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What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 124: A short take on a bad idea and a good ballot measure

Proposition 124, ladies and gentleman, is the constitutional equivalent of removing the beer goggles that led to an unfortunate face tattoo devoted to a one-night stand during a raging party in 1998.... Read more»

Could Donald Trump change journalism for the better?

Journalists, as chroniclers of the political system, are confronted with a dilemma. How should journalists cover Trump’s candidacy? Can they – and should they – be objective? Objectivity is a much misunderstood concept and is too often uncritically mythologized as central to American journalistic practice.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Read before burning: Prop. 123

The easiest thing to do in politics is run on tax cuts. That's why school spending ranks so low. The second easiest mission in politics is to make unwilling martyrs of those without a seat at the table. Seeing as kids can't vote, their sacrifice seems fantastically reasonable in the name of a better tomorrow. ... Read more»4

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

Guest opinion

Barr: 'No one fooled' by Gowan's retaliation against reporter

The attorney for the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Dan Barr, blasted Gowan's move to kick reporters off the chamber floor in a letter to the state House speaker, saying, "no one is fooled by what is going on here."... Read more»

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Trigger warning: How to cover Speaker Gowan so he feels safe

Poor David Gowan. He just wants to be safe. He wants to conduct extensive background checks on journalists, after one had the temerity to report that he'd traveled on the taxpayers' dime while pursuing election to Congress. The threat posed by a reporter like Hank Stephenson of the Capitol Times isn't physical. It's existential.... Read more»

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Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

Support local independent news on Az Gives Day

On Arizona Gives Day, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Snakebit: The Diamondbacks' upgrade ultimatum

The Diamondbacks' demand that Maricopa County provide $187 million in upgrades — "current and future maintenance obligations" — or the team will seek a way out of its lease and leave is extortion, but how badly would the loss of baseball fans hurt downtown Phoenix?... Read more»

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How the GOP can lose the City Council forever

Ward-only (only) is what Republicans want. But here's what it means: The GOP is likely to win two seats representing Tucson's East Side wards. There is no path to three. Today, the party needs four votes to control the Council. They're rejecting an election plan that would give them a path to a majority.... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Beard: Election snafus, poor voter education & right to vote — What’s missing?

In our rush to assign blame for the snafus from last week's presidential preference eection, we should not lose sight of what voting is all about. We all may speak about the right to vote but do we remember that those Rights come with an equal share of Responsibilities? There are requirements of the citizens necessary to maintain a free society. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

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»

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