Commentary

Monday Musings: The end of lengthy vote-counting in Arizona?

The last several election nights have been very frustrating. Why? Because tons of votes couldn’t be counted and we had to wait days to know the outcome of close races. 

Finding justice requires leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

As a mother of a child lost to senseless gun violence, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel’s recent decision not to charge a Tempe police officer in the death of a teenager hits hard.

An appointed Corporation Commission would be more corruptible than an elected one

There is currently a push underway at our state legislature to take away the public’s ability to elect our utility regulators, and instead have all seats appointed by the governor, or potentially other legislators. This would be a slap in the face to both democracy and the public, who our commissioners are accountable to. 

Will a Sanders nomination sink Mark Kelly?

The number one question posed by Arizona political reporters of late is whether a Bernie Sanders nomination spells doom for Mark Kelly, the presumptive Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Monday Musings: The white flag flies over Ducey’s SB1070

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning “sanctuary cities,” breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate. 

¡Americano! tells a dreamer’s story with an uncertain end

Tony Valdovinos is a “Dreamer” who sees the world as it is, not as he thinks it should be. It’s a personal philosophy that’s served him well.

Monday Musings: Chill out and focus on turnout in 2020, Democrats

As Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election early ballots are mailed to voters this week and other state primaries continue to roll out, Democratic activists are frenetic. 

‘Project Rocket’ is a great idea, but it values struggling students less than successful ones

The grant-based program is dubbed Project Rocket and gives additional, targeted resources to low performing schools with a high percentage of students who live in poverty.

Breast cancer survivor: Trump does not care about my pre-existing condition

Of all of the lies, misleading statements, and exaggerations in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, this statement hit home for me -- because I am a survivor of breast cancer: “I’ve also made an ironclad pledge to American families: We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”

Arizona Legislature: Let municipalities protect their citizens

Arizona officials are often quick to tell the federal government to stay out of state business. However, when it comes to local government, Arizona legislators are often quick to interfere in municipal business. This hypocrisy needs to stop. 
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