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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»

Analysis

Spin shift on Bernie: The escalating media assault

For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn't win. Now they're sounding the alarm that he might. And, just in case you haven't gotten the media message yet — Sanders is "angry," kind of like Donald Trump.... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Nullification bill could torpedo GOP efforts to win Council seats

While it would be tempting to only dance on the irony, Finchem's bill mandating that cities ignore federal laws represents a fundamental misunderstanding of our government. A lot of folks share this affliction. It's as if an entire generation saw "I'm just a Bill" on Schoolhouse Rock and never learned the rest of the story.... Read more»

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's SoS: Sharing in no way means caring

The Ducey Doctrine would seem quite the grand vision for a dystopian freelance future for all. Maybe in this odd-job economy, we can sell tickets for to-the-death cage matches over which Uber driver gets the next fare. His plan for Arizona's economy is downright Hobbesian, brutish and hustling.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Two legislative priorities for Arizona water

Lawmakers can't make it snow, but there are a few things they can do in 2016 to help secure Arizona’s long-term water future.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson gastronomy shows border culture war is a false flag

Tucson has just become a UNESCO "Worldwide City of Gastronomy," which reminds me of how some are up in arms over an Illegal Pete's chain restaurant. Latino culture isn't just embraced here in Tucson. It's marketed. It's not just appropriated. It's sometimes mis-appropriated — and it's everywhere.... Read more»

Analysis

How for-profit companies are driving immigration detention policies

Companies’ quest for greater profits is expanding the immigration custody system at the expense of the health, safety, and rights of immigrants. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Watch lists should never be used to deny constitutional rights

Terror watch lists may be a valuable tool to let law enforcement react at Jack Bauer speeds to thwart impending doom as the clock winds down. But they are horror shows when used to limit our civil rights, and Arizona Democrats may be on the road to McCarthyism as they attack McCain and McSally over gun laws. ... Read more»1

Analysis

Why counting mass shootings is a bad way to understand gun violence in America

According to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the U.S.: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral. But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of the frequency of shooting rampages. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Capitol complex: Bitter Smith case a tangy reminder Az's troubles run deep

Somewhere up there, Boss Tweed is looking down at Susan Bitter Smith and muttering, "Ballsy." The Arizona Attorney General told her, "No, you can't serve on the board regulating utilities and then take money from those utilities." But, it's on the media to ensure public offices are treated as public trusts.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

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