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How we can improve the probation system

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The evidence is clear — incentives can jumpstart Arizona’s stagnant probation system and drive better outcomes for decades to come. By passing HB2707, the Arizona House of Representatives took a decisive step toward reviving a great policy that never should have been abandoned. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to pass this bill and finally tell probation departments, “promises made, promises kept.”

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Use-of-force data will improve policing

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The best way to reassure those people that the police officers in their communities are upstanding is to show them irrefutable, concrete data on use-of-force. State legislators have a chance this session to get that data to the public and, more importantly, to stop the bloodshed.

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Free speech, religious freedom for all

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The diversity of groups standing with the Alliance Defending Freedom in our current Supreme Court cases shows the way forward. Despite our differences, we must work together to protect each other’s freedoms. That’s the surest path to realizing our Constitution’s promise of free speech and religious freedom for all.

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Safely opening schools can be done

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Ducey’s executive order means in-person learning is coming sooner than later for all schools. The school bell is about to ring statewide. We believe our schools, educators, and students can meet the challenge when they are armed with the correct resources as our experience working together in Avondale proves.

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Congress has opportunity to protect Grand Canyon region

Congress has the opportunity to permanently protect the Grand Canyon region and those whose livelihoods, health, and cultures depend upon it, rather than allow it to be jeopardized for toxic uranium mines to benefit the short-term profits of a few and potentially expose us to pollution forever. The Senate should join the House in passing the Grand Canyon Protection Act.

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Now in Arizona: Hope Delivered Every 10 Seconds

Drivers wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the parking lot of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Arizona Cardinals' stadium opened as a vaccination site Monday that will be a 24-7 operation. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)

A true testament to the grit and resilience of our community, Arizona has managed to move from a time of hopelessness and uncertainty to becoming a role model of strength and unity. While we need to stay vigilant and still have a long road ahead, standing shoulder to shoulder against an enemy we cannot even see will lead us to victory. This is genuine, authentic love in action, and it changes us all for the better.

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Time to modernize AZ’s school finance formula

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Like the Oldsmobile Cutlass, however, Arizona’s school finance system has grown increasingly antiquated. Today, simply by enrolling in different public schools the same Arizona student can generate wildly different K-12 funding amounts. The same student could change public schools in Arizona but receive only a fraction of public funding his or her previous school received. Forty years after the last revamp, it is time for Arizona policymakers to finish the job of equalizing funding.

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