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What the Devil won't tell you

TUSD's decision to bond is not sub-prime

About Prop. 458, TUSD's bond question on the ballot: I've been hearing that bond debt "compares" to all the morally nebulous debt that is drowning Washington and destroying the economy. The word folks are looking for is "contrasts." Some borrowing is smart debt; it's not all evil.... Read more»2

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D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Prop. 204 is about kids and about the town where they live

Guest opinion: It’s “poorly written,” “vague” and “lacking in oversight,” they say. Opponents of Prop. 204 are arguing that the measure is an incompetent attempt by amateurs because, well, it is impossible to win with “preschool is bad.” ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Christy: New half-cent RTA tax could fund Pima County road repairs

County Supervisor Steve Christy: Repeal the just-passed property tax for roads and instead pass a countywide sales tax. "With our 'Just Fix the Roads' plan, the RTA can begin to conquer our deteriorating and failed roads."... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Strong Start Tucson's flawed conception undermines noble effort

Strong Start Tucson authors seem to be offering a tone-deaf promise they'll answer questions after voters hand them $50 million per year. That's not a winning strategy or a good idea. Too many of initiative's details are left to be decided later — cue a Rio Nuevo flashback.... Read more»1

From the editor

McSally bill may exempt Border Patrol from freedom of information laws

A hearing Wednesday may — inadvertently or on purpose — move forward a law, backed by Rep. McSally, that would exempt Customs and Border Protection from FOIA almost entirely, allowing the agency to keep records about its border enforcement activities under wraps. ... Read more»2

Quick take

Giffords: 'Know this horror & heartbreak too well'

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords pressed lawmakers to address gun violence: "I know this feeling of heartbreak and horror too well. The massacre in Las Vegas is a grave tragedy for our nation. This must stop - we must stop this."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Grand delusion: NCAA left college hoops open to silly scheme

The NCAA corruption scandal is stupidity, wrapped in ignorance, and uncovered by an FBI that should have better things to do. The future of Arizona basketball is threatened by the systemic denial that programs run on cash, not grades.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: Arizona local officials fighting for local control, local voices

From Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero and other state civic leaders: There's a fight occurring across the nation that threatens the rights of local communities — and Arizona is right in the thick of it.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Good intentions aside, Strong Start Tucson is a bad idea

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Strong Start Tucson: Is one penny on a $2 ice cream cone too much?

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.... Read more»

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Stuff costs money: Tuition suit could stiff Az's whole university system

Arizona's conservatives have blown up the collectivist model of tax funding in favor of a user-pays model for higher education. Now they don't want the user to pay, either. Ideology comes with a cost because eventually it escapes the court of public opinion – or the court of law – and runs headlong into reality.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Immigration reform & DREAMers: A conservative response

What we need is sound policy that will increase efficiency and productivity and limit our liabilities and costs. Mass deportations will not accomplish this, and neither will maintaining the status quo. We cannot simply continue to overlook the security or the economic needs our nation. Legal status of immigrants, whether as workers or residents, and a secure border should be our goal. ... Read more»3

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Supervisors should let Ally Miller's 'proud white' comments drop

Any official action against Ally Miller would only make her stronger among those who believe her cries that she's a "victim." Miller's comeuppance is best left to conversations and arguments out among Pima County voters, rather than in the hands of county government.... Read more»

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