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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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Brewer: Reflect on patriotism on Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day is a time of reflection and patriotism, as Americans pay tribute to the visionary leaders who helped build and secure the great nation we are blessed to call home.... Read more»

Commentary

Temporary PILT fix underscores need for permanent solution

The acronym “PILT” is more than just an odd abbreviation. PILT stands for Payment In Lieu of Taxes, a program created by Congress in 1976. In the nearly four decades since PILT’s creation, counties all across America – and especially in Arizona and the West – have come to rely on these funds, especially after the economic turndown of last decade.... Read more»

How Martin Luther King's 'dream' was shaped by the Cold War

What is often forgotten is that King’s speech was at its core not a dream of what America could be but rather an indictment of what America was – a country that had failed to live up to its founding principles of equality.... Read more»

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McCain: Disengaging in Middle East spurs al-Qaeda

“Unless America is actively engaged in trying to support those in the broader Middle East who wish to replace despair and extremism with hope and freedom, I fear the tide of war will eventually hit us again.”... Read more»2

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OpEd: Brewer makes case that her team can't govern

Gov. Jan Brewer painted a rosy and self-congratulatory picture of Arizona’s economic recovery in Monday’s State of the State address. But facts and research show that progress in Arizona is being impeded by Tea Party conservatives in the Legislature and Brewer’s inability to lead. Here are the Top 10 state government fails of 2013:... Read more»1

Brewer announces CPS dissolution in State of State

Delivering her annual account of the State of the State, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she has abolished Arizona’s troubled Child Protective Services and will launch a new cabinet-level agency. Here’s the full text of her speech:... Read more»2

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Jim Tucker: Choices in life after being shot Jan. 8

A victim of the Jan. 8 attack reflects on his choices: “Faith and forgiveness are the result of choices—not the result of feelings or circumstances. God doesn’t waste a hurt. He doesn’t comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.”... Read more»

Commentary

In gun control debate, sacred human values often forgotten

As we begin 2014, we still haven’t engaged in a conversation about gun control that brings both sides together. Polls indicate a country more or less divided over how to prevent another school shooting. And while legislation has been proposed to reign in the gun lobby, sales of guns have soared. This debate is not a new one in the United States, and while it intensifies with each tragic mass shooting, the conversation rarely advances.... Read more»1

Giffords: Rehab's lesson of patience key to gun control

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Gabrielle Giffords said she’s patiently working for gun control, drawing parallels with her rehabilitation after the Jan. 8, 2011 assassination attempt that killed six and left a dozen others wounded, including the former congresswoman.... Read more»3

Commentary

Here's a plan to end the conflict in Syria: Support Assad

There is a well-known maxim in American politics: a bad plan beats no plan. That surely has been proven the case in Syria, because neither opposition groups nor their external supporters, most especially the United States government, ever had an effective plan for removing the tenacious dictator. The U.S. should back Assad now, end the fighting, and set conditions for his departure and a democratic transition.... Read more»

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Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

It’s amazing how a little sunlight will change the behavior of some of the biggest names in corporate America — sunlight here meaning greater transparency and accountability. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling should be getting more attention from the Washington press corps.... Read more»

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Az lacks educated & skilled workforce needed to truly compete

Arizona is not what it could be — not in education, not in economic development, not in immigration policy, or how we care for our children, our poor and our sick. In days gone by, Arizona built big things like canals and cities. We focused on our future. These days, we seem to be more interested in running out the clock than embracing the future. Tomorrow is not at the forefront of our thoughts; it lies dormant somewhere in the back of our mind.... Read more»

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