School Choice Expands in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer / AP

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R.) signed into law two key piece of legislation that will expand school choice to more children, giving parents the opportunity to spend funds slated for public schools on a school that meets their child’s needs.

Agents Continue Protecting Borders Without Pay

Border agents considered ‘essential,’ but are not receiving paychecks
Border Patrol Rescue Team administers an I.V. to help an illegal border crosser. / AP

The government shutdown is taking a financial toll on border patrol agents required to report for duty as they are considered essential workers, but are not getting paid due to the logjam in Washington.

Many agents “live paycheck to paycheck,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Union.

Federal Interference

Feds blocking efforts by Arizona town to repair water system
Mexican spotted owl / hawksaloft.org

A Tombstone, Ariz., lawsuit against the federal government over the right to repair its water system will be argued in the Ninth Circuit today.

Combustible Carmona

Democrat for Arizona Senate seat has history of fiery behavior

Richard Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General and current Democratic candidate for U.S. senate in Arizona, has a history of feuding with employers, intimidating coworkers, and letting his temper get the best of him in the workplace, behaviors that may complicate his electoral chances this November, insiders say.

The Doctor Is Out

Arizona Dem Senate candidate Richard Carmona Turns on Obama

Democratic Arizona Senate candidate and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is distancing himself from President Obama, even though Obama reportedly handpicked Carmona to run for office.