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When candidates decline to participate

Debates have become institutionalized as part of the political process. It is disheartening when candidates do not participate in debates. Who loses out? The voter.... Read more»1

Analysis

Behind voter ID, federal pre-clearance

Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state’s voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws.... Read more»

What the CDC can do to fight Ebola

The agency has been heavily criticized for its response to a threat that requires team action by federal, state and local agencies.... Read more»2

Supreme Court: Texas can enforce voter ID law

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion Saturday morning removing the last traces of uncertainty over whether voter ID can be enforced in the upcoming elections.... Read more»

Couples rush to wed after Az’s same-sex marriage ban overturned

Gay couples rushed to Arizona courthouses to get married Friday, just hours after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the right to equal protection.... Read more»3

Where are Mexico’s top 10 drug lords now?

Mexican security forces have captured or killed most major cartel bosses. But a number of them are still at large.... Read more»

Guest opinion

12 Gen-X Republicans who will have some explaining to do some day soon

Now that it is clear that those who pushed Arizona’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, they all better start thinking up what lame excuses they are going to be making. Their grandchildren’s generation is sure to ask questions.... Read more»

Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»3

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion.... Read more»1

Prop 122 aims to allow state to reject certain federal laws, rules

Proposition 122 would amend the state Constitution to say that Arizona may exercise its “sovereign authority” to restrict the use of its money and personnel to purposes consistent with its Constitution. It’s the second straight election with sovereignty on the ballot.... Read more»

Voters deciding whether Az lawmakers get first raise since 1998

Proposition 304 has Arizona voters deciding whether to increase state lawmakers’ salaries from $24,000 a year to $35,000. It would be the first raise for state lawmakers since voters approved one in 1998, the only time a raise has been approved.... Read more»

Deportations near border surged as interior removals dropped

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime.... Read more»

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state’s per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more.... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can “issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately.” Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Dallas hospital apologizes for 'mistakes' in Ebola care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.... Read more»

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