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Arizona’s harsh sentencing laws separate families this Father’s Day

At my husband's sentencing, the judge even agreed the sentence was excessive. But because of Arizona’s harsh sentencing structure, there was nothing he could do. The prosecutor held all the power.

Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.

There is still so much to do for Arizona’s students, despite 2019 gains

While Arizona’s spending on education is growing faster than the national average, we’ve been too far behind for too long, and this year’s reinvestment doesn’t do much to make up the gap.

Clean Elections helps women seek and win elected office, and we should support that

Debbie Lesko and Kyrsten Sinema have little in common politically – except they both started their political careers running for the legislature with Clean Elections funds.

The legislature gave itself a $1 million raise. Welcome to the swamp.

Where the whole thing turns, well, swampy is that the Maricopa County legislators made sure they weren’t left out of the deal.

La reconquista will not be televised, but we can still vote

There’s been a growing trend in recent years – in case you haven’t noticed – of Latinos in Arizona and nationwide getting elected to public office.

Public safety means more than just hiring more police

I know from my own law enforcement career that the answer to public safety issues is not simply “more police.”

The litany of tax exemptions, deductions & exclusions continues to grow, to the detriment of K-12 funding

Amid yesterday’s discussion of K-12 funding in the pending state budget, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Regina Cobb conceded that the increase for what’s known as district additional assistance – which goes to pay for...

Why are we acting like a bunch of Soviets when it comes to the climate crisis?

We’ve become a nation of climate science deniers, ignoring the imminent threat of global heating.

When you side with the predators over their victims, your moral compass is broken

“They care more about businesses and insurance (companies) than they do about the child victims of sexual abuse.”
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