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Three years ago, right about the time I turned 50, the membership packet arrived in the mail. I took great joy in chucking it in the recycling, the same as I do junk mail, phone books and those lie-filled mailers the politicians send.

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I met with President Donald Trump at the White House in June to discuss the crisis happening at our border. Thousands of migrants are entering our country illegally, human traffickers are exploiting women and children, and illicit drugs are being smuggled in and flooding our streets. As a me…

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Growing up, my family had a ritual in the old apartment in Queens. Dinner at 6 served on our scratched-up glass table surrounded by four Formica chairs, followed by a half hour of Walter Cronkite and the CBS Evening News.

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In this fast-paced world, we’re often pressed for time to maintain our homes, cars and pools. But what about maintaining the health of you and your family? Scheduling annual check-ups can be time consuming, but it can save lives. Knowing what medications (prescription and nonprescription) yo…

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On May 7, 2018, I was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as the congresswoman from Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. I am honored to serve as your congresswoman and I thank the voters for putting their faith and trust in me. I promise that I will work hard every day fo…

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Talk of high school graduations fills the air for days and the chatter takes me back in time, to 1983 and my own footsteps across a south Florida stage.

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“That’s not fair” is a common sentiment in life and in politics. Kids say it to their parents. Friends say it to each other. Sometimes people think it to themselves. Other times, they scream it at someone else. The expectation of fairness and equality is part of who we are as Americans. It’s…

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Today’s “Sign Of Impending Apocalypse” comes to us courtesy of Mr. Fairway Dog Walker of Phoenix, who enjoys strolls along an active golf course where I am a regular player.

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As taxpayers in Arizona, our hard-earned money contributes to a wide range of items: Employee salaries. Health care. Education. Public safety. Office supplies. The list goes on and on.

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All around us, coarseness and self-interest fill every available nook, every last cranny. You see it in our politics and on the news channels, in Hollywood, on Twitter and Facebook, and in our capitols, federal and state. In a nation where vanity and selfishness are twin kings, a question arises:

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As newspaper reader for 50 years – every day, every section – one group of stories never captured my attention. As a boy, I started reading the sports and worked backwards to the front of the paper. Then, come college, I switched and started reading from the front page.

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In the quiet mountain community of Estrella, routine tends to dominate the lives of students, but on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students from around the country decided to stage a walkout in protest to a rising trend of gun violence, and Estrella Foothills High Scho…

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Watching the #RedForEd teacher pay movement gain steam, I keep thinking about the late Yankees baseball legend Yogi Berra, who once famously said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

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With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress April 11, expect plenty of chatter about what tech pundits call "online privacy." This is a purely fictional concept, I’m here to tell you. Why? Because whatever privacy we once enjoyed, online or off, died sometime in the last…

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Because everything in Hollywood today is something rebooted, retooled or repeated, we should not be surprised that the folks at Disney and ABC have brought back Roseanne. Nor should we be shocked that more than 18 million viewers tuned into the premiere.

What do Arizona, the White House and Easter have in common? You may be surprised to learn that egg farmers from across the country, including the great state of Arizona, are proudly donating 30,000 farm-fresh eggs to the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll held Monday, April 2. 

You know those “national conversations” we have all the time, about the big issues: guns, sexual harassment of women and the latest episode of The Bachelor? It’s time for Arizona to have a “state conversation.” The subject?

As I drive the interstate to work, I can envision the future of Maricopa County – motoring down the I-10 in the form of a hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck. It is state-of-the-art, built right here in the West Valley. Delivering goods to communities and smart cities on one side, farms and…

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We were standing on the 14th hole of the Arizona Biltmore golf course when The Guy From Grand Rapids, maybe four beers and 80 strokes in, began to expound about his lack of desire. Not that kind of desire (for which I thank heavens). His lack of desire to see the Grand Canyon.

