Commentary

Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually

We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.

Monday Musings: Raw politics will impact the 2020 session

Three burning election year political questions hover over the State Capitol as the 2020 legislative session gets underway today, placing enormous pressure on leadership and three key lawmakers.

A Latino in the White House? Not yet, but why not?

It took 220 years for us to elect our first African American president.Looks like it’ll take a bit longer before we elect our first Latino.When news broke last week that Julian Castro had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, I wasn’t terribly surprised.

Propaganda as polling

When an organization that defines itself as fighting the expansion of rights for LGBTQ Arizonans announces the results of a poll it commissioned and declares that Arizona voters “are not close” to support for LGBTQ rights – and are dramatically different than previous opinion polls – one should take note.

Monday Musings: All eyes on how Sinema handles impeachment

Columnist Chris Herstam weighs in on what's happening in Arizona politics and uses his 40 years of experience in and around government to help you understand what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.

Nothing’s certain, but Arizona likely to gain 10th congressional district

Arizona has gained an additional congressional district every decade since 1960. The state even gained two districts, going from six to eight, after the 2000 U.S. Census.Will Arizona gain its 10th district when...

When the ‘other side’ crosses the line

I don’t remember exactly when the break occurred. I only know that I first became aware of it back in the days of the Obama administration. I’m talking about the deep ideological split that’s surfaced...

Who are the ‘forgotten students’ Betsy DeVos claims she wants to help?

A recent op-ed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had me questioning whether or not I was reading an article meant for the satirical news site The Onion.

‘Diversity’ isn’t code for ‘white genocide’

Part of what I think drives white supremacists’ hatred of Latinos is the irrational belief that achieving the so called American Dream is a zero-sum aspiration. The thinking is that if I achieve the American Dream, then you will not.

Let’s not elect another newbie for president

If Democrats nominate Buttigieg, I’d vote for him without hesitation. But Dems would be wise to consider the one area where Buttigieg is similar to Trump and would make that “sunny day” situation when Trump is out of office less luminous.
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