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A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I’ve never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or six U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I’ve joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.... Read more»

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Cunningham: Planning for heat emergencies

What happens in Tucson during a heat emergency? Temperatures soar, our electrical grid breaks down due to both weather conditions and the fact that everyone has got their air conditioners on full blast and boom…the power goes out, and goes out for a while.... Read more»

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Prezelski: Count me 'Yes, but' on civility

I’m always a little bit wary when I hear calls for civility in politics. It's an easy stance after an ugly political incident. Do I want our political debates to sound like pro-wrestling ring interviews? Of course not. It’s just that I question the need for “civility” to be the number-one watchword in our civic life.... Read more»

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'Heartbroken' Giffords: D.C. shooting 'an attack on our democracy'

"This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy. ... May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best."... Read more»

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McCain lauds NATO as Montenegro joins alliance

"The government of Montenegro boldly withstood pressure from Vladimir Putin's Russia to reach this historic day. Today's accession ceremony sends a powerful message to Putin that Russia will not determine the fate of the free peoples of the world and that their democratic aspirations will prevail."... Read more»

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Ducey: Pause and reflect on Memorial Day

We pause today to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. They answered the call of duty, dedicated themselves to a higher purpose, and, when the time came, gave what Lincoln called their "last full measure of devotion." ... Read more»

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Dear George Soros: Where's my protest paycheck?

Dear George Soros, According to the Twitter-verse you are the one funding the Resistance endeavors, so I am writing to you today because I would like to discuss the fact that you haven't been paying your people!.... Read more»

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Cunningham: Junk forces city to dump some recycling centers

Because some of our more irresponsible neighbors have been using neighborhood recycling centers as dump sites, the city now must shut some of them down.... Read more»

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Napier: Sheriff can't enforce federal immigration laws without harming public safety

Sheriff Mark Napier: "While I support the increased attention given to the border and welcome additional federal resources, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the capacity to engage in proactive enforcement of federal immigration laws. If local law enforcement becomes proactive in immigration enforcement, we will not enhance public safety, but rather deteriorate it."... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

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Grijalva: 'Trump willing to endanger public for feckless wall'

"Trump's contempt for immigrants is pathetic, and his lack of compassion for fellow human beings is unbecoming of the office he holds. Cruelty aside, his willingness to siphon funds away from the Coast Guard, FEMA and the TSA to pay for his border wall is reckless enough that it should be criminal."... Read more»

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McCain blasts Trump: 'Profound concern America is laying down mantle of global leadership'

Speaking at a security conference, McCain spoke of alarm about a "turn away from universal values ... hardening resentment toward immigrants, refugees and Muslims ... growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies ... more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."... Read more»1

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Fimbres: Tucson long a 'welcoming' city

"What your community has stood for: I am glad to remind our citizens that their city has been on the forefront of protecting civil rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation."... Read more»

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Grijalva: Stand up, enviros — More to fight for now than ever

Most of us who worry about environmental issues did not support Donald Trump for president. So now what? What should committed environmentalists, in Congress and in communities around the country, be preparing for?... Read more»

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McCain & Graham: Trump's immigration order a 'self-inflicted wound' in terrorism fight

"It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted. ... Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."... Read more»

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McNamee: Saving the humanities

The current mood in Washington disdains the arts, the humanities, the life of the mind, anything that contributes to the examined life or the life worth living. But that disdainful Congress is also scared of its own shadow and sensitive to what the folks back home are saying.... Read more»

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