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Ruben Gallego during the watch party for Arizona Democrats at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Nov. 8, 2022.

Unofficial early returns Tuesday night showed leads for Democrats Ruben Gallego, Greg Stanton and Raúl Grijalva of the 3rd, 4th and 7th Congressional Districts, respectively, in bids to hold their party’s seat majority in the House of Representatives. Read more»

Republican Eli Crane.

2nd Congressional District candidate Eli Crane has no government experience, no public email or phone number, his campaign office is a post office box and he apparently doesn’t live in the district he hopes to represent - but he is endorsed by former President Trump. Read more»

Democrat Tom O’Halleran.

Arizona Democrat Tom O’Halleran is running for re-election to the House but in a new, more competitive district - and he says his priorities have not changed since he entered Congress, with water, crime, education, veteran issues and health care as the major issues. Read more»

Volunteers with Northeast Arizona Native Democrats talk with potential Native voters in Window Rock, Arizona, about the congressional and legislative map redistricting.

Arizona’s newly drawn congressional and legislative maps are officially in use this election cycle and still a cause of concern for advocates because they could dilute the voting power of Indigenous people in the 2022 midterm election. Read more»

The Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma, one of hundreds across the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries that worked to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children into Western culture, often separating families and punishing use of tribal language and traditions. Arizona had 47 such schools over the years.

Indian boarding schools led to more than a century of abuse, systematically seizing Indigenous land, separating children from families and destroying communities - while advocates say modern schools are not perfect, they are a far cry from horrors of the past. Read more»

Transportation projects were among the biggest requests by members of Arizona’s congressional delegation for fiscal 2023, the second year Congress has allowed 'community project funding' – or earmarks – after a 10-year hiatus. But requests covered the gamut, from military construction to medical equipment to counseling programs.

For a second straight year, Republicans refrained from requesting any local projects funding, while Democrats this year raised their requests by more than $194.5 million, a 43% increase over last year, when earmarks were restored after a decade-long hiatus. Read more»

A woman fuels up at the the Circle K gas station on Roosevelt and Seventh streets in Phoenix on Thursday, when gas prices in Arizona averaged $5.34 a gallon. But a White House plan to ease the pain at the pump with a 90-day gas-tax holiday is getting a cool reception from lawmakers.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged lawmakers to suspend gasoline and diesel taxes on both federal and state levels for at least three months - but any tax holidays would have to be approved by an unenthusiastic Congress and by state lawmakers. Read more»

Starting pay for federal wildland firefighters was $13 an hour until last year, when it was raised to $15 an hour. The Biden administration this week approved steep raises for federal firefighters, which officials called a step in the right direction while adding that more needs to be done. Here, a National Guard soldier fights the High Park wildfire in Larimer County, Colo., in 2012.

Advocates welcomed the announcement this week that pay for federal firefighters will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, what one official called a potentially “life-changing” step for the chronically underpaid crews. Read more»

A tombstone of an unknown student that attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School sits on the grounds of the present-day U.S. Army War College. The proposed Truth and Healing Commission would be charged with investigating unmarked grave sites and other abuses of the Indian boarding school system.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would create a commission to investigate Indian boarding schools, despite Republican concerns over the scope and power of the commission. Read more»

Farmers in Arizona currently are struggling with drought conditions and higher prices.

Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals - the harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply system, inflation and severe weather. Read more»

Gila River Governor Stephen Roe Lewis (right) speaks to U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran at the Gila River Governance Center on May 20, 2022. O’Halleran met with Gov. Lewis to celebrate $915,000 in new federal funding.

The Gila River Indian Community will get nearly $1 million to replace old and damaged traffic signs through the community, which tribal leaders say will improve safety for community members who drive the roads every day and those who visit tribal lands. Read more»

More than 40 candidates are running for Arizona’s nine seats in the U.S. House, as redistricting, retirement and a president with sinking approval ratings have made the races more attractive than usual to challengers, particularly GOP hopefuls, analysts say.

Arizona congressional challengers have been emboldened by an open seat, an unpopular president and a newly drawn district map – and they have the money to show for it, setting up what "could potentially be a very anti-incumbent election year." Read more»

A dozen healthcare organizations in Arizona will share over $5.1 million in federal grants as part the American Rescue Plan Act, passed last year under the Biden administration. Read more»

Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, called the bipartisan VICTIMS Act a 'step in the right direction' toward addressing rising rates of violent crime in the state and nation.

Lawmakers called for action on a bipartisan bill that would allocate $100 million a year for the next decade to support police agencies and increase assistance to victims and their families to address rising violent crime rates in Arizona. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran.

Arizona Democrat Rep. Tom O’Halleran is expressing concern over details of the federal plan to distribute free COVID tests, saying it is not well designed for tribal and rural and communities and the execution will leave behind some who live in underserved communities. Read more»

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