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The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Talking things out may not be the best alternative to traditional "zero tolerance" school discipline, which research has shown has racial disparities.... Read more»2

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How voter access laws & passion brought people to the polls

Nationally, 53 percent of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018, a 12-point bump from the previous midterms.... Read more»

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After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»

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Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»

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Russian bots are at the gate but the enemy is us

Sure, yeah, the Russians are coming (and the Saudis and Chinese and Iranians) but they are using our own gullibility and sanctimony against us. The Russians are an adversary. Unfortunately, we have met the enemy and it’s us. ... Read more»1

Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist explains

As marijuana and its derivatives are sold legally in more states, pets are getting into pot, accidentally. And some owners are intentionally giving them CBD. A veterinary toxicologist explains the dangers.... Read more»

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Arizona among top states for passing ‘copycat bills’ written by national partisan & industry groups

Arizona is among the top states for copycat legislation, “model” bills that are crafted on a national level by conservative, liberal and industry special-interest groups and then pushed on the local level from state Capitol to state Capitol.... Read more»

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Mark Kelly bank-breaking campaign fundraising important but not sufficient

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally's fundraising is going great guns but challenger Mark Kelly's haul is out of this world. Still, he can literally buy himself all the advice needed to kill his candidacy.... Read more»3

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A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»

FactCheck: Kellyanne Conway's spin on Trump's 'obstructive conduct'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway falsely claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report concluded that President Donald Trump engaged in “no — quote — ‘obstructive conduct'” during the Russia investigation. Mueller’s report said it “does not exonerate” Trump of obstruction of justice.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump wrong on Mexico's migrant apprehensions

In 2018, Mexico apprehended 110,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and over the previous four years the total was more than 500,000. Yet, President Trump said that for the “first time” in “decades” Mexico “has been starting to apprehend a lot of people at their southern border coming in” from those countries.... Read more»

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Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.... Read more»

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Ducey too smart to be so stupid as to support Trump's latest border sucker-punch

Arizona Gov. Ducey says he supports President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border because he apparently is cool with losing a quarter-billion dollars per day in trade. He should be smarter than that.... Read more»

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Don Diamond helped end the battles he long fought

Much has been written about how developer Don Diamond — who died this week — fought to defeat environmentalists in the growth war, but we should also take this occasion to remember how he put an end to that conflict.... Read more»1

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Gallego's decision to bow out of Senate race a missed opportunity for Dems

A Ruben Gallego primary run against Mark Kelly may have been the final step in turning Arizona purple, which is sort of like watching that first platypus grow a bill.... Read more»

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Scotus 2020: Detention OK provides clear view of stakes for Dems

Everything we need to know about the 2020 election pops into focus with the Supreme Court ruling upholding a lousy law from the days when Democrats insisted on proving they were tough.... Read more»

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