizona scored well on a new national report card for programs that cut electric use, saving energy and saving consumers money on what one expert called a 'rubber meets the road' measure of energy efficiency.

Arizona slipped two spots to 17th place in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Wednesday, even though experts say the state still does very well in some areas. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, left (photo by Camaron Stevenson/Cronkite News), and Sen. John McCain (photo by Angie Schuster/Cronkite News)

The two front-runners for Arizona’s 2016 Senate race have raised nearly $6 million between them, a new reports show. Read more» 1

If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian? That’s who Jeff Fearnow of Tucson suggested for the next speaker of the House – Sarah Silverman Read more»

Republican-dominated Arizona might seem like an unlikely place for left-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to garner support, but the Arizonans who do back the Vermont senator are fervent. Read more» 1

A bulldozer crawls over a pile of coal at Peabody’s Kayenta mine on the Navajo Nation in this 2012 photo.

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts. Read more»

Pascua Yaqui Attorney General Fred Urbina said a pilot program that lets the tribe prosecute crimes under the Violence Against Women Act has been a success, but that challenges lie ahead.

The Pascua Yaqui tribe was one of three to pilot a program allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians for acts of violence against women on reservations. Read more»

The announcement this week that the U.S. will admit thousands more refugees in the coming year will likely mean hundreds more being resettled in Arizona – where relief agencies say they’re ready. Read more»

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