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Voting wars

Will the Latino 'sleeping giant' wake and vote this November?

An expected 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in November, yet, it’s unclear whether they will turn out. If they do, they have tremendous potential to affect the outcome.... Read more»

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Analysis

Battle over the ballot box: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression

There is a battle for the ballot box that’s being fought in the nation’s courtrooms: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression. So far, “voter fraud” is losing the war, with little to no evidence being presented to justify harsh preemptive or preventive measures.... Read more»

Debate over Prop. 123 rages on as election on education funding approaches

A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny. Gov. Ducey is using his political capital to back Prop. 123, but State Treasurer DeWit and other opponents said it would be a shortsighted infusion that could rob the State Land Trust.... Read more»

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

Hundreds of Az’s poorest families will be dropped from assistance program

Next July, Arizona will become the first and only state to impose a one-year lifetime limit for impoverished households receiving federal benefits from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.... 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»

Analysis

Hunting: Az must find more revenue streams for education

Shortly after new data was released showing that Arizona ranks last in the nation for per-pupil instructional spending, teacher salary and school administration expenditure, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan for an additional $300 per pupil for K-12 education over the next five years. An additional $2 billion spent on education over the next five years sounds like a lot of money, but what does this really mean? ... Read more»

Effort to recall Douglas seeks to turn Facebook likes into political power

Can a grass-roots effort become a political movement that succeeds in bringing about a recall election for a holder of statewide office? That hasn’t happened since 1988, when Arizona voters filed enough signatures to trigger a recall election for Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached before the election could be held.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Hart: The sinking middle class

Chances are if someone asked you where you’d place yourself on the socio-economic ladder, you’d say “middle class.” And why not? Being middle class is almost synonymous with being American. But today, the chances are increasing that you may no longer make the middle class cut.... Read more»

Recreational pot might make 2016 Az ballot

With proposals to have Arizona follow the lead of Colorado and Washington going nowhere at the state Legislature, advocates are organizing to put recreational use of marijuana on the 2016 ballot. ... Read more»1

Poll: Political beliefs drive views on immigration

A new poll found that 52 percent of Arizonans support aggressive deportation policies, however nine of out 10 Arizonans want undocumented immigrants treated humanely. ... Read more»

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Lawmaker pressing for study of water desalination

A state lawmaker wants to create a committee to study the feasibility of using desalinated water to augment Arizona’s water supply.... Read more»1

ASU's new Kyl Center to study Az water

The Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy was established in November to address long-term issues with Arizona's water supply.... Read more»

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. ... 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

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