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Don’t rush a bad immigration bill

Every now and then a crisis emerges in which our response clearly displays what kind of people we are. Whether it is natural disaster or a man-made political crisis, our reaction sends an important message to others about our values, our sense of responsibility and how we solve problems.

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When the slop is in the trough

When the slop is the trough all the pigs will be there. And many were there recently at Tom's Restaurant & Tavern for a panel discussion on renewable energy standards, specifically the 15 percent mandate passed by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Actually, the discussion was more about government subsidies than renewable energy standards; especially with respect to the notion that "everyone knows" these subsidies are needed to promote Arizona's nascent solar industry.

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Lottery money needed for local transit

As of March 18, the state's primary source of transit operating money and federal matching dollars for expensive and specialized capital equipment was permanently repealed as part of the state's budget solution. Oddly, not a penny of that money came from tax dollars or the state general fund, yet it was redirected so that the state could capture the already-designated revenue.

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State needs new policies, especially on government transparency

As Arizona faces the most challenging economic times since the Great Depression, I believe the Legislature needs to recognize that it is time for more than just the same politics that helped get us into this mess. Instead, it is a time to reflect on long-term ways to ensure Arizona will have the resources to invest in education, job creation and sustainability.

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Hero or Pied Piper?

Every industrialized country on Earth delivers health care to its people at a far lower per-person cost than the United States. How do they do that?

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It’s time to shine light on wasteful spending at the local level

When Phoenix realized that it faced a projected $245 million budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year, new City Manager David Cavazos requested that every department submit proposed budget reductions ranging from 7 to 25 percent. Those proposals were placed on his desk in November and early December. But when the Goldwater Institute asked for them, they disappeared into a black hole.

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Media outlets duped by bogus polls

Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, no one has a decisive lead in the GOP primary race to replace Congressman John Shadegg, who is retiring at the end of the year. There have been three "polls" released by candidates in the race so far, and none of them are worth a lick.

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