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A paint-by-number portrait of Arizona’s nebulous independent voter

There are still some researchers who believe there really is no such thing as “independent voters.” But independents are beginning to claim space in the mind of many numbers-savvy campaigns of Democrats and Republicans alike in Arizona.... Read more»1

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Nearly $150M in Az military projects could be cut for Trump's border emergency

Despite "assurances" touted by Sen. McSally, a $30-million construction project at Ft. Huachuca and a $15-million facility at Davis-Monthan AFB are potentially on the chopping block in order to fund a border wall under President Trump's national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Despite last year’s promise, Arizona Legislature still has no code of conduct

In the wake of several behavior scandals, the Arizona Legislature pledged last session to adopt a code of conduct in order to hold members more accountable for their actions in office. Nearly a year later, that code doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Needed or misguided? Permanent ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon draws mixed reaction

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has introduced legislation that would make permanent a moratorium on uranium mining at the grand canyon. Backers of the mining industry aren't happy about it.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Told ya so: Az Republicans moving to fix 'dysfunction' of Democrats winning statewide

State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita has a plan to make sure the right kind of people vote and takes great umbrage at how people see exactly what is behind her plan to suppress votes.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The dangerous economics of a militarized border

Despite his alleged business acumen, President Trump's zero-sum calculus over a border wall and government shutdowns has also had another victim: small businesses. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona's 54th Legislature: Smell the sanity (and/or fear)

The 54th Arizona Legislature is acting someone put two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen in their drinking water. Could it be they’ve read my work? Or do they just know a thing or two about elections and consequences?... Read more»

State of the Union

Trump: 'Lawless border is threat to safety of all Americans'

The text of President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House:... Read more»

'Someone did not do due diligence': How attempt to review Texas' voter rolls turned into a debacle

Texas officials flagged 95,000 voters for citizenship reviews. But after thousands have already been cleared, questions are being raised about how they handled the process.... Read more»

Pentagon defends use of active-duty troops on border

Pentagon officials told lawmakers that there’s nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the Mexican border, calling it in line with similar deployments under previous administrations. Another 3,750 troops will be deployed soon.... Read more»

LGBT non-discrimination bills have some bipartisan support in Az Legislature

Sponsors of a bipartisan push to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination have better prospects than in previous years but still face powerful opposition.... Read more»

Trump’s bogus ‘catch and release’ statistic

In arguing for border wall funding, President Trump claimed — without any evidence — that only 2 percent of those apprehended crossing the border and released pending immigration hearings appear in court. But administration officials put the figure at about 50 percent, while immigration experts say it is even higher.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Imagine: Today a wall, tomorrow dragons required to protect America from Latino 'invasion'

There are 25,772,342 reasons why nothing — not even a "big, beautiful" wall — will ever be enough for the borderphobes. It's time for backers of a path to citizenship to stop being scared of being called "soft on the border."... Read more»

Shutdown cost economy $11 billion but effects shouldn't last, economists say

Once the government starts up and employees are paid back wages, the economy should recover from the 35-day shutdown.... Read more»

More talk in Flake's future, but no presidential run

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has eschewed a presidential campaign in favor of becoming a talking head on CBS. "I will not be a candidate," said the Arizona Republican, who had mulled challenging President Donald Trump in next year's primaries.... Read more»

Lawmakers, advocates say gov't shutdown hits hardest in tribal areas

The government shutdown is in its 29th day, and America's tribal reservations are among the places hardest hit. ... Read more»1

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