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Commentary

Perkins: States’ rights measure exits, stage right

It's anybody's guess how the Arizona Federal Action Rejection Amendment might have fared with voters, but expect a sequel anyway.... Read more»0

Commentary

When did undocumented kids become Moby-Dick?

When Gov. Jan Brewer speedily signed an executive order banning driver’s licenses to "DREAMer" undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under a new White House program, I found myself “growing grim about the mouth” like a certain protagonist in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

A peek between the pages of the Bible bill

You’d think lawmakers and the governor are tiring of controversy as they approach the end of this year’s legislative session. But in what is widely seen as a contentious move in secular society, Brewer signed a measure allowing schools to offer a high school course on the Bible’s influence on Western culture. ... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Gutting state's merit system: Return of Boss Tweed?

There is little doubt that the public would benefit from a modernized state personnel system that yielded more capable employees. But critics of Gov. Brewer's proposed overhaul worry that reliance on private-sector tactics will backfire and re-invite cronyism — something the current system was designed to prevent.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Legislature has bad case of 'land fever'

Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, once said, "There is no hunger like land hunger.” This may help explain why some legislators are again salivating over large tracts of Arizona’s topography.... Read more»0

Guest opinion

Time to stop moving the goalposts on recall elections

If you can’t beat ‘em, change the election laws. This old political saw appears to be the sentiment among conservative lawmakers still smarting over Sen. Russell Pearce’s defeat in a recall election. A bill would replace the current winner-take-all system with one requiring partisan primaries.... Read more»1

Analysis

State guard or 'Arizona Five-0'?

With the high costs of maintaining and potential legal ramifications of arming an autonomous militia to combat threats that are at best nebulous, lawmakers and the governor could find themselves in deep drama for something resembling reality TV – until, that is, reality itself steps forward.... Read more»1

Analysis

State of the State drifts into uncharted waters

"Arizona has been saved." With that bold declaration, Gov. Jan Brewer proclaimed that Arizona now boasts a budget surplus. But it may take some fancy dead reckoning to leverage the estimated fiscal surplus -- $416 million to $650 million -- while keeping things ship-shape.... Read more»0