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What the Devil won't tell you

Living with 'new normal' makes Trump's win understandable

In their apathy, the elites call the troubles of the many "the New Normal." Those of us who have been forced to swallow the new normal just kicked the establishment in the keister for demanding our obedience. It was stupid but understandable. But checks and balances undermine the rapid, radical change Trump promised. You can campaign in tweets but governing is done in legalese.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Election night: The best hours to be a journalist

It's about to be election night. And for a journalist there is no better time to have the gig. It's the bottom of the ninth, the two-minute warning and the home stretch all wrapped into one. As a journalist, you see politicians govern in prose and campaign in codes. The poetry happens on election night.... Read more»

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Ally Miller's lack of discipline exposes taxpayers, undermines GOP

Ally Miller is about to be sued over handling records, but this time her lack of compliance could cost the county (taxpayers: you) cash. While a vanishing Facebook comment could be worth $75,000, what Miller's inability to pick her battles has really cost is the Tea Party's chance to completely take over the Pima County Board of Supervisors. ... Read more»2

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A story of a saved backside in the age of angst

We interrupt this grimy election for a kinda clean tale of good fortune: A true and winding story about being financially screwed ... and then improbably not.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Brewer tells the truth on Hispanics and voting

The progressive echo chamber had quite a fit when Jan Brewer brushed off the suggestion that Hispanics would cause Clinton to win Arizona. "Nah. They don't vote," she said. But she told the truth. Rare for her, perhaps unprecedented, but accurate for once.... Read more»3

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Az's high priest of the Holy Handgun commands obedience to the faith

The worship of firepower matters to Tucson because here in Arizona the gun is that which cannot be destroyed, and that fact may just cost the city our share of state sales tax revenue. That would be a $178 million hit.... Read more»1

FactChecking the final presidential debate

In the final debate in Las Vegas, we found the deck was still stacked against the facts.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump's bogus voter fraud claims

Donald Trump is citing unsubstantiated urban myths and a contested academic study to paint a false narrative about rampant voter fraud in the U.S. and the likelihood of a "rigged" election.... Read more»

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Sunshine Mile born to die for progress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has tagged Broadway between Euclid and Country Club as an endangered place alongside San Francisco's Embarcadero, the Louisiana steamship the Delta Queen, the James River in Virginia and See's Candy on Broadway. One of these things doesn't belong.... Read more»2

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Quick take: Putting Trump's tax losses into local perspective

By now we have heard a lot about Donald Trump's tax write-offs, but do we really understand the hypocrisy of the tax code? In Tucson, thousands suffered through major financial losses when their homes were foreclosed during the Great Recession. They actually got taxed on their losses; those at Trump's level can write off their losses against future income for years.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

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Nanos' candidacy part of a bigger problem in Pima politics

It snows more often in Tucson than new blood washes through a county department, which is what elections are supposed to provide. It would be nice to elect people to run the county who didn't draw a public paycheck prior to being placed in office. ... Read more»1

FactCheck: Pence's obsolete poverty point

Old talking points die hard. Mike Pence is still claiming that the number of people living in poverty has gone up by 7 million under President Obama, nearly a week after the news came out that 3.5 million escaped poverty last year alone.... Read more»

FactCheck

Trump on birtherism: Wrong, and wrong

Donald Trump finally, definitively allowed that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” But his terse statement on the matter included two falsehoods.... Read more»

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Promised 'big think' missing from Sun Tran rate hikes

The City Council has for months now been weighing, mulling, ruminating and groaning under the weight of indecision concerning an increase in bus fares. Relax, gang. A fare increase is fine. But any hike should be included in a plan that locks Sun Tran's labor union into a long-term deal to avoid another strike and to get a grip on the cost of the system.... Read more»1

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