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Arizona 'audit' data might be in Montana, or maybe Virginia

Observers of a Legislature-sponsored review of election results in Arizona’s largest county alleged that “copies of voting system data” were sent to an unnamed lab in Montana with little explanation.... Read more»0

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Thousands of refugees came to Arizona in 2016, but fewer arrived last year

President Trump campaigned on a promise of putting America first by scaling back its foreign involvements and pledging to stem the tide of refugees from Syria and elsewhere to address terrorism.... Read more»0

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»0

SRP gets failing grade for transparency of online financial records

Arizona’s Salt River Project earned failing marks for the transparency of its online financial records, one of more than half of special districts nationwide to fail in a new report on districts that provide services independently of state or local jurisdictions.... Read more»0

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year.... Read more»0

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for a U.S. Senate representing Arizona.... Read more»0

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»0

Time’s running out for Arizonans to claim millions in old tax refunds

Arizonans have until Tuesday to claim close to $25 million in tax refunds left on the table from the 2013 tax season, part of more than $1 billion nationally in unclaimed refunds from that year.... Read more»0

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»0

Trump hits Freedom Caucus; experts say members have little to fear

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to target the House Freedom Caucus, which helped block his Obamacare replacement bill, but analysts say the conservative Republicans in the caucus can likely withstand his threats — including the four from Arizona.... Read more»0

Change bill: McCain again pushes dollar coins, eliminating pennies

Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending. That’s why Republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Enzi reintroduced legislation to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, as well as eliminating the penny.... Read more»1

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»0

Trump budget would hire lawyer team to obtain property for border wall

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.”... Read more»0

Az Dems blast 'Trumpcare' after CBO reports 24 million could lose insurance

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a CBO report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, but leave as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. Politico reported that an internal White House analysis showed even more people would lose coverage.... Read more»0

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»0

Trump call for merit-based immigration puzzles experts

Immigration advocates are unsure what the merit-based immigration system President Donald Trump called for last week would do for the country – mostly because they don’t know exactly what the president meant.... Read more»0

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