Blogs


Andrea Whitsett

Millennials and independents keep skipping Arizona elections. Why? And what's the fix?
Andrea Whitsett, with Damien R. Meyer
July 23, 2018

This column first appeared July 22, 2018 at azcentral.

Opinion: Only 55 percent of eligible Arizona voters cast a ballot in 2016. Could a lack of information on offices and issues be part of the culprit?

We know too many potential voters are skipping Arizona elections. But why? And most importantly, what we can do about it?


David Schlinkert

Africa in a word: Determination
David Schlinkert
June 27, 2018

When many Americans think of Africa, they usually think of destitution, AIDS, famine and war. Such conjured images are understandable since most news from Africa to the U.S. is overtly tragic.


Joseph Garcia

Separation of families, church and state, laws and policy
Joseph Garcia
June 15, 2018

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
April 11, 2018

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.
April 11, 2018

Proposition 123 is back in the headlines because it’s back in the courtroom.


David Schlinkert

A shocking lack of defibrillators in South Phoenix
David Schlinkert
March 27, 2018

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
March 21, 2018

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
March 6, 2018

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
March 5, 2018

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
February 14, 2018

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.

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