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'The ultimate umpire': Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods remembered

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods was remembered Monday as an “incredibly active public servant” whose sudden death over the weekend had the potential to deal “a pretty big blow” to moderates in the state. ... Read more»

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Texas voting law builds on long legacy of racism from GOP leaders

In 1981, GOP strategist Lee Atwater described how the party began to define itself as a white supremacist party in response to the civil rights movement - and for several decades, Republicans have depended on racism to keep white people in power and nonwhites on the outside. ... Read more»

Rogue columnist

Arizona in play? Dem hopes spring eternal

Every election cycle since Bill Clinton carried Arizona in 1996, the narrative has gone like this: The state will change politically as newcomers bring their (more liberal) values. And thanks to Hispanics Arizona is on the cusp (always!) of becoming a purple or even deep blue electorate.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

10 reasons to give Arizona a shot if Iowa can't pull caucus together

It's time for the Hawkeyes to start figuring out what Super Tuesday balloting feels like and I got just the state to take it's place. It's hot. It's dry. It's neither corn-based nor high-fructose and it's got a pair of rainbow shades.... Read more»

Never-Trumper ad: McSally is a ‘Trump hack’ who won’t be remembered

A conservative anti-Trump group has launched a scathing ad of Sen. Martha McSally, dubbing her a "Trump hack" who is headed for defeat – again – in 2020 because of her decision to support the president in the impeachment trial.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Goldwater's first principles could be GOP's way back to relevance in Tucson politics

I can't help it. I keep coming back to the local GOP's failure in city elections — and Barry Goldwater's musings in my direction about liberalism seem relevant to the Republican cause. What on earth is a conservative in Tucson these days? ... Read more»

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

Commentary

A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I’ve never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or six U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I’ve joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

Both sides of aisle laud Goldwater as statue takes place in Capitol

It’s been almost 30 years, but former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater is finally back in the U.S. Capitol. But this time he’s 8 feet tall and weighs 1,700 pounds. A statue of Goldwater was unveiled amid praise for the one-time presidential nominee known as "Mr. Conservative."... Read more»1

Goldwater statue set for U.S. Capitol unveiled in Phx

An 8-foot-tall bronze statue of late U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater unveiled Monday will be displayed at the State Capitol before heading to Washington later this year to represent Arizona at the U.S. Capitol.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The last race war: 2012 the final gasp of Whites-Only Republicanism

It’s the last hurrah for white guys, something that’s good – even for them. The Republican Southern Strategy is now breathing its final gasp. Good riddance. ... Read more»1

Opponents still fighting Pinto Creek mine after two decades

Despite an appeals court ruling three years ago, copper mining continues at the Carlota Mine at Pinto Creek, near Globe. "The regulatory bodies just ignored the ruling and allowed them to go right ahead and destroy the area," one opponent said.... Read more»

Survey: Most conservatives place little trust in science

Only a small minority of conservatives now say they place a “great deal” of trust in science, according to a survey published Thursday.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Is birth control the new third rail of politics?

Who knew 21 little pills could wield such power in a presidential election?... Read more»

Arizona centennial

Goldwater's predictions for 2012

Predicting the future and invoking the past are both tricky propositions. This is nicely illustrated by a 1962 newspaper article written by conservative icon Barry Goldwater, in which he tried to imagine the Arizona of 2012.... Read more»

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