Commentary

Legally sanctioned homophobia still a mainstay of Arizona law

The long overdue repeal of the “no promo homo” law was the right thing to do. But the struggle to grant equal rights to Arizona’s LGBTQ community is far from over.

As a public health crisis looms, anti-government beliefs fuel counterproductive vaccination policies

The dramatic uptick in unvaccinated students in Arizona is what the beginning of a public health crisis looks like. Unfortunately, it’s entirely unclear what policymakers will do about it.

Why is my electricity bill funding political ads?

In just a few short years, the company used the profits they made off of its customers and shareholders to spend more than $52 million on electioneering.

Arizona’s internationally poor standing on teachers demands action, not a victory lap

New data that shows just how pitifully Arizona stacks up in education, both nationally and globally.

Arizona lawmakers have an idea for a reboot of ‘The Purge’

You’ve heard the bill.You’ve read the headlines.Now see the movie.Arizona Republican Party Films presents….THE PURGE!(In booming movie trailer voice.)“In a world where GOP state legislators want to block people’s right to vote just to...

Benson cartoons find a new home at the Arizona Mirror

Gannett's loss is the Mirror's gain: Announcing legendary cartoonist Steve Benson will be published twice a week by the Mirror.

The NRA will attack Mark Kelly. Let them.

If there was ever a time to fight the NRA, it’s now. And if there was ever a candidate perfectly suited to take on that fight, it’s Mark Kelly.

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...
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