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MLK and ignorance of history

In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Unfortunately, to make King an icon, we have had to make him non-controversial. We had to hollow him out, enabling anyone to fill that vessel with whatever supports their agenda. This is unfortunate, because his struggle continues.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Capitol complex: Bitter Smith case a tangy reminder Az's troubles run deep

Somewhere up there, Boss Tweed is looking down at Susan Bitter Smith and muttering, "Ballsy." The Arizona Attorney General told her, "No, you can't serve on the board regulating utilities and then take money from those utilities." But, it's on the media to ensure public offices are treated as public trusts.... Read more»

Az judge: Dreamers entitled to in-state tuition

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for in-state college tuition. ... Read more»3

Outgoing Az schools chief: TUSD ethnic studies classes violate law

In his final business day in office, the lame-duck head of public education in Arizona fired one last shot at Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. John Huppenthal declared Friday that the district could lose 10 percent of its funding if it does not comply with state law.... Read more»3

Supreme Court rejects Az appeal to enforce abortion law

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Arizona officials to reverse an injunction which blocks the enforcement of new rules aimed at the use of medication-based abortions in the state. The decision keeps the state from requiring abortion providers to follow FDA guidelines created in 2000, which are out of date according to medical experts. ... Read more»

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it's hard to peek into so-called 'dark money' groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes 'social good.' But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Election canvass triggers Az's first-ever congressional recount

The official general election canvass certified Monday shows U.S. Rep. Ron Barber trailing Republican Martha McSally by 161 votes. A margin less than 200 votes triggers a recount.... Read more»

Gay marriage licenses issued in every Az county

In the week since Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage was rejected, clerks in all 15 counties say they have issued at least one marriage license to a same-sex couple - some to hundreds. And at $76 a pop, state coffers may already have taken in more than $20,000 in license fees. ... Read more»

Couples rush to wed after Az’s same-sex marriage ban overturned

Gay couples rushed to Arizona courthouses to get married Friday, just hours after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the right to equal protection.... Read more»3

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can "issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately." Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Gay marriage supporters urge AG to stop defending Az’s ban

Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state's ban. A spokeswoman says Horne's office is required to defend Arizona's laws against lawsuits. ... Read more»

ACLU files federal lawsuit against Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ law

The ACLU is taking aim at an Arizona law that bans so-called "revenge porn." A federal lawsuit by booksellers, photographers and other media members contends the law is overly broad and could actually make artistic or newsworthy pictures illegal.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

No Mas Huppenthal/Horne burritos to swallow

The Republican primary election is over. The good news is that the Arizona Republican Party said "no mas" to Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, the main opponents of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»

McSally wins, Ducey takes GOP gov nod, Huppenthal & Horne ousted

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent.... Read more»5

Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne's bid for reelection and 'answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.'... Read more»5

More killed by guns than vehicles in Az for 3rd straight year

There were more people killed by firearms than by motor vehicles in Arizona in 2011, the third year in a row, according to a new study. Gun deaths outpaced those from cars and trucks in 14 states that year, with Arizona in second place. Councilman Kozachik and gun activist Charles Heller split on the issue.... Read more»

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