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A renewed focus on dynamic, decisive action

Having worked around the state Capitol for many years before being elected in November, I witnessed the prosperous years when legislators fought over take-home projects for their districts. And I also saw the lean years when legislators shook every penny out of the state’s piggy bank and used debt financing and fancy accounting gimmicks just to get by. 

This year was very different. 

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‘We’ the experts

Among the many government entities that are created by ObamaCare, one is especially troubling because it is comprised of a group of unelected government bureaucrats who will make critical changes in how the nation’s seniors receive health care.

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The Tucson shootings: no lessons learned?

Even the most traumatic events fade with time. As the months pass since Jan. 8, our attention is increasingly captured by the remarkable recuperation of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the approaching trial of accused shooter Jared Loughner. It’s natural to want to let go of disturbing memories, both of the violence itself and of the troublesome questions that it raised.

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Most death penalty rationales fray under scrutiny

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a criminal executed and another execution is scheduled pending a last-minute review. Every time Arizona doles out the most severe punishment humans have the capacity to inflict on one another, I find myself asking: When criminals are killed for their crimes, what are we hoping will result, and what actually results?

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Moving Arizona ahead demands college degrees

Now that Arizona has passed measures to attract new companies into our state, we must ensure that residents are qualified to fill the high-wage jobs that relocate here. Arizona’s universities and community colleges are working together in unprecedented ways to maximize resources, serve more students, and efficiently produce more college graduates who are qualified to hold those jobs.

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