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Few vote in primaries despite their impact

Only about one in five eligible voters cast ballots in Arizona primaries, despite the fact these races often serve as the decisive election for Congress and the Legislature. Independents, who often don't know they can participate in primaries, are dramatically unrepresented. ... Read more»

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El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Every year, thousands of people visit the Salt River to experience the riparian area in the Sonoran Desert. But they'll likely also see piles of horse manure, from wild horses that wildlife experts say is a harmful invasive species.... Read more»1

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Prezelski: Why is Clodfelter giving platform for Phx political hack to discuss TUSD?

Tom Prezelski: 'In the last few days, state Rep. Todd Clodfelter announced a 'desegregation town hall.' While having an open public forum to discuss this issue is something this community needs, it is pretty clear that this is not what the event is going to be about."... Read more»

Ted Vogt out as Corp Comm director over conflict of interest

Ted Vogt, a former Tucson lawmaker, was pushed out as director of the Arizona Corporation Commission over concerns about a conflict of interest. His wife has been working for a PR firm for Arizona Public Service, a utility regulated by the state panel.... Read more»

What we know about immigrant children being separated from their families

The attention of the nation has turned to Texas and its border with Mexico after the Trump administration enacted a policy that has resulted in undocumented children being separated from their parents. Here's what we know:... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

UA economist forecasts metro Tucson will gain 11k jobs in next 2 years

University of Arizona economist George Hammond predicts metro Tucson will gain 5,550 jobs in 2018 and 6,000 in 2019, which will help attract more residents and especially help the construction, real estate and retail industries.... Read more»2

Deconstructed

Az upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Included in the new $10.4 billion Arizona budget are massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process. But charter schools are exempted.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

GOP Legislature sending $7.5M to UA, ASU 'freedom schools' despite millions yet unspent

In the face of teacher walkouts that have forced the closure of hundreds of public schools and displaced more than 800,000 students in a fight over funding for K-12 education, Arizona lawmakers are speeding toward passage of a budget that will provide $7.5 million to two state universities for so-called "freedom schools" designed to teach conservative values.... Read more»

Maricopa Recorder says multistate database could ease, improve voting process

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Friday that a new “master database of voters” should help Arizona and other states improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Nice try governor, but #RedForED deseg switcheroo won't fly

Gov. Ducey's plan to increase teacher pay includes an illegal tax hike on Tucson homeowners.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump, school funding crisis may doom GOP control of Az Legislature

If school funding proves decisive and the anti-Trump trend continues, Republican control of the Arizona State Senate looks done for and their grip on the House may be fleeting. This is a really bad year to be carrying around an elephant. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Reaction to teachers' daring walkout will show how '4Ed' this red state is

Just how "#ForEd" is this red state? We're about to find out. A backlash against starving school budgets is to be expected. What Arizona teachers are asking for is a decisive win: here, now and all at once. That's always a lot to ask in politics.... Read more»

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Ragan: Stand with teachers who walk out, as they stand for kids and schools

On the eve of what is set to be an historic week, many of us are preparing all across Arizona for something we haven’t seen in generations: an educator walkout.... Read more»

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