Blogs


David Berman

Gov. George W.P. Hunt's 156th birthday
David Berman
October 28, 2015

Nov. 1 marks the birthday of one of Arizona’s most colorful politicians: George W.P. Hunt.

In 1911, Arizona voters chose Hunt, a Democrat, as the state's first governor. He went on to win election to that office six more times – in 1914, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1926 and 1930.  


Grady Gammage Jr.

3 ideas to boost Doug Ducey's school plan
Grady Gammage Jr.
October 26, 2015

A higher but steady distribution from the state land trust fund would better serve students. Here's why.

Arizonans have heard quite a bit about state trust land in the last few years, though it is still widely misunderstood.


Thom Reilly

How to solve Arizona's pension crisis
Thom Reilly
January 12, 2016

Arizona voters might experience déjà vu any time public-pension reform is brought up. Most have lost track of the number of times they’ve been asked to vote on a reform package to “fix” public pensions at the state or local level.


Dan Hunting

Opportunity now key for AZ legislative districts
Dan Hunting
August 15, 2015

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting continuation of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, it is already time to start thinking about the 2020 redistricting process.


Sarah Porter

Getting a handle on Arizona’s water future
Sarah Porter
August 5, 2015

Thanks to media coverage of the California drought and a possible shortage declaration on the Colorado River, the future of Arizona’s water supplies is receiving increasing attention. There is a consensus among experts that Arizona faces a demand-supply gap; that is, in the next twenty-to-one hundred years, demand for water will exceed current available supplies.


Joseph Garcia

Arizona's actions invite questions of racism
Joseph Garcia
August 3, 2015

“Does it come down to racism?”

That is a question Latino groups and others have asked in relation to Arizona’s obsession in trying to deny driver’s licenses to legally eligible undocumented immigrants.


Erica McFadden

ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal
Erica McFadden
July 27, 2015

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment.


Dan Hunting

No quick fix for Arizona education funding
Dan Hunting
July 23, 2015

When Governor Doug Ducey unveiled a proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund (PLETF), it was greeted with cautious optimism: Here, at last, is a plan to direct more money to our schools without resorting to a tax increase.

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