Blogs


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.


Joseph Garcia

Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system
Joseph Garcia
December 11, 2017

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
November 15, 2017

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.


David Schlinkert

The Emigration of Arizona’s Economic Growth
David Schlinkert
October 25, 2017

For three years I was a caseworker at a refugee resettlement agency in Phoenix. I saw single mothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo commute by bus for three hours a day to two different jobs, and then spend their nights learning English with their children.


David Schlinkert

Negotiators debate intent, reality and future of NAFTA
David Schlinkert
October 17, 2017

PUEBLA, Mexico – The recent wave of protectionism combined with an emphasis on short-term returns have clouded the United States’ vision regarding NAFTA’s mutual benefits, a leader of an international business organization told the fourth annual North American Process Symposium.


Bill Hart

Juvenile Justice
Bill Hart
July 19, 2017

Adults never tire of lamenting the behavior of the younger generation. “What’s wrong with these kids?” we ask. But the question facing Arizona today – while equally baffling – is more like “What’s right with these kids?”


Joseph Garcia

Arizona ranks 46th for kids’ well-being, with a cloudy future
Joseph Garcia
June 21, 2017

It’s tough being a kid.

For a variety of reasons, that’s especially true in Arizona.

Arizona ranks among the bottom five in the nation in the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a yearly analysis of 16 indicators regarding children’s health, family and economic well-being.


Dan Hunting

Used cars and teachers: Sometimes markets work in unexpected ways
Dan Hunting
June 6, 2017

Are new teachers like used cars? Maybe a little bit.

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