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Republican bills aim to ax Clean Elections

If approved, the bills would have Arizonans decide whether to get rid of public financing for campaigns. Supporters of the bills say Clean Elections is ineffective. But opponents say the effort is an attempt to mislead voters.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Grijalva: What we need is a New Deal

Fiscal negotiations are the talk of Washington, but they’re not the talk around the dinner tables of millions of hard-working Americans. As usual, the conventional wisdom — and a lot of the media — is missing the real story. The real story is that we have a jobs shortage crisis in this country, and Republicans haven’t lifted a finger to help.... Read more»2

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Are Broadway buildings historic?

Demion Clinco, president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation talks about the historical significance of a stretch of Broadway. Also, comet discoverer Dr. David Levy, and state Senator Al Melvin previews the 2013 Legislature. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Thinking about water

Sprawled, single-family house subdivision urban Arizona is not sustainable, much less one adding a million people or doubling in size or whatever the latest boosterish nonsense is peddled. The business model of population growth won't work.... Read more»1

Az biz leaders aim to capitalize on Calif. tax hike

There is a major opportunity to lure businesses to Arizona due to a California ballot measure that raised taxes from 7.25 to 7.50 percent for the next four years. Arizona business group plans to fly in as many as 100 California CEOs for a tour of the Valley. ... Read more»

Kyl: Let some illegal immigrants earn right to stay in U.S.

Sen. Jon Kyl unveiled an immigration reform plan to let young immigrants, brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, earn the right to stay in the U.S., without creating a path to citizenship. ... Read more»

Report: Online sales cost Az $708 million in lost taxes

Cyber Monday might have meant savings to consumers, but it could very well mean lost money for the state of Arizona. A new report says Arizona will see approximately $708 million in sales taxes go uncollected on online and catalog purchases from businesses located outside the state. ... Read more»1

Need to know: Mexico's new president meets Obama

Economics, immigration and the drug trade were prime on the mind of Mexico's president-elect as he met Obama.... Read more»

Barber resting after tongue surgery

No stranger to hospitals and doctors over the last two years, U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is resting at home after surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his tongue, a spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more»2

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County's newest supervisor lays out agenda

Pima County Supervisor-elect Ally Miller, plus financial planner Shelly Fishman, Buckmaster Show Mexico contributor Keith Rosenblum, and Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: TUSD inequities should prompt public input

The quality of our education system is critical to our children's future as well as the economic, cultural, and social success of our region. As Nelson Mandela once said, "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." It is with this in mind that I share with you some information regarding the Tucson Unified School District and changes pending in our local system.... Read more»1

Supporters pushing TUSD's ethnic studies revival

Supporters of the TUSD's Mexican American Studies curriculum banned by a 2010 state law see potential for reviving the program or something similar in an update to a desegregation plan set for review by a federal court. ... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Unify the tax base to be more competitive

Differences in what is subject to sales taxes in different Arizona cities not only lead to confusion for residents, but the increased complexity increases the cost of compliance for businesses.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Lawmakers put tight leash on Rio Nuevo

The Monday Political Face-off featuring commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Plus, a newsmaker interview with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

Holiday spending expected to rise; Az retailers optimistic

National retail groups predict holiday consumer spending will increase 3.5 percent to 4 percent this year, with the slowest growth in the West. But Arizona retailers and economists said they are confident that holiday spending in the state will increase by the national average or more. ... Read more»

Seemingly safe toys can pose dangers for small children

A list of dangerous toys has been released as part of a national report by Arizona Public Interest Research Group . At a news conference last week a surgeon at Phoenix Children's Hospital warned parents of young children that as the holidays approach, parents should keep in mind that toys appearing harmless at first glance can still pose hazards.... Read more»

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