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Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense. It makes matters worse when payback can’t even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection.... Read more»

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

Analysis

Perry's border plan — and a political one

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Kwasman sees children

Adam Kwasman, Republican primary candidate for Congress, showed up in Oracle last week. Hearing that there was a bus full of undocumented children POSSIBLY headed his way, he decided he would protest that bus.... Read more»

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here’s what we’re looking for, and what we’re not.... Read more»1

Analysis

Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

Participants in the health care marketplace would be wise to shop around.... Read more»2

Analysis

Switching from a gas tax to a mileage-based user fee

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.... Read more»

Analysis

Russia isn’t an immutable force

If there’s a positive development after the possible murder of almost 300 people by pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine — if it’s verified they shot down a Malaysian Airline flight MH17 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Thursday — it would be that the disaster finally jolts Western countries into finally confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over his fanning of civil conflict in Russia’s southern neighbor.... 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»

Analysis

A 'baby step,' not a leap for Az education funding

The courts have ordered that Arizona’s Legislature must restore cuts to education funding that were made several years ago. The promise of an additional $233 per student translates into more than $300 million additional dollars — but it’s not a cause for celebration: Arizona’s schools were woefully underfunded before the budget cuts were made and restoring this money simply moves our funding level from disastrous to routinely terrible.... Read more»

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Babeu raises his profile

Sheriff Paul Babeu decided he needed to call attention to himself — again — by ginning up a protest of the arrival of undocumented immigrants in Oracle.... Read more»

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, hilarity ensued.... Read more»

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Obama on immigration reform: Mañana

President Obama has been very vocal about immigration reform for the last ... six years... Read more»

Commentary

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law. While those attacks likely cost some Democrats their congressional seats in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the legislation this year.... Read more»

Analysis

Job growth is accelerating

Last week’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continues 2014’s streak of good news, as we are finally starting to dig out of the crater the recession put in the labor market.... Read more»

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