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What the Devil won't tell you

Interstate 11: Great things for Tucson or a Phoenix plot to destroy us?

It's too soon to tell if a proposed Tucson bypass is good for our city or something to be fought for the good of our summer-clad Pueblo. It's definitely worth getting the lowdown and asking questions.... Read more»1

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Legislature & Ducey's cartoonish scheme to hike TUSD taxes tossed over cliff by judge

Told ya so: Demonstrating the acme of futility, the Legislature discovered again that it has no Wonder Twin powers to make the Arizona Constitution disappear. Slamming bills into law without public comment doesn't help.... Read more»0

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Handicapping the Tucson mayor's race & the myth of 'woke'

The race to replace Mayor Jonathan Rothschild leads to discussions about race and gender when voter outreach and turnout — and the necessary cash and hard work — will be what's truly pivotal. ... Read more»0

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Arizona tops migrant decline, but still leads nation in being Arizona

Illegal immigrants are vanishing from Arizona just like rock bands from the charts, but that trend barely affected any of the problems that have been blamed on undocumented migrants over the past decade. Our state still ranks first at being Arizona.... Read more»0

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'Reprieve' on Trump's tariff just a calm before border storms

Here's the deal: the last thing Donald Trump wants is to solve problems. Solved problems don't scare people. Vanquished foes are no longer useful foes. The president needs enemies and bogeymen, so he can play the tough guy in his scripted performance.... Read more»0

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Sand & fury: Arizonans just extras in Trump's distracting, go-nowhere tariff drama

Here we go again watching another Donald J. Trump production of "Commander Hammer: Adventures of a Man-Child President," a reality TV show about take-no-prisoners chief executive who plays by his own set of rules.... Read more»0

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Small ball could still bring big innings for Pima pre-K proposal

Pima County is trying hard not to say "yes" to kickstarting public preschool in the region but the supervisors aren't quite saying "no," either. They seem to be saying: "Grrrrrrr ... really! Again?" ... Read more»0

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After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»0

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Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»0

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Russian bots are at the gate but the enemy is us

Sure, yeah, the Russians are coming (and the Saudis and Chinese and Iranians) but they are using our own gullibility and sanctimony against us. The Russians are an adversary. Unfortunately, we have met the enemy and it’s us. ... Read more»1

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Mark Kelly bank-breaking campaign fundraising important but not sufficient

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally's fundraising is going great guns but challenger Mark Kelly's haul is out of this world. Still, he can literally buy himself all the advice needed to kill his candidacy.... Read more»3

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A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»0

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Ducey too smart to be so stupid as to support Trump's latest border sucker-punch

Arizona Gov. Ducey says he supports President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border because he apparently is cool with losing a quarter-billion dollars per day in trade. He should be smarter than that.... Read more»0

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Don Diamond helped end the battles he long fought

Much has been written about how developer Don Diamond — who died this week — fought to defeat environmentalists in the growth war, but we should also take this occasion to remember how he put an end to that conflict.... Read more»1

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Gallego's decision to bow out of Senate race a missed opportunity for Dems

A Ruben Gallego primary run against Mark Kelly may have been the final step in turning Arizona purple, which is sort of like watching that first platypus grow a bill.... Read more»0

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Scotus 2020: Detention OK provides clear view of stakes for Dems

Everything we need to know about the 2020 election pops into focus with the Supreme Court ruling upholding a lousy law from the days when Democrats insisted on proving they were tough.... Read more»0

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