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Holy cotton bales: ProPublica article missed the mark

Holy cotton bales: ProPublica article missed the mark

ProPublica, a journal that purports to produce investigative journalism in the public interest, has published a series of articles under the term: “Killing the Colorado.” Its first article is entitled “Holy Crop – How Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West” (May 27). At the heart of this odd article is the notion that cotton subsidies, as provided to Arizona cotton farmers under the federal farm programs, are the culprit in the declining levels of the Colorado River. Well, this is just palpable nonsense.

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Why we should be hopeful about school reforms

Why we should be hopeful about school reforms

The conversation about education in Arizona is finally shifting to focus on incentivizing excellence in all schools, rather than exclusively pouring resources, time, and energy into the failing ones that never improve. This is a thrilling change, and one I have waited on for many years. It has given me a renewed sense of excitement about Arizona’s education policy landscape and a hope for a new era of possibility.

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Net metering and the Arizona Corporation Commission

Net metering and the Arizona Corporation Commission

I believe many of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s recent decisions to this date surrounding net metering have done more harm than good to our local economy, to businesses like mine, and especially to low-income and middle-class families throughout the state (who would benefit the most from rooftop solar).

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New health center grants to provide care for more than 42,000 Arizonans

New health center grants to provide care for more than 42,000 Arizonans

Sometimes the greatest innovations in health care happen right in our own communities. Fifty years ago, one of those innovations took root in two clinics – one in the Mississippi Delta and one in South Boston, Massachusetts. These clinics, started as demonstration projects of the Health Center Program, offered high quality primary care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Tough talk doesn’t solve immigration problems

Tough talk doesn’t solve immigration problems

Five years have passed since Arizona passed its controversial anti-immigration law, SB 1070. It’s been three years since the law was ruled largely unconstitutional by a divided Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States. With the 2016 presidential race ramping up, immigration policy and its impact on national security is again center stage.

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