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What revolution? Primary is good news for Bronson

Staunch conservatives taking control of the liberal Pima County government looked doable. Then votes got counted Tuesday. The big winner of the primary election would seem to be (right now ... hedge, hedge) Sharon Bronson. If the Tea Party/Trump revolution is coming, it may be bypassing us.... Read more»1

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By Joe Arpaio's logic, it's time to make an example of him

Federal Judge Murray Snow ordered Sheriff Joe Arpaio to cease and desist racial profiling. Arpaio refused. He broke the law. Snow has referred the case for criminal prosecution. By Arpaio's own reasoning, he's a criminal and needs to be made an example of, so kids can see.... Read more»1

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Med school dean's travel is a hurricane in a squirt bottle

Tucson should put a portable defibrillator in every home if we're going to freak out about $26,000 per year in university spending that can be questioned. Bureaucracy is to universities what analogies are to the SAT. Without the former, there isn't much use of the latter. So 26 grand for comfy travel seems a pittance compared to what could happen on any given day on a college campus. ... Read more»

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Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister.... Read more»

Analysis

Should big insurance become like Walmart to lower health costs?

Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way?... Read more»

Analysis

Battle over the ballot box: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression

There is a battle for the ballot box that’s being fought in the nation’s courtrooms: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression. So far, “voter fraud” is losing the war, with little to no evidence being presented to justify harsh preemptive or preventive measures.... Read more»

Analysis

Spain’s Civil War and the Americans who fought in it: A convoluted legacy

Eighty years ago this month, in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, a group of right-wing generals staged a military coup, aimed at overthrowing Spain’s democratically elected government. The July 1936 uprising unleashed the Spanish Civil War, a horrific conflagration that lasted almost three years.... Read more»

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Figuring out how time works proving hard for Arizona politicos

Civic-minded folks on both sides of the political divide suddenly seem shocked that April can turn into July in just three months and get whipsawed by the year 2016 preceding 2017. The technology isn't Tinder. It's Stonehenge. And that's why a couple of initiatives won't be on this year's ballot.... Read more»2

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Ally Miller's tales of enemies, real and imagined

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller may survive the political and legal challenges facing her in light of revelations, first broken by the TucsonSentinel.com, that she used her personal email accounts to seek greater secrecy from prying county eyes. But man, do those emails paint a portrait of politician consumed by paranoia.... Read more»

Analysis

UA prof to Congress: 'Tipping point' for freedom of information

"We have reached a tipping point – a crisis situation – when it comes to freedom of information in this country. We are frogs in the kettle of slowly heating water," the head of the UA Journalism School, David Cuillier, told Congress on Tuesday. "The law is broken. FOIA has been co-opted as a tool of secrecy, not transparency."... Read more»

Analysis: Texas leaders have lesson to learn from Dallas attacks

Texas politicians and community leaders must do what the police courageously did on Thursday night in Dallas: Somebody has to run toward the trouble.... Read more»

Commentary

How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... Read more»

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When judges attack: Future brightens for Tucson's hybrid elections

So I'm not a betting man. If I were, after a watching last week's re-hearing of a case about Tucson's elections, I would bet a week's pay that Tucson Republicans' jubilation about a federal appeals court's previous body slam of the city's hybrid system will be very short lived. Here's why.... Read more»1

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Heraldgate is needlessly spinning out of control on Ally Miller

After Miller walked out of a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, it's clear this story is rapidly gyrating out of her control. She's playing a losing game of "why are you hitting yourself?" Miller needs to stop, take a breath and fully comply with public records requests and be open and transparent. The Herald saga is a ridiculous reason to toss away a political career. ... Read more»2

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Take it from a guy who's been there: We don't know anything about Orlando yet

The Orlando shootings bring back Tucson memories and the most uncomfortable truth of all: We think we know things, but we don't. Omar Mateen, a native New Yorker, appears to have massacred 50 people in an Orlando nightclub. This is the news today. Tomorrow? Who knows? We don't even know what we don't know we should ask about.... Read more»

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