Middle East

Feb 9, 2016

Lawmakers seek more roadblocks for Middle East refugees

Seven Republican lawmakers are trying to erect new roadblocks to the federal government resettling Middle East refugees in Arizona.

Jun 19, 2015

Azerbaijan Connection: Arizona lawmakers pass resolutions putting themselves in the middle of international conflict

Since 2012, the small Middle Eastern country of Azerbaijan has invited hundreds of state lawmakers from Arizona and across the United States to take all-expenses paid trips halfway around the world to see the country firsthand.

Jun 19, 2015

Congressional Azerbaijan trips have ties to Gulen movement

Members of Congress recently got into hot water with the independent Office of Congressional Ethics for taking an all-expenses paid trip in 2013 to Azerbaijan, where they rubbed elbows with the Middle Eastern country’s ruling class and were showered with extravagant gifts.

Nov 26, 2013

Arizona lawmakers give cool reception to deal on Iran’s nuclear program

Several Arizona lawmakers have weighed in on the Obama administration’s weekend announcement of an agreement intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program – and most are not pleased.

May 14, 2012

Military officials: Veterans struggle to find work after service getting worse

When Michael Luna left for basic training with the Arizona Army National Guard in July, little did he know what his time would be occupied with when he would return home in December.

Finding a job.

Mar 23, 2012

Hezbollah terror threat on U.S.-Mexico border is real

On Feb. 17, the Arizona Capitol Times printed a story disputing my statements concerning Hezbollah terrorists coming across our unsecured, unprotected southern border into the U.S.

The article undermines the need for additional law enforcement support on the Arizona/Mexico border, which is the purpose of my bill, SB1083, which establishes an Arizona Special Missions Unit to organize a s[...]

Feb 29, 2012

Volunteer strike force on border gets Senate OK

A senator who believes Middle-Eastern terrorist groups are active in Mexico and Central America persuaded her colleagues to advance a proposal that would create an armed volunteer force to help apprehend criminals who illegally enter the United States.

The Senate passed the measure today by a vote of 20-10.

Feb 14, 2012

Middle East terror group cited as reason to put armed volunteer militia on Arizona-Mexico border

A senator who wants to create an armed volunteer force that can stop crimes along the Arizona-Mexico border repeated claims Tuesday that terrorist organizations based in the Middle East have formed alliances with drug cartels to the south.

Feb 13, 2011

Despite loss, press critics still have outlets

News councils, which generally include a mix of journalists and citizens as members, cannot force news operations to cooperate in their investigations. They don’t have legal powers to compel witnesses or gather facts, and they lack authority to enforce any penalty, correction or retraction. Though supporters see councils as a way to encourage accurate and fair reporting, opponents have raised ob[...]

Jan 4, 2011

Hi Jolly: The Camel Man

When the U.S. Army sent the first survey crews to northern Arizona in 1857 to survey a wagon road along the 35th parallel, it included in the contingent a herd of approximately 30 camels.

Aug 4, 2010

Economy sending Ariz. teachers toward jobs abroad

Forced to search elsewhere for teaching jobs in the lackluster economy, and looking for some adventure and job stability, 1,200 North American teachers have been hired for Teach Away jobs this year.