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Kirkpatrick falters after CD2 debate with self-inflicted owie

The five Not-Ann's focused on showing their own chops rather than trying to chop down Kirkpatrick. So she won for having emerged unscuffed. Then she scuffed herself ex post facto.... Read more»1

Commentary

On celebrating Gabby and calling bullshit

Unfinished reports on faraway places litter my desk - ocean plunder, abandoned refugees, Cape Town running dry - but I'm fixated on those pools of blood, indelible in memory, at the Safeway just up the road. For sheer human folly and hypocrisy these days, America is first.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' opening salvos on McSally's Senate bid explain a lot ... about Democrats

If Arizona Democrats want to make the 2018 Senate race a referendum on who's less "establishment," the party should first check and see if U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is made of Capitol marble.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Happy birthday, Arizona!

Wednesday is Arizona Statehood Day. To celebrate Arizona’s 106th birthday, we can reflect on the state’s unyielding history of independence from federal control. Joining the union wasn’t easy for the Grand Canyon State — Congress rejected Arizona’s early attempts at statehood, and President William Howard Taft refused to approve the new state until Arizonans tailored their constitution to his liking.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Wells: Legislature more concerned about haircuts than trimming charter-school spending abuses

So far this year the state Legislature has devoted more attention to who can blow-dry hair in Arizona than enhancing oversight and accountability for the more than $1 billion that flows annually from the general fund to our state's charter schools.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Ragan: TUSD's MAS classes not a 'political football'

TUSD Governing Board candidate Adam Ragan: "On this part, there can be no alternative facts, as some might push. Banning MAS runs counter to the Constitution."... Read more»

McCain: Attacks on FBI over Russia probe 'doing Putin's job for him'

"The latest attacks on the FBI serve no American interests – no party's, no president's, only Putin's. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia's ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Mueller's investigation must proceed unimpeded."... Read more»

Groundhog Day: Same as it ever was

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Here in the Sentinel newsroom, we'd rather watch the same old Youtube videos than check whether some rodent is having a bad hair day. Enjoy!... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Counts: TUSD needs a systems thinker and that's why I'm running for the board

Leila Counts: On November 6, the voters living in the Tucson Unified School District will have an opportunity to vote for a new vision, new set of values, and new type of leader for the school governing board. ... Read more»1

From the editor

Dirty little secrets of the news business

How real reporting is the antidote for an epidemic of fake news, and why it's important to support your authentically local, mission-driven nonprofit news site: TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain to Trump: 'Stop attacking the press'

Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit. The phrase "fake news" — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters.... Read more»

Flake: GOP must stand up to Trump's attacks on journalism

'The enemy of the people,' was what the president of the United States called the free press. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him “fake news,” it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.... Read more»3

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