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U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally - which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal - but its future is much less clear in the Senate.... Read more»

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Gaetz, Greene bringing America First tour to Arizona

U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, two of the most controversial Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, will hold a rally on May 21 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Mesa as part of a larger tour touting Donald Trump as the legitimate president of the United States.... Read more»

Analysis

Census results shift political power in Congress, presidential elections

New data from the 2020 U.S. census released April 26, 2021, indicates that starting in 2023 – after the next congressional elections – seven states will have fewer seats in Congress than they do now, and six will have more. ... Read more»

House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights

The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups “the full equality under the law they deserve,” and a measure critics say will trample on religious freedom and individual rights.... Read more»

Redistricting commission picks Neuberg as independent chair

Erika Schupak Neuberg, a psychologist and life coach with a practice in Scottsdale, and a national board member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, will serve as independent chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Neuberg will be a critical tie-breaking vote if the four partisan members deadlock.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers split as Trump impeached by House for a second time

No Arizona lawmakers broke party ranks as the House impeached President Donald Trump on a mostly party-line vote, just one week after a deadly mob attack on the Capitol that critics said was incited by the president.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split along party lines as House votes on removing Trump

The 223-205 House vote came a week after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly attack that critics say the president incited, and just one week before Trump is scheduled to leave office and be replaced by President-elect Joe Biden.... Read more»

Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol

After a day of insurrection and deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers certified Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election.... Read more»

House calls: Arizona lawmakers land in COVID-19 quarantine more often

Four of Arizona’s nine House members have quarantined since the start of the outbreak. Except for states with just one House member, Arizona has the highest percentage of delegation members who have quarantined.... Read more»

138 apply for redistricting commission, including some notable names

One hundred thirty-eight people applied to serve on the next Independent Redistricting Commission, which will determine the boundaries of Arizona's congressional and legislative districts for the next decade.... Read more»

Arizona Republican admits House ethics violations, agrees to reprimand, $50k fine

Rep. David Schweikert has admitted to 11 counts of campaign finance violations, misuse of congressional office funds and pressuring legislative staff to do campaign work, the House Ethics Committee said Thursday.... Read more»

On the clock, out of the Capitol: 2014 House calendar shortest in years

The House will meet just 113 days next year, 25 days fewer than this year and the least since 2006, according to the 2014 calendar released last week by House leaders.... Read more»

House approves border security funding, in 13th ‘piecemeal’ budget bill

The House voted on Thursday this week to fund Department of Homeland Security operations for fiscal 2014, the latest in a string of votes to reopen specific agencies in a strategy that Democrats deride as “cherry-picking” areas of the government.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

John Boehner: After the dead man walks

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. ... Read more»2

Smart v. Stupid

The Bachmann-Palin Smack Down

Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are running for President—against each other. This should be fun…... Read more»2

Election 2010

GOP looks to use House majority to overturn health care reform

Now in control of the House of Representatives, Republicans are planning to flex their muscles quickly to try to repeal the Democratic health law — but even some GOP leaders acknowledge it is likely they can get rid of the law right away. ... Read more»

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