Kyler Murray has career-high 380 yards as Arizona Cardinals snap losing streak – Arizona Cardinals Blog

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All week there was talk around the Arizona Cardinals that Sunday’s game against the New York Jets was a “must-win.”

For a 2-2 team in early October, it seemed a bit hyperbolic. But for the Cardinals, it wasn’t. They needed to beat the winless Jets, one of the worst teams in football, to stay relevant in the tough NFC West and they needed to do it in a convincing fashion to prove they have what it takes to keep chasing a playoff berth this season.

Then second-year quarterback Kyler Murray went to work.

Murray helped the Cardinals (3-2) avoid a three-game losing streak with his arm and legs, throwing for a career-high 380 yards in a 30-10 win against the Jets (0-5), a week after he threw for 133 yards.

He diced apart the Jets’ secondary with a variety of throws, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to wideout DeAndre Hopkins with 8:35 left in the game that was as beautiful as it was accurate. Of Murray’s 380 yards, 131 went to Hopkins, who had his third 130-yard game as a Cardinal. He didn’t have any last season.

Murray also showed off his touch in the third quarter with a perfectly placed pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hauled it in with one hand.

Murray wasn’t just productive, he was accurate, completing 27 of 37 passes for one touchdown and an interception.

The win keeps Arizona in the hunt for the postseason, including a shot at the NFC West title.

Describe the game in two words: Rebound game. The Cardinals came off two bad losses with a fairly good all-around showing, but Sunday’s game showed there’s still work to be done if Arizona wants to keep winning.



Proposition 208 hurts education-funding cause in Arizona; no on Invest in Ed

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Opinion: Proposition 208 is an extreme proposal with more pitfalls than promise, that deepens the divisions in our society and puts the state’s economy at risk.

Education funding has, rightfully, dominated Arizona’s political and fiscal attention in recent years. But Proposition 208, the Invest in Education Act, goes way too far. (Photo: The Republic)

Starved for years, Arizona schools remain undernourished.

The state has among the largest class sizes in the country, a nation-worst student-counselor ratio of more than 900 to 1, and districts short of nurses, librarians, aides and other support staff.

The crisis is most evident in the continued shortage of certified teachers in classrooms. A survey of schools document more than 1,700 positions that remain unfilled this year alone.

Proposition 208 promises to change much of that, by imposing a 78% tax increase on individual income above $250,000 (and household income above $500,000). It raises the top marginal tax rate from 4.5% to 8%.

An architect of the plan says passage of the ballot measure would mean reduced class sizes, diminished teacher shortage and markedly improved student achievement.

We wish it were so.

Proposition 208 puts our state’s economy at risk

Because Proposition 208 is not the solution. Far from it.

It is an extreme proposal with more pitfalls than promise, that deepens the divisions in our society and puts the state’s economy at risk.

The ballot initiative won’t generate the $940 million backers project.

An analysis by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, a nonpartisan office, puts the figure closer to $827 million. And even that estimate comes with caveats that could further reduce actual revenue.

The tax increase threatens Arizona’s economic well-being by targeting a segment of taxpayers who create and sustain jobs.

A study by the Goldwater Institute estimates that more than half of


Biden Widens Electoral College Lead Over Trump as Projection Shows Arizona, New Hampshire Shift Blue

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Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has increased his Electoral College lead over President Donald Trump, as a projection map shows Arizona and New Hampshire shifting blue.

The projection map, named Sabato’s Crystal Ball is created by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and the election race ratings “are based on a number of factors, including electoral history, polling, candidate quality, modeling, and reporting,” according to the map.

The map shows Electoral College changes for three key swing states, including Arizona, New Hampshire and Georgia. According to the map, Arizona moved from a “toss up” to “leans Democratic,” New Hampshire moved from “leans Democratic” to “likely Democratic” and Georgia went from “leans Republican” to a “toss up.”

According to, during the 2016 election, Trump won Arizona by 3.6 points but lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton by 0.3 points.

The shift to blue in Arizona and New Hampshire push Biden past 270 electoral votes needed as well as increasing his lead over the Republican president.

According to the map, Biden and the Democrats are projected 290 electoral votes, with 13 states listed as “safe Democratic,” six states listed as “likely Democratic and five states as “lean Democratic.”

In comparison, the map shows Trump and the Republicans having 163 electoral votes, with 13 states listed as “safe Republican,” seven states listed as “likely Republican” and just one state listed as “lean Republican.”

The remaining five states, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida are listed as a toss-ups.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks to the press before boarding his campaign plane at Wilmington Airport on October 8 in New Castle, Delaware. The increase in Biden’s Electoral College lead over Trump comes within a month till Election Day.
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Last week, the Crystal Ball Electoral College projection map showed


Arizona tribe members settle education claims in lawsuit

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Members of a small Arizona tribe have reached an agreement with the federal government to partly resolve a lawsuit that sought widespread reform in the agency responsible for educating Native Americans.

Attorneys for Havasupai parents and students say the agreement reached in late September will help thousands of Native Americans who attend U.S. Bureau of Indian Education schools across the country.

A federal court had already determined that the bureau violated its duty to ensure access to special education, therapists and mental health services, including for trauma and childhood adversity. The agreement means a trial that was set to begin in November to consider the remedy for the violations won’t happen.

“They weren’t providing services for my kids, and they kind of dismissed them,” the mother of three students who are identified in the lawsuit by only their first names told The Associated Press. “I thought all of the kids could be struggling with the same thing, and I wanted to make sure that BIE was held accountable.”

The Bureau of Indian Education did not respond to emails requesting comment. The federal government has said the challenges at Havasupai Elementary School, which lies on the tribe’s reservation deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon, are unique and difficult — if not impossible — to overcome. The reservation is accessible only by foot, mule or helicopter.

Alexis DeLaCruz with the Native American Disability Law Center said the case is a landmark one for educational civil rights on behalf of Native Americans.

“When it was originally filed, it was the first time a group of students and their families stood together with the Native American Disability Law Center to address the wholesale denial of educational opportunities for students attending BIE schools,” said DeLaCruz, an attorney for the


Arizona voters give Ducey low marks for job performance in Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll

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A new poll has found just one in three Arizona voters approves of the job Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is doing — perhaps a predictable outcome in a year where progressive and conservative groups alike have mounted recall efforts against him. 

Doug Ducey wearing a suit and tie sitting in a box: Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.

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Governor Doug Ducey speaks during a press conference regarding innovative COVID-19 solutions on Sept. 24, 2020, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Phoenix.

About 35% of respondents in the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll of 500 likely voters viewed his performance positively, while 42% rated it unfavorably. Just over 22% of participants said they were undecided or too unfamiliar with Ducey to say.


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Those low approval ratings largely held when results were broken down by age, race and geography. But there was a clear partisan divide when pollsters examined ratings by affiliation, despite the heat the governor has taken from both parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roughly 65% of Republican respondents approved of Ducey’s management of the state, compared to 7% of Democrats and 35% of unaffiliated voters.

“Honestly, that was a really tough one for me to answer, because up until the pandemic, my impressions of him were very favorable — I thought he’d done extremely well for the state and was very happy with that,” said Dominique Tuilefano, a 51-year-old Phoenix resident who said she traded in her GOP affiliation to become an independent this year.

“For me, the way he handled coronavirus — succumbing to pressure from Trump and reopening prematurely — took all of those wins away. It absolutely changed my opinion of him. I feel like I don’t even know who he is.”

Ducey’s decisions in pivotal moments shaped answers for some


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