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What the Devil won't tell you

Let's not get duped by state schools audit this year

It's nearly time for a February tradition, when auditors publish a report on Arizona school districts, and the press declares too much is spent on bloated "administration" that should instead go into classrooms. It's a festival of dyscalculia, celebrating journalists' ignorance of basic math under deadline pressure and politicos' skill at lying with statistics.... Read more»1

Analysis

Your graphic guide to every debate ever

Fit for any political debate, with candidates for any office at any level, here's a handy guide to what you'll actually hear when politicians try to bolster the base and expand their audience: Buzzwords, meaningless platitudes, arithmetic and grammar errors, biographical exaggerations, dog whistles and all.... Read more»

With bodies piling up, no end in sight in war on Mexican journalists

The Mexican press has been stifled over the past decade, caught in the crossfire of drug violence and government corruption. Today, the country is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. 90 have been killed and 23 have disappeared over the past 15 years.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Scalia replacement battle will help McCain, McSally

When Supreme Court Justice Scalia slipped this mortal coil, the political earthquake began before his family could digest the news and this temblor is like a ZZ Top song: It's bad. It's nationwide. It will even shake up the casting of ballots out here in Arizona — and looks like bad news for Democrats.... Read more»2

Factcheck: Cruz, Rubio twist 'precedent' on Supreme Court nominations

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz distort the history of Supreme Court appointments in arguing that President Obama should not be allowed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

University of nowhere: U of Phx parent bought by private equity

So it has come to this: Private equity will buy Apollo Education, the parent of the University of Phoenix. It is "a move," the Wall Street Journal reports, "that would take the beleaguered company out of the eye of public investors."... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

We could use another fight out of Sugar Ray

Ray Carroll was always at his best and most endearing in the fight rather than outside of it. Sugar Ray was a boxer growing up, and it showed in how he did the job when he was doing it the way it should be done — from his steadfast resolve against sales taxes to his early defense of MLK's legacy and desert conservation.... Read more»2

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Tucson economy faces cracks as UA research funding dries up

Cuts in state funding for the UA and stagnant federal research budgets are going to cost the Tucson economy and cost it a lot. $600 million in lost revenue is like losing two-thirds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base or 80 percent of the Raytheon Missile Systems payroll. It's like losing six Ventana Medical Systems.... Read more»2

Analysis

Ensuring due process protections for Central American refugees

Opinion: All asylum seekers must be informed of their rights, have access to counsel, and not be rushed to deportation before making their full case for protection.... Read more»

Analysis

Spin shift on Bernie: The escalating media assault

For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn't win. Now they're sounding the alarm that he might. And, just in case you haven't gotten the media message yet — Sanders is "angry," kind of like Donald Trump.... Read more»2

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Nullification bill could torpedo GOP efforts to win Council seats

While it would be tempting to only dance on the irony, Finchem's bill mandating that cities ignore federal laws represents a fundamental misunderstanding of our government. A lot of folks share this affliction. It's as if an entire generation saw "I'm just a Bill" on Schoolhouse Rock and never learned the rest of the story.... Read more»

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

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Ducey's SoS: Sharing in no way means caring

The Ducey Doctrine would seem quite the grand vision for a dystopian freelance future for all. Maybe in this odd-job economy, we can sell tickets for to-the-death cage matches over which Uber driver gets the next fare. His plan for Arizona's economy is downright Hobbesian, brutish and hustling.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Two legislative priorities for Arizona water

Lawmakers can't make it snow, but there are a few things they can do in 2016 to help secure Arizona’s long-term water future.... Read more»

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A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

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