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Obama's numbers, April update

Corporations and stockholders are still prospering under Barack Obama’s presidency, while the economy steadily adds more jobs and millions sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. Wages remain stagnant for those who have jobs, and there are still 3.7 million who have been jobless for six months or more. U.S. oil production is booming and dependence on oil imports is plunging, but the national debt has now almost exactly doubled under this president, and historically large deficits continue.... Read more»

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Low-wage earners can't afford Arizona housing

Arizona is in the top 20 most expensive states for rental housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 Out of Reach report.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Doubling down on Az's dangerous development

One must give the Real Estate Industrial Complex credit for chutzpah. It will not go down with a whimper, but with a bang. And many fires. Or rather, Arizona. The elites behind the growth machine will be long gone, safely behind their gates and walls in more hospitable climes.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Report card on Pima County air quality

An interview with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik (D-Ward 6). Also, Tucson Realty & Trust President Hank Amos. Plus, Beth Gorman of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Bennett prepares for gubernatorial run

Economist Jim Rounds, developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and the chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, Don Jorgensen.... Read more»

Brewer: No credit to Obama for housing-price increase

“Instead of trying to share credit for Arizona’s successes, President Obama should learn from our example. The nation would benefit from an administration that promotes, rather than stifles, business growth. Our recovery has been made possible in spite of the President’s policies – not because of them.”... Read more»

Obama: 'Make owning a home a symbol of responsibility'

The complete text of President Barack Obama’s 35-minute speech on housing, delivered Tuesday at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee. “We’ve got to turn the page on this kind of bubble-and-bust mentality that helped to create this mess in the first place. We got to build a housing system that is durable and fair and rewards responsibility for generations to come.”... Read more»

Analysis

'American Dream' tied to immigration reform

President Barack Obama was in Arizona on Tuesday, again talking about “the American Dream.” It was a bit different this time, though, with the president making the direct connection between home ownership and immigration reform.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Some pushing to derail Az's Medicaid expansion

Former state Sen. Frank Antenori talked about his effort to derail Arizona’s Medicaid expansion. Also, Kathy Erchull, President of the Tucson Association of Realtors, and Dr. Mark Sykes, head of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute.... Read more»

Report: Drop in Colorado River flows could sink property values

A new report claims that property values could decline along with projected decreases in the level of the Colorado River, as demand on the river outpaces supply of water in it.... Read more»

Phoenix homes: 4BR, 2bath, garage, home office; few mice, Census says

It’s no surprise that Phoenix-area homes are more likely to have a swimming pool, and maybe not so surprising that they have more garages than homes nationally. But fewer mice?... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Young men and fire: We owe them more than cheap sentiment

In the aftermath of the deadliest event for wildfire-fighters in modern history, here is what I don’t want: Cheap sentimentalizing and cynical religiosity from politicians who are otherwise hostile to public employees, adequate government budgets and sensible land-use policies. Unless these issues are discussed seriously and intelligent responses made, then the butcher’s bill for fire fatalities will keep growing.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Sen. Flake interviewed

An interview with U.S. Jeff Flake, plus, we chatted with Cam Juarez, TUSD Governing Board member. Next, Hank Amos, president of Tucson Realty & Trust with the mid-year update on commercial real estate, and CPA Mike Flowers talks about how small businesses can avoid common mistakes.... Read more»

Bank of America

BofA lied to homeowners & rewarded foreclosures, former employees say

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson's real estate market picks up

Tucson Realtor Raj Kohli provided an update on Tucson’s real estate market. Also,documentary filmmaker Daniel Buckley talked about his new film on Tucson’s mariachis. Next, we chatted with George Cunningham, former state lawmaker and founder/chair of the Grand Canyon Institute. Plus, nutrition reporter Jack Challem discussed new research on Omega 3 fish oils.... Read more»

Housing, schools made Buckeye one nation’s fastest-growing towns

Officials in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye said they were not particularly surprised when recent Census estimates showed their town was the ninth-fastest-growing city in the country in 2012.... Read more»

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