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A new umpire in World Series of Regulation

The World Series of Regulation is really heating up to determine which federal agency can put forth rules and regulations most hostile to economic growth. It’s neck and neck between the National Labor Relations Board and the Environmental Protection Agency. Fortunately, Congress has a tool to knock these agencies off their game. The NLRB last…

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Trading Up

President Obama has requested Congress to renew his Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Congress should grant the request. TPA not only represents the most constructive area for bipartisan cooperation this year, but it is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability sell American goods and services to the 95 percent…

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Mr. Conservative

I’m in Washington, D.C. this week as Arizona celebrates 103 years of statehood and memorializes one of its greats, former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, with the unveiling later today of his statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. The eight-foot bronze statue, previously housed at the Arizona State Capitol, will commemorate Goldwater’s legacy…

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Litigation lotto

Maybe you’ve seen the ads late at night promising cash to help you with your expenses while you await a settlement from your lawsuit. Call a 1-800 number and you can have a check before you know it, they say. And don’t worry! If you don’t win your case, you don’t owe anything. Hopefully, you’ll…

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Word that Apple is making a $2 billion investment in Arizona is a big win early in the administration of Gov. Doug Ducey. The governor has demonstrated right out of the gate that he’s willing to get personally involved in efforts to put Arizona on companies’ short list. You don’t land Apple unless you’ve got…

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Welcome to Arizona’s Super Season

We are in the midst of Arizona tourism’s busiest season. The fantastic weather provides the perfect atmosphere for championship-caliber sports in the Valley, skiing up north, or even hunting for rare gems and minerals in Tucson. January has been a huge month for football, starting with the Fiesta and Cactus Bowls at the college level,…

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Arizona Has Big Mo in Education

For those who say that the state of our schools is “poor,” the rhetoric doesn’t match reality. That folks in positions of educational leadership subscribe to such a gloomy view of Arizona’s schools is disturbing. According to U.S. News and World Report, Arizona boasts three of the top-10 public high schools out of 19,400 schools…

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George Washington isn’t just a bridge

BuzzFeed last fall posted a YouTube video titled “Can You Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?” After going viral with over 1.4 million views, people took to social media to test out their own skills and share with their friends. Soon Facebook was flooded with users sharing and comparing their results on a U.S. Citizenship practice…

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