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Bonding for road repair is a horrible idea, but likely necessary

Debt is for the new refrigerator. It's not for weekly groceries. Still, we all gotta eat, right? Pima County faces no option other than taking on debt to pay for much-needed maintenance.... Read more»

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How Arizonans may foot bill for Trump's suicidal trade war

If Trump's trade war goes much longer, a canceled construction project won't be the last Tucson casualty. Either Donald J. Trump is right and all of our Econ professors are wrong, or the Republican president is ignorantly tempting an economic storm — one that he thinks is a hoax.... Read more»

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Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

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5 reasons McSally should sign on to help DREAMERS

The DACA kids need Martha McSally to now do the job she was hired to do — and the one she said Congress has to do — rather than seek the Senate job she hopes to hold next year. ... Read more»

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Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

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Google Assistant coming for thousands of Tucson jobs

Artificial intelligence is an economic asteroid we can all see coming, so voters must question our civic leaders right now about that issue as the bot industry draws one of its first beads on a leading Tucson industry.... Read more»

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State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

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Nice try governor, but #RedForED deseg switcheroo won't fly

Gov. Ducey's plan to increase teacher pay includes an illegal tax hike on Tucson homeowners.... Read more»1

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Trump, school funding crisis may doom GOP control of Az Legislature

If school funding proves decisive and the anti-Trump trend continues, Republican control of the Arizona State Senate looks done for and their grip on the House may be fleeting. This is a really bad year to be carrying around an elephant. ... Read more»1

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Reaction to teachers' daring walkout will show how '4Ed' this red state is

Just how "#ForEd" is this red state? We're about to find out. A backlash against starving school budgets is to be expected. What Arizona teachers are asking for is a decisive win: here, now and all at once. That's always a lot to ask in politics.... Read more»

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Beware Ducey bearing the moon for K-12

We can trust the Legislature to look for ways to shortchange K-12 spending like we can trust fish to swim. So the constitutional amendment path is the way to go because it orders the governor and lawmakers to pay up for education, and end a quarter-century tradition of neglect.... Read more»

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Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

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Restraint in responding to border 'rockings' goes to core of social contract

On the Swartz murder trial: Policing a free society is harder than patrolling a police state. It's also going to be more dangerous, because the restrictions society places on cops will get some of them killed. But in that distinction are the tiny degrees between heroism and a reign of terror.... Read more»2

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Rothschild lacks urgency in State of the City address

If a mayor is going to discuss the condition of his fair city, he should discuss its actual condition. Rothschild didn't do that, instead opting for a "huzzah," cheering on his own stewardship. Leadership would have meant owning our city's sorry economic reality.... Read more»1

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Can Candidate Glassman prove that he's grown up?

I'll put it this way: Everything I need to know about Donald Trump, I learned from Rodney Glassman. The ego, the affirmation-seeking narcissism, the treatment of staff, the belief that he's the victim. If he had any sense of authenticity he'd be dangerous, but his lens was the convenience of ambition.... Read more»

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Kirkpatrick falters after CD2 debate with self-inflicted owie

The five Not-Ann's focused on showing their own chops rather than trying to chop down Kirkpatrick. So she won for having emerged unscuffed. Then she scuffed herself ex post facto.... Read more»1

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