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  • Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

    Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:05 AM EST2018-01-19 15:05:12 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:47 AM EST2018-01-20 08:47:15 GMT
    The Pentagon says countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism.
    The Pentagon says countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism.
  • Women will march again with aim to become a political force

    Women will march again with aim to become a political force

    Saturday, January 20 2018 12:06 AM EST2018-01-20 05:06:15 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:18 AM EST2018-01-20 08:18:39 GMT
    Activists return to the streets a year after 1 million people rallied worldwide for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.
    Activists return to the streets a year after 1 million people rallied worldwide for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.
  • Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

    Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump's 1-year festivities

    Friday, January 19 2018 4:15 PM EST2018-01-19 21:15:48 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:18 AM EST2018-01-20 08:18:31 GMT
    President Donald Trump was supposed to be spending the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Now he's dealing with a potential government shutdown.
    President Donald Trump was supposed to be spending the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Now he's dealing with a potential government shutdown.
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  • How Arizona could be affected by government shutdown

    How Arizona could be affected by government shutdown

    Friday, January 19 2018 4:46 PM EST2018-01-19 21:46:27 GMT
    A government shutdown means national parks such as the Grand Canyon will be forced to close their gates. (Source: National Park Service)A government shutdown means national parks such as the Grand Canyon will be forced to close their gates. (Source: National Park Service)

    A shutdown could be bad for tourism in Arizona because national parks like Saguaro and the Grand Canyon will close.

    A shutdown could be bad for tourism in Arizona because national parks like Saguaro and the Grand Canyon will close.

  • Arizona guarantees Grand Canyon won't close over shutdown

    Arizona guarantees Grand Canyon won't close over shutdown

    Friday, January 19 2018 3:44 PM EST2018-01-19 20:44:47 GMT
    Arizona officials are guaranteeing the Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation of Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues.
    Arizona officials are guaranteeing the Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation of Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues.
  • Arizona plan to combat opioids would limit dosages, amounts

    Arizona plan to combat opioids would limit dosages, amounts

    Legislation proposed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to address the opioid crisis bars doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication in most cases and limit the maximum dose they could...
    Legislation proposed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to address the opioid crisis bars doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication in most cases and limit the maximum dose they could...
  • Suits seek to bar 2 Democrats seeking ex-Rep. Franks' seat

    Suits seek to bar 2 Democrats seeking ex-Rep. Franks' seat

    Friday, January 19 2018 5:22 AM EST2018-01-19 10:22:41 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 5:43 AM EST2018-01-19 10:43:35 GMT
    (Left to Right: Brianna Westbrook and Gene Scharer. Source: Facebook)(Left to Right: Brianna Westbrook and Gene Scharer. Source: Facebook)

    Two of three Democrats running in the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks are facing lawsuits challenging their right to appear on the ballot. 

    Two of three Democrats running in the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks are facing lawsuits challenging their right to appear on the ballot. 

  • Suits seek to bar 2 Democrats seeking ex-Rep. Franks' seat

    Suits seek to bar 2 Democrats seeking ex-Rep. Franks' seat

    Two of three Democrats running in the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks are facing lawsuits challenging their right to appear on the ballot.
    Two of three Democrats running in the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trent Franks are facing lawsuits challenging their right to appear on the ballot.
  • Sen. McCain asks Trump to stop attacking the media

    Sen. McCain asks Trump to stop attacking the media

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:28 PM EST2018-01-17 20:28:30 GMT
    Arizona Senator John McCain (Source: Gage Skidmore / flickr)Arizona Senator John McCain (Source: Gage Skidmore / flickr)

    Arizona Senator John McCain wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post asking President Donald Trump to stop attacking the media.

    Arizona Senator John McCain wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post asking President Donald Trump to stop attacking the media.

  • Sen. Flake compares Trump's attacks on media to rhetoric of Stalin

    Sen. Flake compares Trump's attacks on media to rhetoric of Stalin

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:21 PM EST2018-01-17 19:21:11 GMT
    Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (Source: Gage Skidmore / WikipediaArizona Senator Jeff Flake (Source: Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia

    Arizona's Jeff Flake stepped into the national spotlight again Wednesday, Jan. 17, when he blasted President Donald Trump's attacks on the media.

