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The Envelope, PleasePosted on September 16, 2005 | Type: Blog
Ordinary citizens can have a difficult time making sense of the political process. The legislature particularly can seem arcane and dense with detail. Voters frequently become apathetic when faced with unraveling a mountain of confusing, competing claims.
Betting on 15Posted on August 12, 2005 | Type: Blog
Fifteen percent is the magic number, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
A Guardian of Individual LibertiesPosted on July 11, 2005 | Type: Blog
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor unquestionably was the most powerful woman in America but she was not the centrist or liberal that many have portrayed her as being.
Condemned to Repeat HistoryPosted on May 06, 2005 | Type: Blog
In 1998, the City of Tempe and America West Airlines entered into an agreement to redevelop part of downtown Tempe. The city agreed to convey property to America West for free and then pay America West approximately $15 million over twenty years. In return, America West pledged to develop the property and convey ownership of the improvements back to the city. Tempe agreed to then lease the property back to America West.
Illinois Report Another Example of Government Playing FavoritesPosted on April 29, 2005 | Type: Blog
Illinois has given us just one more example of how allowing government to reward large contracts to private companies opens the door to corruption and abuse. This week, the state's auditor general issued a report finding that the agency responsible for cutting government waste instead spent lavishly and awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to consultants who might have had an inside track.