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Look out, Donald: Straight Talk Express rumbling back to life

John McCain seems ready to clear his throat and do the "Straight Talk" thing again, because his favorite card to play is the Ace of Spades — the Death Card — on those who done him wrong. Donald Trump's about to pay a price for his "I like people who weren’t captured" crack.... Read more»

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Prop. 101 OKed: Council's road to redemption will now be paved

Look out, world. Prop. 101 passed with 60 percent, as voters rewarded smart, shrewd leadership from the City Council ... yes, the Tucson City Council. (Read that line again if need be. I'll go grab a Coke.) Here's why that's good news.... Read more»

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In defense of Paula Aboud and maybe even 'cheating'

The more I closely I read the case against JP Paula Aboud – especially one of the charges against her — the more I think this whole thing has gone too far. The new justice of the peace faces sanctions over a "prank," but should she?... Read more»4

Death by 1,000 paper cuts

As long as there have been big newspaper chains answering to the stock market rather than independent local ownership, newsrooms have braced for “layoff season.” But now the cuts are year-round. What if the ownership of your local newspaper is the biggest threat to the continued existence of watchdog journalism in your community?... Read more»

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Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

Political theater: How health-care bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

The AARP called the health bill that House Republicans narrowly approved Thursday “deeply flawed” because it would weaken Medicare and lead to higher insurance premiums for older Americans. The American Medical Association said it would undo health insurance coverage gains and hurt public health efforts to fight disease. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded mightily under the Affordable Care Act and buoyed hospitals’ bottom lines. Normally, that would spell failure.... Read more»

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Another good guy with gun takes others with him

"How could this happen here?" Statistically there are probably about 1 million guns in Tucson and the good guys who own them can have very bad moments. I don't expect the weekend's La Encantada murder-suicide to score a blow for gun control, but it's time to bury the bumper-sticker slogan.... Read more»2

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What new UA president's pay tells us about the salary game

Robbins' salary reflects neither peer schools nor competition, but it's a million-dollar example of how the rich get richer because the laws of economics do not apply at the top. Will he be worth it?... Read more»1

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Tucson sales tax referendum confirms erosion is no hoax

Stuff breaks. Erosion happens. Things cost money. These are the realities prompting Prop. 101, the sales-tax bump going before city voters in just a few weeks.... Read more»

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Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

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Supreme Court tells Tucson Republicans to 'play ball'

As the Supreme Court denies a GOP appeal of a ruling that upheld Tucson's system of electing City Council members, it's back to the campaign trail for local Republicans and I will offer the “Red Team” advice because I'm the columnist who cares. ... Read more»

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See crimson, stem tide: March against madness of UA athletics subsidy

Arizona's universities just witnessed the biggest cuts of any public higher ed system in America, and a proposed $100 student fee to pay for athletic programs would mean Arizona and Arizona State would lead the nation in subsidizing college sports.... Read more»

Analysis: Sunshine Week

Why freedom of information faces problems, and how experts say those can be solved

From the UA's David Cuillier and ASU's Eric Newton: People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, roads or freedom of information laws — wear out without regular maintenance. That’s why Sunshine Week exists, to remind us that it takes effort to keep freedom working.... Read more»

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A note to UA's new president: In my day, we didn't have 'safe places'

A kind of zero-option, zero-sum liberalism seemed to permeate the impending UA president's on-campus Q&A. Rather than saying "yes" to everything, I wish Robbins had said “prepare to be unsafe.” He would have done better to remind students that for centuries the most dangerous thing you can provide someone is an education. That's why authoritarians frown on it.... Read more»7

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Arizona's low classroom spending is the price of districts being broke

Every March the Auditor General releases a report on K-12 classroom spending and every year the math-challenged press falls for the clickbait line “Arizona classroom spending near record lows.” The real story: the state doesn't provide enough money to pay teachers – the biggest driver of classroom expenses – then cuffs districts around for not spending enough in classrooms. Jerks. ... Read more»1

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Power down: TUSD needs help after Sanchez battle turns ugly

Politics is getting way too personal on TUSD's Governing Board, which puts schools at risk. So for the good of the students, teachers and my sanity, the board members and their accompanying factions must start to look outside themselves to the broader community to fix what's wrong.... Read more»1

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