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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. isn't just a giant of American history, on whom we can shine our most anodyne civic slogans. His true legacy is one of action, not rhetoric, and his words challenge anew each generation to climb toward the mountaintop, and to put their own shoulders to the lever to bend our society toward justice. Read more»

King delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the crowd at the Civil Rights March, August 28, 1963.

Uses of King’s words, especially by right-wing conservatives, are too often attempts to weaponize his memory against the multicultural democracy of which King could only dream. Read more»

The 11th Tucson Fringe is back with 18 events running from Thursday, Jan. 19 to Sunday, Jan. 22. The options will be one live event via Zoom, two free pre-recorded shows available to watch on the Tucson Fringe YouTube channel and 15 live events. Read more»

Mishandling classified information, especially if it is accidental, is usually handled as an administrative matter. However, more serious violations can incur criminal charges and penalties.

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the discovery of classified documents found in an office no longer used by President Joe Biden at a think tank in Washington, D.C. - so what kind of information is contained in classified documents? Read more»

"Barring a miracle from nature, it will likely get worse before it gets better. This should be a wake-up call for all of us, because it will take all of us to solve it." — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Read more»

It's a long, dry haul to secure Tucson's water future and rates are set to increase to foot the bill.

Water, trash, space and a big old "I told you so" headline this week's agendas of the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Republican Abe Hamadeh still lost the race for Arizona attorney general after recount deemed him a loser again.

So the recount in the 2022 Arizona attorney general's race is over and Democrat Kris Mayes won even though Pinal County's recounting of the votes cut her margin of victory in half. Read more»

Some tribes, such as the Navajo Nation, have formed their own utilities to build infrastructure and control cost and rate structures.

Significant changes are underway that have the potential to create a more sustainable world, and two key systems that drive the world’s economy – energy and finance – are starting to shift toward sustainability. Read more»

The Electoral Count Reform Act creates a firm date for states to certify election results. Creating a firm deadline ensures a speedy end to any litigation.

Presidential elections are complicated - but in a move aimed at warding off future crises like the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Senate and House have passed legislation to clarify ambiguous and trouble-prone aspects of the process. Read more»

Short-term rentals aided by applications like Airbnb have irritated neighborhoods. Oro Valley's town council is set to take the little action its allowed by state law.

Property owners in Oro Valley pocketing extra cash by renting to short-term customers and vacationers may face new – but limited – restrictions. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

A Tucson effort to fight homelessness has been nixed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. But for how long?

Outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich left me a holiday present — something to go with the snickerdoodles and cheap New Year's champagne. Read more»

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While 70% of American adults describe climate change as an important concern, only 10% say they volunteered for an activity focused on addressing climate change or contacted an elected official about it in the previous year.

Global warming has increased the number of extreme weather events around the world by 400% since the 1980s, but there is a lack of of serious effort to combat the climate crisis - and one main reason is the public doesn’t believe in its own political power enough or use it. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

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