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What the Devil won't tell you

McSally should heed Flake's warning before seeking his seat

In the Age of Trump, nothing screams establishment like sanity and competence. So McSally's strengths would be more than weaknesses. They'd be accusations, were she to run for Jeff Flake's seat in the U.S. Senate.... Read more»

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TUSD's decision to bond is not sub-prime

About Prop. 458, TUSD's bond question on the ballot: I've been hearing that bond debt "compares" to all the morally nebulous debt that is drowning Washington and destroying the economy. The word folks are looking for is "contrasts." Some borrowing is smart debt; it's not all evil.... Read more»2

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D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Christy: New half-cent RTA tax could fund Pima County road repairs

County Supervisor Steve Christy: Repeal the just-passed property tax for roads and instead pass a countywide sales tax. "With our 'Just Fix the Roads' plan, the RTA can begin to conquer our deteriorating and failed roads."... Read more»1

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Strong Start Tucson's flawed conception undermines noble effort

Strong Start Tucson authors seem to be offering a tone-deaf promise they'll answer questions after voters hand them $50 million per year. That's not a winning strategy or a good idea. Too many of initiative's details are left to be decided later — cue a Rio Nuevo flashback.... Read more»1

From the editor

McSally bill may exempt Border Patrol from freedom of information laws

A hearing Wednesday may — inadvertently or on purpose — move forward a law, backed by Rep. McSally, that would exempt Customs and Border Protection from FOIA almost entirely, allowing the agency to keep records about its border enforcement activities under wraps. ... Read more»2

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Grand delusion: NCAA left college hoops open to silly scheme

The NCAA corruption scandal is stupidity, wrapped in ignorance, and uncovered by an FBI that should have better things to do. The future of Arizona basketball is threatened by the systemic denial that programs run on cash, not grades.... Read more»

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Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.... Read more»

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Stuff costs money: Tuition suit could stiff Az's whole university system

Arizona's conservatives have blown up the collectivist model of tax funding in favor of a user-pays model for higher education. Now they don't want the user to pay, either. Ideology comes with a cost because eventually it escapes the court of public opinion – or the court of law – and runs headlong into reality.... Read more»

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Supervisors should let Ally Miller's 'proud white' comments drop

Any official action against Ally Miller would only make her stronger among those who believe her cries that she's a "victim." Miller's comeuppance is best left to conversations and arguments out among Pima County voters, rather than in the hands of county government.... Read more»

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How Arpaio, Ethnic Studies & Confederacy illuminate the Right's racial issue

Confederate monuments, Mexican American studies and Joe Apraio's pardon together illuminate why it's not just in our heads that the Right gets into trouble on race. The double standards are hard to miss.... Read more»

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Time to unite & keep neo-Nazi White Walkers at bay

Republicans can't let the KKK or neo-Nazis co-opt a mainstream brand. The "alt-right" is not just a more extreme version of the Tea Party. They're cobras. I'm not over-reacting — they call themselves Nazis. Republicans like Ally Miller & Martha McSally will have to choose a side in the battle of good vs. evil.... Read more»3


The Joe Arpaio I knew

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself.... Read more»

Quick take

McCain on Va white supremacist attack: 'Defy those who raise flag of bigotry'

Commenting on the white supremacist attack in Virginia that killed at least one and injured more than a dozen others, Sen. McCain said "neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people... (We) must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry."... Read more»1


Juvenile justice figures show kids are becoming more all right

Teenagers in Arizona and elsewhere in the country have been turning away from crime in remarkable numbers, according to federal and state-level data. And nobody’s sure why.... Read more»

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