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Redistricting, vacancies boost fundraising in Arizona House races

Arizona congressional challengers have been emboldened by an open seat, an unpopular president and a newly drawn district map – and they have the money to show for it, setting up what "could potentially be a very anti-incumbent election year."... Read more»

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Some Arizona downwinders who blame illnesses on nuclear testing remain uncompensated

In 1990, Congress approved the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to pay victims of radiation exposure - however, the southern part of Mohave County, which is just 190 miles south of the testing site, was excluded in what Rep. Paul Gosar said was an unintentional mistake.... Read more»

Lawmakers target rise in violent crime; Arizona rates remain above U.S.

Lawmakers called for action on a bipartisan bill that would allocate $100 million a year for the next decade to support police agencies and increase assistance to victims and their families to address rising violent crime rates in Arizona.... Read more»

Arizona tribal official calls on Congress to fund 'critical' water infrastructure

Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio told a House subcommittee Tuesday that tribes need more federal support to implement “critical” water infrastructure projects on their lands and called for increased engagement by the Army Corps of Engineers with tribes.... Read more»

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»

From the Hill to the mound: Playing ball is break from political brawl

Stanton and fellow Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix were Arizona’s representatives for the annual charity fundraiser Congressional Baseball Game – Republican versus Democrat – that senators and House members played before an announced crowd of 14,348.... Read more»

Some Arizona schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

Friday was the deadline for Arizona schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several school districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey’s demand. ... Read more»

Reactions sharp over Ducey using federal funds to force end of school COVID masks

After announcing two moves to punish school districts for implementing mask mandates, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faced withering criticism, and federal officials said they would review the expenditures and could force the state to repay "misused funds." ... Read more»

Ducey: Arizona schools won’t get COVID aid funds if they require masks

A day after a judge ruled that a state law barring Arizona schools from requiring masks can’t be enforced until September, Gov. Ducey said school districts enacting temporary mask mandates won’t receive some federal COVID-19 relief money unless they call off those plans.... Read more»1

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»

In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

Congress restored earmarks this year, and more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests - but Arizona lawmakers were modest: No Republicans asked for earmarks and all five Democrats were in or near the bottom half of the amounts requested.... Read more»

Concert, theater owners call pandemic relief fund efforts a 'disaster'

Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year, with only one business receiving a grant so far.... Read more»

Obscure law denies Dreamers congressional jobs

A little-known law – specifically section 704 of Title VII of Division E of the federal budget –prohibits undocumented residents of the U.S. from holding a federal job, which includes paid internships and jobs on Capitol Hill, something the American Dream Employment Act seeks to change.... Read more»

Mohave County, Navajo officials push to broaden 'downwinder' coverage

Federal law has long compensated residents who lived downwind from open-air nuclear test sites in the 1950s and 1960s, including many in northern Arizona – but not residents in most of Mohave County. County Supervisor Jean Bishop, who has seen her family and neighbors racked by cancers, told a House committee Wednesday that this is “a perfect time to amend the boundaries” of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to include “downwinders” like herself.... Read more»

House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farm workers, potentially affecting millions in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Arizona.... Read more»

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