Blogs


Joseph Garcia

Separation of families, church and state, laws and policy
Joseph Garcia

U.S. immigration policy and laws have changed over the years – from the 1790 Naturalization Act that allowed only a “free white person” to become an American, to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Action that granted citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants, largely from Latin America.


Dan Hunting

AZ writing and math scores flattening
Dan Hunting

Education in Arizona has received a lot of attention recently, with teachers taking to the streets to plead for increased pay. For years, the state has placed near the bottom of the rankings for per-pupil education spending.


Grady Gammage Jr.

Judge's take on Prop 123 could impact ed funding
Local attorney Grady Gammage Jr. is a senior research fellow at Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Proposition 123 is back in the headlines because it’s back in the courtroom. The measure, approved by the voters in 2016, increased distributions from the “permanent fund” of proceeds from state trust lands to settle ongoing litigation with Arizona’s schools. Now, U.S.


David Schlinkert

A shocking lack of defibrillators in South Phoenix
David Schlinkert

Residents of South Phoenix are twice as likely to be without access to life-saving equipment in the event of sudden cardiac arrest compared to the rest of Phoenix.1

Why doesn't South Phoenix have more life-saving equipment?

Many factors contribute to poor healthcare outcomes, and knowledge and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is no exception.


Joseph Garcia

End of road for AZ quest to deny driver's licenses to DREAMers
Joseph Garcia

Arizona’s defiant drive to prohibit legally protected Dreamers from obtaining driver’s licenses has finally run out of gas, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear Arizona’s final appeal in the eight-year battle.


Joseph Garcia

Arizona elections to be focus of civil rights commission committee hearing
Joseph Garcia

Arizona and Maricopa County have had their share of self-declared “honest mistakes” in recent times when it comes to voting operations, integrity and access:


Sarah Porter

Day Zero and the Politics of Water
Sarah Porter

Recently, I got an email from a producer of a national television news show, subject line, “On deadline for tonight!” (They always start by saying they’re on deadline.)


Joseph Garcia

Downtown Phoenix directions: If you hit Taft Street, you’ve gone too far
Joseph Garcia

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Or should I say, Happy Statehood Day.

It was on this day – 106 years ago on Feb. 14, 1912 – when President William Howard Taft made an honest woman out of the Arizona Territory by making her the 48th state.


Joseph Garcia

Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system
Joseph Garcia

Election laws vary greatly from state to state in everything from open/closed primaries to ballot qualifications, but there is a generally universal one-size-fits-all rule: The two major political parties, while seemingly at odds with everything else, will continue to work together to keep our nation a two-party system.


Andrea Whitsett

And the voice said, 'Welcome to the future'
Andrea Whitsett

I’m dropped off at work. I turn to tell the driver good-bye but there’s no one there. Still, I’m told to “have a nice day” as I exit the car.

I approach my building. The door opens automatically, greets me by name and asks if my son’s cold is better. “Yes, thank you,” I say out loud.

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