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1 million voters in primary a historic step forward

For the first time, more than 1 million Arizonans cast ballots in the primary election. That’s great news. But does the historic vote mean the so-called voter crisis is over?... Read more»1

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Guest opinion

Few vote in primaries despite their impact

Only about one in five eligible voters cast ballots in Arizona primaries, despite the fact these races often serve as the decisive election for Congress and the Legislature. Independents, who often don't know they can participate in primaries, are dramatically unrepresented. ... Read more»0

Analysis

Battle over the ballot box: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression

There is a battle for the ballot box that’s being fought in the nation’s courtrooms: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression. So far, “voter fraud” is losing the war, with little to no evidence being presented to justify harsh preemptive or preventive measures.... Read more»0

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»0

Guest opinion

Indie voters silenced in primary now being heard loud and clear

Despite thousands of Maricopa County voters standing in line for hours on end to cast a ballot in Tuesday's presidential preference election primary, many of their votes won't count in the final tallies. That's because when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate in Arizona, the primaries are closed to independents. ... Read more»1

Commentary

Arizona's drivers license denials invite questions of racism

“Does it come down to racism?” That is a question Latino groups and others have asked in relation to Arizona’s obsession in trying to deny driver’s licenses to legally eligible undocumented immigrants. Only this time, the pointed question was coming from a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.... Read more»1

Commentary

Arizona is not Nebraska for immigration reform

In Arizona, so far an estimated 10,300 young immigrants have received driver’s licenses since the judge lifted the governor’s ban – even though nearly 10 times that many DREAMers have received federal work permits in Arizona. Fear is a great fertilizer – if not for corn, certainly for inertia.... Read more»0

Guest opinion

Arizona says goodbye to Gov. Raul Castro

Arizona said its final goodbyes to Gov. Raúl Castro last week with memorial services in Tucson and Phoenix, including a special event at the state Capitol hosted by Gov. Doug Ducey.... Read more»0

Guest opinion

Arizona Dreamers smiling for driver's license photos

It’s not every day someone looks forward to going to MVD, but Monday was different for many Arizonans. That’s because Arizona Dreamers qualifying under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the first time could apply for an Arizona driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Division.... Read more»2

Analysis

Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»0

Guest opinion

Dear independent voter: Please read your mail

Dear Independent Voter: I just wanted to make sure that, in sifting through the piles of junk mail, you didn’t miss an important postcard — it's nondescript black and white, has that trademark-boring “official” look and deals with the Aug. 26 primary election.... Read more»0

Guest opinion

The next 'wave' of concern will be gray, not brown

Just a few years ago, of course, our state gained international fame for its highly vocal stance – if a bit late and somewhat unconstitutional – against the wave of immigrants who were said to threaten our prosperity, burden our public budgets and fundamentally change our way of life. Turns out we might have been worrying about the wrong wave.... Read more»4

Commentary

House GOP immigration plan: Stop pathway to citizenship in its tracks

Why it took seven months for House Republicans to just say “no” to the Senate bill is debatable, but for most immigration reform proponents the prospect of creating a permanent class of perhaps 11 million “noncitizens” is not negotiable.... Read more»0

Analysis

'American Dream' tied to immigration reform

President Barack Obama was in Arizona on Tuesday, again talking about “the American Dream.” It was a bit different this time, though, with the president making the direct connection between home ownership and immigration reform.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

First step toward immigration reform: Define ‘secure border’

How "secure" is secure when discussing the U.S.-Mexico border? It is that very definition – or rather, lack thereof – that is among the top sticking points thwarting efforts to resolve the congressional stalemate on immigration reform. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Garcia: Why is Arizona standing alone in a Nebraska cornfield?

At least 38 states presently recognize immigrants with deferred action status as eligible for driver’s licenses, yet we stand alone (with Nebraska) in refusing to grant driver’s licenses to certain undocumented immigrants with federal work permits. If Arizona is trying to change its anti-immigrant image and heal its self-inflicted wounds caused by SB 1070, this obviously isn’t going to do it.... Read more»0

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