Channel 3 News reported on a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that shows Arizona's Latino children lagging in 12 indicators that measure success from birth to adulthood -- including educational achievement and attainment:
Thom Reilly is the new director of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, the state’s leading public policy think tank. Reilly brings broad experience in both the public and private sectors.
Reilly is currently a professor and director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. He also served as county manager and CEO of Clark County, Nevada’s most populated county with 1.8 million people, and has experience in the private sector.
Cronkite News Service reports that the number of independent voters in Arizona has surpassed rosters of both the Republican and Democrat parties, meaning the No. 1 party for the state is no party listed.
According to the story, the result doesn't necessarily mean more moderate bipartisan or post-partisan politics:
The New York Times reported on the Arizona governor's race, which features nine GOP candidates at a time when party identification is in question. That's because for the first time there are more independent voters registered in Arizona than Republicans or Democrats. The newspaper explored the idea of independents becoming more of a political force in a state that traditionally leans right:
Cronkite News Service resports that only booming North Dakota is expected to post a better job growth rate than Arizona this year, according to the U.S. Regional Outlook 2014 by Moody’s Analytics, providing optimism among economists and business leaders:
These observations were echoed by Sapna Gupta, senior policy analyst at ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. She said more hiring in the construction industry – both residential and commercial – and in health-care fields will continue to provide Arizona with an edge in job growth.
The Arizona Republic reported that U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, has unexpectedly announced that he will not seek re-election after 23 years on Capitol Hill, leaving many political observers perplexed:
One longtime observer of Arizona politics likened Pastor to former three-term U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who did a lot of work for the state but didn’t always need to be the center of attention or claim the credit.
The passage of SB 1062 has many people, including The Washington Post today, asking: "What's the deal with Arizona?"
This is not the first time that question has been posed. In fact, Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr. took a stab at answering that question at the 2011 State of Our State Conference.
Watch Gammage's well-received response with video above or link below: