Commentary

How to watch a political debate — it’s not about winners and losers

Critics of presidential debates argue that they are not necessary because they don’t change many votes. Since 84 million people watched the first 2016 presidential debate and according to polls 90% had decided for whom they were going to vote, they must watch for reasons other than to be persuaded.

We’ve done a lot in 2 years. We have a lot more left to do.

Bright and early on Sept. 25, 2018, we flipped the switch and Arizona Mirror went from a once-in-a-lifetime dream to a reality. All of our launch stories went live and we sent out a newsletter to about 250 people who had signed up for our promise of independent journalism aimed at demystifying Arizona's government, telling stories that weren't being told anywhere else and amplifying the voices that our media has for so long ignored. 

Trump has mounted an unprecedented attack on legal immigration. America will be worse for it.

Donald Trump has deviated 180 degrees from past Republican administrations on U.S. immigration policy. 

The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon, but your healthcare might be

Raise your hand if you think health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions. Or cap the amount of benefits they can receive in a calendar year or over the...

Why some Latinos support Trump, and why they shouldn’t

It was billed as a "Latinos for Trump” roundtable.  It turned out to be more of a rally, replete with a motley crew of opportunists, sycophants, complicitors and unfortunate true believers, all dutifully gathered to...

RBG is gone. This is why we fight.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died.

Mr. President: Our veterans aren’t ‘losers’ or ‘suckers,’ and they deserve better

Duty, honor, country. As a Vietnam War veteran, these values have always been my North Star. They form the core of America’s defense and seal our shared bonds here at home. They’ve helped guide America’s steady hand for centuries -- and will continue to for centuries to come. 

Arizona leaders also bear blame for 2020 Census undercount

With only 13 days left to complete the 2020 Census, more than 10% of Arizonans still haven’t been counted, one of the worst rates in the country. The consequences of this undercount will be felt for a decade in the form of reduced federal funding, not to mention more limited representation in Congress.

I worked at Homeland Security. The agency’s ‘shocking’ actions ignore constitutional basics.

During my work at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration, I constantly met colleagues whose journeys brought them to DHS because they were moved by 9/11 or a passion to achieve immigration reform. These colleagues and their unique journeys often inspired me. 

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Should people be worried? Yes, we should be worried. Four years ago, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states but there’s no evidence that they “pulled the trigger” to take advantage of their penetration.
Adjust Font Size