In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered. Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics. A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was ant ... More >>
State Treasurer Doug Ducey cruised to an easy win last night for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, and will take on Democrat Fred DuVal in November. The results were not so good for another pair of Republicans in state government -- scandal-plagued Attorney General Tom Horne lost his ... More >>
Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal is asking the federal government to pay for the costs associated with educating unaccompanied minors here in what Latino activists say is brazen political posturing. At a press conference, Huppenthal released a letter he penned to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary o ... More >>
State Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal has made mixed statements about his stance on Common Core. Today, the incumbent may have flip-flopped still again.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal says he's sorry for making offensive blog comments, but he's not resigning.Huppenthal, a former Republican state lawmaker, was outed for writing comments under several pseudonyms saying things like people on food stamps are "lazy pigs," an ... More >>
More anonymous Internet comments made by state schools superintendent John Huppenthal have surfaced, and they aren't pretty.Not that the previous comments were pretty, which included an explanation of how Franklin D. Roosevelt was responsible for the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler, and how ... More >>
Arizona Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal has no problemo shilling for private schools in annoying robocalls to unsuspecting citizens, but if you call him at home to ask about recent reports of his commenting on various websites (including ours) under names such as Falcon 9, Thucydides, and Soc ... More >>
The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a ruling that upholds the state's "empowerment scholarship accounts."The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down voucher-program laws in the past, and although these accounts are similar to vouchers, they're not quite the same.
Here's some advice from John Huppenthal, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction: You should find out if you can send your kids to private school on the state's dime.That's what the state's schools chief is saying in robocalls to people in certain areas around Phoenix and Tucson, in which Hup ... More >>
Gee, what could possibly go wrong with Queen Creek High School having a "Redneck Day," including one student draped in a Confederate flag?It turns out that African-American students, parents, and community leaders, as well as people of any race with cultural sensitivities have figured out exactly wh ... More >>
I'm beginning to wonder if Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski is still a Democrat. By now, everyone in Sand Land knows that Nowakowski, executive vice president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the head honcho of that foundation's communications arm, the Radio Campesina Network, recently ... More >>
City of Phoenix officials cautiously assured the safety of kids in city schools this afternoon, after 27 people -- including 20 children -- were reportedly shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.See also:-More Than Two Dozen Dead Following Shooting at Newtown, CT Elementar ... More >>
This week Attorney General Tom Horne paid a visit to recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's Ban Amnesty Now radio show, where he regaled Pearce's tens of listeners with his heroic legal work of late, despite Pearce's incessant efforts to turn the conversation back to his ridiculous "buy ... More >>
Today, state Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal ordered that 10 percent of the budget for the Tucson Unified School District be withheld until TUSD eradicates its Mexican American Studies program.The cut is punitive and retroactive to August 15, 2011.No great drama there. Huppenthal announced th ... More >>
As reported in a previous blog, Administrative Law Judge Lewis Kowal recently upheld Arizona Schools' Superintendent John Huppenthal's finding that Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program violates the state's anti-ethnic studies statute, one drafted and passed with the expr ... More >>
Los Tigres del Norte, apparently not to Judge Kowal's liking...Is there any doubt save in the most muddled of noggins that Arizona's Latino population continues to dwell beneath the bootheel of a hostile political class made up almost entirely of Anglos?Yes, the successful recall of the state's top ... More >>
yumamom.comArizona public schools still don't receive satisfactory marks when it comes to standardized test scores, as evident by the recently released results of this spring's Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, the state's current barometer for success on the education frontThe ... More >>
