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Constables have stopped slapping eviction notices on residential properties during the coronavirus epidemic. A real legal fix is the only solution.

The Pima County constabulary's eviction strike is duct tape on a hemorrhage. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature is going to have to work against form to get us through the coronavirus pandemic and its economic aftermath. Read more»

Quibbling over legislative language in an emergency relief package for Americans impacted by the coronavirus came to an end in the House of Representatives on Monday night, putting finalization of the multibillion-dollar aid deal squarely in the Senate’s court. Read more»

Trump at the 2020 'State of the Union' speech in the House of Representatives.

I'm betting on the American people. But the odds are terrifying. Too many voters rely on emotional impulse, fixating on narrow issues without considering the big picture. Democrats continue to snipe at one another, fortifying Trump's chances. Read more»

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, in an October photo after House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room to protest the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. That outspoken support of Trump earned Lesko a role this week as one of eight House members tapped to defend the president.

Testimony in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Tuesday, with at least two Arizonans looking on in unofficial capacities as senators engaged in an all-day debate of procedure. Read more»

Arizona was one of 31 states where the age to buy tobacco products was 18, although five cities had raised the age to 21.

Retailers and local leaders said they were “caught with their pants down” by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more»

Women in a military council of Kurds, Christians, Arabs, Turkmen, Yazidis and others in northwest Syria in 2017. Critics worry that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria will leave Kurds vulnerable to Turkish attacks.

Arizona lawmakers joined a growing bipartisan chorus critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Northern Syria, even as Trump continued to defend the plan Thursday. Read more»

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing last month for Air Force secretary nominee Barbara Barrett and Army secretary nominee Ryan McCarthy. Democrats pressed both for their opinions on President Donald Trump’s diversion of Pentagon funds for a border wall, but otherwise went easy on them.

Arizona businesswoman Barbara Barrett’s nomination to be Air Force secretary is expected to proceed, despite concerns about whether she would bar forcing air crews to use Trump hotels. Read more»

Arizona state Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, was paralyzed after being hit by random gunfire in 2004. She plans to introduce a package of gun-control bills and believes most state residents are ready, if not all state lawmakers.

State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, didn’t need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence. Read more»

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, is flanked by supporters and opponents of gun-control bills at a Republican rally outside the Capitol in support of the Second Amendment on Wednesday.

A new report claims that Arizona loses as much as $1.9 billion every year to costs directly associated with gun violence, from lost wages to expenses on everything from health care to police and criminal justice. Read more»

Former Sen. John McCain’s grave at the U.S. Naval Academy is next to friend and former classmate, Adm. Chuck Larson. Since his death a year ago, McCain’s grave has become a stop for visitors who leave mementos.

While former colleagues have added John McCain’s name to legislation and one Arizona district plans to name an elementary school for him, other tributes have stalled. Among those are a measure to name a human rights commission for the late senator. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic congressional leaders at a Capitol rally Thursday to demand that the Senate take action on a House bill that would require background checks in all gun transfers.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic congressional leaders Thursday to demand that the Senate allow a vote on a bill that toughens background checks for gun purchasers. Read more»

The “Green New Deal” faced its first test vote in the Senate and a renewed round of criticism from Republicans, who called the expansive environmental bill a “Soviet-style takeover” of the economy. Read more»

Is it true that the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted for the right of illegal immigrants to vote in the U.S.? Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake said he is confident that some of the dozens of judicial nominees awaiting confirmation will come up for a vote in the remaining few weeks of this Congress, which should give him leverage to push protection for the Russia-election-meddling probe.

Less than a day after Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to use whatever remaining leverage he has to push a bill protecting the Mueller investigation, he saw that leverage pulled away from him Thursday, at least for now. Read more»

With Republicans on a three-day retreat, Congress will not meet again until Monday – three days before the next potential government shutdown. But officials say they are optimistic, as negotiations continue on budget and immigration deals.

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown. Read more»

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