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Midterms show health is important to voters but no magic bullet on Capitol Hill

Voters called health care the most important issue facing the country in 2018, and states — not Washington — may lead the way toward expanding coverage. ... Read more»

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Trump wants to revoke birthright citizenship, but can he act on his own?

Can a president change the Constitution by way of executive order? President Donald Trump thinks he can, saying in an interview this week that he plans to revoke the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship.... Read more»

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Sinema plays it cool, McSally runs hot in Senate debate

McSally had the moxie to charge "treason" but Sinema put her on the defensive repeatedly during Monday's debate. You could tell by McSally’s exasperated denials, as the Democrat’s brainy posture seemed to piss the Republican candidate off to no end.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Trump's numbers, October 2018 update

Statistical measures of how things have changed since the president took office.... Read more»

JP Keith Bee indicted in tax case, retires from bench

Pima County Justice of the Peace Keith Bee has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of filing false statements on three years' of tax returns for his business, Bee Line Bus Transportation. Bee, a JP since 2007, retired Friday without notice.... Read more»

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Fatal miscalculation: Invest in Ed math error doomed initiative in courts

The Arizona Supreme Court has bounced the Invest In Ed initiative off the ballot. The #RedforEd crew needed a red team to vet the proposition's petition language before they gathered signatures.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

Trump tariffs could cost Caterpillar $200 million

Caterpillar, the equipment giant that's building a headquarters for its mining division in Tucson, said Monday that tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration could cost the company $100-$200 million just in the second half of 2018.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prezelski: Why is Clodfelter giving platform for Phx political hack to discuss TUSD?

Tom Prezelski: 'In the last few days, state Rep. Todd Clodfelter announced a 'desegregation town hall.' While having an open public forum to discuss this issue is something this community needs, it is pretty clear that this is not what the event is going to be about."... Read more»

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Bonding for road repair is a horrible idea, but likely necessary

Debt is for the new refrigerator. It's not for weekly groceries. Still, we all gotta eat, right? Pima County faces no option other than taking on debt to pay for much-needed maintenance.... Read more»

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How Arizonans may foot bill for Trump's suicidal trade war

If Trump's trade war goes much longer, a canceled construction project won't be the last Tucson casualty. Either Donald J. Trump is right and all of our Econ professors are wrong, or the Republican president is ignorantly tempting an economic storm — one that he thinks is a hoax.... Read more»

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Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

Trump's new steel, aluminum tariffs worry Arizona firms, raise trade war fears

The Trump administration said it will let new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union.... Read more»1

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Huckelberry: More to Pima County budget than just the total amount

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at the end of May took one of the interim steps required by state law to pass the annual county budget and set the expenditure limit for next fiscal year at $1.35 billion. That means that when they consider final budget adoption at the June 19 meeting, no matter what changes they may seek, the budget can't be any more than $1.35 billion. ... Read more»

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Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

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State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

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