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Az budget: School's out forever!

Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to the state's education spending.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

The New (G.O.P.) Math

Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey are hammering out a budget that would significantly reduce the state's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds.... Read more»

Guest opinion

JTED head: Ducey's budget cuts would gut career training

Arizona’s governor and legislators are working to pass a budget that will eviscerate the Pima County JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs, which is a contradiction of their stated goals of supporting education and attracting businesses to the state. The proposal will reduce the amount of per-pupil funding for students enrolled in JTED/CTE programs to a point where local school districts would lose money on 50 programs.... Read more»1

Analysis

Israeli gov't has exaggerated Iranian nuclear threat for years

Analysis: A leaked Mossad report suggests Israel's own spy agency disagrees on the threat posed by Iran. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

When the Legislature worked

You know the Arizona Legislature. It's the bunch that reduces education funding for some of the worst-funded schools in the nation, savagely cuts money to universities, has its hands in the hustles of the Charter School Racket and Private Prison Racket. The worthy solons who sold off pieces of the Capitol. But there was a time when Arizona had one of the most respected legislatures in the nation. Yes.... Read more»

Analysis

Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Fimbres: First steps for HomeGoods distro center

A lot has been said and even downplayed about the recent action by the Tucson mayor and City Council about the proposed HomeGoods Distribution Center coming to our city. Here is what has happened. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Why do teachers quit?

Every time another study comes out or another op-ed is published about America’s lagging performance in education—and how it’s bound to put us at a major global disadvantage—the conversation turns to teachers. Are they any good? Are they hamstrung by standardized tests? Are they respected enough? Are they getting paid enough?... Read more»

Analysis

Pope Francis's response to clergy sex abuse tripped up by Vatican loophole

Pope Francis doesn't actually have the power to fix the crisis. Bishops do. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Race and Beyond: When words are used as weapons

Lately, I’ve become aware of an increase in the amount of kvetching that surrounds me. Whether online, in private conversation, or in public discourse, people seem eager to express their discontent with one thing or another. Rarely do I hear folks expressing an equal measure of praise or satisfaction for the bounty of people, places, or things that they encounter in their daily lives.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

SB 1435 a politicians' cover-up?

Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, says Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and has introduced a bill requiring that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public.... Read more»

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Independence Day

The number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. But how "independent" are non-party voters?... Read more»

Analysis

After a series of defeats, the Islamic State resorts to shock tactics

The killing of hostage Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the Islamic State was different from others that came before it, but the motivation was the same. There is a reason that al-Kasaesbeh was killed in such a theatrical and sadistic manner. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Where's the public input on Tucson city manager hire?

The City of Tucson is (supposedly) in the process of selecting a new city manager. The most important position of power in our city looks like it is again being determined by a back-room deal formulated not by benign but by designed neglect. If you're not sitting at the table, than you may be what's for dinner.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

The secret behind those ‘highly performing’ charter schools

If we really want to give EVERY child a chance to succeed, then we need to get serious about how we address the children most in need of our help. And yes, Arizona, that means money. Money that’s earmarked to help failing schools, not punish them for lack-luster test scores. Money that’s targeted for “extras” that are, in fact, necessities for many.... Read more»2

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