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Thinking Arizona

Az independents growing in voters but not unified

Arizona’s independent voters have eclipsed Democrats in number and are rapidly gaining on Republicans, but those expecting this group to wield political influence are likely to be disappointed, a nonpartisan research group said.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster Show: All business while Bill's on vacation

Certified financial planner Sheldon Fishman fills in for Bill this week with a look at what the business community do to help our local governments make Tucson and Pima County a better place to do business in, a good place to move business to, and especially, to create and sustain jobs?... Read more»

Windfalls of war

Pentagon's no-bid contracts triple in 10 years of war

As U.S. military deaths and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions. Non-competitive DOD contracts have almost tripled since 9/11, including a Tucson company that was paid $50 million for a now-canceled program.... Read more»

Think again

Life is good for the Kochs

Charles Koch justifies his puny tax rate with the argument that government spending often “does more harm than good,” and adds, “my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.”... Read more»3


Congress redirects homeowner help to debt reduction

Of the $45.6 billion in Trouble Asset Relief Program funds meant to aid homeowners, the most recent numbers available show that only about $2 billion has actually gone out the door and Congress has mandated that leftover money be used to pay down the debt.... Read more»

Morrison Institute report

Water battle brewing in Az's 'Sun Corridor'

The Sun Corridor - a megapolitan area stretching from Tucson through the Phoenix valley - will support fewer people than many previous studies estimated, according to a report from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. “Do you want growth, or do you want a lifestyle?”... Read more»


Party may be a bit early in Libya

Two days after Libyan rebels marched on Muammar Gaddafi’s once-feared Tripoli stronghold, residents in this de facto revolutionary capital city were still triumphantly celebrating the apparent finale to a six-month, mostly stalemate, civil war.... Read more»

Think again

Remember Bush's vacation(s)

President Obama is under fire for any number of things, but the one that appears to excite reporters the most is his decision to take a few days’ vacation.... Read more»


Economic Myths: Separating fact from fiction

The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been more successful if it had only been bigger.... Read more»


Q&A on Libya’s coming transition

Developments are still unfolding quickly in Libya, and there’s a lot that’s still unclear. We’re laying out some key questions along with what we know so far.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Ames Straw Poll isn't the real Iowa—Not even close

Don’t judge Iowa by the Ames Straw Poll. It’s a fringe event that almost no one attends. The real action is in another Iowa poll: Cast your Kernel 2011.... Read more»

A handy guide to Rick Perry and his record

Rick Perry has made plenty of headlines since he announced his presidential bid. But with the deluge of day-to-day coverage, it’s hard to get a sense of his actual record. We’ve selected some of the best reading on Perry to help you get oriented.... Read more»1


'Secure Communities' should not undermine 'A Better Life'

“A Better Life” is the latest in—and among the best of—a series of excellent films portraying the lives of undocumented immigrants. The new film (unintentionally) highlights a central flaw of the immigration enforcement program.... Read more»1

FBI touts mortgage fraud effort, big banks left untouched

In a new report , the FBI pats itself on the back for using “sophisticated investigative techniques” to target mortgage fraudsters. Not everyone is impressed. Consumer advocates say the FBI is turning a blind eye to misconduct by big banks.... Read more»

Did Rick Perry just threaten Ben Bernanke?

Yes, it’s political silly season. But, campaigning in Iowa, Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has just said something shocking. He’s unleashed the “T” word, and I don’t mean taxes: treason. (with video)... Read more»5

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