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A Grand Canyon-sized impasse

Glenn Hamer and Debbie Johnson Lost in the battle in Washington over whether and how to fund the Affordable Care Act and over whether and how to raise the debt ceiling, is the very real pain the government shutdown is inflicting on Arizona business. This pain is especially acute in Arizona’s tourism sector, where the…

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High tariffs put manufacturing in the rough

Glenn Hamer Arizona has a rich golf history. We have hundreds of outstanding courses throughout the state, ranging from affordable municipal courses to Golf Digest five-star offerings. We’re host to top-flight tournaments like the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA tour’s best attended event. Our state universities’…

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OutZona!

Steve Macias In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, the author examines how a person’s drive, motivation, and success can be influenced by extraneous factors such as birth month. (For example, hockey players in Canada born in January have a head start developing their skills over kids born later in the year based on how…

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A glass half-full

Glenn Hamer I attended an immigration town hall in Mesa Tuesday with Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake hosted by The Arizona Republic and 12 News. Kudos to The Republic for hosting this educational event, which will air on Sunday after Meet the Press. Both senators thoughtfully made the case that immigration reform is a…

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Arizona’s rocky relationship with the EPA

Glenn Hamer I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it…

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Time to vote yes on immigration bill

Glenn Hamer If you were worried that the Gang of Eight’s immigration overhaul efforts didn’t sufficiently address border security, then then amendment filed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-ND) should put any fears to rest. Sen. Hoeven last week said his amendment language is “almost overkill.” It’s not almost overkill, it is…

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Prop. 100 in the dustbin of history

Glenn Hamer May 31, 2013 marks the end of the temporary one cent sales tax that voters approved in May 2010 when they overwhelming passed Proposition 100. Credit Gov. Jan Brewer for making what at the time was a politically risky move to strongly back the sales tax measure. The naysayers at the time weren’t…

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The Super Bowl of Science

Glenn Hamer Arizona added a major feather to its cap when it was recently named to the rotation of hosts for the reconfigured national college football championship. And the state takes its turn in the Super Bowl again when the big game comes to town for the third time in 2015. But while not covered…

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Moving on up

Glenn Hamer The good news this week that Go Daddy is expanding its operations here and that Chief Executive Magazine now ranks Arizona as the sixth-best state to do business (up from 10th place last year) is no accident.  From the moment Gov. Jan Brewer took office, the state set in motion dramatic improvements to…

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Visa reform needed to move country FWD

Glenn Hamer And so it begins. After six years since the last substantive debates over immigration reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week began hearings on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, the title of the legislation borne out of the months-long work of the bipartisan Gang of Eight, which includes Arizona…

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