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Kopec: Az election was a national disgrace

Monday, the Arizona House of Representatives' Committee on Elections held a special hearing to take testimony from the Maricopa county recorder, secretary of state and members of the public about the fiasco that was last Tuesday's presidential preference election and how to prevent an incident like it from ever happening again. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Indie voters silenced in primary now being heard loud and clear

Despite thousands of Maricopa County voters standing in line for hours on end to cast a ballot in Tuesday's presidential preference election primary, many of their votes won't count in the final tallies. That's because when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate in Arizona, the primaries are closed to independents. ... Read more»1

Comic: Politicomix

TPD & Trump: Just sayin'

Some Tucson police officers grumbled when they learned that their new chief, Chris Magnus, had been photographed holding a Black Lives Matter sign. That distaste for mixing politics and the uniform didn't stop a number of them from saying "cheese" when Donald Trump came to town.... Read more»

Analysis

FBI’s sudden move in Apple case isn’t really a surprise

After an abrupt “motion to vacate” Monday, the Justice Department has won postponement of a hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Party lines & party lies: Blame national political media for Trump

The media has chosen to present competing talking points as news and let the public decide for themselves. But even giving voice to a seemingly ridiculous point lends that statement credibility. The public doesn't see the craziness. It sees the imprimatur of a respected news outlet.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at TEP's 'threat' to solar

Liberal media has been awash with talk about how solar is under attack by utilities. I have no doubt installers like Solar City will lose in the near-term. But I have tremendous doubt that the Corporation Commission can derail the solar-paneled freight train rolling down sustainable tracks.... Read more»1

Analysis

Trump’s campaign rhetoric, ISIS and the law of war

A military lawyer examines the legal aspects of Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the use of force against the Islamic State, or ISIS.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Will the First Amendment survive the information age?

This is Sunshine Week in the U.S., when news organizations spotlight the public’s right to know and size up government openness and access to public records. This year, we should add a more sweeping question to the list: How will the First Amendment survive the dramatic changes in information technology? Complicated disputes are popping up in both predicable and surprising places.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

Republicans & Democrats ask Obama: Why haven’t you signed this transparency order?

Ten billion dollars. That’s what some experts predict the 2016 election will cost (at least financially). This Sunshine Week, as news organizations and advocates reflect on the progress we’ve made on transparency and right-to-know reforms, it is critical to urge President Obama to sign an executive order that would shine a light on one tranche of money in politics.... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

True disclosure demands full accountability

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all, transparency is the best disinfectant, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous quote. Sadly, the type of transparency and disclosure envisioned by the justices doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Sanchez: Morlock miscalculates on TUSD audit

In a column for TucsonSentinel.com earlier this month, Blake Morlock said he hates math sometimes. At Tucson Unified, we love it for many reasons. One: We know math is essential to a good education. Two: At the district level, we are continually crunching numbers to make the most of the dwindling dollars we are allocated to provide the best possible education to our students.... Read more»1

Commentary

Trying (and trying) to get records from the ‘most transparent administration’ ever

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises. ... Read more»

Opinion

Changing immigration: So who pays for the fence?

Mexico is no longer the most common country of origin for immigrants, yet the idea of expanding the fence along the Mexican border remains a key talking point in the current Republican primary campaign.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Hot enough to Bern

The primaries are now in full swing and even though the Republican field has the more entertaining candidates, the Democrats have the more interesting race.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

Flawed audit raises valid questions about TUSD

Those who are sick of comparing Arizona schools to the national average should keep quiet about the audit's national comparison. So let's instead focus on what the audit does well – comparing the school districts to each other. And boy does one local district seem either on fire, or about to respond to one. Or … y'know … not.... Read more»

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