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Arizona among top states for passing ‘copycat bills’ written by national partisan & industry groups

Arizona is among the top states for copycat legislation, “model” bills that are crafted on a national level by conservative, liberal and industry special-interest groups and then pushed on the local level from state Capitol to state Capitol.... Read more»

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Analysis

Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.... Read more»

Analysis

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

Analysis

Juvenile justice figures show kids are becoming more all right

Teenagers in Arizona and elsewhere in the country have been turning away from crime in remarkable numbers, according to federal and state-level data. And nobody’s sure why.... Read more»

Analysis

Battle over the ballot box: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression

There is a battle for the ballot box that’s being fought in the nation’s courtrooms: Voter fraud vs. voter suppression. So far, “voter fraud” is losing the war, with little to no evidence being presented to justify harsh preemptive or preventive measures.... Read more»

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

Guest opinion

Indie voters silenced in primary now being heard loud and clear

Despite thousands of Maricopa County voters standing in line for hours on end to cast a ballot in Tuesday's presidential preference election primary, many of their votes won't count in the final tallies. That's because when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate in Arizona, the primaries are closed to independents. ... Read more»1

Opinion

Changing immigration: So who pays for the fence?

Mexico is no longer the most common country of origin for immigrants, yet the idea of expanding the fence along the Mexican border remains a key talking point in the current Republican primary campaign.... Read more»

Analysis

ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

Analysis

Ducey plan no quick fix for Az education funding

Gov. Ducey's proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is not the quick fix that was hoped for. In fact, it’s not even much of a fix.... Read more»1

Analysis

Trump a star in our dysfunctional political reality show

Heroic or pathetic: Which is Donald Trump to you? If the former, you need no encouragement to applaud his flamboyant proclamations, even when they cast aspersions on no less a national icon than John McCain. But if you’re one to dismiss Trump’s oratory as merely the ravings of an egotist with too much money on his hands, think again.... Read more»

Commentary

Justice can be blind, but it also can be phony

Judges are reassuring figures. Their dispassionate approach, caution and knowledge of the law bolster our confidence in America’s cherished system of justice. Except when they point out why much of that confidence is misplaced. Or advise us that, as Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski puts it, “Although we pretend otherwise, much of what we do in the law is guesswork.”... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona's best and brightest Latinos

A new report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy unveils a bit of good news for Arizona’s education system. ... Read more»7

Commentary

Arizona is not Nebraska for immigration reform

In Arizona, so far an estimated 10,300 young immigrants have received driver’s licenses since the judge lifted the governor’s ban – even though nearly 10 times that many DREAMers have received federal work permits in Arizona. Fear is a great fertilizer – if not for corn, certainly for inertia.... Read more»

Analysis

Az redistricting process upheld, changes still possible

The Supreme Court surprised many observers on June 29 by upholding the right of Arizona’s five-member Independent Redistricting Commission to draw congressional districts. But change may still be in order.... Read more»

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