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TPD chief: Allow time for investigation of police conduct

Tucson’s police chief is asking for patience while his department investigates in the wake of the public outcry over police actions following the University of Arizona basketball loss on Saturday night: “While I understand the level of emotion concerning videos that have been circulating from March 29, I would like to implore members of the community to allow us the time to thoroughly investigate the incident.”... Read more»1

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Race & beyond: Of bats, gloves and an all-in nation

What America’s pastime can teach us about what it takes to achieve the American Dream of equal opportunity.... Read more»

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Egan: City budget must reflect citizens' priorities

Most citizens probably don’t overly concern themselves with their city, county, state, or the federal budgets unless they see a direct connection on how the decisions made by their representatives directly affect their personal situation. Unfortunately, by the time many of us start asking questions, the decisions have already been made and the train (or trolley) has left the station and the taxpayers are stuck with the bill.... Read more»2

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Train dreams could help solve Az's transportation nightmare

The news stories said that ADOT was seeking our input on its study of passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson. It isn’t seeking my input for reasons that will become apparent, but here goes anyway. Anti-train sentiment is odd considering America’s close and abiding relationship with the railroad. Nothing could be more American than a train. I thought conservatism was all about conserving the best.... Read more»

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Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Gov. Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 came after a nationwide public outcry over the measure — and after four of the state’s largest business groups sent her a letter that expressed their concern over the potential harm it could cause to employers, tourism, job creation, and the overall economy.... Read more»

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Educational mediocrity may be closer than it appears

When driving, if you look in your side-view mirror, you’re reminded that “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” In Arizona, lawmakers, parents, and schools are struggling to gauge how close we are to high achievement levels in our state.... Read more»

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Video: Reinvigorating freedom of information for the digital age

Among the journalism experts testifying before the U.S. Senate last week was David Cuillier, head of the UA journalism school and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, who spoke about the importance of open government and freedom of information in advance of Sunshine Week. (with video and full statement)... Read more»

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Udall: Gray wolf delisting not sound science

Forty-six years ago in 1967, my father Stewart Udall — as Secretary of Interior — issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon.... Read more»4

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Brewer: Lower flags Tuesday for slain Phx detective

In honor and recognition of one of Arizona’s finest, Detective John Hobbs, I have requested that all state flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset today.... Read more»

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Dizzying options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.... Read more»

Rothschild: 'Tucson in transition'

In his annual State of the City speech, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild called upon the city to build on its strengths: what he calls the Five T’s – technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. “We will continue to tighten our belts ... the simple fact of the matter is this: Tucson does not have an expense problem, we have a revenue problem,” he said.... Read more»

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The other big questions about SB 1062

SB 1062 raises some serious questions about such weighty issues as discrimination, civil rights, freedom of religion, and the proper relationship between church and state. But regardless of one’s view of the measure’s merits, the dispute also raises another set of questions, including: Is this how public policy is supposed to be made?... Read more»

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Fimbres: Do the right thing and veto SB 1062 ... again

What business would want to relocate to the state that it is known for being one that discriminates? We are all working to build our economy and measures such as SB 1062, hurt that effort.... Read more»1

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Beard: SB 1062 a solution to a problem that hasn't presented itself

I was troubled by the passage of SB 1062 this week. As a life-long Republican I am concerned that the practical consequences of your signature on this bill will have for folks of all political beliefs for many years to come. I happen to be gay. I am also a conservative with a libertarian bent. Frankly I find those in the Legislature who pushed this seemed to be searching for a solution to a problem that hadn’t presented itself yet.... Read more»

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The next 'wave' of concern will be gray, not brown

Just a few years ago, of course, our state gained international fame for its highly vocal stance – if a bit late and somewhat unconstitutional – against the wave of immigrants who were said to threaten our prosperity, burden our public budgets and fundamentally change our way of life. Turns out we might have been worrying about the wrong wave.... Read more»4

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