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Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That's why I am fighting to preserve a woman's right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love. ... Read more»3

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Barber: Pause to honor those in uniform

On this Veterans Day, let us all pause to honor the men and women in uniform who have served the United States – in war and in peace.... Read more»0

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Barber reacts to D.C. shootings with call for mental health treatment

"As a survivor of the January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, I am determined that no one else should have to endure such grief and loss. While there is no single answer to preventing mass shootings, we know that untreated or undiagnosed serious mental illness has been a factor in a number of the recent tragedies."... Read more»0

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Barber: 9/11 didn't alter nation's spirit

Today we honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in those deadly terrorist attacks. We also remember the brave first responders who rushed in to confront danger and help those who survived. ... Read more»1

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Barber: Consider consequences of action vs. Syria

"This use of chemical weapons is a terrible assault against innocent men, women and more than 400 children. The United States and the nations of the world must condemn such a heinous crime against humanity. I look forward to the debate in Congress regarding the president's decision and to receiving additional information regarding the U.S. government's findings and proposed military action against Syria."... Read more»0

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Barber: Congress needs to get to work, stop political games

The Affordable Care Act needs serious improvements, and Congress should come together to find bipartisan fixes to improve this law. Rather than focus on real solutions to the problems embedded in this law, leadership in Washington has wasted many days – and millions of your dollars – trying to repeal the law rather than make the necessary changes.... Read more»5

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Barber: Health care reform far from perfect

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court carefully weighed in on Congress's 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act. Although the court upheld major portions of the act, it is far from perfect. ... Read more»1