Commentary

Why the GOP doesn’t want people of color to vote

The so-called “party of Lincoln” may have helped free the slaves, but it has spent the bulk of its history since building a record of discrimination against people of color.

Republicans boast about K-12 funding, but the numbers put the lie to their claims

Some legislative Republicans are slapping themselves on the back hard enough to give each other injuries as they crow about the great state of K-12 funding.

Lawmakers should make following the money easy for procurement contracts

Arizona has taken some good steps toward government transparency in recent years, but none would inform taxpayers more than creating a centralized searchable database for all contracts awarded by every governmental entity in the...

State forcing schools to steal from Peter to pay for Mary

I know, because I was one of those parents. Like so many others, I spent thousands of dollars out of my own pocket on private therapies.

The data proves the partisan reason for GOP attempts to limit early voting

I’m sure it’s purely coincidental that Republicans are suddenly agitating about needing to protect the integrity of the elections. Surely, they aren’t more concerned about protecting the electoral power they have historically held in Arizona.

How to manufacture a humanitarian catastrophe

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen this week, as The New York Times put it, “implored Congress to confront” what she called a growing humanitarian catastrophe on the U.S.-Mexico border.Under normal circumstances and...

Bipartisanship promise proves to be empty rhetoric

We’ve seen once again that “bipartisanship” was nothing more than empty jargon from a party that is losing support across the state.

Arizona should be ashamed that heavily minority districts are being shorted $129M

Arizona actually notched the highest ranking in a new national study of school districts. Unfortunately, it is cause for embarrassment instead of celebration

Does Bill Montgomery know enough about justice to be one?

He has exactly five years’ experience prosecuting cases — those years are not contiguous — and many of the most serious cases he tried were motor-vehicle offenses.

The legislature lacks courage for real charter reform, despite outcry

It seems the charter school industry is far too powerful and legislators are far too chicken to seriously consider real charter school reform.