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James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia is a Phoenix-based journalist, playwright and communications consultant. He is the editor and publisher of Vanguardia Arizona, which covers Latino news statewide, and the weekly newsletter Vanguardia America. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor and foreign correspondent. He was the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, and the first Latino editor of major progressive news weekly in the U.S., The San Antonio Current. James has taught writing, ethnic studies, theater and Latino politics at ASU. He is the producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co. and the author of more than 30 plays.

COMMENTARY

Sens. Sinema and Manchin, are these daggers I see before you?

By: - January 19, 2022

Senate Democrats this week, 48 out of 50 of them at least, are set to vote on a bill aimed at crippling the Republicans’ now full-bore assault on voting rights in America. But the Democrats, 48 out of 50 of them, will almost certainly fail to rally the backing they need to pass the measure. […]

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FDR’s back, and he’s got something to say about another ‘date which will live in infamy’

By: - January 6, 2022

In a world of fantastical conspiracies and alternate political universes, the ghost of President Franklin D. Roosevelt returned today to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol with a fresh take on speech to Congress 80 years ago about the infamous attack on the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.  Let’s […]

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‘Redistricting’ may sound boring, but what if I told you the future of our democracy is at stake

By: - December 31, 2021

The outcome of the so-called redistricting process well underway across the nation promises to have a profound effect on the lives of most Americans for at least the next 10 years.

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Katie Hobbs

Amid our country’s racial reckoning, Katie Hobbs’ apology may be too little, too late

By: - December 9, 2021

I admit it. I’m disappointed that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ campaign to become Arizona’s next governor seems now to have all but imploded. Not that I had already decided to vote for her. I know better than to make a decision as important as that a year out from Election Day. The fate of […]

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How what many labeled a quixotic recall movement led to the ouster of Arizona’s most powerful politician

By: - November 26, 2021

One of the great stories in Arizona politics involves the recall 10 years ago this month of then-Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, the far-right author of the single most anti-immigrant bill in modern U.S. history, Senate Bill 1070. More commonly known as the “show us your papers” law, its passage wreaked terror in the immigrant […]

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Paul Gosar

Meet ‘Paul Gosar the Titan slayer,’ Arizona’s white nationalist icon

By: - November 11, 2021

Congressman Ruben Gallego got it right when he recently described his House colleague, Paul Gosar, as “Just an awful human being.” Gallego was commenting on the news that Gosar had posted an altered anime video of himself on Twitter, which he’s since removed, that depicted him executing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, by slashing the back […]

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Today’s ‘civil war’ is an attack on the rule of law

By: - October 28, 2021

There is a civil war underway in America. It’s not the same sort of war we fought more than 150 years ago, when Americans took sides on whether slavery was good or evil, donned blue and gray uniforms, then  slaughtered each other on the battlefield. This is a war that’s happening in slow-motion, a largely […]

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‘Driving While Brown’ and Arizona’s ‘Latino resistance’

By: - October 19, 2021

Every great drama has a villain and a hero. The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is that there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start. In that case, you do what Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block did: you […]

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Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema is no John McCain, try as she might

By: - October 1, 2021

I’ve held off on criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema since she entered office in 2018 largely because I’ve always agreed with her on one key point: a bipartisan approach to solving our country’s biggest problems is generally a good thing. The way I see it, our elected officials should wake up every morning and ask not […]

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Donald Trump

The GOP: In Trump (and no one else) we trust

By: - September 16, 2021

News about the outcome of the recall election in California combined with the latest revelations about the chaotic final days of the Trump administration got me to wondering: So, Republicans, you’re still okay with Donald Trump leading your party? In the Republican-led campaign to oust California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom — which, thank God, failed […]

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It was America’s ‘forgotten war,’ but we can’t forget the girls and women of Afghanistan

By: - September 7, 2021

It’s been about a week since the last U.S. troops flew out of the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, ending our 20-year war with the Taliban. It was the longest war in U.S. history — some called it “America’s forgotten war” — but the 24-hour news cycle has already turned its attention to other stories, like […]

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Afghanistan

Biden may not regret leaving Afghanistan, but I do

By: - August 18, 2021

On Sunday, after a 20 years of war against the U.S.-backed regime in Afghanistan, the Taliban retook control. To many, it’s an almost unimaginable turn of events. Others insist they saw it coming, though almost no one believed it would happen this quickly. Military and intelligence experts had predicted a Taliban takeover in the wake […]