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Memo to Ducey: Stop making columnist's job this easy

Seriously, Gov. Ducey, stop with the low-hanging fruit for columnists. Firing the economist who says the economy isn't doing well does not fix the economy. ... Read more»2

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Schooled: Money does help student achievement, after all

You can cherry pick the top and cherry pick the bottom. But test scores are like investigative reporters. They follow the money. Let's talk student achievement, because God knows no one else does. It's a hard measure to come by, but what is out there paints a picture that is a good news-bad news sort of thing.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 facts you need to know about immigrants today

This June marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, when Americans celebrate their immigrant roots and tell their families’ stories of sacrifice and contribution. Woven together, these stories form the backbone of the United States. To mark the month, here are 10 things you need to know about immigrants today:... Read more»

Analysis

Hunting: Az must find more revenue streams for education

Shortly after new data was released showing that Arizona ranks last in the nation for per-pupil instructional spending, teacher salary and school administration expenditure, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan for an additional $300 per pupil for K-12 education over the next five years. An additional $2 billion spent on education over the next five years sounds like a lot of money, but what does this really mean? ... Read more»

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How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cross-border partnerships good news for Southwest

The Southwest is perfectly positioned to benefit from Mexico's economic growth. Mexico is already Arizona's largest trading partner, with total trade of $15.9 billion in 2014 alone. These numbers are bound to increase as its economy grows, along with Mexicans' purchasing power and the rising number of manufacturing facilities in border states.... Read more»

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Tuition in Arizona is unconstitutional ... suckers!

The UA is putting a bow on the crapsicle they have to package for students and faculty after the Legislature slashed campus budgets yet again. Even an ironclad case that Arizona's charging university tuition doesn't fit the constitutional requirement that education be "as nearly free as possible" falls apart because the law interprets "free" and "possible" mean "little as want to" or "wombat." ... Read more»

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$8.5 billion in gaming later, how are tribes doing?

Ned Norris, Jr., isn't the tribal chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation anymore and it happened this week. What's that? First you heard of it? In ignoring what's going on on the rez, the media's missing a story for the ages.... Read more»3

‘Kiss everybody’: Parents’ voicemails preserve their memory in death

Reporter marvels how the things he cherishes most about his parents aren’t those that he would have ever imagined. ... Read more»

Obama: First Memorial Day in 14 years that U.S. not fighting a major war

Obama remembered Wyatt Martin, a Mesa solider who was one of the last two Americans to die in combat in Afghanistan, in his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery. "This may be the first Memorial Day since the end of our war in Afghanistan. But we are acutely aware, as we speak, our men and women in uniform still stand watch and still serve, and still sacrifice around the world."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Ten years ago I was a few months into my first tour in Iraq, a 25-year-old know-nothing specialist in the Army, carrying two cameras and a rifle into east Baghdad every day. Now I’m a photojournalist, covering the war in Afghanistan since 2010. The soldiers I meet now in Afghanistan — many of them joined the Army when I did — reenlisted a couple of times, and now they’ve done five or six tours.... Read more»

Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace

Obama: Build a nation worthy of heroes honored on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States pauses to honor the fallen heroes who died in service to our nation. With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men — parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise.... Read more»

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Ducey: Flags at half-staff for Memorial Day

"For as long as we've had independence, we've had heroes who risk everything to protect it. There is no cause more noble, no calling more selfless."... Read more»

FactCheck: Hillary Clinton's 'secret' email accounts

The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t.... Read more»

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Shellfish reform can teach morals to poor

To teach the poor about budgeting and delayed gratification, Arizona should impose reforms that make some items cost appreciably more than others. You may have read about the rampant abuse of food stamps by at least one person in California, who bought lobster instead of generic mac and cheese.... Read more»

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