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Ducey: I’m still not running for Senate

Again, national media are floating Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down, rebutting a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. ... Read more»

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Arizonans protest at U.S. Capitol as Senate takes up voting rights, Kelly endorses changing filibuster

Arizonans were among the activists protesting in Washington D.C. as the Senate began consideration of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Sen. Mark Kelly announced that he'll back changing filibuster rules for the measures.... Read more»

Forest Service in 'paradigm shift' to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

The Biden administration will announce Tuesday it is using $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dear Sens. Sinema & Kelly: 8 reasons the filibuster must end & 1 way to fix it

No single issue convinced me the filibuster must go. Thinking about the structural problems that legislative barrier has created did the trick. But I have a way out that will let democracy continue to function without a breakdown. ... Read more»

Ducey touts border security, water & tax plans in final State of the State speech

Gov. Doug Ducey vowed to use state resources to increase border security, spend a billion dollars to treat and transport water from the Sea of Cortez, expand school choice and continue lowering taxes as he laid out a wide-ranging agenda for his last year in office. ... Read more»

Photos: Memorial gathering marks 11 years since Jan. 8 Tucson attack

On the 11th anniversary of the Jan. 8 shooting, about 200 people held the first ceremony at the Embrace, a public space at the Historic Pima County Courthouse built to mark that day's violent events. ... Read more»

$30M federal grant for new TIA runway, safety projects

A new runway at Tucson International Airport will be partly paid for with $31 million from the recent federal infrastructure package, along with other safety improvement.... Read more»

DHS will close 'gaps' in border wall, begin clean-up work in Southern Arizona

Customs and Border Protection can close some gaps in the border wall, and work to clean up now-abandoned construction projects in Southern Arizona using millions in defense funding earmarked to counter drug-smuggling, DHS Secretary Mayorkas said Monday. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

About five million people are stuck in a decades-long line to become permanent residents, and more than 100,000 of their children, known as “Documented Dreamers,” are estimated to lose their status here over the next two decades.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Build Back Better Act will spell relief from heat and drought

It is crystal clear that Congress needs to take action to address climate change, and that we have no time to waste. ... Read more»

Legislation would let an Arizona tribe lease its Colorado River water allocation

A new proposal in Congress would let Arizona’s Colorado River Indian Tribes lease portions of their federal Colorado River allocations for the first time, a move the tribes said would benefit both the river and tribal economies.... Read more»

Deputy Chief Kasmar tapped to lead Tucson police as Magnus leaves for CBP post

Deputy Chief Chad Kasmar will lead the Tucson Police Department, replacing Chief Chris Magnus — who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»

Protesters urge Kelly to support bill to protect sacred Oak Flat from mining

Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and students from Brophy and Xavier high schools protested outside Sen. Mark Kelly’s office Thursday, urging the Arizona Democrat to support legislation protecting a sacred site threatened by a proposed copper mine near Superior. ... Read more»

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. ... Read more»

Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects

Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Steele: Climate crisis has huge costs for Arizona, but state leaders can’t fight it alone

Over the last decade, Arizona has experienced 13 extreme weather events costing the state up to $10 billion in damages, and while state action is crucial, we can’t do this alone - states rely on the federal government to serve as a strong baseline for climate action. ... Read more»

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