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FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop the insanity: TUSD eschews the easy for the scandalous in Sanchez battle

No one worry. It's going to be fine. Rest easy. Lawyers are now in charge. That passage – never before written in the English language – describes how the TUSD Governing Board has taken a tough but legit decision to fire the superintendent and turned it into a budding political disaster. TUSD doesn't have this kind of goodwill to burn.... Read more»

TUSD board delays vote on Sup't Sanchez's job — again

After meeting behind closed doors for about three hours, and listening to community members for nearly an hour, the TUSD Governing Board announced Tuesday they were putting off a public decision on whether to fire Superintendent H.T. Sanchez. Attorneys were told to continue discussions.... Read more»

75 years later, Japanese detainees reflect on painful part of U.S. past

Seishi Oka was 5 and his sister, Mitzi, only 3, when their family was loaded on to a train and taken from their Salinas, California, home to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. Oka said he only vividly remembers two things about the train ride: Hearing a coyote howl for the first time, and wondering to himself, “Why do they hate us so much?”... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Presidents Day

Monday is Presidents Day; some businesses and government offices are closed to mark the holiday. Here's a list of what's affected:... Read more»

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed.... Read more»

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Last act for Sanchez at TUSD?

Contract or no contract, TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez has less than a week to improve the information flow with the school board majority or he has no business staying. Newcomer Rachael Sedgwick remains steadfast in her determination to make a change at the top of Tucson's largest district.... Read more»6

What the Devil won't tell you

Church of Blake wants a piece of Az's school voucher action

So how can Blakeism make taxpayer dollars with no accountability work for me as I spread a vision some may find morally repugnant? Stick it to the suckers, that's how. Arizona lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to give tax money to religious schools. Well, I've got a church and I will teach those little ragamuffins all they need to know.... Read more»2

Legislative roundup: Tanning, guns, tuition costs

This was the busiest week yet this session for Arizona lawmakers, with committee hearings taking hours and bills vetted by the dozens. The week on the capitol began graced with dozens of Arizona firefighters spotting the mall, and ended with a farmers market. Somewhere in between, a mini horse trotted across the Rose Garden to lobby for service animals.... Read more»

Hundreds of Tucsonans protest Trump order barring travel from Muslim countries

In Tucson, more than 1,200 people gathered Downtown on Tuesday to protest an order by President Donald Trump suspending refugee admissions and halting travel from seven Muslim nations. In front of the federal courthouse, with her husband and children at her side, Enterkhab Al-Saraji held a sign that read "keep families together."... Read more»

Ex-UA pres Shelton to focus on building world's largest telescope

The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope project in Chile, at 24.5 meters across, will be the world's largest telescope when it's completed in a decade. Heading up the development will be former UA President Robert Shelton. It "will help answer questions about our fundamental humanity, and why we're here on Earth."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Reversing the dramatic decline in Arizona's grant aid for higher education

Alarmingly, as the number of children from low-income families in Arizona has increased, so too have the financial barriers that can prevent them from enrolling and staying in college.... Read more»1

Az charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faced a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education.... Read more»

Ducey aide to hold short-notice budget briefing in Tucson

The fiscal planner for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will hold a meeting Wednesday morning in Tucson to present the governor's draft of a state budget to the public. ... Read more»

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Time out on cruelty: Ducey's budget takes itsy-bitsy steps in right direction

Ducey's budget does not put us on a path toward a moderate future. Arizona still has a smoldering hole where the empathy goes. But for him, this budget, with its nods toward education, is practically a drum circle. I'll take it, praise the light and implore voters to make more structural changes in how Arizona operates. ... Read more»

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