Washington (CNN) - Behind the glitzy photos spreads, the slick highlight reels and the overstuffed swag bags, a few cities vying to hold the Republican National Convention in 2016 are making demographics a subtle but important part of their pitch to Republican Party leaders.
For Western cities like Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix – all of which are vying to hold the party's presidential nomination convention – their pitches could be boiled down to this: We have both the infrastructure and political symbolism you need.
Updated 5:42 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014
(CNN) - A group that backs House Democratic incumbents and candidates released a new ad Thursday that praises a Democratic congresswoman for blasting the "stunning ineptitude" of the Affordable Care Act rollout.
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside Arizona's appeal to reinstate its law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
A federal appeals court last year said the restrictions were unconstitutional.
Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush made a rare political appearance Thursday.
Bush, who once served as governor of Texas, slipped into a closed-door, governors-only luncheon at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – There wasn't room for the two of them.
In the fall of 2012, with the presidential race in full swing, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, two prominent Republican governors with well-known national ambitions, were engaged in a different kind of campaign.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A former Arizona congressman was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after his June conviction on federal corruption charges.
Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, 54, was indicted in 2008 on charges of extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering and racketeering related to a 2005 money-laundering scheme that netted the Flagstaff Republican more than $700,000.FULL STORY
(CNN) – With the housing bust's epicenter as his backdrop, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for a full revamp of the government's involvement in home mortgages, including endorsing a full wind-down of loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The 2008 government bailout of Fannie and Freddie amounted to one of the most expensive government rescues of the financial crisis, costing billions – a tab the president argued Tuesday should never again be left to taxpayers.
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in the Prescott Valley area for the 19 firefighters killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, according to a senior administration official.
The bodies are currently at a medical examiner's office in downtown Phoenix but will be transferred in a public procession Sunday to Prescott Valley.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate bill's sponsors change a provision dealing with internet sales.
Flake said the only reason he voted no was because of his concern that the requirement for background checks on internet sales is too costly and inconvenient, given the way guns are often sold among friends in his state of Arizona and others.
(CNN) - They were once on opposing presidential tickets, but Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain will sit down for a public conversation next week in Sedona, Arizona.
Biden and McCain will share the stage as they open up a dinner for the annual forum at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.