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Sunshine Week commentary

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

This is Sunshine Week in the U.S., when news organizations spotlight the public’s right to know and size up government openness and access to public records. This year, we should add a more sweeping question to the list: How will the First Amendment survive the dramatic changes in information technology? Complicated disputes are popping up in both predicable and surprising places.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Republicans & Democrats ask Obama: Why haven’t you signed this transparency order?

Ten billion dollars. That’s what some experts predict the 2016 election will cost (at least financially). This Sunshine Week, as news organizations and advocates reflect on the progress we’ve made on transparency and right-to-know reforms, it is critical to urge President Obama to sign an executive order that would shine a light on one tranche of money in politics.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

True disclosure demands full accountability

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all, transparency is the best disinfectant, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous quote. Sadly, the type of transparency and disclosure envisioned by the justices doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Commentary

Trying (and trying) to get records from the ‘most transparent administration’ ever

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises. ... Read more»

Opinion

Changing immigration: So who pays for the fence?

Mexico is no longer the most common country of origin for immigrants, yet the idea of expanding the fence along the Mexican border remains a key talking point in the current Republican primary campaign.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Flawed audit raises valid questions about TUSD

Those who are sick of comparing Arizona schools to the national average should keep quiet about the audit's national comparison. So let's instead focus on what the audit does well – comparing the school districts to each other. And boy does one local district seem either on fire, or about to respond to one. Or … y'know … not.... Read more»

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

What the Devil won't tell you

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»

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