We experienced a seemingly relatively minor case of vandalism on our ranch last week. While the actual dollar value of the damage was small, the potential inconvenience was great and the damage to our sense of trust of the public who comes through our ranch was HUGE. It may have seemed funny…

One of the great stories in Arizona politics involves the recall 10 years ago this month of then-Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, the far-right author of the single most anti-immigrant bill in modern U.S. history, Senate Bill 1070. More commonly known as the “show us your papers” law, its passage wreaked terror in the immigrant […]

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For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be “fully paid for” and would not increase the deficit. But the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the president’s claims.

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Congressman Ruben Gallego got it right when he recently described his House colleague, Paul Gosar, as “Just an awful human being.” Gallego was commenting on the news that Gosar had posted an altered anime video of himself on Twitter, which he’s since removed, that depicted him executing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, by slashing the back […]

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This week, countries across the world are coming together in Glasgow for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to discuss how the world will address our climate crisis. I have joined with more than 530 state legislators from 47 states calling on the federal government to raise our ambition and strengthen our national […]

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More than anything, Doug Ducey wants his legacy to be the massive tax cuts that he has given wealthy Arizonans. It’s an issue he campaigned on in his first gubernatorial campaign, and in whatever the next phase of his political career brings, he will surely point to it as a victory. But his true legacy […]

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Every 10 years, mostly ignored by the major media, every voting district of every state in the country is redrawn. A new Census means new population and demographic numbers. These new numbers make us have to redraw our voting districts. Voting districts have to have equal population, not sec…

The news media is about as popular as a first-century tax collector. This probably isn’t breaking news if you are a consumer of journalism, or what passes for journalism.

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A colleague received a call a few weeks ago from a young man in his community. Nearly 10 years ago his name was in our paper for a low-level drug arrest. Now, in his late-20s, that article still trails him.

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Move over Tiger King. There’s a new reality show in town that’s even more outrageous than an exotic cat owner’s murder-for-hire scheme. I call this “show” the Real Politicians of Arizona because, just like the “Housewives” series, there’s plenty of back-biting, sensationalized drama and questionable fashion choices. Taking center-stage in this made-for-TV reality are Republican […]

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