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Arizona is ready for meaningful criminal justice reform

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Policy leaders from across the country met in Arizona today to discuss whether Arizona needs to consider sentencing reform. Representatives of organizations with very different political view came together with a shared commitment to both safe and strong neighborhoods, and smaller numbers of people behind bars.

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Holy cotton bales: ProPublica article missed the mark

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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

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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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