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What the Devil won't tell you

Stop calling it Sun Tran: Bus strike a piece of a bigger puzzle

It's easy to get myopic about bus drivers asking for better wages than paid to many in Tucson, but who is behind the strike and just who Sun Tran is are all part of a bigger picture. Here's a look at the players behind the bottleneck, and how Tucson's buses ultimately are run by the French government.... Read more»

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Dear legislators: Open letter from a pissed-off taxpayer

Yes, yes, the Tea Party Legislature has screwed their own in an effort to stick it to the spendthrift. Here's what a conservative might say, if they found out what was going on with their taxes... ... Read more»

Mexicans aren’t about to pay for Trump’s wall

The billionaire Republican frontrunner has no way of forcing Mexico to foot the bill for increased border security — and zero political capital south of the Rio Grande.... Read more»


Arizona's drivers license denials invite questions of racism

“Does it come down to racism?” That is a question Latino groups and others have asked in relation to Arizona’s obsession in trying to deny driver’s licenses to legally eligible undocumented immigrants. Only this time, the pointed question was coming from a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.... Read more»1


Amid drought, California experiments with leasing water rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly? ... Read more»2

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Pima County newest contestant in 'So You Want to Sue the Legislature'

It's too hot to be intriguing, but the summer slowdown gives us a chance to catch up on the helpings I've dished so far — and look forward to what comes next with the city, county and state.... Read more»

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video

Several Republican presidential candidates have claimed that Planned Parenthood is “profiting” from abortions. But the full, unedited video they cite as evidence shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.... Read more»2


ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

Road hazard

How the 'embarrassing' gas tax impasse explains Washington

In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline.... Read more»


Ducey plan no quick fix for Az education funding

Gov. Ducey's proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is not the quick fix that was hoped for. In fact, it’s not even much of a fix.... Read more»1


Trump a star in our dysfunctional political reality show

Heroic or pathetic: Which is Donald Trump to you? If the former, you need no encouragement to applaud his flamboyant proclamations, even when they cast aspersions on no less a national icon than John McCain. But if you’re one to dismiss Trump’s oratory as merely the ravings of an egotist with too much money on his hands, think again.... Read more»

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McSally's money mistakes show a team that's slow to react

U.S. Rep Martha McSally is a superstar in the making. Yet her team's sluggish response to million-dollar errors in campaign disclosure says they may be prone to let problems grow. Here's how a bad day at work could predict more problems for her re-election bid ... Read more»1

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Trump visit misses how Latinos are climate change GOP can't ignore

Latinos and other minorities are the new Reagan Democrats and soccer moms. Boy, will that suck for Republicans if they can't dial back the demagoguery. Billionaire self-promoter Donald Trump played to fantasies about immigration again during a weekend rally in Phoenix.... Read more»

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Crunching rankings shows Az's low-cost economic model is outdated

You may have heard CNBC released a report on the top states for business — and Arizona tumbled 20 spots to No. 34, but did you get the memo that Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't want bad news? Never mind the term "business friendly." Look at the states with strong economies and Arizona has a starting point to talk about our own.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Clinton spins on immigration, emails

In her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that "all" Republican presidential candidates "don't want to provide a path to citizenship," and she distorted the facts on her exclusive use of private email as secretary of state.... Read more»2

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