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The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a "non-partisan seniors advocacy group," but like anything involving dark money, what they say is far from true. 60 Plus is a major player in the fight for Social Security privatization. That proposal was the brainchild of hedge fund managers who would profit from privatization and who write big checks to political organizations, not seniors who rely on Social Security. Read more»

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected. Read more» 5

For all the political rhetoric and chest pounding about border security in recent years, the United States has done very little, and politicians have said almost nothing about cutting off massive amounts of funds flowing illegally across the Southwest border and feeding the drug cartels. Read more»

The challenge is by no means simple and the solution will take far more determination than has been applied so far. What will definitely not work are the simplistic one-dimensional answers that sound good on the evening news, but do little or nothing to stop the threat. Read more» 1

Much of the "secure the border" debate is nonsense. If the United States wants effective border security and not just a political punching bag where symbolism trumps common sense, then more effective law‐enforcement measures must be taken. Read more» 3

Jack Dempsey fights Jess Willard in 1919.

I'm reminded of Jack Dempsey's adage, "the best defense is a good offense," as Arizona considers its next steps in the wake of Judge Bolton's ruling on SB 1070. We need to go on the offensive to fight border crime and solve the problem of illegal immigration now. Read more»

Guest opinion: This week we heard two well-reasoned calls for reforming the nation's badly broken immigration system. Though the calls came from very different places, they propose similar reforms that I have long supported and deserve the immediate attention of Congress. Read more» 6

Arizona's law authorizing high-interest payday loans is scheduled to expire on June 30. In anticipation of this date, I have set up "Operation Sunset" to pursue and prosecute payday lenders who attempt to evade the ban on payday loans. Read more»

Goddard.

Our $94 million settlement with Western Union ranks as one of the most important legal agreements in Arizona's history. It will provide much needed resources for investigating and prosecuting crimes along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»