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Analysis

A paint-by-number portrait of Arizona’s nebulous independent voter

There are still some researchers who believe there really is no such thing as “independent voters.” But independents are beginning to claim space in the mind of many numbers-savvy campaigns of Democrats and Republicans alike in Arizona.... Read more»1

Despite record turnout, millions of eligible Arizonans don't vote

More than 64 percent of Arizona’s registered voters cast ballots in the midterm election, but millions of eligible adults did not register or vote.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Med school dean's travel is a hurricane in a squirt bottle

Tucson should put a portable defibrillator in every home if we're going to freak out about $26,000 per year in university spending that can be questioned. Bureaucracy is to universities what analogies are to the SAT. Without the former, there isn't much use of the latter. So 26 grand for comfy travel seems a pittance compared to what could happen on any given day on a college campus. ... Read more»

Guadalupe residents push back against persistent poverty

Just 300 feet separate a meticulously manicured resort and golf course from the tiny town of Guadalupe, where 31 percent of its mostly Latino and Yaqui Indian population live in poverty and only about 54 percent of its children graduate from high school. The Phoenix suburb is one of the poorest communities in Arizona.... Read more»

Seeking more impact at polls, Az groups working to register Hispanics

With the general election approaching, Mi Familia Vota and 11 other organizations that are part of the coalition One Arizona are trying to get Hispanics to commit to voting and get them on the permanent early ballot list. Their goal: turning this demographic’s numbers – an estimated 30.3 percent of all Arizonans – into voting power.... Read more»1

Az’s minorities continued slow but steady growth in 2012

Arizona’s Hispanics made up just over 30 percent of the overall state population for the first time in 2012, as the state’s minorities continued their steady growth, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.... Read more»

After years of budget cuts, greener outlook for Arizona State Parks

After years of delivering deep cuts, lawmakers this session are discussing ways to give Arizona State Parks some more money and bring back a lottery-funded grant program the agency administered.... Read more»

Analysis: High minority precincts cast more provisional ballots

A Cronkite News Service analysis of national and state data found that Arizona voters living in precincts with higher percentages of minorities had a greater chance of casting provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 election. ... Read more»1

Carmona, Flake spent combined $228k on Spanish ads in Phx

Democrat Richard Carmona bought $139,200 worth of ads on Phoenix Spanish-language television stations against $89,200 by Republican Jeff Flake during their tightly contested U.S. Senate race, according to documents kept by the outlets.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Coming tsunami of Latino voters

Interviews with Joseph Garcia, director of ASU's Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center, financial planner Shelly Fishman, and historian Ken Scoville previewed the upcoming Tucson Modernism Week. ... Read more»

Poverty continues to climb in Arizona

The portion of Arizonans living in poverty hit 19 percent last year, the sixth-highest rate in the nation, according to new data from the Census Bureau. It was the third straight increase in the poverty rate for Arizona.... Read more»1