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Players the same, but district numbers shuffled in Arizona House redistricting

Seven Arizona House districts were numbered differently during this year’s congressional redistricting, even though the districts themselves stayed in mostly the same place on a map - changes that will show up for most voters during the Aug. 2 primary.... Read more»1

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Trump likely to bring baggage with bragging to faithful in Florence rally

When he comes to Florence Saturday for his first rally of this election year, Trump returns as a former president with thousands of donors in the state, a firm hand on the party and GOP candidates clamoring for his backing.... Read more»1

Proposed Arizona congressional map could force incumbents to make tough decisions

Several members of Arizona's congressional delegation may have big decisions to make before next year's election based on the proposed boundaries of the state's new political map.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which has already passed the Senate and now goes to the president for his signature - but the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better bill still on hold.... Read more»

Democrats’ slimmer $1.75 trillion Build Back Better still has skeptics

Democratic leaders announced Thursday that they reached agreement on a $1.75 trillion “framework” for the Build Back Better plan, but few were rushing to embrace it, with many progressives pointing instead to what was left out and conservatives complaining about costs.... Read more»

Arizona redistricting panel decides contours of northern congressional district

If the version of Congressional District 2 tentatively approved stays intact - the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission expects to approve its final draft maps either later this week or sometime next week - it would have major implications for two incumbent congressmen.... Read more»

Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. ... Read more»

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government.... Read more»

Peoria parents hope military mental health act spares others their pain

The Brandon Act, named in memory of Brandon Caserta, a Navy veteran who died by suicide, would provide service members confidential access to mental health care without fear of rebuke or retaliation.... Read more»

Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.... Read more»

Threats against state, congressional lawmakers jumped in recent years

Credible threats against members of Congress have risen steadily from 3,939 in 2017 to 8,613 in 2020, according to data from the U.S. Capitol Police. Those numbers spiked in 2021, putting the year on pace to double the 2020 total.... Read more»

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. ... Read more»

DHS chief defends Biden border policy at time of ‘historic’ challenges

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s immigration policies Wednesday, but conceded the department faces “historic and unprecedented challenges” coping with a surge in migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors.... Read more»

Biden insists border’s closed, unveils plan to halt migrants at source

The White House had a message Wednesday for migrants who are flocking to the southern border in hopes of getting into the U.S. – “this is not an invitation, the border is not open.” The message came as part of a multi-point plan of aid, diplomacy and policy that a Biden administration official said aims to stem migration at the source by improving conditions in Central American countries through aid programs.... Read more»

COVID-19 relief would overhaul, boost aid for 1.5 million Arizona kids

As many as 1.5 million Arizona children could benefit from an expansion of the child tax credit that would mean monthly checks to parents of up to $300 per child if approved by Congress this week.... Read more»

House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. ... Read more»

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