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Another Arizonan Running Interior?

By | 12.10.08 | 6:00 am

Phoenix — The possibility that President-elect Barack Obama will select Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) as his secretary of interior has environmentalists, Interior Dept. employees, Native Americans and Latino groups giddy.

If appointed and confirmed by the Senate, the three-term Democrat, who represents the state’s 7th Congressional District, is expected to More…

Napolitano Offers Obama Pragmatic Take on Immigration

By | 11.25.08 | 6:07 am

PHOENIX—If Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano becomes the new secretary of homeland security, this centrist Democrat could have the opportunity to institute nationwide reforms to address continuing problems with illegal immigration and border security. These reforms could grow out of the policies and programs that Napolitano has tested in her 15 More…

Cabinet Watch: Janet Napolitano

By | 11.14.08 | 1:17 pm

PHOENIX — In late February 2007, when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama asked for a private meeting with Arizona Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, it was the ambitious, smart and politically savvy Napolitano who was making political history. She was the nation’s first woman chair of the National Governors Assn.

Three months More…

Nevada Turns Very Blue

By | 10.29.08 | 3:29 pm

RENO, Nev.—Three hours after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, held a campaign rally down the street, the Washoe County GOP chairwoman Heidi Smith was puzzled as she looked over early-voting numbers. Democrats were turning out in droves.

Four hours east of San Francisco, Washoe County is More…

McCain: Mr. Uncongeniality

By | 10.20.08 | 3:50 pm

PHOENIX—When you talk to current and former members of Arizona’s congressional delegation about Sen. John McCain’s legislative style, one element runs through all the accounts — the Republican presidential nominee’s combustible temper.

McCain’s often-cited outbursts are a hallmark of his career, but what triggers them is subject to debate. Some More…

Keating Connection: The Sequel

By | 10.10.08 | 12:39 pm

PHOENIX—Sen. John McCain’s wife and father-in-law continued a lucrative business partnership with disgraced financier Charles H. Keating Jr. for 11 years after the GOP presidential nominee said he ended his close friendship with Keating in March 1987.

Cindy McCain’s business partnership with Keating in a real-estate development between 1986 and More…

No Friend of Solar Power

By | 10.07.08 | 1:44 pm

PHOENIX— In one of the most contested exchanges from the first presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama attacked Sen. John McCain’s voting record on alternative energy.

“Over 26 years, Sen. McCain voted 23 times against alternative energy like solar and wind and bio-diesel,” Obama said.

McCain dismissed Obama’s statement as if More…

Wrong From the Beginning

By | 10.06.08 | 2:35 pm

Sen. Obama’s latest campaign video, “Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis,” features William Black, the former deputy director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, who attended a meeting, in April 1987, of McCain, four other senators and Black’s boss at the time, Edwin Gray. More…

Can an Accounting Fix End the Financial Crisis?

By | 10.02.08 | 4:03 pm

PHOENIX—Lost amid the Senate’s Wednesday night passage of a $700-billion Wall Street bailout plan was an effort by Sen. John McCain and others to “fix” an accounting rule that they believe has helped create the crisis.

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, on More…

Did McCain Learn From the S&L Crisis?

By | 09.29.08 | 5:08 pm

PHOENIX—In April 1987, William Black watched five U.S. senators, including Sen. John McCain, now the Republican presidential nominee, try to strong-arm federal-thrift regulators on behalf of Charles H. Keating Jr., a Phoenix businessman who owned Lincoln Savings & Loan.

At the time, Black was deputy director of the Federal Home More…