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Trump's inaugural: '2 simple rules: Buy American & hire American'

Complete text of Trump's address: "I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again. Winning like never before. ... We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American."... Read more»

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Obama's farewell address: 'Democracy threatened whenever we take it for granted'

Complete text & video: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."... Read more»

Ducey's State of the State: 'Arizona is open for business'

The complete text and video of Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State speech Monday, as released by his office.... Read more»

McCain praises Biden's service: 'Genuine patriot'

"We've both been privileged to know members of this body who were legends in their own time, and are remembered as important historical figures. But I haven't known one who was a better man than you... Thank you for your example of how to represent your constituents with honor and humility, and for how to remain the same good guy that you were when you first got here."... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Engel: Political will needed to fund our schools

In the absence of concrete plans to generate the funds needed, talk about education funding is just that. Gov. Ducey's claim that Prop. 123 is a first step to restoring cuts to K-12 education is meaningless in the absence of a plan to implement steps two, three and four. What divides our political leaders is not their advocacy for quality education, but their willingness to make the tough decisions needed.... Read more»

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Standing up for the Arizona Republic

Last week, news was revealed of threats against the Arizona Republic for endorsing Hillary Clinton. Threats against journalists are bad enough, but that they are again being directed at the Republic given its history is particularly unsettling. What is chilling is that at least one of the callers knew this history and invoked Don Bolles’ name. ... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Candidate commentary

Johnson: Key data missing in assessor's valuation of commercial property

One of the three approaches to value that the Pima County Assessor's Office employs in the valuation of property for tax purposes is the "cost approach." This is mostly used when there are insufficient sales or unusable sales, heavily laden with intangible value, with which to arrive at a market value. Some properties such as shopping centers, golf courses and agricultural improvements are statutorily valued this way in Arizona. It is imperative that the assessor has a competent system to perform these valuations.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Moran: Equal justice in today's courts

Everyone has been shocked and appalled by the recent events in Dallas, St. Paul, Ferguson and in countless other cities in the United States. These events have highlighted an increasing sense that our criminal justice system is flawed and has heightened interest in the practices of law enforcement and courts across the nation. I want to share with you my ideas of what equal justice means in the current landscape of our country and our community. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Morales: Trump Jr. all wet in remarks on public school teachers

Let me tell you a little story about Heather. She was disabled. Her body was twisted; her spine curved beyond repair. She couldn't see, she couldn't eat, we believed she couldn't hear. She was only 13 years old but her body was not like any other girl her age. How could it be? Her father threw her against a wall when she was a baby.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Johnson: Assessor needs to modernize systems to better serve taxpayers

Brian Johnson: "The Pima County Assessor's Office, in cooperation with other county departments, needs to upgrade its computer systems and software so they can produce more accurate market valuations and become transparent in the process."... Read more»

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Cunningham: Rainwater harvesting incentives need to flow to low-income residents

Tucson Water offers a rebate program for customers who install rainwater harvesting systems, but these rebates have not been taken advantage of by many of our lower-income neighbors. 400 residents of the Foothills, who don't even live in the city, have taken advantage of the rebates. In Ward 5, which encompasses many of our city's more stressed neighborhoods, only 43 residents have used the rebates.... Read more»

Ducey: Honor Granite Mtn Hotshots on anniversary of Yarnell Fire

Ordering flags at half staff on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey said, "Three years ago today, Arizona lost 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots to the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary."... Read more»

Obama: 'United in grief & outrage' over Orlando attack

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people. ... Read more»

Obama: Ali shook up the world — and we are all better for it

Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd "handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail." Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it.... Read more»

Commentary

Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text.... Read more»

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