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For the first time in more than three decades, Arizona voters are not going to get a chance to make their own laws.
An open letter to John Sidney McCain. FYI, John, the Iraqi people lost Iraq, not President Obama. Hell, John, George W. Bush set the timetable to walk away; you are such a tool. John, we were in Iraq for 12-plus years, if after that time a nation can’t stand on its own feet and defend itself, after wasting billions of Americans’ tax dollars propping them up, all for nothing, then we shouldn’t go back.
The proposal by the Mesa City Council to impose a landing fee on every aircraft that touches down at Mesa’s Falcon Field airport as high as $50 is ludicrous, if not outright robbery. This move is no way to initiate putting the businesses at the airport out of business so they will move and the land can be developed for buildings. This is like how Hugo Chavez of Venezuela took over American companies in his country. How can a city council make such a dictatorial decision without putting it to the vote of the residents of Mesa? Where is democracy?
There is consensus that our government is not working and that Washington is broken. How do we get out of this rut? The old adage holds true when solving this case, “follow the money.”
Our Supreme Court has just sent us down a clear path to plutocracy. With their decision on McCutcheon vs. FEC, they have ruled that not only are corporations people, but money is free speech and as such should be unlimited. While it may seem that there is no point in casting an individual vote in elections, it is more important than ever. The next president may be appointing two Supreme Court justices. If we ever hope to restore democracy as “of, by and for the people” these tragic rulings need to be reversed.
Arizona businessman and former President of Cox-Arizona Publications Charles “Chuck” Wahlheim has died at the age of 82. A cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but his family says he had been in failing health for some time.
Arizona voters could decide if they want to perennially revisit anything they adopt at the ballot.
Dear Gilbert School Board Members,
A Senate panel voted along party lines Monday for what some contend is an end-run of a referendum to force a public vote to kill a series of controversial changes in state election law.
Rejecting pleas to let voters have the last word, a Republican-dominated House panel took the first steps Thursday to kill a referendum drive to force a public vote on changes to state election laws.
State Legislature helping out powerful, keeping rest of us in the dark
We have traditionally had two inescapable realities in life: death and taxes. Well, you can add to that list: death, taxes and fees. Fortunately, this past week at least one kind of fee was said to be improperly levied. It’s one charged to you for keeping tabs on your government.
What’s with all the political posturing and saber-rattling by our “desk jockey admirals and generals” in the House and Senate? We see them rabidly calling for everything short of “carpet bombing” Tehran and turning it into another Dresden. Of course, none (or almost none) of the military-aged sons (or daughters for that matter) of these politicians have ever been in or ever will be in the U.S. military and have to fight in the wars that their mommies and daddies vote for.
WASHINGTON — It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay?
Sick of government shutdowns, gridlock and Healthcare.gov? The Capitol Steps have the cure. Famous for putting the ‘mock’ in democracy, D.C.’s singing comedians return for their annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Scottsdale.
I was 4 ½ years old when I delivered my first news report.
A heaping dose of ‘Government Relations 101’
So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won't get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you're holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it's the elusive McRib that moves you.
Mesa High School senior Karina Rivera remembered the moment when she realized her school was special.
In the summer of 1787, the nation’s most influential lawyers, generals and politicians gathered in Philadelphia with a single purpose: To create a government that was ruled by the people instead of ruling them.
Neal A. Lester, PhD, is a foundation professor of English and director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.
Jeremy Brown-Gillett is an MFA candidate in performance at Arizona State University.
Matthew C. Whitaker, PhD, is a foundation professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University.
Rashaad Thomas is a United States Air Force veteran and student at Arizona State University, majoring in justice studies and minoring in African and African-American studies and women and gender studies.
Higley High School is one of 20 schools to be recognized next month for civic engagement by the Arizona Department of Education.
Chandler's Hamilton High School has been recognized as one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education, part of the department's Excellence in Civic Engagement Program launched in October.
America hasn’t “won” a war since 1945. Korean War cost a billion dollars and didn’t change a thing. 36,574 Americans died and 103,284 were wounded. During the 1967 Israel/Arab War, 34 American Sailors were killed and 171 wounded by the Israel Air Force.
The Supreme Court’s decision has not only put a big hole in the Voter Rights Law, it has also put a big hole in our basics for our Democracy to survive. Congress in 2006 overwhelmingly passed the Voter Rights Act, which made sure our elections were fair and gave the rights for all of our citizens to Vote. To now ask a radical-leaning Congress to rewrite the basics of this law could have nothing but radical and racist conclusions. Far from the democracy our great country is suppose to be.