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  • Border Lawmakers Balk at Donald Trump’s Wall Request

    04/22/2017 8:24:08 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 72 replies
    wsj.com ^ | April 21, 2017
    Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week. Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for the funding request. That includes nine members of the House and...
  • How MS-13, One of America’s Most Dangerous Gangs, is Funded

    04/21/2017 8:04:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    FOX Business ^ | April 19, 2017
    MS-13, a group that was started by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s, is known for its ruthless and violent tactics. Most of the founding members were from El Salvador and fled to the U.S. during the country’s civil war that lasted 12 years, from 1980-92. Since then the gang’s membership has ballooned to at least 10,000 members in the United States and more than 30,000 worldwide, according to the FBI and Treasury Department. “[MS-13] is one of the most dangerous and rapidly expanding criminal gangs in the world today,” Philip Holloway, a legal analyst and former...
  • McSally wants more defense spending

    04/21/2017 6:59:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA — One rarely considers U.S. Rep. Martha McSally a rebellious conservative, standing with the Freedom Caucus and willing to shutdown the government instead of reaching a compromise. But that’s not the case when it comes to extending the Continuing Resolution, which Congress is expected to begin debating Monday morning in Washington, D.C.
  • Big top world entertains Tombstone, Huachuca City

    04/20/2017 9:20:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Lions and tigers and elephants...oh my! The big top went up in Tombstone and Huachuca City on Wednesday and Thursday, last week, when the circus rolls into both communities. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus showcased contortionists, trapeze artists and breath-taking acrobatic acts, delivering entertaining, and family-fun performances.
  • General observations 39th Army Chief of Staff visits Fort Huachuca

    04/20/2017 9:02:00 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | By Emily Thurlow
    FORT HUACHUCA -- As the future of warfare continues to evolve, on a local level, it’s nice to know that one thing is certain: “the future looks bright” at Fort Huachuca. These words were shared by Gen. Mark Milley, the 39th Army chief of staff, during yesterday’s visit to the Fort. “(Fort Huachuca) is the heart and soul of our intelligence community,” he said. Milley’s visit, which he said was initiated by U.S. Rep Martha McSally, was established so that he could gain a better understanding of Fort Huachuca’s mission and role within the Army as well as an opportunity...
  • John McCain: Exxon Is 'Crazy' to Want to Drill for Oil in Russia

    04/20/2017 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    Time ^ | Apr 19, 2017 | Aric Jenkins
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested Exxon Mobil is "crazy" in response to a report that the oil giant is seeking a waiver to resume projects in Russia. "Are they crazy?" McCain tweeted Wednesday with a link to the Wall Street Journal's report.
  • Arizona Dem Took Contributions From Owner of Site Linked to Underage Prostitution

    04/18/2017 6:55:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 18, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    David Garcia, a Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona, accepted campaign contributions from the owner of a website that is tied to underage trafficking and prostitution. Michael G. Lacey, who in 2012 sold his newspaper holdings and spun off the classified ad website Backpage.com into its own entity, has given $162,000 in contributions to a number of Democratic politicians at the state and federal levels since legal problems against the site began to mount, the Arizona Republic reported.
  • Ducey Signs Bill Tightening Laws on Civil Asset Forfeitures (AZ)

    04/18/2017 3:43:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will make it tougher for prosecutors and law enforcement to seize cash and property from people suspected of a crime, effectively overhauling the state's civil forfeiture laws despite opposition from state prosecutors. Ducey signed the measure after being caught between the state legislature and county prosecutors. House Bill 2477 by Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is meant to reform rules dictating when prosecutors can seize someone's assets. Officers can currently seize property based on suspicion alone without the need of a conviction or a charge. Police and prosecutors acquire Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization or...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump’s Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled

    04/18/2017 5:55:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 18 Apr 2017 | Brandon Darby & Ildefonso Ortiz
    U.S. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm about miles of border being left wide open and unsecured. Breitbart Texas exclusively obtained a document showing a Havre Sector Border Patrol manager knowingly issuing orders to leave 40 miles of border open and unpatrolled. Obama holdovers in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are continuing with the same careless disregard in the Trump Administration that they did under former resident Obama, according to Border Patrol agents. Breitbart Texas has the specific order that was given to the agents signed by the Obama-holdover manager. The order demands that agents...
  • McCain: ‘I Hope’ Trump Succumbs to D.C. Establishment

    04/17/2017 4:48:59 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 74 replies
    LifeZette ^ | April 16, 2017 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    Hawkish senator cheers neocon shift, says president 'is growing and he is listening' Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that he “hoped” President Donald Trump was being drawn into the so-called “Washington establishment” during an interview Sunday. Ever since Trump ordered an airstrike in Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack that killed more than 80 Syrian civilians earlier in April, he has received increasing praise from the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. When Todd pointed to those who say “the Washington establishment sucked [Trump] in” and compromised his conservative populism and...
  • 'Why is it your right to take away my right to choose?': Teenager slams top Republican senator

