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What the Devil won't tell you

Charter proposal to pay bonds with sales tax could lead to trouble

The Charter Review Committee chose a compromise to send to the Council: Allowing sales taxes for bonds but no additional sales tax capacity. Bond money needs an unobstructed path to investors — tying that money to the general fund could spell trouble either for city services or Tucson's credit. ... Read more»

Checking the Checkpoints: Az's Border Patrol sites

Support quality border reporting: Pledge your backing for our project to take a tour of every one of Arizona's 11 Border Patrol checkpoints in a single day, showing in dramatic fashion how they isolate rural communities, how residents live with daily interactions with BP, and how effective the checkpoint strategy is.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hart: The sinking middle class

Chances are if someone asked you where you’d place yourself on the socio-economic ladder, you’d say “middle class.” And why not? Being middle class is almost synonymous with being American. But today, the chances are increasing that you may no longer make the middle class cut.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hot topic: 'America's Hispanics'

The linked issues of immigration and America’s growing Hispanic population have generated what has become a permanent public argument. Everybody in the country, it seems – especially in Arizona -- has an opinion, and often a fierce one. So it might be worth hearing what the issue looks like from outside the U.S., especially from a viewpoint that prides itself on a rational, balanced approach to even the hottest of topics. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson charter committee backs off bold action

Mayoral veto and ward-only elections were rejected after a citizens committee tasked with brainstorming charter changes collected public comments. The committee did its job and now should act proud by posting the results, but members are keeping mum about their advice to kick the can on election changes. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Charter changes: Tucson could use some competitive elections

Elections in Tucson are too safe for incumbents so a citizens committee looking at charter changes should think big and create competitive elections. ... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Grand Canyon Watershed Nat'l Monument can work for everyone

Arizonans are a spirited, strong-willed bunch. But there is something we all agree on: From hikers to hunters, from tribal nations to tourism authorities – we love the Grand Canyon. This is why I am working on an effort to designate the Grand Canyon Watershed as a national monument.... Read more»

Analysis

Anonymous 3 years ago, Ted Cruz now a presidential candidate

In January 2012, at a sidewalk table in front of a Starbucks on Congress Avenue in Austin — this is a block from the state Capitol, mind you — Ted Cruz was taking a reporter through what sounded like a harebrained campaign for U.S. Senate.... Read more»

Guest opinion

We have a love/hate relationship with violence

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. ... Read more»1

Sunshine Week commentary

World passing U.S. by in strength of FOI laws

Sunshine Week has helped foster government transparency in the United States during the past 10 years, but while we have focused inward at state and federal transparency the world has passed us by.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Despite official stonewalling, reporters let sun shine on gov't

It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens’ right to information, turning the right to know into just plain “no.” And that is why it is vital that we all fight every attempt — from federal foot-dragging to outrageous photocopying bills — to hide the public’s information behind a big, padlocked door. We need to let the sun shine in.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. Journalists, good government watchdogs, private citizens and even members of Congress often butt up against a byzantine bureaucracy that makes it tough to track down answers.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Biggs finds supply-side economics embarrassing & dangerous

I'm sorry, did they trip over something? Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs is treating the results of Arizona's supply-side experiment like the Cousin Jesse the kids aren't supposed to talk about. Seems an odd approach, but a quarter-century of cutting taxes and spending has left Arizona trailing high-tax states.... Read more»4

Rogue Columnist

School's out completely

Whatever the final numbers, the outlook for education in Arizona is grim. Blame the Kookocracy. Blame the governor, wealthy Republican Douglas A. Roscoe Jr. aka "Doug Ducey." Or credit them. A majority of Arizonans voted them in.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why you should care about Tucson's City Charter

The cool part about the Charter is that Tucson residents control their constitution, not the governor, not the Legislature, not Pima County, and not special interest groups.... Read more»

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