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Biden more active on southern border issues than Trump, research finds
Former President Donald Trump's list of priorities when he took office had immigration and border enforcement at or near the top. But the actual number of executive actions or orders related to immigration by Trump pales in comparison to what President Joe Biden did in his first year in office.
Biden administration resubmits ICE director nomination
The Biden administration’s pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement will face another Senate hearing after his initial nomination stalled and expired in the Senate.
Jan. 4, 2022
Congress extends tribal deadline to spend COVID-19 funds
Government funding for coronavirus relief has helped Americans keep their economic footing during the pandemic. But CARES Act money was delayed for tribal communities; they did not receive any of it until May 2020.
Jan. 4, 2022
Ducey offers money to families during school closures
Gov. Doug Ducey is using $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to start a new program to financially support certain families struggling with school closures.
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Jan. 4, 2022
Arizona airports get millions more in federal relief funds
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, almost 60 Arizona airports will get money to support operations, personnel, sanitation and COVID-19 prevention.
Jan. 4, 2022
Arizonans bet $780M on sports in September and October. The state only made $1M
Arizonans bet nearly $780 million in the first two months that the state allowed gambling on sporting events. But all that wagering, pushed by Gov. Doug Ducey, translated to just slightly more than $1 million in state revenues.
Jan. 4, 2022
López, Lieberman each raised over $1M in 2021
Two Democrats vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination say their end-of-year fundraising efforts were boosted by negative attention for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
Jan. 3, 2022
Gosar says censure has been a boon, not a black eye
After his House colleagues censured him and stripped him of his committee assignments in November, U.S. Representative Paul Gosar says he has more free time to do what he finds most effective.
Jan. 3, 2022
Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to use $700 million in state funds for a border wall
State Sen. Wendy Rogers wants to appropriate $700 million in state funds to pay for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. She didn’t respond to questions about where construction would take place or how the cost could be justified.
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Jan. 3, 2022
Boas: Why these 6 Republicans are the 2021 Arizonans of the Year
One of Arizona's biggest stories in 2021 was about the audit of Maricopa County's 2020 presidential election ballots. Some Republican elected officials in the state fought back against it, and the Republic named six of them as the paper's Arizonans of the Year.
Jan. 3, 2022
Arizona minimum wage increases to $12.80
As the calendar turned to 2022, Arizona’s minimum hourly wage increased from $12.15 to $12.80 per hour. The increase comes due to Proposition 206, passed by Arizona voters in 2016.
Jan. 2, 2022
Judge rules against Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers
President Joe Biden cannot require teachers in the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — so says a federal judge.
Jan. 3, 2022
Arizona Republicans look to replace 2021 tax cuts, kill ballot referendum
Arizona Republican lawmakers who pushed through a nearly $2 billion income tax cut in the last session are looking to repeal it and replace it with a new version, a move that would end a voter referendum that has stopped the tax cut law from taking effect.
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Jan. 1, 2022
Trump returning to Arizona for Jan. 15 rally
Former President Donald Trump is expected to chum conservative voters by continuing his lie that the 2020 presidential election in Arizona and Georgia was rigged against him as he eyes another run for the White House in 2024.
Jan. 2, 2022
Scottsdale raises fines for nuisance short-term rentals
Starting Friday, Scottsdale police will have more power to stop nuisance parties frequently associated with vacation and short-term rentals. In December, the City Council voted unanimously to update two ordinances.
Jan. 3, 2022
Friday NewsCap looks back at a busy political year in AZ
From the increasing influence of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in D.C. to the so-called ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona often took center stage in 2021. On the final 2021 episode of the Friday NewsCap, The Show discussed the year in news with Paul Bentz of HighGround and Chip Scutari of Scutari and Cieslak.
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Dec. 31, 2021
Tempe is expanding its homeless outreach team
City officials say adding more specialists to Tempe’s homeless outreach and prevention team means expert help will be available seven days a week starting in January. The expansion also comes with a new strategy that the mayor believes can help build trust with people living on the street.
Dec. 30, 2021
GOP lawmakers set sites on limiting emergency powers
Some Republican lawmakers have set their sights on limiting the government’s power during states of emergency in the upcoming legislative session.
Dec. 30, 2021
Avondale fires city manager
The Avondale City Council fired its city manager and won’t pay him any severance. Unspecified amounts of money are at the heart of most of the issues detailed in Charles Montoya’s termination letter.
Dec. 30, 2021
Arizonas new congressional map favors Republicans in 2022
Reviews of the newly adopted congressional maps show that the GOP can hold a 6-3 edge over Democrats in the 2022 midterm election.
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Dec. 29, 2021
Looking back at Sen. Harry Reids legacy in the West
Former U.S. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada died Tuesday at the age of 82.
Dec. 29, 2021