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Ducey is the first Arizona governor in decades to give an 8th State of the State

One of Doug Ducey’s most historically noteworthy achievements may be simply lasting long enough as governor to give an eighth State of the State address, a feat no Arizona governor has accomplished in 36 years. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Death of ex-Az AG Grant Woods has lonely eyes looking for somewhere to turn

Where have they gone, those honest Republicans, and just how the hell did we get Paul Gosar? The death of Grant Woods, a former Arizona AG and longtime political player, has me wanting to quote Paul Simon and wistfully ask about Joe DiMaggio.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ranking 49th: The real story of how Az fell to bottom in K-12 spending

Status quo talking points are coalescing around a report from a taxpayer group that gets a lot right but leaves plenty out. Arizona kids became 49ers long before charter schools were a major financial factor and well before Gov. Doug Ducey discovered the figure and decided its time to dig into the State Land Trust to do something about it.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

With Gov. Ducey, Az doubles down on broken political party

Commentary: Doug Ducey was elected governor of Arizona with a 36.24 percent voter turnout, the lowest in recent history. It may seem unfair to judge him so soon. But, no. The days when a GOP office holder was independent-minded are gone, replaced by a party ruled by a nihilist ideology. ... Read more»2

State historian brings Az's past to life with song, humor

Marshall Trimble has been educating in and out of the classroom since 1969 on everything from Geronimo’s surrender to how the city of Tombstone got its name. Appointed state historian by Gov. Fife Symington in 1997, he travels the state, talking, joking and singing about Arizona history with his smooth Western voice and infectious grin.... Read more»

Proposition 111

Prop. 111 would create Lt. Gov. title, require party ticket

Four years ago, few Arizonans would have supported a Janet Napolitano/Jan Brewer ticket. But under the state's current succession plan, Brewer, the Republican secretary of state, replaced the departing Democratic governor in 2009. That would change if supporters of Prop. 111 have their way.... Read more»