    Arizona's Jeff Flake stepped into the national spotlight again Wednesday, Jan. 17, when he blasted President Donald Trump's attacks on the media.

  • Arizona Gov. Ducey's budget plan focuses new cash on schools

    Arizona Gov. Ducey's budget plan focuses new cash on schools

    Friday, January 12 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-01-12 22:58:39 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 11:01 PM EST2018-01-13 04:01:26 GMT

    Governor Doug Ducey released his executive budget for the fiscal year 2019 on Friday. The $10.1 billion budget focuses significantly on adding more dollars to K-12 education.

    Governor Doug Ducey released his executive budget for the fiscal year 2019 on Friday. The $10.1 billion budget focuses significantly on adding more dollars to K-12 education.

  • Confederate flag display places Arizona lawmakers at odds

    Confederate flag display places Arizona lawmakers at odds

    Thursday, January 11 2018 9:49 AM EST2018-01-11 14:49:42 GMT
    Thursday, January 11 2018 6:55 PM EST2018-01-11 23:55:29 GMT
    Rep. Geraldine Peten of Goodyear. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Rep. Geraldine Peten of Goodyear. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    An Arizona lawmaker says she is undecided if a Confederate flag display on a colleague's laptop merits a formal complaint under the House's harassment policy.

    An Arizona lawmaker says she is undecided if a Confederate flag display on a colleague's laptop merits a formal complaint under the House's harassment policy.

  • Joe Arpaio: Obama's birth certificate is a 'phony document'

    Joe Arpaio: Obama's birth certificate is a 'phony document'

    Thursday, January 11 2018 8:20 AM EST2018-01-11 13:20:28 GMT
    Thursday, January 11 2018 12:17 PM EST2018-01-11 17:17:11 GMT

    Controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday called former President Barack Obama's birth certificate a "phony document" in an interview on CNN.

    Controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday called former President Barack Obama's birth certificate a "phony document" in an interview on CNN.

  • Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

    Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-10 04:50:10 GMT
    Thursday, January 11 2018 10:26 AM EST2018-01-11 15:26:03 GMT
    Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's announcement that he'll run for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake potentially pits two conservative, pro-Donald Trump candidates against each other.
    Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's announcement that he'll run for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake potentially pits two conservative, pro-Donald Trump candidates against each other.
  • Gov. Ducey plans to add $100M in capital funding for schools

    Gov. Ducey plans to add $100M in capital funding for schools

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 6:51 AM EST2018-01-10 11:51:33 GMT
    Wednesday, January 10 2018 11:34 AM EST2018-01-10 16:34:47 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday said he plans to add $100 million in new K-12 education funding this year as a down-payment on the full restoration of a school capital funding formula that was slashed during the Great Recession. 

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday said he plans to add $100 million in new K-12 education funding this year as a down-payment on the full restoration of a school capital funding formula that was slashed during the Great Recession. 

  • Confederate flag display places Arizona lawmakers at odds

    Confederate flag display places Arizona lawmakers at odds

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 11:30 AM EST2018-01-10 16:30:57 GMT
    An Arizona lawmaker says she undecided if a Confederate flag display on a colleague's laptop merits a formal complaint under the House's harassment policy.
    An Arizona lawmaker says she undecided if a Confederate flag display on a colleague's laptop merits a formal complaint under the House's harassment policy.
  • America's toughest senator? Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for Senate

    America's toughest senator? Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for Senate

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 11:13 AM EST2018-01-09 16:13:04 GMT
    Wednesday, January 10 2018 9:45 AM EST2018-01-10 14:45:07 GMT
    Former Maricopa County sheriff turned candidate for Senate Joe Arpaio at his office on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Source: Jason Barry, 3TV/CBS 5)Former Maricopa County sheriff turned candidate for Senate Joe Arpaio at his office on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Source: Jason Barry, 3TV/CBS 5)

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tweeted Tuesday that he will be running for Senate. 

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tweeted Tuesday that he will be running for Senate. 

