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    Opinion: Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s hits close to home

    Mike Russell writes that the Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital is something that he holds near and dear to his heart.
  • A white nationalist demonstrator with a helmet and shield walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.   Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. At least one person was arrested.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Opinion: Five news stories from the weekend you may have missed

    A lot happened over the weekend. Mike Russell gives you the five news stories he thinks you should be caught up on heading into the workweek.
  • This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 photo shows a 3-day-old baby mule deer at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. A man found the fawn, thought it was abandoned and took it into a bar to see if anybody else wanted to take it home. Since it was ripped from its mother and depends on humans for survival, it will never be able to go back into the wild. It will be taken to a wildlife reserve. (George Andrejko/Arizona Game and Fish Department via AP)

    Opinion: Taken fawn shines light on good done by Arizona Game and Fish

    Someone took a fawn from its mother in Arizona and claimed it was abandoned. It was dumb, but it shows the good the Game and Fish Department does daily.
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    Opinion: Clinton investigations should be cautionary tales for Trump

    The amount of dirt unearthed by investigations into President Bill Clinton should serve as cautionary tales for President Donald Trump.
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    Opinion: Five reasons parents can’t stand back-to-school week

    Back-to-school time is always exciting for kids, but for parents, it's a mixed bag of emotions. Here are five reasons we can't stand it.
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    Opinion: No more plans to fix Arizona schools until we track the money

    Dear legislators: Mike Russell doesn't want to see a single plan to fix Arizona schools unless it has a plan in place to track exactly where the money goes.
  • President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Opinion: Trump’s decision to leave Paris Climate Agreement good for America

    President Donald Trump did not deny science or doom our planet by leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. He did what was best for America.
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    Opinion: Don’t freak out about Griffin, Colbert rants because it’s what they want

    I encourage all of you that are so offended by Kathy Griffin's picture or Stephen Colbert’s rant to stop posting, reposting and commenting about them.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Opinion: Stop buying into the political health care scare tactics

    Let's wait and see what is actually going to happen to health care without speculating what could possibly happen. Stop buying into the scare tactics.
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    Opinion: Best way to remember fallen is to celebrate Memorial Day like Americans

    I can't think of anything more American -- or a better way to honor fallen soldiers -- than to live our lives, to be Americans on Memorial Day.
  • Eric Ueland, Republican staff director, Senate Budget Committee holds a copy of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget, before distributing them to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Opinion: Before we slam Trump’s $4.1T budget, let the experts look at it

    Before we all hit the panic button over President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget, let's give the experts time to have their say.
  • Tributes are seen outside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed more than 20, as new details emerged about the bomber. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

    Americans can thank FBI, CIA for luxury of being desensitized to terror attacks

    There's a reason why Americans become desensitized to terror: Our intelligence community and our men and women in uniform have been keeping us safe.
  • Voters cast their ballots at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center on the Near East Side of Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

    Opinion: It’s time to make voting mandatory in America

    Mike Russell thinks if we can set up the voting system very similarly to the mandatory jury system, we can have a true representative republic in America.
  • The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday night, May 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Opinion: Trump administration needs to get handle on White House leaks

    Let's be real: The White House does not have a leak problem, the White House has a fire hose of unauthorized information shooting from the wings.
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    Ducey thrown a few softballs, one curve at end of 2017 Arizona Legislature

    As the 2017 Arizona State legislative session ends, Gov. Doug Ducey was handed 14 softball pieces of legislation and one high heater.