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What the Devil won't tell you

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County, TUSD to fight Az's latest shifty euphemism for tax hike

Could it be that Arizona leaders have reached tax-cut bottom and we are suddenly craving nutrients? They are sure acting like it just dawned on them that there's a cost to the civilization that most voters seem to insist upon.... Read more»1

Scarpinato tapped as Ducey's new chief of staff

Daniel Scarpinato, a Tucson native and former Arizona Daily Star reporter, will take over as Gov. Doug Ducey's top advisor.... Read more»

Report: Arizona's drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025

A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem.... Read more»

Arizona public records aren’t so public

More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. ... Read more»

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

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A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

Should Medicaid recipients have to work? Arizona thinks so

If Arizona gets its way, its able-bodied, low-income adults will face the toughest requirements in the country to receive health care coverage through Medicaid.... Read more»1

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Off-ramp to ruin: Team Ducey says highways are too expensive

First, schools and now civilized society? A new study reports that Arizona will fall far short of what is necessary to maintain that which the Roman Empire managed to maintain for 500 years — highways. A new study says Arizona is $62.7 billion short of what is needed to maintain a basic transportation system throughout the state. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

There’s an app for that. And that. But not that. Arizona lags in mobile apps

The number of state-run mobile apps connecting citizens to government services has increased steadily in recent years, but Arizona still trails many states in its efforts to develop government-on-the-go.... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who's aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

GOP, Dems trade barbs over credit for benefits for military families

Republicans are accusing U.S. Rep. Ron Barber of "fudging the facts" about a bill to fund death benefits for armed forces members despite the federal shutdown, while Democrats say the complaints are "pathetic ... what's wrong with politics."... Read more»

Bill would allow legislative leaders to join SB 1070 legal fight

A House committee on Tuesday endorsed legislation that would allow Arizona's House speaker and Senate president to initiate legal proceedings and appear on behalf of their chambers in support of SB 1070.... Read more»

Paton poll shows dead heat with Giffords, but fundraising lags

Republican Jonathan Paton and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are in a statistical dead heat in the race for the CD8 congressional seat, a poll by Paton's campaign says. But new fundraising numbers show Paton fighting an uphill battle to raise money.... Read more»3