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From the UA's David Cuillier and ASU's Eric Newton: People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, roads or freedom of information laws — wear out without regular maintenance. That’s why Sunshine Week exists, to remind us that it takes effort to keep freedom working. Read more»

Commentary: A liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense, it's an offense. Read more»

The number of Americans who call themselves members of the Tea Party is down to just 8 percent, a decline that's is entirely predictable in hindsight, considering just how much nonsense one had to believe in order to take seriously the absurdities that Tea Party leaders spouted. Read more» 1

Rick Santorum speaks in Tucson on Wednesday.

Rick Santorum misrepresented what John F. Kennedy said in 1960 about church-state separation. Read more»

Considering that in many parts of the world there are people risking their livelihoods and even their lives to get some measure of the freedoms we have every morning when we awake, we should say "thanks" for them often Read more»

Child laborers at Avondale Mills in Avondale (now Birmingham), Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee, November 1910.

Opinion: Spend a week listening to the right, and you'll think the founders were all modern-day Tea Partiers. It's enough to make you think they're just making it up as they go along. Yet the reality is even worse. When the right's view of the Constitution was ascendant 75 years ago, basic protections such as a restriction on child labor were declared unconstitutional. Read more»

Analysis: A dizzying number of contradicting court rulings has been issued on Clean Elections as litigation worked all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Arizona again is on cusp of a fundamental change in how elections are funded, but exactly how that will play out is anything but clear. Read more»