Recent Articles from Laurie Liles, Cronkite News
Arizona cited as a ‘special place’ for dark-money operations
Dark money in campaigns has become an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.”
A well-earned name: Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics
Paul G. Ryan asked the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office what seemed like a simple question: Is a state nonprofit that spends money to influence elections actually a political committee?
Supreme Court won’t consider case favoring Arizona death-row inmate
The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 let stand a lower court’s ruling granting a new hearing for Arizona death-row inmate Richard Dean Hurles in the 1992 stabbing death of a Buckeye librarian.
Johnson defends Obama immigration move, vows Arizona visit ‘early next year’
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will return to southern Arizona early next year to meet with residents and talk about steps his agency is taking to secure the border and further reduce illegal immigration.
Lawmakers will wait for details of Obama’s immigration action plan
Arizona lawmakers were holding their fire after President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would unveil his long-awaited executive actions on immigration – but previous statements leave little doubt about where they stand.
Supreme Court urged not to intervene on bail for immigrant felony suspects
Opponents of an Arizona law that denies bail to felony suspects who are in this country illegally urged the Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a lower court ruling that overturns the ban.
Thank goodness that’s over: Campaign ads, cash left voters with ‘election fatigue’
Political observers and voting experts said there was a real sense of “election fatigue” this fall among voters, who were inundated by ads and campaign cash.
After 23 years in Congress, Pastor savors victories little and large
Jack Lunsford says U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Phoenix, will be remembered for countless legislative contributions to Arizona, but the memory that best sums up the long-term congressman for Lunsford has nothing to do with politics.
Johnson: Border is tighter, but ‘new threats’ to homeland security loom
The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has stopped growing for the first time since the 1980s, another sign of the success of border-security efforts, the head of Homeland Security said Oct. 9.
Court: Mine can give job preference to Navajo workers on Navajo land
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Peabody Western Coal Co. can give preference to Navajo tribal members when making hiring decisions for mines on the Navajo Nation.
Arizonans arrested at Democratic headquarters in immigration protest
Two Arizona women were among those arrested Monday at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters where protesters chided President Barack Obama’s “broken promise” to take action on immigration reform before the end of this summer.
Glendale mayor urges Congress to halt West Valley casino
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers told a Senate committee Wednesday that unless Congress acts to block a Tohono O’odham Nation casino in his city, residents should prepare for widespread Las Vegas-style gaming throughout the Valley.