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Guest opinion

Cunningham: New police cars on the prowl in Tucson

Councilman Paul Cunningham: The next time you see a police cruiser or a fire vehicle, you might see a decal that says "Tucson Delivers." That means it was purchased with the half-cent sales tax that you voted for last year. ... Read more»

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State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

With a week to next shutdown, no obvious progress on budget, DACA bills

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s State of the Union

The president exaggerates his accomplishments in his address to Congress.... Read more»

Furloughed federal workers feel like ‘pawns’ in shutdown fight

The government shutdown that began Friday may have been short-lived, but that doesn’t mean the thousands of federal workers in Arizona who were sent home Monday or made to work without pay feel any less put-upon.... Read more»

Grand Canyon partly open, blunting biggest hit of gov't shutdown

As Congress met this weekend in an effort to end the government shutdown before it could enter its third full day, the costliest impacts of the shutdown in Arizona have been blunted – for the moment. Privately run shops, lodging and other businesses at Grand Canyon National Park remain open, although no park rangers are on hand.... Read more»

As federal shutdown looms, Az legislators OK KidsCare funding

Health insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee.... Read more»

DACA advocates push for action as clock ticks down on budget deal

As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill.... Read more»

Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

Arizona education gets low marks on annual report card

Arizona education scrapes the bottom ranks in the nation, receiving a D+ for school funding and the poverty achievement gap in an annual report card released Wednesday.... Read more»

Ducey unveils optimistic 2019 budget with emphasis on school spending

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released his proposed fiscal 2019 budget on Friday with hopes the state will return to pre-recession spending. His focus: K-12 education.... Read more»


Millions, billions, trillions: How to make sense of numbers in the news

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens inevitably involve dollar figures in the millions, billions and trillions. It’s really easy to read past these words, and extremely difficult to internalize how dramatically different these amounts are. These thought experiments can help you brush up on your numerical literacy.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

TUSD's decision to bond is not sub-prime

About Prop. 458, TUSD's bond question on the ballot: I've been hearing that bond debt "compares" to all the morally nebulous debt that is drowning Washington and destroying the economy. The word folks are looking for is "contrasts." Some borrowing is smart debt; it's not all evil.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Christy: New half-cent RTA tax could fund Pima County road repairs

County Supervisor Steve Christy: Repeal the just-passed property tax for roads and instead pass a countywide sales tax. "With our 'Just Fix the Roads' plan, the RTA can begin to conquer our deteriorating and failed roads."... Read more»1

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