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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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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»

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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»

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