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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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Tucson water rates higher than Phx, usage lower here

It’s a complex calculation, but at the most fundamental level this much is true: The amount of water needed to have a lush, green lawn in Phoenix would yield a substantially higher water bill for a homeowner in Tucson. As Arizona leaders ponder the long-term future of the state’s water supply, some say that raising water prices is an option for encouraging conservation.... Read more»

Ex-Phx mayor again pushing top-two primaries

With independents now Arizona’s largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson says he’ll push again to establish primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party. He says the change would boost participation.... Read more»

Arizona’s long-term water future: Balancing growth and drought

Residents of the Sun Corridor stretching through Phoenix and Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without any doubt that the state’s most precious resource will be there. But are Arizonans ready for the conversations required to keep water flowing?... Read more»

Report: Educational, economic outcomes poor for Az kids

Arizona ranks poorly in educational and economic outcomes for kids, especially Latino and American Indian children, according to a national report.... Read more»

How independents are changing Az politics

Cronkite News, in collaboration with the Public Insight Network, examines the rise of independent voters in Arizona. Does the rise of independents signal a change toward more moderate candidates? Probably not, two political experts say. In fact, they say having more independents could lead to more elected officials with viewpoints at the extremes.... Read more»2

Lawmakers see little victories, big flaws in $3.9 trillion budget

Arizona’s congressional delegation had predictable reactions to the federal budget proposed last week — split on party lines. Democrats are “more likely to see value in stressing what the budget does for their district.”. Republicans, on the other hand, find that their districts are looking for a “dumping on ‘big-spending’ Obama” tack.... Read more»

Poll: Az elections will turn on immigration reform

With the Hispanic population in Arizona growing, a report from a lobbying group said that the future of the Republican party in the state hinges on the passage of immigration reform.... Read more»

Az expected to have nation’s second-fastest job growth in 2014

Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report by Moody’s Analytics.... Read more»

Arizona has smallest gap between men’s, women’s pay

Arizona had the smallest gap between men’s and women’s pay among states in 2012, with women in the state earning about 87 cents to the dollar, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Az ranked among worst for residents’ financial security

More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of residents’ financial security. Families hit by the economic downturn are “literally living paycheck to paycheck.” Arizona now has the fifth-highest rate of poverty in the country, with 19 percent living below the poverty line.... Read more»

Report: Az saw nation’s largest in-state tuition hikes

Arizona’s four-year public universities had the nation’s largest in-state tuition and fees increase over the past five years, according the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.... Read more»

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»

State school board to wade into English-immersion program fight

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day.... Read more»

Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Advocates contend the survey shows public opinion is behind their opposition to a bill aimed at helping each county manage its permanent early voting list. The bill would allow counties to drop from their lists those who fail to vote by mail in two straight elections.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Arizona youth 'dropped' and disconnected?

Many Arizonans have expressed alarm at the seemingly unceasing stream of critical reports about our state’s public education system. Funding levels, class size, test performance — no matter what is measured, it seems, Arizona ranks poorly if not near the bottom.... Read more»

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