John Huppenthal's claim that Tucson's ethnic-studies course is illegal probably was "not intended to be a factual statement."Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal came to the conclusion earlier this week that the Ticson Unified School District's Ethnic-Studies course is i ... More >>
Uriel GarciaHuppenthal, contradicting the findings of his own reportI've just finished reading the Cambium report on Tucson Unified School District's much-maligned Mexican American Studies Department. It's a shocker.Know why? Because the report itself concludes that "no observable evidence was prese ... More >>
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From Tuesday's demonstration, outside TUSD...Police in full riot gear, some tech-ed out SWAT-style with pepper-spray guns. A cop chopper overhead. Protesters locking arms to prevent police vehicles from moving. A 69 year-old activist on crutches arrested and cited, along with six others. Cops flingi ... More >>
Ethnic studies student Angelica Penaran takes a TUSD board member to the woodshedThe fight against the effort to slowly kill the Tucson Unified School District's embattled Mexican-American ethnic studies program continues today with a TUSD board of governor's meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. La ... More >>
John Huppenthal, state schools chief, will have the final say on whether the Raza Studies program in Tucson violates a new state law. The Arizona Department of Education is paying more than $170,000 to a Texas company that will research whether Tucson's Raza Studies program violates a ne ... More >>
Image: www.azsos.govTerry Goddard won't follow his father's footsteps as Arizona Governor, at least not this time.The high-profile Democrat was just one more body thrown on the pyre following the Arizona's Election Day slaughter by Republicans. Goddard conceded to Governor Janice Brewer at abou ... More >>
Is Jason Rose still a political heavyweight?Jason Rose has never been one to mince words or hold back on a stunt if he thinks it would win him political points. And points for his clients, of course. Rose has worked hard to earn a reputation as a straight-talking, political-bomb-lobbing pub ... More >>
Wagner's original video of the Huppenthal interviewGOP spinmeister Jason Rose has stepped into the fray regarding a high-school student's video report that included an interview with state Senator John Huppenthal, who is seeking to become Arizona's schools superintendent.Rose cries foul in a ne ... More >>
Huppenthal spanked hard by a student journalist. Is this sweet or what?No one's ever accused Republican state Senator John Huppenthal of being the brightest bulb in the state GOP's closet. You might think Huppenthal's lowest moment came when he scuffled with a 78 year-old Democratic activist on elec ... More >>
Two workers at the Raytheon Missile Systems plant in Tucson were treated and released from a local hospital after being exposed to hazardous chemicals. A Raytheon spokesman says workers were handling chemical waste just before noon yesterday when they saw smoke. The fire department responded, but ... More >>
Senator John HuppenthalYesterday, Jeb Bush came to town to offer advice to Arizona lawmakers about how to fix the ailing K-12 education system.As we reported yesterday, the most publicized recommendation that came out of the two-hour meeting was a push to change the way Arizona labels its s ... More >>
Republican State Senator John Huppenthal has been acquitted on charges that he improperly removed a campaign sign last election day.Huppenthal, who has represented Chandler as either state representative or senator since 1992, had been charged with theft of the sign and tampering with a poli ... More >>
A decision expected today in the case of an alleged theft of a campaign sign by longtime Chandler politician John Huppenthal has been put off until Thursday. Huppenthal's case is another leftover of the messy 2008 election season. If you'll recall, Chandler police recommended charges of thef ... More >>
Daniel Patterson State Representatives Daniel Patterson and Jack Brown were called "heroes" this week by the AFL-CIO for their committment to vote "no" on most Republican bills. Patterson and Brown began their voting boycott a couple of weeks ago and haven't yet relented, resulti ... More >>
The Maricopa County Attorney's office has charged Arizona State Senator John Huppenthal with misdemeanor theft and altering or destroying political signs. As New Times pointed out when it covered this case last month, Huppenthal claims he had permission from a property owner to remove a political si ... More >>
Huppenthal maintains he had permission to remove the sign put up by Democratic Party volunteers. However, that crucial part of his story looks like it may fall short on supporting evidence.
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In Arizona, high school administrators can decide what may or may not be published in student newspapers. They are not bashful about protecting their own interests.
The Symington administration touts market-based reform as a cure for Arizona's educational ills. Behind that rhetoric, state policies are driving public schools toward financial collapse.
NEGLIGENCE BY ARIZONA'S BIGGEST HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY NEARLY KILLED JIM SELL'S WIFE. THEN CIGNA AND A MAJOR HOSPITAL WENT AFTER THEIR POCKETBOOK.