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Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and other conservative Republican members of the House at a news conference Tuesday opposing the debt-ceiling bill that passed the House Wednesday on a bipartisan vote.

The House approved a debt-limit bill that was almost universally disliked, but one which some lawmakers said they would vote for because failing to do so could spark a default - including Arizona lawmakers, where party lines were blurred by supporters and opponents of the bill. Read more»

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy promised his party he'd play hardball during negotiations with Joe Biden over the debt ceiling. So what's with all the Nerf? Read more»

Mohave County Supervisor Travis Lingenfelter, right, told a House subcommittee that proposed expansions of national monuments could harm the region’s economy, leaving what he called 'poverty with a view.'

A Mohave County supervisor said Wednesday that a proposed new national monument in northern Arizona would “devastate the economic growth potential” of the region, leaving little more than what he called “poverty with a view.” Read more»

UA students loading Polaroid cameras provided by the Center for Creative Photography at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center site visit.

Bringing life and activity back to the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center on Tucson's South Side is the goal of of a project supported by the Sunnyside Foundation and arts and humanities experts at the University of Arizona. Read more»

The two international mining companies behind the proposal to mine Oak Flat have drawn previous scrutiny for infringing on Indigenous rights and destroying significant sites.

Arizona's San Carlos Apache Tribe has taken its fight to the United Nations to save Chi’chil Bildagoteel - also known as Oak Flat and the tribe’s most sacred site - from a massive copper mine. Read more»

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in 2019.

Cattle grazing has seriously damaged much of the 42-mile long San Pedro conservation area in Southeastern Arizona, according to a study by the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, which pointed a finger at "cow-worshipping, rancher-fearing BLM employees." Read more»

Grijalva in Tucson in April 2022.

"If we cannot teach or read the true history of our nation, our education becomes fiction. Ignorance is not bliss." — U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva Read more»

A pink sunrise as seen from Hopi Point on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim in this 2018 photo. Tribes and environmental groups are calling for the president to designate an additional 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park as a new national monument, to further protect the park.

Tribal leaders and lawmakers called on President Biden to set aside more than 1.1 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a new national monument, needed to protect the area’s water, wildlife, sacred spaces and ancestral homelands from uranium mining and other projects. Read more»

Grijalva framed the legislation as a community effort rather than a congressional one, and said he hoped other lawmakers would follow such an example.

Democratic lawmakers headed by Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva unveiled a sweeping new piece of legislation Wednesday, aimed at shielding vulnerable communities from the effects of pollution and climate change, as well as strengthening government outreach. Read more»

Mayor Regina Romero launched her campaign for reelection at the Viscount Suites on Wednesday, which was also International Women's Day, by touting her success during the first four years of her term.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero launched her reelection campaign this week, timing it with the celebration of International Women's Day as she boasted the work she's done for the homeless, small businesses and families in the city. Read more»

So far, 18 states with Republican-controlled state legislatures have banned transgender athletes from competing in sports that are consistent with their gender identity.

A U.S. House committee passed a bill on a party-line vote that would block transgender girls from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity, a reflection of a broader push in multiple states to curb the rights of transgender student athletes. Read more»

Wavalene Saunders, vice chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that her tribe faces multiple obstacles to economic development, from lack of infrastructure to difficulty accessing capital.

The vice chairwoman of the Tohono O’odham Nation told a House panel Wednesday that economic development on her remote reservation is hobbled by everything from a lack of basic infrastructure like roads and water to inadequate capital. Read more»

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks at the screening of a documentary on a former secretary, Arizona native Stewart Udall, who supporters credit with pushing a range of environmental gains during his tenure.

A new documentary - “Stewart Udall and the Politics of Beauty” - paints the former Interior secretary, who died in 2010, as a uniting force revered for pushing forward the environmentalist movement in addition to promoting desegregation and tribal sovereignty. Read more»

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., led House Republicans to tour the U.S.-Mexico border between Nogales and Douglas on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. The other delegates included Reps. Rep. Juan Ciscomani, R-Tucson; Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Ore.; Jen Kiggans, R-Va.; and Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy led a delegation of Republican representatives on a tour to the southern border and demanded more security - while Rep. Raúl Grijalva visited the border in Douglas to focus on the rollout of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read more»

A district court judge struck down the use of Title 42 in November, but a month later the U.S. Supreme Court decided to keep the policy in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue.

Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum and condemned the administration’s expansion of Title 42. Read more»

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