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Tough-on-crime prosecutors distort truth, block prison reform

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While the criminal justice reform movement gains momentum across the country, Arizona remains on the outside looking in. Even as more conservative states with a tradition of harsh justice reduce prison populations through smart reforms that target the root causes of crime, Arizona persists in the failed policies of mass incarceration, wasting resources to imprison low-level offenders.

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Common sense says to sign the ballot, not the envelope

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I tend to reason through my personal experiences using common sense, but I have learned as Will Rogers once said, “Common Sense ain’t so common.” If it doesn’t make common sense I usually don’t accept it as fact or the truth. Voting in Arizona just doesn’t make the common sense smell test.

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Looming specter of the political-industrial complex

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Eisenhower said five decades ago, “…Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing,… so that security and liberty may prosper together.” So vote, because what we know is voting is a behavior. Engage civilly, because tolerance renounces bloodshed. Mostly, love thy neighbor…. Unless he is a bowtie-wearing, espresso-drinking, data-geek who can tell you the price of everything and the value of nothing — that is a political consultant. Stay away from them.

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Put party politics aside, support teachers, students, families

In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 photo, Kathy Hoffman, a public school speech therapist, is a Democratic candidate running for superintendent of public education, in Phoenix. Hoffman is running against three-term California congressman Frank Riggs, the founding president of an online charter school. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Our schools need a leader who will prioritize service to our children, schools, and communities — and as state superintendent, that’s precisely what I’ll do. It will take collaboration and legislative support across party lines. However, this election showed that communities across Arizona value public education and there is bipartisan support for pro-public education policies.

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Political ads should be held to basic standards of truth

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At the end of the day, these solar activists are free to decide how to promote their cause, but they are not entitled to slander Arizona’s public servants in a barrage of unfounded and malicious attacks. Regardless of political affiliation, I believe most people still believe in standing up to disingenuous out-of-state bullies, that they can appreciate what is really going on here and that they will support my efforts to help clean it up.

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