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With Gov. Ducey, Az doubles down on broken political party

Commentary: Doug Ducey was elected governor of Arizona with a 36.24 percent voter turnout, the lowest in recent history. It may seem unfair to judge him so soon. But, no. The days when a GOP office holder was independent-minded are gone, replaced by a party ruled by a nihilist ideology. ... Read more»2

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Why are Republicans so obsessed with their Keystone pipe dream? For 35 jobs?

The 114th Congress is underway, and in a move that speaks volumes about the Republican leadership’s agenda, the first order of business is rubber-stamping the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP is doing a big favor for Canadian oil interests by trampling the long-established process for making important environmental decisions. In return, Americans get sharply increased risks to our climate and water quality. ... Read more»3

Ducey: 'Business at hand is expanding Az's economy'

Doug Ducey was sworn in as Arizona's governor on Monday. Here's the text of his address to the state:... Read more»2

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Arizona Dreamers smiling for driver's license photos

It’s not every day someone looks forward to going to MVD, but Monday was different for many Arizonans. That’s because Arizona Dreamers qualifying under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the first time could apply for an Arizona driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Division.... Read more»2

McCain: CIA torture 'stained national honor'

I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name. They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded. Those policies stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good. ... Read more»

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Brewer: Honor a great generation on Pearl Harbor Day

On Sunday, we take time to remember the thousands of brave Americans injured or killed in the surprise attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor 73 years ago.... Read more»

Commentary

Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»

Obama: Say 'welcome home' to veterans

We're all keepers of that sacred trust that says, if you put on a uniform and risk your life to keep us safe, we'll do our part for you. We'll have your backs – just like you had ours. So this Veterans' Day, and every day, let's make sure all our veterans know how much we appreciate them. If you see a veteran, go on up and shake their hand. Look them in the eye. Say those words that every veteran deserves to hear: "Welcome home. Thank you. We need you more than ever to help us stay strong and free." ... Read more»

Brewer: Honor vets on Veterans Day

To those who laid down their lives in the name of American independence, we will never forget you. To all current and future service members, we keep you and your families in our thoughts, and pray that God keeps you safe in your honorable mission. ... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That's why I am fighting to preserve a woman's right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love. ... Read more»3

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Open letter demands justice for 43 disappeared Mexican students

The text of an open letter, published in Spanish and English, released Wednesday to protest what signers say is a lack of Mexican government action to investigate the disappearance of 43 college students, whom are feared to have been executed by drug cartels. The letter has been signed by more than 9,000 professors, students and other academics from around the world, with more adding their names every minute.... Read more»

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When candidates decline to participate

Debates have become institutionalized as part of the political process. It is disheartening when candidates do not participate in debates. Who loses out? The voter. ... Read more»1

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12 Gen-X Republicans who will have some explaining to do some day soon

Now that it is clear that those who pushed Arizona's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, they all better start thinking up what lame excuses they are going to be making. Their grandchildren’s generation is sure to ask questions.... Read more»

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There's no hiding U.S. failure in Afghanistan

American troops who remain on the ground no longer try to sugarcoat the reality that the war has accomplished little of permanence.... Read more»

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Negative campaigns: Winds of change sweeping from the plain?

While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona.... Read more»

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