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Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, leaves Congress after this month, ending a divided five-term run that began in 1994 and was interrupted by a decade as a private citizen.

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»

Residents near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport logged 24,247 noise complaints with the airport in 2015 over FAA-mandated changes to flight paths that raised noise levels. And neighbors of the airport said things didn’t get much better in 2016.

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»

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan testified to a Senate committee that he is already taking steps to improve operations at the agency, which he has been heading for just six months now.

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»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said the House Republican Caucus’ unanimous re-election of its leadership team reflected the success of the 2016 campaign and the trust of caucus members.

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»

Latino organization leaders gathered at the National Council of La Raza in Washington to say they are ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump – but also ready to push back against what they see as harmful policies.

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»

A ballot box at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office contains ballots from early voters in the 2016 general election. The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a law on ballot harvesting Saturday, the latest in a hectic week of legal challenges to the state’s election laws.

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»

A federal appeals court refused to block Arizona’s law that requires election officials to reject ballots that are not cast in a person’s assigned polling precinct.

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»

Immigrants prepare to take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at Yellowstone National Park.

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»

After losing a primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, former state Sen. Kelli Ward announced plans to challenge Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, in 2018.

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»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joins husband Capt. Mark Kelly to talk about gun reform during a bus tour stop in 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»

Arizona Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick squared off earlier this month in a debate sponsored by Arizona PBS and The Arizona Republic.

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»

The chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said millennial Hispanic voters should realize that “there are really only two options in this next election” – Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

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»

All agents have to choose one of three pay schedules under a plan to rein in overtime, but part of that plan aimed at controlling pension costs could cause problems, a GAO report says.

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

The EB-5 visa program, which gives visas to immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, was extended beyond a Sept.30 exipiration date – but without reforms critics say are needed.

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»

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signs an agreement giving Navajo greater control over tribal schools with, from right, Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez and U.S. Education Secretary John King.

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»

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