Commentary

Biden’s approach to immigration a welcome change, but still fundamentally flawed

Vice President Kamala Harris’s whirlwind swing recently through Guatemala and Mexico will do little to quell concerns in the short run about the latest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our southern border, but it’s as good an occasion as any to take a measure of President Joe Biden’s emerging immigration doctrine.

Supreme Court weighs voting rights in a pivotal Arizona case

Would you vote by mail if you had to drive hours to a post office to mail your ballot? That question confronts the United States Supreme Court this session in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which analysts see as one of the most important voting rights cases in a decade.

Voting is a right I’ve fought to protect. Our senators need to do the same, right now.

My fellow Arizonans: I am a hospitality worker, a union member and a voting rights advocate; a Black woman and a mother; a proud Arizonan. I am also a veteran — I served 18 years in the Air Force — and a fighter for my country. 

Our generation must end the gun violence epidemic

We are 20- and 21-year old college students at Arizona State University. Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we reflect on our time growing up in the midst of the gun-violence epidemic, an epidemic in which an average of 100 lives will be lost each day

The conservative constitutional argument against D.C. statehood is a red herring

On April 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. If signed into law, this bill would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as our 51st state and finally extend congressional representation to its more than 700,000 residents. 

Paid leave is a sure fire way to honor our military’s sacrifice

While my injuries were not visible, they loomed for years. I self-medicated with alcohol on the weekends, much to my wife’s dismay. There were the obvious signs: nightmares and a deep sense of restlessness.

Editor’s Thought Bubble: GOP leadership is powerless, and their members know it

Late yesterday evening, Republican leaders saw their plans to speed a state budget through the legislative process fall apart. The deal with Ducey was announced last week, the bills were introduced Monday, rushed through...

‘Auditland, USA’ is not your parents’ theme park

Welcome to Auditland, USA! It’s America’s newest mega theme park, located in sunny, ozone-laden Phoenix. A lot of people say it’s the most tremendous amusement park ever!  

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly can stop the GOP from disenfranchising voters. Will they?

Recent actions by many Republicans in the Arizona Legislature have shown that they are willing to do anything to ensure that certain votes will not count.

The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet

I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.
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