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Arizona lawmakers are failing Native American students State needs to fund qualified teachers, a quality curriculum and updated materials...

State legislators are letting down Native American students in Arizona. In my four years as director of Indian education at the Arizona Department of Education, I requested state funds for the Office of Indian...

Super Tuesday exposes black-brown voter split

In the wake of the startling election results in Tuesday’s presidential primaries, the media spotlight has landed on the intense ideological split between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. The decision for...

As coronavirus spreads, Trump is becoming a mortal threat to Americans

The health and even the lives of at least some Americans facing the spread of coronavirus are at greater risk today because Donald J. Trump is our president.

Monday Musings: The end of lengthy vote-counting in Arizona?

The last several election nights have been very frustrating. Why? Because tons of votes couldn’t be counted and we had to wait days to know the outcome of close races. 

Finding justice requires leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

As a mother of a child lost to senseless gun violence, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel’s recent decision not to charge a Tempe police officer in the death of a teenager hits hard.

An appointed Corporation Commission would be more corruptible than an elected one

There is currently a push underway at our state legislature to take away the public’s ability to elect our utility regulators, and instead have all seats appointed by the governor, or potentially other legislators. This would be a slap in the face to both democracy and the public, who our commissioners are accountable to. 

Will a Sanders nomination sink Mark Kelly?

The number one question posed by Arizona political reporters of late is whether a Bernie Sanders nomination spells doom for Mark Kelly, the presumptive Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Monday Musings: The white flag flies over Ducey’s SB1070

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning “sanctuary cities,” breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate. 

¡Americano! tells a dreamer’s story with an uncertain end

Tony Valdovinos is a “Dreamer” who sees the world as it is, not as he thinks it should be. It’s a personal philosophy that’s served him well.

Monday Musings: Chill out and focus on turnout in 2020, Democrats

As Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election early ballots are mailed to voters this week and other state primaries continue to roll out, Democratic activists are frenetic. 
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