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Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

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Talton: The winter of our discontent

We've made it through the first year of the presidency of Donald Trump (let that name attached to that title sink in) without a nuclear war with North Korea. But there's next year.... Read more»

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If Alabama can go D, what about Arizona?

The Deep South has not elected a Democratic senator since 1992, but Alabama drew the line against a wildly unqualified Roy Moore on Tuesday. The natural question for readers here is, If this can happen in Alabama, why not in Arizona?... Read more»1

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Brewer tells the truth on Hispanics and voting

The progressive echo chamber had quite a fit when Jan Brewer brushed off the suggestion that Hispanics would cause Clinton to win Arizona. "Nah. They don't vote," she said. But she told the truth. Rare for her, perhaps unprecedented, but accurate for once.... Read more»3

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Flipping Arizona: Can Clinton carry the state?

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Hillary Clinton within one point of Donald Trump in Arizona. You read that right. This is in line with a polling average from Real Clear Politics, which even had Clinton slightly ahead during and after both parties' conventions. Is it possible that Hillary could flip Arizona to the Democrats? I am skeptical.... Read more»

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The murder of Don Bolles: A players guide

On June 2, 1976, a bomb detonated under the car of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in Midtown Phoenix. He survived an agonizing 11 days before he died. The closest assassins went to prison. Yet full justice was never served. The real puppetmasters got away with it. Many in high positions wanted it to go away.... Read more»

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40 years later: Who murdered reporter Don Bolles?

As difficult as it is for some of us to believe, Thursday marks 40 years since the bombing that killed Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. It remains the most enduring mystery and troubling crime in modern Phoenix history.... Read more»

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Snakebit: The Diamondbacks' upgrade ultimatum

The Diamondbacks' demand that Maricopa County provide $187 million in upgrades — "current and future maintenance obligations" — or the team will seek a way out of its lease and leave is extortion, but how badly would the loss of baseball fans hurt downtown Phoenix?... Read more»

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University of nowhere: U of Phx parent bought by private equity

So it has come to this: Private equity will buy Apollo Education, the parent of the University of Phoenix. It is "a move," the Wall Street Journal reports, "that would take the beleaguered company out of the eye of public investors."... Read more»1

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Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

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Ducey and the refugees: History will teach us...

"Solving" the problem of jihadi terror is beyond the conventional military means of America, France, even Russia. Not every place is ready for Jeffersonian democracy — look how it's turned out in Arizona. Ducey doesn't know how to "solve" these things, either. But he's too blinkered by ideology to ask or wonder. It's all about blaming Barack Hussein Obama.... Read more»

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History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

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Surviving drought the hard way

Can Arizona survive the drought caused by man-made climate change? Probably. The question is whether it will be the easy way or the hard way.... Read more»

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Colorado River and drought: Arizona's dam problem

Our current drought is the worst in a century (it is actually worse than that, but such is the record keeping), and less water will be sent downstream to Arizona, Nevada and California than at any time since when Lake Powell filled. The local-yokels say, it's no big deal. But they always say that. It is a big deal.... Read more»1

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School's out completely

Whatever the final numbers, the outlook for education in Arizona is grim. Blame the Kookocracy. Blame the governor, wealthy Republican Douglas A. Roscoe Jr. aka "Doug Ducey." Or credit them. A majority of Arizonans voted them in.... Read more»

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When the Legislature worked

You know the Arizona Legislature. It's the bunch that reduces education funding for some of the worst-funded schools in the nation, savagely cuts money to universities, has its hands in the hustles of the Charter School Racket and Private Prison Racket. The worthy solons who sold off pieces of the Capitol. But there was a time when Arizona had one of the most respected legislatures in the nation. Yes.... Read more»

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