Trump nominates Liburdi to fill US District Court vacancy
PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a lawyer who formerly was Gov. Doug Ducey's top staff attorney to become a U.S. District judge for Arizona.
Recently appointed U.S. Sen. Martha McSally praised Trump's selection of Michael Liburdi of Scottsdale to fill a vacancy and said he was recommended by former Sen. Jon Kyl and the late Sen. John McCain.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Former Arizona senator returns to Washington lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl has returned to the lobbying firm that employed him before he was tapped to fill the seat that had been held by the late John McCain.
In a statement released Monday, Covington & Burling said Kyl has rejoined its public policy practice, where he'll focus "on matters of policy and strategy for the firm's clients." Kyl, however, is subject to a two-year cooling off period during which he cannot lobby Congress.
Kyl reflects on lesson learned from Kavanaugh hearings
PHOENIX (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings should teach senators that they have to take special effort in the future to avoid making such hearings appear too political and too rowdy.
Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to Washington just a month after she lost a tight race for the state's other spot in the Senate.
Arizona Governor appoints McSally to McCain’s seat
McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, a development which gives Ducey a second opportunity to fill the position.
Kyl, 76, had said he was only committed to serving through the end of the year, although Ducey said he had hoped to persuade him to serve through 2020. His resignation is effective Dec. 31 and forces a pivotal decision by the state's Republican governor.
Pelosi recalls Arizona’s former US Rep. Pastor at funeral
PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of mourners on Friday bid farewell to Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, the former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who was remembered as a devoted public servant and doting family man in a ceremony that filled a large Phoenix church with laughter and sometimes tears.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi remembered Pastor on Friday as a lawmaker whose humor united people from both sides of the political aisle.
The Latest: Mourners gather to remember Arizona congressman
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Arizona's 1st Hispanic Congressman, Ed Pastor (all times local):
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is among those scheduled to eulogize former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor at a church packed with mourners gathered to remember Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress.
The service at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix began with a mariachi group singing "De Colores," a popular Spanish-language folk anthem.
Lawsuit alleges election required to replace McCain
PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Arizona voters is suing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to try to force him to call a special election to replace their late Sen. John McCain.
The federal lawsuit announced Thursday alleges that Ducey's September appointment of Jon Kyl to fill the seat until the 2020 election violates the Constitution.
State law says a special election is to be held at the next general election date. Because McCain died on August 25 it was too late for this year's November ballot.
Former Arizona AG Grant Woods: Now re-registered as Democrat
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods says he's now a Democrat and no longer a Republican.
Woods told radio station KTAR on Friday that he changed his registration because of frustration with President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Grant Woods considers Arizona Senate run as a Democrat
PHOENIX (AP) — A close friend to Sen. John McCain says he's considering running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat or independent.
Former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods said in an interview with radio station KTAR on Thursday that even though he ran as a Republican in the past, he no longer aligns himself with "the party of Trump."
Woods was McCain's chief of staff in the 1980s. He delivered a much-praised eulogy at a memorial service for McCain in Phoenix one week ago.
Arizona governor’s Senate pick reflects a cautious approach
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona carries a reputation as one of the country's political flashpoints, with heated debates over immigration, rambunctious populists and a divided GOP.
But the man who had the attention of the nation's political establishment this week is a buttoned-down former ice cream company executive running for a second term as governor.
Jon Kyl sworn in to fill McCain’s Senate seat until January
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona, who served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2012, was sworn in Wednesday to fill the seat left open by the death of Sen. John McCain.
Kyl, 76, has committed to serve only until the end of the current congressional session on Jan. 3. Still, he'll have the chance to cast key votes, including on spending bills to keep the government running and on whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Latest: Kyl likely to be sworn in on Wednesday
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl's appointment to replace John McCain (all times local):
A spokesman for the Arizona governor says Jon Kyl could be sworn in as a U.S. senator as soon as Tuesday evening but it will likely occur Wednesday.
Daniel Ruiz II, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey, disclosed the timing hours after Ducey appointed Kyl to fill the seat left vacant by the death of John McCain.
Former senator to replace McCain, at least until January
PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. senator from Arizona who is now a lobbyist helping guide the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was named Tuesday to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of John McCain.
Republican Jon Kyl cited his sense of duty in accepting the appointment but said he's only committing to serve until the end of the congressional session next Jan. 3.
Former Senator Jon Kyl to replace John McCain
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Kyl trekked back to the Capitol with a name tag hanging around his neck, but he didn't need one.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh's wooing of the Senate is part of a time-honored tradition, including awkward grip-and-grin photo ops and light conversation that skirts the contentious issues that lie ahead.
Here's what to watch for as Kavanaugh makes the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of his confirmation hearing to become the next Supreme Court justice:
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has enlisted two outside advisers to examine how it treats underrepresented communities and whether it has a liberal bias.
Civil rights leader Laura Murphy will examine civil rights issues, along with law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax. Former Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, will examine concerns about a liberal bias on Facebook.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake and former Sen. Jon Kyl lamented the state of politics in Washington during a Wednesday night university talk that barely touched on Flake's ongoing conflict with President Donald Trump.
The Republicans told a crowd at Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College that the polarized politics of Washington make it increasingly difficult to get anything done.
WASHINGTON — Disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has no interest in running for Rep. Trent Franks’ seat but is considering running for Arizona’s open Senate seat.
“I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate,” he told the Daily Beast. “Not the congressman’s seat.”
Arpaio previously flirted with staging a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake before Flake announced he would not seek re-election after one term.
Former senator helping Sessions in confirmation process
PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. attorney general is getting some help from a former Senate colleague in making it through the confirmation process.
Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona sat behind Sen. Jeff Sessions during the Judiciary Committee's two-day hearing and the Alabama Republican said at one point he was honored that Kyl was assisting him.