Commentary

Trump’s presidency is ‘the line beyond which’ we will not go

No matter how woke I thought I was, the 2016 election was a life-altering sucker punch I never saw coming. Like most Americans, I didn’t appreciate how fragile freedom could be.

AZ Dems need to stop supporting regressive taxes and fees

Not all taxes are created equal, and Democrats need to stop putting their stamp of approval on ones that harm Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.

With Kyl’s retirement, anonymous media posturing aims to persuade Ducey

And along with the public speculation come news articles, based largely (if not entirely) on anonymous sources, that are thinly veiled attempts to pressure Ducey to take a specific action. In the case of filling the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, the warring camps within the Republican Party are fighting over Martha McSally.

Beyond the scandals, Trump’s enmity for immigrants is becoming institutionalized

One of the problems with Trump’s scandal-ridden administration, aside from the scandals themselves, is that the media frenzy about the scandals makes it harder to notice the long-term damage being done to vital government agencies.A case in point: the U.S. immigration system.

All it takes sometimes is a single voice to speak out

Are there no courageous House Republicans?One of their colleagues, Rep. David Stringer, has been caught on tape – not once, but twice – uttering racist sentiments and voicing his contempt for immigrants of all...

Three needed reforms to rein in charter school profiteering

We’ve been reading about it for months. Charter school CEOs, including a powerful Arizona legislator, are making millions off publicly funded charter schools.Oh, well, we shrug. They took a risk, invested money, and made...

Remind me again why not everyone is calling on this white nationalist to resign?

Stringer hasn’t yet publicly said he is a white nationalist, but it’s clear from his writings that he is, as he has written at length espousing views that have their roots in unabashedly racist organizations like Stormfront.

Pastor’s quiet leadership style crossed party lines and cultural barriers

They are flying flags at half-mast in Arizona again for a felled political icon.Unlike the late Sen. John McCain, this long-time public servant was not known for a maverick pugnaciousness but for a low-key...

Make America Generous Again

We want to help our neighbors, but for some reason, the same individuals we gladly assist during the holidays are scorned and vilified when their assistance comes not from a charity or church, but instead from a government institution.

What Democrats need to do next

Democrats have pulled off a miracle – the most seats in the Arizona House in 50 years. They even eked out a U.S. Senate seat and a few statewide offices. There are thousands of progressive activists, first-time candidates and volunteers to thank.Democratic leaders need to be careful about what they do next.
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