    04/15/2017 9:00:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 85 replies
    business Insider/ MSN ^ | April 15, 2017
    A 16-year-old girl from Tucson slammed Arizona Republican senator Jeff Flake during a town hall on Thursday, grilling him over his support for a law that will give states the right to deny Title X funds to family-planning centers that also provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood.  President Trump signed the bill into law on Thursday, the same day as Flake's town hall, and it was seen by many as a strike at Planned Parenthood, which uses Title X money to provide healthcare to millions of low-income women across the country. 
  • Arizona Democrat Said He Wants to Punch Female Colleague In Throat Over School Choice Bill

    04/15/2017 8:58:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2017 | Brent Scher
    An Arizona Democrat said that he "wanted to punch" a female Republican colleague in the state legislature "in the throat" over the passage of school choice legislation she introduced . . . Lesko's bill, passed by the legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last week, made all of Arizona's students eligible for the state's voucher system. Rubalcava is currently under investigation by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission for possible violations during the 2016 election
  • Graham about McCain: I love him to death

    04/15/2017 12:26:11 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | CNN staff
    Sen. Lindsey Graham gets emotional when reflecting on his friendship with Sen. John McCain during a CNN town hall with the two senators.
  • Republican Sen. Jeff Flake gets slammed in raucous town hall meeting

    04/14/2017 1:47:51 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 69 replies
    Sen. Jeff Flake encountered a raucous audience at a town hall meeting in Mesa, Arizona, on Thursday night. Constituents peppered the Republican lawmaker with questions about President Donald Trump's actions in office, and his broader agenda on climate change, the president's taxes, the Supreme Court and Planned Parenthood. Much like other GOP town halls held since Trump assumed the Oval Office, attendees railed against Flake, many of whom accused him of being a rubber stamp for Trump. Flake, like Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Mike Coffman, and Sen. Mitch McConnell before him, attempted to answer the audience's concerns, though most explanations drew...
  • Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall & Other Border Security Measures

    04/14/2017 1:34:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 79 replies
    Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva ^ | April 12, 2017 | Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
    TUCSON – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today joined the Center for Biological Diversity in suing the Trump administration over its proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal’s environmental impacts.  Rep. Grijalva released the following statement: “American environmental laws are some of the oldest and strongest in the world, and they should apply to the borderlands just as they do everywhere else,” Rep. Grijalva said. “These laws exist to protect the health and well-being of our people, our wildlife, and the places they live. Trump’s wall —...
  • McCain and Graham Want Ground Troops in Syria, President Trump Says No

    04/13/2017 12:28:47 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 75 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain released a joint statement on Tuesday urging President Donald Trump to bolster ground efforts in Syria. "As part of a broader strategy, we urge the President to take greater military action to achieve our objectives, including grounding the Syrian air force and establishing safe havens inside Syria to protect Syrians,” the statement reads. “There will never be a diplomatic solution as long as Assad dominates the battlefield,” according to McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and Graham, who chairs an appropriations subcommittee.
  • ‘THIS IS THE TRUMP ERA’: Sessions Announces New Push To Prosecute Illegal Immigrants

    04/11/2017 10:24:50 AM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 11 2017
    These reforms include a surge of 25 immigration judges at detention centers along the border, and the hiring of 50 new immigration judges in 2017 and an additional 75 in 2018.
  • McCain Won’t Rule Out Another Senate Run

    04/09/2017 9:23:37 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 66 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/21/2016 | Aryn Braun
    Arizona Sen. John McCain won’t rule out running again in 2022. McCain, 80, told The Arizona Republic he won’t be making any decisions on a potential seventh Senate campaign for at least three years, leaving the door open for another run. First elected in 1986, McCain is one of the most senior members of the Senate, and as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he still wields a significant amount of power and influence.
  • Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is knocked down to size

    04/09/2017 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 72 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 7, 2017 | Editorial Board
    The outdoor jail that was Mr. Arpaio’s marquee undertaking was a travesty. Ostensibly established to save money and deter criminals, who presumably would want to avoid sweltering in desert heat, it failed on both counts. In fact, closing the encampment will save taxpayers some $4.5 million annually. And in a recent study, the inmates there said they preferred the facility, the heat notwithstanding, to the cramped cells in conventional jails. In announcing that the encampment would be closed, after 24 years, Mr. Arpaio’s successor, Paul Penzone, a Democrat, said, “Starting today, the circus ends, and the tents come down.” Mr....
  • The “Clean Water Rule” Is About Federal Authority, Not Water

    04/08/2017 8:18:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/7/2017 | Megan Ingram
    The rule defines eight categories of waters of the U.S. Six categories include traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, territorial seas (these three are called “jurisdictional waters”), impoundments of jurisdictional waters, “tributaries,” and “adjacent” waters. These are jurisdictional by rule in all cases, requiring no additional analysis in order to be regulated. To be adjacent, the rule uses the rubric of “neighboring,” which can be met by waters in the 100-year floodplain—meaning land which might be wet one out of every 100 days is a water of the U.S. and can be federally controlled. Texas coastal prairie wetlands are another type...