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Sacrifice and restructuring needed to improve education in Arizona

As any parent will tell you, doing the right thing for your kids is not always easy. Providing them with the support they need to succeed requires a lot of effort on our part as the adults. Making sure homework gets done or attending early morning parent-teacher conferences can be an inconvenience, but they are critical to our kids’ academic success. The same is true in education reform.

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Now there is a constitutional right to inflict harm

It would be very easy to avoid wasting my time howling in the wilderness and not bother stating why I agree with other lone wolves, namely, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and the members of the jury that returned a multimillion-dollar verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Clean Elections case: The stakes are high for democracy

As part of an emerging pattern, another legal battle in Arizona soon will have the country buzzing again. This time, the attention won’t come from immigration policy, border security or John McCain. Instead, Arizona is about to affect the election law universe in a way that will ignite political pundits’ debates for some time.

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Free state transportation planners from federal handcuffs

Despite transportation funds coming from taxes paid by Arizona drivers, the federal government puts conditions and mandates on the use of these funds before states can be reimbursed for expenditures. Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Transportation have been fighting for more local control of transportation funds to better meet the state’s short- and long-range needs.

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