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FactCheck: Republican spin on Democrats' voting bill

In the days leading up to the Senate vote on the House-passed elections bill, Republicans offered several misleading talking points about the Democratic bill, and made other statements that required more context.... Read more»

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned

Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was condemned by politicians from both sides for remarks she made comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. ... Read more»

Analysts say 'America First' flap not likely to hurt Arizona rep in long run

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has tried to distance himself from reports he was backing a caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” but political analysts say the flap is unlikely to harm the conservative Republican’s re-election prospects.... Read more»

House votes to yank committee posts from Marjorie Taylor Greene

The U.S. House in an extraordinary move voted Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, citing a series of violent, anti-Semitic comments and social media posts she made before being elected to Congress in November.... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

FactCheck: Politics of gun violence

In the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, U.S. political leaders made a series of statements on gun violence that were unsubstantiated, lacked context or were seemingly contradictory.... Read more»

Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small biz battling online retailers

Arizona small business owners are fighting for sales tax equality with online retailers, similar to 39 other states trying to collect taxes on goods that consumers buy online. But experts said Arizona’s tax system complicates the situation.... Read more»

No joke: Public suggests comedians, former pols for House speaker’s job

If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian? That’s who Jeff Fearnow of Tucson suggested for the next speaker of the House – Sarah Silverman... Read more»

House Speaker Boehner quits after five stormy years

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday he will step down and leave the House at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican.... Read more»1

Bill would disclose which companies get state tax credits

Arizonans deserve a better accounting of what they get in return for in state tax credits given each year to companies, a public interest advocate says. HB 2586, authored by Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park, which would require the Arizona Department of Revenue to produce an annual report on recipients of five state tax credits. ... Read more»

Consumer Reports on healthcare.gov

GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy falsely claimed Consumer Reports warned “Americans not to go to the [HealthCare.gov] website because of the fear of having fraud.” The consumer advocate initially advised people to wait until the website’s many technical problems were worked out, but it told us that its advice “was not in reference to any concerns regarding fraud.”... Read more»

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

Immigration backers keep pressure on House with rallies, conferences

Phoenix resident Hassan Quiz had passed all the tests toward his dream of being in the military when he ran up against one he couldn’t pass. Quiz was brought to this country illegally as a child, making him ineligible to serve in the U.S. military. So Wednesday, he and eight other illegal immigrants who had been turned away from the service did military-style drills in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, hoping to get a message to Congress.... Read more»

Analysis

Good grief! How did we end up in another government shutdown?

It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government is in the midst of another shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) presented the House floor last Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for weeks.... Read more»

Proposition 204

Prop. 204: Is funding education voters' job - or one for lawmakers?

Is deciding how to fund education in Arizona best done by lawmakers or voters? That’s a key point of debate with Arizonans ready to decide whether to adopt a permanent 1-cent per dollar sales tax that would be earmarked primarily for education.... Read more»

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