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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»

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Ms. Kirkpatrick & Mr. Stanton go to Washington.

Newly elected members of Congress Greg Stanton and Ann Kirkpatrick joined more than 80 other House members for orientation, as Democrats prepare to take control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years.... Read more»

Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates

Trump's plan to streamline regulations on new water projects is too simple, too vague or a worthwhile move to ease burdens, depending on the source. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

1 million voters in primary a historic step forward

For the first time, more than 1 million Arizonans cast ballots in the primary election. That’s great news. But does the historic vote mean the so-called voter crisis is over?... Read more»1

Guest opinion

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Register to vote now, to help Make America Boring Again

People who don't vote tend to be younger, and have lower incomes than those who do. Voters tend to be less Latino than non-voters. That's why elected officials feel free to ignore them. Change that: the voter registration deadline is July 30.... Read more»

Study: Arizona ranks 43 in voter turnout; minorities, youth & poor participate least

Voter participation is eroding across the U.S. and the situation in Arizona is a crisis, according to a study by ASU. The poor, minorities and young adults who would benefit the most by voting are the very groups that participate the least.... Read more»

Analysis

No link between teacher pay, district admin costs

Despite conservative "messaging" about the likely walkouts over Arizona's having among the worst teacher pay in the country, an analysis of spending data showed no correlation between per-district administration costs and how much teachers are paid.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

Low pay for Arizona teachers lowers morale, retention

Teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, Arizona education advocates say.... Read more»1

Arizona poll: Clinton leads Trump by five points with three weeks to go

Democrat Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race in Arizona, though more than 20 percent of the state’s likely voters say they are undecided, according to the latest Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll.... Read more»

Arizona poverty rates fell in 2015, still among nation’s highest

Arizona saw a “significant” drop in its poverty rate last year, but that rate still hovered well above the national average, according to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau.... Read more»

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»

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»

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