Commentary

Now is the time to fund sexual assault survivor services

As the statewide voice for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence pursues a policy agenda every Arizona legislative session aimed at preventing sexual assault and domestic violence from occurring in the first place, as well as empowering and supporting the survivors of these traumatic experiences. 

Monday Musings: Ducey budget is a better deal than GOP leadership plans

The State Capitol budget is on an election year fast track, and that’s OK. Republican legislators should pass Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation as is, thus eliminating what has become a closed-door, drawn-out GOP budget process. Democratic legislators can protest with their votes against it.

Who can’t President Trump kill?

Just imagine if Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy had been ordered assassinated by a foreign leader.

Monday Musings: Celebrating MLK amid Trump’s white nationalism

Our current president is not only working against many of the principles espoused by Dr. King, he is also indirectly soliciting white nationalist political support.

McSally stands athwart a fair impeachment trial yelling, ‘Liberal hack!’

If you’re having trouble with how the magnitude of the scandal involving Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has seemed to grow at a bewildering rate in the past 72 or so hours, just do like Martha McSally and refuse to even consider what this new evidence means.

Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually

We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.

Monday Musings: Raw politics will impact the 2020 session

Three burning election year political questions hover over the State Capitol as the 2020 legislative session gets underway today, placing enormous pressure on leadership and three key lawmakers. 

A Latino in the White House? Not yet, but why not?

It took 220 years for us to elect our first African American president. Looks like it’ll take a bit longer before we elect our first Latino. When news broke last week that Julian Castro had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, I wasn’t terribly surprised.

Propaganda as polling

When an organization that defines itself as fighting the expansion of rights for LGBTQ Arizonans announces the results of a poll it commissioned and declares that Arizona voters “are not close” to support for LGBTQ rights – and are dramatically different than previous opinion polls – one should take note.

Monday Musings: All eyes on how Sinema handles impeachment

Columnist Chris Herstam weighs in on what's happening in Arizona politics and uses his 40 years of experience in and around government to help you understand what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.
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