  • Opioid crisis a key talking point of Gov. Ducey's speech in Tucson

    Opioid crisis a key talking point of Gov. Ducey's speech in Tucson

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 9:29 PM EST2018-01-10 02:29:18 GMT

    Governor Doug Ducey wants to take an aggressive approach to tackling the opioid crisis in Arizona. It was a major point of his State of the State address that Ducey made Monday in Phoenix and reiterated Tuesday at the Tucson Convention Center. 

    Governor Doug Ducey wants to take an aggressive approach to tackling the opioid crisis in Arizona. It was a major point of his State of the State address that Ducey made Monday in Phoenix and reiterated Tuesday at the Tucson Convention Center. 

  • BREAKING

    Report: Bannon steps down from Breitbart

    Report: Bannon steps down from Breitbart

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 4:12 PM EST2018-01-09 21:12:29 GMT
    Tuesday, January 9 2018 4:19 PM EST2018-01-09 21:19:37 GMT
    Steve Bannon. (Source: Michael Vadon / wikipedia)Steve Bannon. (Source: Michael Vadon / wikipedia)

    Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breibart News Network, the website reported on Tuesday.

    Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breibart News Network, the website reported on Tuesday.

  • Governor Ducey to deliver his state of the state address in Tucson

    Governor Ducey to deliver his state of the state address in Tucson

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 9:52 AM EST2018-01-09 14:52:52 GMT
    Gov. Doug DuceyGov. Doug Ducey

    Governor Doug Ducey is coming to Tucson to give his state-of-the-state address. He's delivering it to a sold-out audience at the Tucson Convention Center late Tuesday morning. Gov. Ducey spoke in Phoenix Monday where he highlighted the opioid crisis, funding for K-12 education, and decreasing recidivism. Last June, Governor declared a public health emergency to bring awareness and find solutions to this crisis. He said he was already working to...

    Governor Doug Ducey is coming to Tucson to give his state-of-the-state address. He's delivering it to a sold-out audience at the Tucson Convention Center late Tuesday morning. Gov. Ducey spoke in Phoenix Monday where he highlighted the opioid crisis, funding for K-12 education, and decreasing recidivism. |

  • Lesko resigns from Arizona Senate to run for Congress

    Lesko resigns from Arizona Senate to run for Congress

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 8:53 AM EST2018-01-09 13:53:17 GMT
    Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko of Peoria has resigned from the Arizona Legislature to run for her party's nomination for a vacant Phoenix-area congressional seat.
    Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko of Peoria has resigned from the Arizona Legislature to run for her party's nomination for a vacant Phoenix-area congressional seat.
  • WATCH AND READ: Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address

    WATCH AND READ: Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:13 PM EST2018-01-09 00:13:00 GMT
    Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyArizona Gov. Doug Ducey

    Full text of the Arizona State of the State address by Gov. Doug Ducey.

    Full text of the Arizona State of the State address by Gov. Doug Ducey.

  • Ducey to push K-12 funding, opioid crackdown in Legislature

    Ducey to push K-12 funding, opioid crackdown in Legislature

    Sunday, January 7 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-01-08 03:42:54 GMT
    Sunday, January 7 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-01-08 03:42:54 GMT
    Ducey has pushed his agencies to find cash to redirect to education. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Ducey has pushed his agencies to find cash to redirect to education. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Ducey needs to boost school funding again in his fourth budget proposal as he faces a re-election battle this year.

    Ducey needs to boost school funding again in his fourth budget proposal as he faces a re-election battle this year.

  • Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

    Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

    Friday, January 5 2018 6:07 PM EST2018-01-05 23:07:41 GMT
    Saturday, January 6 2018 3:03 PM EST2018-01-06 20:03:22 GMT

    The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico.

    The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico.

  • Sessions terminates US policy that let legal pot flourish

    Sessions terminates US policy that let legal pot flourish

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:49 AM EST2018-01-04 13:49:21 GMT
    Friday, January 5 2018 3:18 AM EST2018-01-05 08:18:54 GMT

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding a policy that allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country without federal intervention.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding a policy that allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country without federal intervention.

