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My son is 17, so these days, he’s not likely to tag along with me as I go Christmas shopping at the mall.
We will never see them again. They were a cadre that is rapidly disappearing. But not long ago, priests from Ireland ran the Catholic Church in Arizona. Between 1945 and 1970, 54 newly ordained left the Emerald Isle to minister in our growing state. In addition to these permanent clergy, an additional 44 temporarily worked here during that time.
Not even waiting until President Obama gave his speech Thursday night, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed suit in federal court seeking to block the announced plans to allow millions of people not in this country to remain and work here legally.
BOSTON (AP) — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.
Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar — and still have $1 million left over. That doesn't count the $2.2 million that Ducey himself has spent in the general election, on top of the $5 million he expended just getting to be the Republican nominee in the first place.
PHOENIX -- Outside groups that want Doug Ducey as Arizona's next governor have spent enough to give every man, woman and child in the state a dollar -- and still have $1 million left over.
Proposition 487, to be decided by Phoenix voters this November, has been clouded by a lot of confusion and misinformation. Unfortunately, one of the main perpetrators is Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who in an attempt to confuse voters, has once again attacked our city’s firefighters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, including Arizona, and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.
Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The government's announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of gay marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia.
Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans' benefits.
"With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans," Holder said.
The attorney general said the government is working "as quickly as possible" to make sure same-sex married couples in these states receive the "fullest array of benefits" that federal law allows.
The Justice Department also has determined that it can legally recognize gay marriages performed this summer in Indiana and Wisconsin after federal courts declared marriage bans in the states unconstitutional. Subsequent developments created confusion about the status of those unions, but Holder said the U.S. government will recognize the marriages.
Tempe police say an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in her home Saturday night.
Facing a lawsuit they appeared to be losing, state prison officials have agreed to improve health care for the more than 34,000 inmates in their custody.
Oct. 1 marked the International Day of Older Persons.
Q: Why are you running?
A: Washington doesn’t get it. I’ve been there less than two years and I have watched both parties spend more time fighting each other than working to solve our country’s problems. The layers of bureaucracy are mind-numbing. The unwillingness of leadership to face our real problems and propose realistic solutions that can actually get done is frustrating.
I ran for Congress to change Washington, and I am not giving up. I voted for the No Budget No Pay Act because Congress should not get paid if they don’t do their work. I also voted against my own pay raise. Congress doesn’t need a pay raise, especially when Arizonans are struggling. I am also fighting to reform the VA and ensure that veterans get the health care they have earned and deserve. I voted to protect Social Security and Medicare for our seniors and future generations and I support efforts to make sure every woman has access to birth control.
Q: Have the issues at the VA been properly addressed? What else would you like to see done to help veterans in our area?
A: No, when I read the allegations about false record-keeping and fraudulent wait times at the Phoenix VA, I was furious. I demanded answers from the VA and called for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation. We created a Phoenix VA Information Center on our official website to keep constituents updated on our work to hold the VA accountable and get veterans the care they deserve. I co-sponsored the VA reform legislation recently signed into law and am working with the VA to implement these critical reforms. Our office convened a working group to bring the VA and community organizations together to better serve veterans in Arizona. We also hosted a Veterans First resource fair in Phoenix that served over 400 veterans in one day and we are planning another one in the East Valley now. We created a Veterans Resource Guide to help veterans find resources for medical and mental health care and services.
Q: What kind of effect has the Affordable Care Act had on Arizonans?
A: The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect and I am frustrated with how the administration has handled it. Rather than spending time trying to repeal it, members from both sides should come together to improve it, so it works better. The law makes important changes that will help families. Health insurance companies are no longer in charge of people’s health care decisions, and can no longer deny people with pre-existing conditions and drop people when they get sick. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to cover all Americans and hold down costs.
Q: What are your thoughts on the recent ruling and impending hearing about gay marriage in Arizona? And do you support the state’s ban on it?
A: I oppose the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Every committed family should be treated equally under the law and have the same rights and protections.
Q: What can Congress do to spur job growth in our area? What industries would you target?
A: Working with Arizona businesses is one of my top priorities. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, I pushed for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which supports hundreds of jobs across Arizona. I also supported the recent extension of the R&D tax credit to encourage innovation, job growth and research for companies in Arizona. Every month, I meet with businesses and business leaders in our community to hear their concerns and work to support the business community. I am dedicated to making sure business owners — both large and small — have what they need to succeed.
