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What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's 'State of State' misses Arizona's COVID SOS

Doug Ducey's speech read like a governor utterly out of touch with his state groaning under the weight of COVID-19. Perhaps he was more in touch with his own political ambitions.... Read more»

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Ducey to focus on economic recovery, pandemic in new legislative session

When the legislature convenes for the 2021 session, among Gov. Doug Ducey's top priorities will be helping Arizona repair much of the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic wrought over the past year.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hamer: Masks & social distancing necessary to avoid CV-19 backslide

If we want to preserve the progress we've made and not backslide toward more infections and risk more business closures, then we'll all have to adhere to heightened protocols, including wearing masks and continued physical distancing.... Read more»1

Ducey extends Arizona's coronavirus restrictions until May 15

With Arizona's COVID-19 restrictions set to expire, Gov. Ducey announced they will be extended for two weeks, with gradual lifting of some bans. Ducey said "the spread has been slowed," but "we're not going to undo this."... Read more»

Ducey order lists 'essential services' during CV-19 pandemic

Healthcare, pharmacies, utilities and Internet services, grocery stores and gas stations, the press, banks and hardware stores and more are listed as "essential services" during the coronavirus outbreak, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Monday.... Read more»

Ducey brings pitch for new North American trade deal to Washington

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined business leaders in Washington on Monday to push for final approval of the “critical” U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and protect trade that is worth billions in trade to the state. ... Read more»

Arizona officials fear fallout as new tariffs on Chinese goods start

Arizona business leaders said they worry that a 15 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods that took effect Sunday will backfire and end up hurting economic growth at home.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

'Reprieve' on Trump's tariff just a calm before border storms

Here's the deal: the last thing Donald Trump wants is to solve problems. Solved problems don't scare people. Vanquished foes are no longer useful foes. The president needs enemies and bogeymen, so he can play the tough guy in his scripted performance.... Read more»

Trump drops Mexico tariffs in exchange for 'unprecedented' border surge

President Trump backed away Friday evening from his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, after Mexico agreed to "curb irregular migration" and deploy troops to its southern border. U.S. authorities will "immediately expand" the policy of sending back migrants who request asylum.... Read more»

Trump's tariff on Mexican goods 'baffling,' 'reckless,' say critics from right & left

President Trump has once again threatened to punish Mexico over migrant crossings with a tariff — this time of up to 25 percent — but critics including the Az Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Grijalva called the move everything from "baffling" to "unhinged."... Read more»

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»

Prop. 206

Study: Minimum wage bump would result in minimal job losses

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Hamer: Grand Canyon Watershed monument proposal should be shelved

Arizona and the federal government have historically enjoyed a multiple-use partnership on the almost 70 percent of land in the state that is federally controlled. President Obama's proposed monument designation completely upends that partnership.... Read more»

Arizona continues push to open new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

Biz leaders rally against bills to roll back Common Core

Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday, saying "We believe that it would be wrong to deny Arizona students the education they need to succeed in the 21st century."... Read more»

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