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The UCLA Civil Rights Project recently presented the findings of a first-of-its-kind study during a policy forum at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., that measured the impacts of immigration enforcement on public schools. The survey analyzed thousands of educators from 730 schools in 24…

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Some weeks, you cannot stomach another cynical look at our cynical times. Instead, you seek a few hundred words of inspiration. Then you spot Captain Benny Ashley shuffling across Columbus Avenue in midtown Phoenix and you know his is exactly the story to tell.

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Here’s a modest proposal, one that makes perfect sense in 2018, when our nation has never been more divided: Rather than an American flag colored red, white and blue, as we’ve had for going on 242 years, perhaps it’s time to change the Stars and Stripes to our new official colors.

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I’ve spent most of my life on a farm, and I’m used to big dinners around farm tables. But I’m not sure even the biggest farm table could accommodate all the people interested in running for the vacant seat to represent the West Valley in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.  

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The .40 caliber bullet was fired Sunday morning one week ago, at about 26 minutes after 2. Court documents locate the crime at the intersection of North Civic Plaza and East Stetson Drive in Old Town Scottsdale. Really, though, the murder of Captain Kyle Brayer is a crime with echoes all acr…

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February may be best known as the month we may shower our loved ones with heart-shaped cards, candy and gifts on Valentine’s Day.

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All around us, mankind displays signs of mind-bending genius. Technology seems to leap a generation with each passing year. Life expectancy has never been higher thanks to medical advances galore. Think of all the things today labeled as smart: Homes, phones, thermostats, televisions, plugs,…

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I’m Debbie Lesko and I’m running for Congress for the same reason I served in the state senate and house for the last nine years – to make a difference.

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Last week, we stood proudly with our Democratic colleagues alongside Gov. Ducey to confront the opioid crisis that has gripped rural Arizona and so many communities throughout our state.

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On Saturday, January 20, America staggered past its one-year mark under the reign of the Tweeter-in-Chief. Regardless of how you grade Donald Trump’s presidency – and personally I’d score Year One a solid F-plus – you have to say this much for the man’s administration: He has us paying atten…

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We talk early in the morning, because both of us, father and son, share an affinity for rising before daylight. Mostly, the phone calls concern the minutiae of our days. He has to take the Kia for an oil change and stop at Walmart to buy new sneakers. I have meetings, conference calls, meeti…

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She lived a quiet life in a small white house on a narrow street in a south Florida suburb. You could say she never achieved fame, but she would have laughed at you for such foolishness, because she had everything she ever wanted. She had her husband, Harvey, by her side every day for 53 yea…

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Do something. That’s all that went through my head as I watched the footage from the Las Vegas shooting. As congressmen and women, senators and governors walked to their prospective microphones, or talk shows, and pined, all I could think about was do something! When is enough going to be en…

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This Wednesday, let’s start with a stipulation: I have no clue what it’s like to raise a child, having raised precisely zero myself. Nor have I experienced firsthand the awesome responsibility of naming another human being. The closest I have come is naming two dachshunds, who seemed very wi…

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The first thing you notice is the weight of the steel-plated leather boots. Six, seven pounds apiece, safe against four-digit heat, the Haix firefighter boots force you to shuffle. Next, you tug on your turnouts, pants and a jacket, three heavy layers to protect you from chemicals, carcinoge…

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The calendar flips to December and we get that much closer to writing a welcome epitaph for 2017, a year that feels like it has taken a decade. Everywhere you turn, the news features growing ugliness: another male deviant du jour, another presidential tweetstorm raining poison, another parti…

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When so much of the news leaves you feeling dipped in muck, it is entirely possible to lose perspective. Fortunately, the calendar sets aside one whole day annually to do nothing but give thanks. And even here in Arizona, ground zero for so many idiocies little and big, from politics to spor…

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Three years ago, right about the time I turned 50, the membership packet arrived in the mail. I took great joy in chucking it in the recycling, the same as I do junk mail, phone books and those lie-filled mailers the politicians send.

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Growing up, my family had a ritual in the old apartment in Queens. Dinner at 6 served on our scratched-up glass table surrounded by four Formica chairs, followed by a half hour of Walter Cronkite and the CBS Evening News.