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Native American Connections’ latest multifamily housing building is at Fillmore Street and Second Avenue in Phoenix.

Affordable housing is crucial to everyone because it provides stability and builds a sense of community, but Arizona needs federal funds to create all types of affordable housing, from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Read more»

The Navajo, Hopi, Ute and Zuni tribes all have historical roots in the area known as Bears Ears, which also is home to important environmental sites, say supporters of the move to re-establish a 1.36 million acre national monument in the southern Utah lands.

President Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85% of the Utah site valued for its environmental, archeological and tribal treasures. Read more»

U.S. Kyrsten Sinema ignores a voter on a flight from Phoenix to Washington. She's too smart to vote like how she is acting ... right?

Kyrsten Sinema exists as both a shrewd political operator who is going to save the Biden agenda at the last moment and as the senator who's ... ahem ... "so crazy she just might do it." It's a smart play. Read more»

It’s not every game where the president drops in, but President Joe Biden. in blue, spent time with both teams at the Congressional Baseball Game, here in the Republican dugout.

Stanton and fellow Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix were Arizona’s representatives for the annual charity fundraiser Congressional Baseball Game – Republican versus Democrat – that senators and House members played before an announced crowd of 14,348. Read more»

President Joe Biden visited NIH on February 11, 2021, where he met with leading researchers at the Vaccine Research Center to learn more about the groundbreaking fundamental research that enabled the development of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

Reactions to President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate fell sharply along partisan lines in Arizona, with outraged Republicans demanding legal action against what they deemed a tyrannical policy and Democrats, though largely quieter, supportive of the policy. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday overturned a federal moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have the authority to impose such a rule. While some states have their own moratoriums, that is not the case in Arizona, where as many as 253,000 families may be behind on their rent.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent – including 253,000 in Arizona - and the state is in the midst of a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

The vast majority of House votes – about 92% – were cast in person this year, but more than half of all members cast at least one vote by proxy, letting another lawmaker cast their vote when they were physically absent. Some cast hundreds of such votes, including two Arizona lawmakers. Critics say they policy, introduced in response to the pandemic, is being abused, but supporters say it lets Congress work remotely like businesses everywhere.

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. Read more»

The $7.1 billion in earmark, or 'community project funding,' requests from House members included everything from infrastructure to workforce training to police equipment. Arizona lawmakers’ requests were relatively modest compared to the rest of the House.

Congress restored earmarks this year, and more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests - but Arizona lawmakers were modest: No Republicans asked for earmarks and all five Democrats were in or near the bottom half of the amounts requested. Read more»

Sen. Tony Navarrete, bottom right, makes his initial appearance in court on Aug. 6, 2021, for multiple felony child sex crimes. Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Steve McCarthy, left, presided over the hearing and ordered Navarrete held on $50,000 bond. Also pictured is Jeanine Sorrentino, a sex crimes prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

State. Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete is facing seven felonies for child sex crimes after allegedly molesting and forcing oral sex on a boy who was 12 or 13 years old at the time and his younger brother. Read more»

Sen. Tony Navarrete makes his initial appearance in court on Aug. 6, 2021, for multiple felony child sex crimes. He is accused of molesting a teen-aged boy multiple times over several years.

Democrats are calling on state Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete to resign, among them his fellow legislators and other prominent figures from his party, after the disturbing details of his alleged child molestation crimes became public. Read more»

Hikers descend the Grand Canyon’s South Kaibab Trail in this 2013 file photo. Uranium mining backers agree that the Grand Canyon is an 'irreplaceable jewel,' but insist it would not be threatened by modern mining.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is joining an Iowa Republican to push for legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of the measure. Read more»

Students at an unidentified Arizona Indian School in 1945.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ordered a federal Indian Boarding School Initiative to recover the histories of the institutions, saying she wants the investigation to identify the children who attended and their tribal affiliations, along with a particular emphasis on finding records of cemeteries or burial sites connected with the schools. Read more»

Department of Homeland Security officials and Capitol Police inspect a shattered window in the door to the Speaker’s Lobby outside the House chamber on Jan.. 6, just hours after authorities quelled an insurrection there.

The U.S. House voted Wednesday 252-175 to give the go-ahead to the formation of an independent, bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite objections from Republican leaders that the scope of the commission was not wide enough and other investigations are ongoing. Read more»

A report the looked at lawmakers’ effectiveness – how many bills they introduced that were not merely ceremonial, and how far those bills got – said Arizona lawmakers did relatively well in the last Congress. The state’s House delegation was ranked 10th-most effective and its senators, both freshmen, ranked 14th.

Arizona lawmakers in the last Congress ranked relatively high on a recent scorecard of congressional effectiveness. Read more» 1

Children with papers to get bread for their families at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon in this 2013 photo. Refugee resettlements in the U.S. are at an all-time low, and President Joe Biden balked Friday at raising the cap, though he vowed to do so later.

Refugee advocates were “deeply disappointed and frustrated” by the Biden administration’s failure Friday to reverse historically low Trump-era refugee limits this year, something then-candidate Joe Biden had promised to do. The White House said Biden remains committed to raising the cap to 62,500, the number outlined in the administration’s budget request last week, but decided that goal is unrealistic for now, given the “decimated refugee admissions program we inherited” from the Trump administration. Read more»

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