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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

#WeAllAreAyotzinapa

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»

Guest opinion

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»

Commentary

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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Election integrity: Who decides?

Checks and balances. A term most every elementary school student understands. But it seems to be a principle that escapes too many in government. Chuck Huckleberry will soon propose the purchase of new election equipment for the county. The problem is the proposal will do away with a precinct scanner at each polling location. This removes a needed check in the system.... Read more»1

Candidate commentary

Goddard: Independent voter suppression — the rest of the story

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected.... Read more»5

Commentary

Michelle Obama has a duty to visit detained migrant kids

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors. ... Read more»

Faith in values

Hobby Lobby's win is a loss for religious liberty

When for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.... Read more»

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Brewer: Remember the true meaning of Independence Day

The Fourth of July is an occasion for celebration, reflection and appreciation, as Americans from all corners of the United States gather with friends and family to commemorate our nation's independence. I encourage all Arizonans to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this important anniversary, and to recognize how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on Earth.... Read more»

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The Arizona We Want: 3 ways citizens can make a difference

Lattie Coor: Based upon the Gallup Arizona Poll, The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action identifies eight citizen goals and provides a roadmap for achieving them. I urge all of us to take advantage of this very clear picture of what Arizonans want for the future by focusing the upcoming election on these goals.... Read more»

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Re-establishing religious liberty post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.... Read more»1

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Dear independent voter: Please read your mail

Dear Independent Voter: I just wanted to make sure that, in sifting through the piles of junk mail, you didn’t miss an important postcard — it's nondescript black and white, has that trademark-boring “official” look and deals with the Aug. 26 primary election.... Read more»

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