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‘We deserve better:’ 17-year-old activist joins legislators calling for gun control laws

High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.”... 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»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: The Loop is one of the largest & finest recreational amenities in the country

Chuck Huckelberry: On March 17, we are celebrating the completion of The Loop — our community has constructed one of the largest, finest and most popular public recreational amenities in the country. And we built it on top of flood control projects that are protecting hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property.... Read more»

The way we were

Removing Az politicians from office not unprecedented

Earlier this month, Arizonans were treated to the rare spectacle of the State House of Representatives voting to remove one of their own for misbehavior in office. The press was quick to point out that this was not an unprecedented act, but one would have to go back 70 years to see when it happened before. Clearly, this is an extreme measure. ... Read more»

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

The Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Reps. Randall Friese and Daniel Hernandez, both from Tucson, co-sponsored a measure that would have banned trigger cranks, including bump stocks.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Wells: Legislature more concerned about haircuts than trimming charter-school spending abuses

So far this year the state Legislature has devoted more attention to who can blow-dry hair in Arizona than enhancing oversight and accountability for the more than $1 billion that flows annually from the general fund to our state's charter schools.... Read more»

House OKs harassment bills in wake of charges against Franks, others

The House gave final approval Tuesday to measures aimed at protecting congressional workers from sexual harassment and making it easier for them to come forward if they feel they have been victimized.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... 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»

Arizona Rep. Don Shooter expelled from House over sexual harassment

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday voted to expel Rep. Don Shooter following the recommendation of Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard.... Read more»

Bill would limit marketing, publishing info about medical-marijuana dispensaries

Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill from a Mesa Republican that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business.... Read more»

Governor signs sweeping law to confront Arizona opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed into law a sweeping plan to confront the opioid crisis that provides $10 million for treatment, restricts timetables for opioid prescriptions and protects from drug prosecution Good Samaritans who call for emergency help if someone overdoses.... Read more»

Pregnant & addicted

Az’s opioid epidemic grew twice as fast among pregnant mothers & newborns

At the urging of Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations of drugs designed to curb the state’s sprawling opioid epidemic, which has seen overdose deaths nearly double in the past decade. ... Read more»

Ducey calls special session on opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand health care.... 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»

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»

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