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Happy birthday, Arizona!

Wednesday is Arizona Statehood Day. To celebrate Arizona’s 106th birthday, we can reflect on the state’s unyielding history of independence from federal control. Joining the union wasn’t easy for the Grand Canyon State — Congress rejected Arizona’s early attempts at statehood, and President William Howard Taft refused to approve the new state until Arizonans tailored their constitution to his liking.... Read more»

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Appeals court OKs Pima County deal with World View

An appeals court ruled that Pima County had the ability under economic development laws to bypass rules for collective bidding. The county was sued over a lease provided to high-altitude balloon company World View.... Read more»1

Supreme Court won’t hear Az case on custody fight over tribal kids

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.... Read more»

Farmers worried possible import tax will hurt border produce business

What would a 20-percent tax on Mexican goods mean for cross-border agricultural businesses that supply grocery stores across the United States with fresh produce?... Read more»

Pima County to appeal World View lease ruling

By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved an appeal of last week's ruling that the county violated procurement laws in a 2016 build/lease deal with high-altitude tech firm World View. County officials called the lawsuit "job killing" and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute "ignored" similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.... Read more»1

Judge voids Pima County's lease with World View

A judge ruled Thursday that Pima County violated state laws in not having its lease with World View appraised before signing an agreement to construct a facility for the high-altitude tech company. Judge Catherine Woods rules in favor of a Goldwater Institute lawsuit to block the lease. The building was completed at the end of December.... Read more»5

Judge doesn't deflate World View lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging improprieties in Pima County's backing of high-altitude firm World View will move ahead, as a judge declined to toss out claims made by the right-wing Goldwater Institute. Although she worked to have Goldwater bring the suit, Supervisor Ally Miller is a defendant in the case.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

Goldwater launches suit vs. Pima County balloon deal; officials mum

A rightwing lobbying group has sued Pima County over its backing of the high-altitude technology firm World View. Although officials had blasted back a week before when the Goldwater Institute floated the prospect of suing, the county maintained radio silence after the filing.... Read more»

County officials dismiss Goldwater questions about World View

Lawyers for Pima County have replied to a letter from a rightwing group that questioned the legality of local government backing of a high-altitude technology startup. The Goldwater Institute threatened to sue over the deal last week, but county officials maintain their actions are within the scope of the law.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

Arizona charter schools less ethnically diverse

Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don’t match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White - and especially Asian - students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona’s school age population.... Read more»

Goldwater Institute lawyer named to Arizona Supreme Court

Clint Bolick has never served as a judge, but the next justice of Arizona's highest court isn't a stranger to appellate courtrooms. As an attorney for the right-wing Goldwater Insitute, he's argued before the state and U.S. supreme courts.... Read more»

Supreme Court declines Az fish pedicure case

State officials welcomed the decision, which ended six years of legal wrangling over the Board of Cosmetology's ability to regulate fish pedicures. An official with the Goldwater Institute, which had challenged the board, said it will now take its fight to the Legislature. ... Read more»

Report gives Arizona a B for gov't spending transparency

Released during Sunshine Week, the annual Following the Money report praises Arizona for providing data about the state's largest economic-development programs through its OpenBooks website. ... Read more»

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