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What the Devil won't tell you

'Friendly fire' education tax victory explained

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge made quick work of one of the dumbest law passed out of the Legislature this decade — and that's saying about eleventy-five mouthfuls. A Pima County lawsuit with a convoluted history is actually a win for low-tax school districts — and may allow for a cut in property taxes. ... Read more»

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Hockey deal could reverse Tucson's dismal minor-league fortunes

The deal to bring minor-league hockey to the Old Pueblo is in fact the smartest thing the Council and Rio Nuevo have managed to achieve since we said "no" to a Sky Bridge. What's there to complain about? They're putting hockey in an ice rink and a sports team in a sports arena.... Read more»

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Pass or fail, Prop. 123 is just step one

Parsing the results is a waste of time because the same question awaited victory or defeat: What's next? It's a long hard slog out of doing less financially for schools than all but two states with far lower poverty rates. It's going to require a series of political victories to change the paradigm created by the same forces now in charge. Might as well start today.... Read more»

Commentary

Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text.... Read more»

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Welcome to the Boomtown: Caterpillar deal just part of Tucson's resurgence

Caterpillar jobs pay well — the kind of well that Tucson isn't used to. After 14 months of calling BS left, right and center that has left me at times feeling like the elderly Muppet Show hecklers, I figured I would explain how Tucson's economy seems to be blossoming in its own right. Good things are afoot here.... Read more»

Analysis

Democrats mull Julián Castro's vice presidential prospects

Only a year ago, Democrats far and wide treated HUD Secretary Julián Castro as the most likely vice presidential pick for a Hillary Clinton ticket. Young and Hispanic, the former San Antonio mayor posed a perfect complement to the former New York senator and Secretary of State. But in recent weeks, speculation about Castro's chances has grown more muted.... Read more»1

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Never mind Trump: His voters are the real story, especially in Az

Trump has found Republican 3.0: A jaded aspirant, xenophobic and heathen, with Occupy tendencies. Apparently they now make up 40 percent of the Republican Party. The polite media, polite society and professional outrage machine (please make your donations to) can barely tolerate such a beast roaming free. Sensitive America, gird up. I think we found the new swing voter. ... Read more»

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»

Commentary

Mexico finds it easier to focus on Trump than its own failings

Experts accuse the Mexican government of thwarting its investigation of a student massacre and torturing suspects, but the top story in a prominent Mexican newspaper is about standing up to Trump. ... Read more»

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Prop. 124: A short take on a bad idea and a good ballot measure

Proposition 124, ladies and gentleman, is the constitutional equivalent of removing the beer goggles that led to an unfortunate face tattoo devoted to a one-night stand during a raging party in 1998.... Read more»

Could Donald Trump change journalism for the better?

Journalists, as chroniclers of the political system, are confronted with a dilemma. How should journalists cover Trump’s candidacy? Can they – and should they – be objective? Objectivity is a much misunderstood concept and is too often uncritically mythologized as central to American journalistic practice.... Read more»1

Analysis

Competition suffers most if UnitedHealthcare exits Obamacare next year

If UnitedHealthcare follows through on its threat to quit the health insurance marketplaces in 2017, more than 1 million consumers would be left with a single health plan option, forecasted an analysis released Monday.... Read more»1

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Read before burning: Prop. 123

The easiest thing to do in politics is run on tax cuts. That's why school spending ranks so low. The second easiest mission in politics is to make unwilling martyrs of those without a seat at the table. Seeing as kids can't vote, their sacrifice seems fantastically reasonable in the name of a better tomorrow. ... Read more»4

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Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

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