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What the Devil won't tell you

Trump's Endangered Species Act rollback is not the end of the world ... just habitats

When it comes to the Endangered Species Act, don't cry for the species. Fear for their homelands. The battle of environmental regulations is being fought to save the habitat.... Read more»1

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What the Devil won't tell you

Where have I been? Let me tell you the Huggies I've seen

Allow me to take the break from mass murder and market crashes to explain how the devil has been tamed by a granddaughter — who is still not self-sufficient after nine whole months on Earth.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Interstate 11: Great things for Tucson or a Phoenix plot to destroy us?

It's too soon to tell if a proposed Tucson bypass is good for our city or something to be fought for the good of our summer-clad Pueblo. It's definitely worth getting the lowdown and asking questions.... Read more»1

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

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Legislature & Ducey's cartoonish scheme to hike TUSD taxes tossed over cliff by judge

Told ya so: Demonstrating the acme of futility, the Legislature discovered again that it has no Wonder Twin powers to make the Arizona Constitution disappear. Slamming bills into law without public comment doesn't help.... Read more»

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Handicapping the Tucson mayor's race & the myth of 'woke'

The race to replace Mayor Jonathan Rothschild leads to discussions about race and gender when voter outreach and turnout — and the necessary cash and hard work — will be what's truly pivotal. ... Read more»

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Arizona tops migrant decline, but still leads nation in being Arizona

Illegal immigrants are vanishing from Arizona just like rock bands from the charts, but that trend barely affected any of the problems that have been blamed on undocumented migrants over the past decade. Our state still ranks first at being Arizona.... Read more»

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'Reprieve' on Trump's tariff just a calm before border storms

Here's the deal: the last thing Donald Trump wants is to solve problems. Solved problems don't scare people. Vanquished foes are no longer useful foes. The president needs enemies and bogeymen, so he can play the tough guy in his scripted performance.... Read more»

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Sand & fury: Arizonans just extras in Trump's distracting, go-nowhere tariff drama

Here we go again watching another Donald J. Trump production of "Commander Hammer: Adventures of a Man-Child President," a reality TV show about take-no-prisoners chief executive who plays by his own set of rules.... Read more»

El Chisme

Pima Supes wannabe Chew spits out unconstitutional 'hate crime' meme

Another day, another stream of selfie memes and bizarre, incoherent political proposals from Felicia Chew, who wants to be a Pima County supervisor. Plus, laying to rest rumors of illegality in the JP8 constable appointment, and more hot local gossip.... Read more»

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Small ball could still bring big innings for Pima pre-K proposal

Pima County is trying hard not to say "yes" to kickstarting public preschool in the region but the supervisors aren't quite saying "no," either. They seem to be saying: "Grrrrrrr ... really! Again?" ... Read more»

Analysis

The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Talking things out may not be the best alternative to traditional "zero tolerance" school discipline, which research has shown has racial disparities.... Read more»2

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After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»

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Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»

The way we were

Pima County has long history of helping those in need

Pima County has provided for the less fortunate in one way or another since its earliest days, more often than not in partnership with community groups.... Read more»

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Russian bots are at the gate but the enemy is us

Sure, yeah, the Russians are coming (and the Saudis and Chinese and Iranians) but they are using our own gullibility and sanctimony against us. The Russians are an adversary. Unfortunately, we have met the enemy and it’s us. ... Read more»1

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