Possible Good News On Groundwater

The Arizona Republic reports that at least four bills are filed, or planned to be filed in current session of the Arizona state legislature that will attempt to deal with widespread problems with groundwater over pumping in rural areas of the state.  This has potentially a major impact for the three rural counties of LD14 […]

Yuma Yes – Douglas No?

Douglas Arizona port of entry needs to be expanded to handle increased cross-border commerce.  This takes federal dollars.  For years local, state and our federal officials have said it was a priority.  Nothing much is done.  Now a 2020 appropriations bill has included about 152 million dollars for expansion of – the Yuma port of […]

Two Different Propositions

Two proposals that may make it on to the Arizona November 2020 ballot attempt to solve different issues facing Arizona state government.  The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act addresses sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.  Representative Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert is sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 2008 which would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit […]

Money for Rural Arizona Roads? – Not so much

There is a lot to be appalled by in this article.  The huge amount of dollars spent to build this highway.  How funding was provided by a mix of federal, state, and county monies, yet there is no money for small projects in rural southeastern Arizona.  But what really got me was a comment from […]

Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Leo Biasiucci has introduced legislation to make community service an option to paying a cash fine for traffic tickets. Right now that isn’t possible. This could be part of a larger conversation about reform of the state criminal justice code. Particularly where the judicial system ensnares the poor with fines and fees.  The […]

Lack of Courage

I don’t agree with Cochise County supervisor Peggy Judd on many issues, but I do support her attempt to bring various stakeholders together to discuss critical water issues facing the Willcox basin area.  I believe her proposal was modest:  hold a number of workshops/seminars over a period of three months in Sunsites and Willcox to […]

Ducey & GOP Legislature Get “Caught”

Some people are actually paying attention to how Arizona Governor Duecy and the GOP lead legislature have continued to shortchange education by overstepping their authority and the wishes of the public.  Joan A. Murphy’s letter to the editor details that a judge recently ruled that indeed the governor and legislature raided the stand land trust […]

Dry Wells in Willcox Basin

A growing number of families have been struggling with dry wells in the farming towns around Willcox in southeastern Arizona. Groundwater levels have been dropping for years as large cattle operations, dairies, cornfields, pistachio groves and other farms have pumped out billions of gallons of groundwater.  The water crisis in Arizona reaches from the northern […]

Federal Immigration Policy Affects Arizona Economy

Immigration enforcement is not simply a matter of humane treatment of asylum seekers.  Trump administration policy at the border is having a negative impact on a vital source of revenue for cities in southeastern Arizona.  According to USA Today story, wait times rose to as much as ll hours during the Thanksgiving holiday period because […]

USA Today – Hidden Common Ground

USA Today is starting a rather ambitious series about where we are as a country on our political and cultural discourse.  The results are thought-provoking and may surprise you.  Today’s articles have an analysis of the Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll that is the basis for the Hidden Common Ground columns.  In 2018 when I ran […]