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Hunting: Az must find more revenue streams for education

Shortly after new data was released showing that Arizona ranks last in the nation for per-pupil instructional spending, teacher salary and school administration expenditure, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan for an additional $300 per pupil for K-12 education over the next five years. An additional $2 billion spent on education over the next five years sounds like a lot of money, but what does this really mean? ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

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Tuition in Arizona is unconstitutional ... suckers!

The UA is putting a bow on the crapsicle they have to package for students and faculty after the Legislature slashed campus budgets yet again. Even an ironclad case that Arizona's charging university tuition doesn't fit the constitutional requirement that education be "as nearly free as possible" falls apart because the law interprets "free" and "possible" mean "little as want to" or "wombat." ... Read more»

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$8.5 billion in gaming later, how are tribes doing?

Ned Norris, Jr., isn't the tribal chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation anymore and it happened this week. What's that? First you heard of it? In ignoring what's going on on the rez, the media's missing a story for the ages.... Read more»3

FactCheck: Hillary Clinton's 'secret' email accounts

The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t.... Read more»

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Shellfish reform can teach morals to poor

To teach the poor about budgeting and delayed gratification, Arizona should impose reforms that make some items cost appreciably more than others. You may have read about the rampant abuse of food stamps by at least one person in California, who bought lobster instead of generic mac and cheese.... Read more»

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ATF should be merged with FBI

Liberal think tank joins conservative calls to roll the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the FBI: After two years of research into ATF's history, work, and challenges, CAP recommends merging to create a federal law enforcement agency with the leadership, resources, and political support necessary to help reform the gun industry and reduce gun violence.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Surviving drought the hard way

Can Arizona survive the drought caused by man-made climate change? Probably. The question is whether it will be the easy way or the hard way.... Read more»

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Don't like the City Council or Legislature? Give them a raise

The folks responsible for Arizona being better for private prisons than for public schools deserve better health care. They deserve retirement. They deserve a raise. Hey, you keep electing them.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Colorado River and drought: Arizona's dam problem

Our current drought is the worst in a century (it is actually worse than that, but such is the record keeping), and less water will be sent downstream to Arizona, Nevada and California than at any time since when Lake Powell filled. The local-yokels say, it's no big deal. But they always say that. It is a big deal.... Read more»1

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Raising taxes the Arizona way

Pima County home owners are looking at higher taxes and the story behind it is everything that makes Arizona politics this comically sinister. Here's how a taxpayer protection from 1980 led to a tax hike in 2015. ... Read more»4

Analysis: A fierce war that isn't meant to turn violent

The sharper the speech — the harder it pokes at something dear to someone else — the greater the chance of a strong reaction. ... Read more»

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Fomenting fear as crime rates fall

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And get armed. This message is being heeded by more and more Americans. It’s noteworthy for its own sake, but also because it mixes old beliefs with new ones – all as questionable as they are influential. Violent crime rates across the nation sank by more than half in the 1990s, according to official figures, and remain near 20-year lows. For most citizens, the U.S. hasn’t been this safe since the 1960s.... Read more»

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Arpaio's Shakespearean troubles should surprise no one

That the man who bills himself as America's Toughest Sheriff would be facing the prospect of starting his retirement in prison seems less ironic than inevitable. The Sheriff Joe Arpaio action figure has always come with a free Shakespearean starter kit.... Read more»2

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Crackin' the books: Audit fever grips, distracts TUSD

Arizona ranks 49th in per-pupil spending and no audit can solve what the Legislature won't fix. But by all means let's talk audits at Tucson Unified School District.... Read more»1

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