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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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It was with great surprise that I read your headline of September 29 that a recall petition had been taken out against Sheriff Sumner. In the interest of full disclosure, I will say we know Tim Sumner personally but not the former Duncan mayor who is spearheading the recall effort.

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I’ve held off on criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema since she entered office in 2018 largely because I’ve always agreed with her on one key point: a bipartisan approach to solving our country’s biggest problems is generally a good thing. The way I see it, our elected officials should wake up every morning and ask not […]

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There is likely no other Democrat that has taken more fire from her party this last year than Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema. Sinema won the ire of progressives because of her insistence on preserving an archaic Senate rule that has historically been used to hamper civil rights: the filibuster. Democrats fear the filibuster will prevent […]

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A slight majority of Arizonans are fully vaccinated, but there are still thousands of our friends and neighbors who are ending up in ICUs and dying from COVID-19 simply because they refuse to get the vaccine. This shouldn’t be happening in Arizona — or anywhere in the United States, for that matter.  The Donald Trump […]

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Texas would seem far removed from the ancient Greek conflict between the states of Athens and Sparta, by both 6,400 geographic miles and over 2,400 years of calendar time, but history does have a way of repeating itself. The Peloponnesian War was both an ideological and power struggle, just …

Over the last year-and-a-half, the people of Arizona have faced some truly enormous challenges. From a pandemic that presented the United States government with a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in our lifetimes, to historic droughts, to a former president encouraging a violent insurrection — some could say it has felt like […]

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Here’s another interesting COVID-enabled trend to ponder: More Americans are leaving big cities and the suburbs to live in rural communities, according to NextAvenue.com.

“The most transparent election audit in American history” — or so it was dubbed by the biased contractors running it — is fighting tooth and nail to keep its records hidden from the public. Right now, the Arizona Senate is gearing up to release the findings of its so-called audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election. Based […]

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A little-noticed initiative by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, Sen. Mark Kelly, D-AZ, and five other senators would boost local jobs, accelerate sales and improve economies. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, S. 2434, is designed to help local news media support their newsgathering missions.

On Sunday, after a 20 years of war against the U.S.-backed regime in Afghanistan, the Taliban retook control. To many, it’s an almost unimaginable turn of events. Others insist they saw it coming, though almost no one believed it would happen this quickly. Military and intelligence experts had predicted a Taliban takeover in the wake […]

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