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Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data.
It’s that time again, when I write up my election endorsements. Anyone who’s read this column knows I’m a strong Democrat, so it should come as no surprise I’m supporting Democrats all the way down the line. However, to those of you who vote for both Democrats and Republicans, here are a few reasons to favor the D’s this time around.
The two major-party candidates for Arizona governor agree on a few things when it comes to the contentious issue of immigration:
In what will likely be the only debate in Tucson, the three candidates running for Arizona governor gathered at the Jewish Community Center on Sept. 18 to take part in the event hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Why is it that David Garcia, the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, has locked up major endorsements from Republicans, Democrats, the business community and educators, while his Republican opponent Diane Douglas has no big names in her corner?
When it rains, it pours – and in Tucson’s case it floods. On Sept. 8, the city received a downpour of rain from the post-tropical cyclone, Norbert.
“We pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken 13 years ago in the worst act of terrorism committed on American soil.
“On this tragic anniversary, we honor the memories of the victims, reflect on the heroism of our fellow Americans and recognize the unfaltering resilience of our nation. We will never forget the brave passengers of United Flight 93; the men and women who lost their lives on the planes and at the World Trade Center and Pentagon; and the first responders who sacrificed their lives to save strangers. We also should remember the millions of Americans across this nation who came together in prayer, pride and patriotism – standing strong in the face of such evil. Our nation’s response to that fateful day, as well as that of our freedom loving friends and allies who stood with America, is a solemn but important reminder that liberty will always conquer tyranny, and that we must remain vigilant in protecting our values and our people.
“This day is a further reminder that terrorism persists throughout the world, as we also remember the four Americans murdered on September 11, 2012, in the barbaric attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As always, special recognition is due for the men and women of our nation’s armed forces who have fought, and who continue to fight, to defend the United States against enemies of freedom. We forever honor and support our military in their noble and just mission, and we are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice.
“I have ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state public buildings and institutions from sunrise until sunset on September 11, 2014. I encourage all individuals, businesses and other organizations to join in this tribute.”
The Tucson Beer Cup will runneth over at the Third Annual Born & Brewed competition, the original Tucson craft beer festival, held at the historic Hotel Congress. Nine Tucson breweries enlisted to challenge Dragoon Brewing Company’s hold on the Cup along with their IPA’s title as Tucson’s Best Craft Beer, as voted by the ticketholders. In addition to the challengers bringing their best brews to overthrow the reigning champ, Four Peaks Brewing Company and Beast Brewing Company are presenting their delicious brews to show what the rest of Arizona’s craft brewers are up to. Ticket holders are benefiting from the spirit of friendly competition as they get to sip the suds of over 20 local brews starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 on the Hotel Congress plaza. Tickets are only $30 in advance or $35 at the door and can be purchased at the Hotel Congress lobby front desk or online at hotelcongress.com
5:39 PM UPDATE: All Pima Community College classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day due to the storm.
Arizona race for governor
In honor of sticking to not endorsing candidates during the election, I held off writing this column, although I was tempted throughout the primary election. However, the primary is over, several races have been decided , so here it goes.
As election-night results continue to come in, it appears GOP candidate Doug Ducey move on to face Democrat Fred Duvall in the General Election.
Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer on a tour of the department's processing facility in Nogales for immingrant children.
Her desire for the positive future for Arizona a driving force, Governor Brewer announced the endorsement of Jo Grant in the House of Representatives race for District 11.
A statewide survey of high efficacy primary voters conducted July 10-12 shows that, despite heavy ad buys in the gubernatorial primary, Republicans in Arizona are still overwhelmingly undecided on who will be their party’s nominee to succeed Gov. Jan Brewer.
After two years as an Arizona State Representative, Ethan Orr has seen the good and bad in state politics. The Republican from District 9 has some huge concerns about the partisan politics that he feels has hurt the state.
Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM) began in August 2004 through the efforts of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Today, DIAM is the largest collaborative water safety effort in the state of Arizona. Governor Brewer, Drexel Heights Fire District Governing Board and Mayors across the state have signed proclamations designating August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month.Why August for DIAM?
Grab your favorite stein, dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and get your taste buds ready, because Baja Oktoberfest is coming to Tucson. The Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild wants to bring the German excitement to Tucson, but with an Arizona craft beer twist.
After retiring from a job heading up a homebuilding company for about a decade, Scott Smith spent six years as mayor of Mesa, where he developed a reputation as a problem solver and networked well enough to be elected the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Three Republican candidates—House Speaker Andy Tobin, state Rep. Adam Kwasman and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne—are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, a sprawling district that includes most of rural Eastern Arizona and stretches from Oro Valley, Marana, SaddleBrooke to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona Native American reservations.