Commentary

The never-ending legislative crusade against your right to self-governance

If there is one constant in a legislative session, it’s this: Republican legislators and the special interests that back them are contemptuous of you, the voter, and will work to undermine your rights to have any say in how you are governed beyond merely electing officials to represent you.

Partisanship threatens to derail bipartisan criminal justice reform bills

Our democracy rests upon a system of checks and balances. The whole point is to prevent concentrations of power in one or a few persons that thwart the will of the people. Yet that is exactly what we are witnessing with respect to criminal justice reform here in Arizona.

Trump’s State of the Union, another kick in the head

To paraphrase a certain red-faced, golden-haired president with a gift for Orwellian rhetoric who delivered a State of the Union address Tuesday night, what you saw and what he said was not what was...

Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox

There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings...

Bill Montgomery shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court recently announced a forthcoming vacancy. In all, 13 candidates applied, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. But Montgomery’s background shows that he lacks traits necessary to serve in this capacity: He can’t fairly consider misconduct allegations, is driven by ideology and lacks appellate experience crucial to the highest Court in our state.

Arizona continues to race to the bottom on public education

The Arizona strike revealed a sad reality: Arizona’s public school system is in a race to the bottom.

An end to second-class citizenship? Arizona, don’t let us down

If you’re like most Americans, you probably thought the Constitution already guarded against sex discrimination. But you’re wrong.  

Overcoming ‘these times’

I’m talking here about unabashed racists, folks who hold and express clearly bigoted views the way other people just breathe, not matter if they try cloaking them in quaint or cutting euphemisms. You know the kind. At least one of them serves in the Arizona Legislature. At least one.

If Ducey wants to be a real champion for second chances, the time is now

In his State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey said he wants to help people avoid returning to prison—otherwise known as “recidivating.” But days earlier, Gov. Ducey told the Arizona Mirror that he is...

Governor’s 2019 priorities will have #ThingsThatMatter for special interests

Ever play the Chinese fortune cookie game where you add the phrase “in bed” to the end of every fortune? Lately, I’ve been playing that game with Governor Ducey’s hashtags, though I use the phrase “for special interests” instead of the other one.
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