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TUSD continues pattern of secrecy with sup't hiring process

TUSD picked four finalists for the district's next leader Tuesday night: B, G, P and W. And as far as they're concerned, right now that's all the public needs to know about who might lead Tucson's largest school district. "Unbelievable," said an expert in public records law.... Read more»13

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Pet peeve rant: Candidates, please do your homework

Mail-in ballots will go out this week to Ward 3 Democrats and Ward 6 Greens. Here are some quick thoughts on the candidates, and some quick advice on anyone who thinks about running for office: Study up. Read the budget. Read the agendas. Ask questions. Understand the limitations of the office sought.... Read more»2

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Tucson could teach D.C. about how to break free of gridlock

There are no similes. There are no metaphors. No literary device could accurately relate the week in Washington that was July 23-28, 2017. All of which is to say, I told you John McCain would find a way to shank the president. But Tucson was once at loggerheads, with intractable opponents swinging meat axes at one another. We got past it. So can Washington.... 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

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»

Commentary

A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I’ve never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or six U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I’ve joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.... Read more»

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Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

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Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

From the editor

Here's why it's vital to hand your voter info over to Trump

Here are a few facts, rather than fervent partisan spin, on the request for voter data by the Trump administration, as there's some stiff competition going for the most uninformed knee-jerk Democratic over-reaction. This information is a public record, and should be released to anyone who asks for it.... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Planning for heat emergencies

What happens in Tucson during a heat emergency? Temperatures soar, our electrical grid breaks down due to both weather conditions and the fact that everyone has got their air conditioners on full blast and boom…the power goes out, and goes out for a while.... Read more»

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Morlock: What price Mom's life?

A view of health reform from inside the ICU provides much clarity: Patient-centered, market-oriented health-care reform means customers face more exposure to prices — and their ultimate bargaining power is the right to walk away ... Gulp.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prezelski: Count me 'Yes, but' on civility

I’m always a little bit wary when I hear calls for civility in politics. It's an easy stance after an ugly political incident. Do I want our political debates to sound like pro-wrestling ring interviews? Of course not. It’s just that I question the need for “civility” to be the number-one watchword in our civic life.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'Heartbroken' Giffords: D.C. shooting 'an attack on our democracy'

"This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy. ... May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best."... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Dazed & confused? McCain grills 'President Comey'

Sen. John McCain gave James Comey a bit of a promotion during his long and tangled questioning during a Senate hearing on whether President Trump pressured the former FBI director to drop an investigation into Russian connections to White House staffers. ... Read more»

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