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Trump visit misses how Latinos are climate change GOP can't ignore

Latinos and other minorities are the new Reagan Democrats and soccer moms. Boy, will that suck for Republicans if they can't dial back the demagoguery. Billionaire self-promoter Donald Trump played to fantasies about immigration again during a weekend rally in Phoenix.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Crunching rankings shows Az's low-cost economic model is outdated

You may have heard CNBC released a report on the top states for business — and Arizona tumbled 20 spots to No. 34, but did you get the memo that Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't want bad news? Never mind the term "business friendly." Look at the states with strong economies and Arizona has a starting point to talk about our own.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Clinton spins on immigration, emails

In her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that "all" Republican presidential candidates "don't want to provide a path to citizenship," and she distorted the facts on her exclusive use of private email as secretary of state.... Read more»2

Commentary

Justice can be blind, but it also can be phony

Judges are reassuring figures. Their dispassionate approach, caution and knowledge of the law bolster our confidence in America’s cherished system of justice. Except when they point out why much of that confidence is misplaced. Or advise us that, as Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski puts it, “Although we pretend otherwise, much of what we do in the law is guesswork.”... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona's best and brightest Latinos

A new report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy unveils a bit of good news for Arizona’s education system. ... Read more»7

Commentary

Arizona is not Nebraska for immigration reform

In Arizona, so far an estimated 10,300 young immigrants have received driver’s licenses since the judge lifted the governor’s ban – even though nearly 10 times that many DREAMers have received federal work permits in Arizona. Fear is a great fertilizer – if not for corn, certainly for inertia.... Read more»

Analysis: Retention elections for Supreme Court?

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz suggested holding retention elections that could knock Supreme Court justices off the bench. Sounds good, right?... Read more»2

Analysis

Az redistricting process upheld, changes still possible

The Supreme Court surprised many observers on June 29 by upholding the right of Arizona’s five-member Independent Redistricting Commission to draw congressional districts. But change may still be in order.... Read more»

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Redistricting win doesn't mask how IRC failed in state races

Great: the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's independent redistricting system. But that commission failed to weaken Fortress Phoenix when it redrew electoral lines — the GOP starts with a majority before the first ballot is even cast. Giving Kyrsten Sinema a shot at Congress was done at the expense of actual competitive districts where they matter most — right here at home.... Read more»3

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Call center cheers show Council sloth on economy

The bad news about Comcast's new call center is that it remains good news after a quarter-century of failed economic development. When are we going to stop making excuses and coming up with plans to make plans to study things? It's time to get angry.... Read more»1

Commentary

Potter: For-profit hospitals mark up prices by 1,000+ percent because there's nothing to stop them

Commentary: health facility charges run amok. If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published by the journal Health Affairs — those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays.... Read more»

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Memo to Ducey: Stop making columnist's job this easy

Seriously, Gov. Ducey, stop with the low-hanging fruit for columnists. Firing the economist who says the economy isn't doing well does not fix the economy. ... Read more»2

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Schooled: Money does help student achievement, after all

You can cherry pick the top and cherry pick the bottom. But test scores are like investigative reporters. They follow the money. Let's talk student achievement, because God knows no one else does. It's a hard measure to come by, but what is out there paints a picture that is a good news-bad news sort of thing.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 facts you need to know about immigrants today

This June marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, when Americans celebrate their immigrant roots and tell their families’ stories of sacrifice and contribution. Woven together, these stories form the backbone of the United States. To mark the month, here are 10 things you need to know about immigrants today:... Read more»

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Hunting: Az must find more revenue streams for education

Shortly after new data was released showing that Arizona ranks last in the nation for per-pupil instructional spending, teacher salary and school administration expenditure, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan for an additional $300 per pupil for K-12 education over the next five years. An additional $2 billion spent on education over the next five years sounds like a lot of money, but what does this really mean? ... Read more»

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