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Despite loss in Az, recreational pot backers upbeat about future

Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from looking ahead and predicting legalization... Read more»0

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Salmon leaves Washington – for a second time – with no regrets

Salmon announced this summer that he would not run for another term, and he will be replaced on Jan. 3 when Andy Biggs is sworn in to the 5th District seat in the 115th Congress.... Read more»0

Sky Harbor had 24,247 noise complaints in 2015 after flight-path shift

Neighbors of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport filed 24,247 complaints about noise at the facility in 2015, one of the highest rates among airports studied in a recent George Mason University report.... Read more»0

New Border Patrol chief: Fence would help, but not the only answer

The U.S.-Mexico border could use more fencing, but other measures are needed as well to “detect and respond to threats in our nation’s border regions,” the new chief of the Border Patrol testified Wednesday.... Read more»0

Democrats delay, as House GOP keeps leaders after historic elections

House Republicans capped a tumultuous campaign season by unanimously re-electing their leadership team Tuesday, while Democrats delayed their vote to give them time to figure out how to move forward following a disastrous election.... Read more»0

Minority, civil rights groups will work with Trump, fight if need be

Minority and civil rights organizations met in Washington Thursday with a message for President-elect Donald Trump: They are willing to work with his administration, but only if he rejects what they called the hateful rhetoric of his campaign.... Read more»0

Supreme Court lets Az ballot-harvesting ban stand, caps week of legal battles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated Arizona’s ban on ballot-harvesting, just one day after the 9th Circuit put the law on hold. Citics – some who rushed into the brief window Friday to collect ballots – have argued that allowing the law to be enforced would handicap minority and low-income voting efforts.... Read more»0

Court rejects second Democratic challenge to Arizona voting laws

A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats their second defeat in a week Wednesday, refusing to block a state law that lets elections officials reject ballots cast by people who were not at their assigned polling place.... Read more»0

Election-year spike in citizenship requests higher than expected

Federal officials who typically see an increase in citizenship applications during presidential election years said that applications in this heated election season appear likely to surpass expectations.... Read more»0

Back for more: After loss to McCain, Ward eyes 2018 bid vs. Flake

The 2016 election is still 11 days away, but former state Sen. Kelli Ward already has her sights set on 2018 and a challenge to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. The Republican just lost a primary bid to unseat Sen. John McCain just two months ago, but announced Wednesday that she'll target Flake, Arizona's other GOP senator.... Read more»0

Giffords, Kelly take 'Vocal Majority' gun-control tour to Washington

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, joined other gun-control activists in Washington on Thursday to demand reform from Congress and encourage voters to elect lawmakers, beginning with the White House, who will enact what they call sensible gun safety laws.... Read more»0

Poll gives McCain comfortable lead over Kirkpatrick in Senate race

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has an 11 percentage point lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick as they head into the final weeks of the campaign, a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll shows. ... Read more»0

Hispanic leaders push voting, but dismiss third-party candidates

Latino leaders are making the case to millennial Hispanic voters that “there are really only two options in this next election” – Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.... Read more»0

Report: Border Patrol overtime, pension plan could backfire long term

Border Patrol agents nearing retirement are being locked into a set number of overtime hours under a policy aimed at controlling pension costs that could end up driving scheduling decisions, a recent report said.... Read more»1

Troubled visa investment program gets short-term extension, no fixes

Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks. ... Read more»0

Navajo, feds sign agreement giving tribe greater control over schools

Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Tuesday giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states.... Read more»0

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