  • 4 of 5 best U.S. cities to find a job in Arizona, according to recent report

    4 of 5 best U.S. cities to find a job in Arizona, according to recent report

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 9:14 AM EST2018-01-02 14:14:17 GMT
    Wednesday, January 3 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-01-03 07:16:59 GMT
    Four of the five best cities to find a job in 2018 are right here in Arizona, according to a recent report from WalletHub. (Source: AP Images)Four of the five best cities to find a job in 2018 are right here in Arizona, according to a recent report from WalletHub. (Source: AP Images)

    Four of the five best cities to find a job in 2018 are right here in Arizona, according to a recent report from WalletHub.

    Four of the five best cities to find a job in 2018 are right here in Arizona, according to a recent report from WalletHub.

  • AZ Sen. John McCain plans to return to Washington soon, sources say

    AZ Sen. John McCain plans to return to Washington soon, sources say

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 2:16 PM EST2018-01-02 19:16:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 2 2018 2:16 PM EST2018-01-02 19:16:00 GMT

    A specific date for McCain's return has not yet been determined. But in a statement announcing his decision to go to Arizona in December, his office said he was looking forward "to returning to Washington in January."

    A specific date for McCain's return has not yet been determined. But in a statement announcing his decision to go to Arizona in December, his office said he was looking forward "to returning to Washington in January."

  • Congressional District 2 Candidate: Barbara Sherry

    Congressional District 2 Candidate: Barbara Sherry

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-12-27 20:38:42 GMT
    Political newcomer Barbara Sherry spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. (Source: Tucson News Now)Political newcomer Barbara Sherry spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Political newcomer Barbara Sherry spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally.

    Political newcomer Barbara Sherry spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally.

  • Congressional District 2 Candidate: Mary Matiella

    Congressional District 2 Candidate: Mary Matiella

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 8:04 PM EST2017-12-27 01:04:33 GMT
    Mary Matiella. (Source: Tucson News Now)Mary Matiella. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Former Pentagon official Mary Matiella spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally.

    Former Pentagon official Mary Matiella spoke with Tucson News Now about why she's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally.

  • Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Bruce Wheeler

    Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Bruce Wheeler

    Wednesday, December 20 2017 11:27 AM EST2017-12-20 16:27:55 GMT

    TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former 3-term State Representative Bruce Wheeler spoke with Tucson News Now about why he's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. We're speaking with all the candidates in the race.   Lea Marquez-Peterson: See the interview HERE. Ann Kirkpatrick: See the interview HERE.  Dr. Matt Heinz:  See the interview HERE. Barbara Sherry: December 27th at 8:15am Mary Matiella: December...

    TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former 3-term State Representative Bruce Wheeler spoke with Tucson News Now about why he's running for the seat held now by Representative Martha McSally. We're speaking with all the candidates in the race.   Lea Marquez-Peterson: See the interview HERE. Ann Kirkpatrick: See the interview HERE.  Dr. Matt Heinz:  See the interview HERE. Barbara Sherry: December 27th at 8:15am Mary Matiella: December...

  • Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Ann Kirkpatrick

    Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Ann Kirkpatrick

    Tuesday, December 19 2017 5:48 PM EST2017-12-19 22:48:49 GMT
    Ann Kirkpatrick. (Source: Tucson News Now)Ann Kirkpatrick. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Ann Kirkpatrick spoke with Tucson News Now about her hopeful return to the House of Representatives.

    Ann Kirkpatrick spoke with Tucson News Now about her hopeful return to the House of Representatives.

  • Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Dr. Matt Heinz

    Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Dr. Matt Heinz

    Tuesday, December 19 2017 5:45 PM EST2017-12-19 22:45:29 GMT
    Matt Heinz. (Source: Tucson News Now)Matt Heinz. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Dr. Matt Heinz spoke with Tucson News Now about his hopeful return to politics.

    Dr. Matt Heinz spoke with Tucson News Now about his hopeful return to politics.

  • Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Billy Kovacs

    Congressional Dist. 2 Candidate: Billy Kovacs

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:57 PM EST2017-12-18 17:57:40 GMT
    Billy Kovacs. (Source: Tucson News Now)Billy Kovacs. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Billy Kovacs, the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for Representative Martha McSally's seat, spoke with Tucson News Now about his decision to get into the race.

    Billy Kovacs, the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for Representative Martha McSally's seat, spoke with Tucson News Now about his decision to get into the race.

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