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The jobs case for conservation

Most Americans know our public lands as the places we go to get away from it all and enjoy ourselves in the outdoors. Conservation, however, also has enormous economic value, supporting a specific economy in recreation, restoration, and renewable energy development, all of which support numerous jobs.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Darrell Issa’s Fast & Frivolous

A run-down of the politics behind U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa's investigation of the "Fast and Furious" bait-gun program.... Read more»1

Rogue Columnist

Dog days for Arizona

If all I knew was, as Will Rogers said, what I read in the papers, I'd be pretty depressed. This is ironic considering in Arizona their mission is to most of the time be the cheerleaders for the Everything's Fine! propaganda ministry.... Read more»


G20 in Los Cabos: A study of ineptitude

The world is going to hell, from the economy to the environment. But don't worry, the leaders are on it. ... Read more»


Separate politics, policy on immigration?

If one can separate the politics from the policy, President Barack Obama's announcement on Friday to temporarily suspend deportations of young undocumented immigrants who are, as he puts it, "Americans ... in every single way but one, on paper" makes perfect sense – at least to most Arizonans.... Read more»1


White House’s drone death figures don’t add up

ProPublica collected claims by the Obama administration about deaths from drone strikes in Pakistan and compared each one not to local reports but rather to other administration claims. The numbers sometimes do not add up.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Raped in the military, then raped by Congress

Scarred by war, then by friendly fire rape, House Republicans also would like women service members to bear their rapist’s child. ... Read more»1


Challenges remain 30 years after immigrant education ruling

Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute that permitted local school districts to charge tuition to undocumented students. In doing so, it guaranteed that all children in the United States would receive a basic education.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

John C. Scott Show: Election day coverage

John C. Scott Interviews Jesse Kelly, Bruce Ash, Ron Barber and Jeff Rogers.... Read more»


Arizona's prickly-pear politics

Arizona politics can be as thorny as the beautiful saguaro cacti that bristle on nearly every corner here. For a smallish state, it certainly has caused more than its share of heartburn on the national stage.... Read more»

Think again

When unions were at the center of politics

In the early post-WWII years, even the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed that “collective bargaining is a part of the democratic process.” That statement would today be considered controversial not only on the far right but also by many in the mainstream media.... Read more»


Obama and the economy: 3 things to watch

Economics is an up and down game. So, too, is politics. But as President Barack Obama has been reminded in recent weeks, the two are inextricably linked. And right now for the White House, the direction on both is decidedly down. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The new American politics: Voting with dollars

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. ... Read more»


Hager: Home ownership still polls high

June is homeownership month. Not surprisingly, this celebration has been more subdued for the past several years. No doubt, this is a time for introspection about homeownership. Here are a few of the more interesting results of a poll on the topic:... Read more»


Berman: Az voters may change way we elect candidates

With registered independent voters in Arizona already outnumbering registered Democrats and soon to surpass the roster of registered Republicans, have political party primaries outlived their usefulness?... Read more»

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