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Gaps in government transparency and accountability in Arizona over the past few years are not hard to find. The Copper State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade — in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states. Read more»

Greg McKay, the new director of the Department of Child Safety, addresses a news conference announcing his appointment as Gov. Doug Ducey looks on.

Removing Charles Flanagan as director of the Department of Child Safety, the governor replaced him with Greg McKay, a former Phoenix police detective who blew the whistle in 2013 on thousands of reports of abuse and neglect that the state hasn't investigated. Read more»

Charles Flanagan, chairman of a task force Gov. Jan Brewer assembled to investigate failures by Child Protective Services, addresses lawmakers Monday.

Gov. Jan Brewer's choice to create an agency taking over the duties of Child Protective Services cites illegal actions by supervisors, overloaded caseworkers and flawed procedures. Read more»

While addressing issues such as education, the economy and reforming Child Protective Services, lawmakers need to focus more on Arizona’s growing Hispanic population, the head of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus says. “The voters in our communities deserve better,” said Sen. Anna Tovar. Read more»

Brewer delivering her State of the State speech in January 2013.

Gov. Jan Brewer painted a rosy and self-congratulatory picture of Arizona's economic recovery in Monday's State of the State address. But facts and research show that progress in Arizona is being impeded by Tea Party conservatives in the Legislature and Brewer's inability to lead. Here are the Top 10 state government fails of 2013: Read more» 1

Brewer in a June 2013 photograph.

Delivering her annual account of the State of the State, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she has abolished Arizona's troubled Child Protective Services and will launch a new cabinet-level agency. Here's the full text of her speech: Read more» 2

Interviews with Rep. Ethan Orr, Community Food Bank's Melissa Wieters, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, along with Habistore manager Terry Dee and Culligan Man Al Zaragoza. Read more»

Beth Rosenberg of the Children's Action Alliance, state Sen. David Bradle, KVOI talk show host Joe Dreyfuss, Richard White of the Red Cross, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma. Read more»

CPS is an incredibly powerful but notoriously secretive, unresponsive, and opaque bureaucracy. Of course it's broken. For governmental agencies, functionality rises in direct proportion to transparency. And secrecy multiplied by public and journalistic complacency equals tyranny. The equation really is that simple. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer addresses a news conference Monday at which she announced an eight-member panel to provide independent oversight of Child Protective Services’ review of 6,000 cases that went uninvestigated.

Gov. Jan Brewer has created an independent panel to oversee Child Protective Services staff reviewing 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect that weren’t investigated. Read more»

Interviews with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Andrew Morrill of the Arizona Education Association, Easter Seals Blake Foundation CEO Ema Kammeyer, developer Richard Studwell, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small. Read more»

Interviews with former KTKT GM Phil Richardson, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, Children's Action Alliance CEO Dana Naimark, Republican state. Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state. Sen. Steve Farley, Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin. Read more»

Former Pima County Democratic chairmen Jeff Rogers and Paul Eckerstrom, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Goldwater Institute attorney Jon Riches, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small. Read more»

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada on immigration reform and border security, plus Tucsonsentinel.com's Dylan Smith, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, and attorney Don Loose Read more»

Former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Jesse Lugo, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, state Rep. Ethan Orr (R-LD9), financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik Read more»

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