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The candidates for attorney general openly derided the other's experience Tuesday night, each telling viewers of a televised debate their foe is unqualified for the office.
PHOENIX -- The candidates for attorney general openly derided the other's experience Tuesday night, each telling viewers of a televised debate their foe is unqualified for the office.
Republican Mark Brnovich pointed out that Democrat Felecia Rotellini never has taken a criminal case to trial.
"Folks expect someone with experience because the stakes are too high,'' said Brnovich who had been a federal prosecutor. "With everything going on in this country and the Obama administration about to grant amnesty to millions of people, we need an attorney general who's going to push back against the federal government and also has the experience to hit the ground running from Day One.''
Rotellini, in turn, derided Brnovich's experience as "doing street crimes.''
"That's not the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's Office,'' she said.
"The job of the attorney general is doing statewide financial fraud,'' Rotellini continued, pointing out that virtually all criminal cases are handled by county attorneys.
"He's never prosecuted financial fraud,'' she said.
"He's never returned money to victims of fraud,'' Rotellini continued, citing her own experience in the Attorney General's Office and head of the state Department of Financial Institutions which oversees banks and mortgage companies. "He's never shut down scammers.''
Brnovich shot back that if she were such a good regulator the state would not have gone from 21st in mortgage fraud in the nation to No. 4.
Rotellini, who repeatedly interrupted Brnovich during the half-hour debate on KAET-TV, also took off after his experience as a lobbyist for the private Corrections Corporation of America, something she said "made Arizonans less safe.''
She said Brnovich is on record as opposing 2006 legislation which would have precluded private prison companies from bringing in certain violent criminals from other states. The result, she said, is there are private prisons in Arizona housing inmates from Hawaii and Alaska.
Brnovich defended his role with CCA, saying there's a legitimate place for private prisons, with about 7,000 of Arizona's own inmates housed in such facilities. And then he turned the tables on Rotellini, saying if she's so opposed to them she should not have accepted campaign donations from former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini and Anne Mariucci, a former regent, both who actually sat on the CCA board.
Her response was to say that such contributions do not make her beholden to what donors want.
But Rotellini said voters should be concerned about Brnovich being backed by social conservative groups like Arizona Right to Life -- and the fact that he boasted of that during his Republican primary fight against incumbent Tom Horne.
"Mr. Brnovich is an ideologue,'' she charged, saying he is backed by "the anti-women, anti-gay, anti-immigration groups that are hopeful that he'll get in there because they need someone like him who will do their bidding.''
And she charged that means he would use his office to trim the right of women to terminate a pregnancy.
"That's not the law of the land,'' Rotellini said, arguing that "most Americans believe women have the right to choose.''
Brnovich acknowledged he is opposed to abortion. But he said he will defend the laws approved by the Legislature without regard to his own personal beliefs one way or the other.
"As the attorney general, the law is what the law is,'' Brnovich said. But he added that also means he will "defend us against the overreach of the Obama administration,'' whether on environmental regulations or challenging Arizona's laws dealing with illegal immigration.
Brnovich said he understands immigration, saying his mother came here from what used to be Yugoslavia after living through World War II and then the communist government there.
"Immigration is something that this country needs,'' he said.
"But at the same time we are a country of laws,'' he continued. "We must secure the border.''
In what could be the first crack in the state's ban on gay marriage, a federal judge on Friday ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Green Valley resident Fred McQuire as his legal spouse.
An attorney for the state told a federal judge here late Monday it's “unfortunate” — but not illegal — that Arizona will not recognize a man legally married in California as his husband's legal survivor.
“ ‘Duck Dynasties’ Secretary of State Phil Robertson has overwhelmed me again with his convert-or-kill strategy in the Mideast; we could call it The Crusades Part II. It only took three centuries for it not to work the first time.”
A large-scale scam involving people claiming to represent the IRS through unsolicited phone calls has cost citizens across the country, including Arizona, millions of dollars over the last six months.
A man legally married in California whose husband died last week in Tucson wants a federal judge to issue an emergency order requiring Arizona to list him on the death certificate as the spouse.
With close to 60 percent of the votes in the Republican primary Wendy Rogers will face Kyrsten Sinema for the Congressional District 9 seat in the November General Election.