Politics

COMMENTARY

Voting is a right I’ve fought to protect. Our senators need to do the same, right now.

BY: - June 9, 2021

My fellow Arizonans: I am a hospitality worker, a union member and a voting rights advocate; a Black woman and a mother; a proud Arizonan. I am also a veteran — I served 18 years in the Air Force — and a fighter for my country. 

COMMENTARY

Our generation must end the gun violence epidemic

BY: and - June 4, 2021

We are 20- and 21-year old college students at Arizona State University. Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we reflect on our time growing up in the midst of the gun-violence epidemic, an epidemic in which an average of 100 lives will be lost each day

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Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following Biden remarks, skipped vote

BY: - June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday said that comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” were not a criticism of moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin.

COMMENTARY

The conservative constitutional argument against D.C. statehood is a red herring

BY: - June 2, 2021

On April 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. If signed into law, this bill would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as our 51st state and finally extend congressional representation to its more than 700,000 residents. 

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Katie Hobbs launches campaign for governor

BY: - June 2, 2021

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, long the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2022, has begun her campaign for governor.

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Mark Finchem was much closer to the Jan. 6 insurrection than he claimed

BY: - June 2, 2021

Newly discovered footage taken during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot shows Arizona GOP legislator Mark Finchem was much closer to the day’s violence than he has previously claimed. 

Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved

BY: - May 28, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.

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Former Arizona National Guard head McGuire files paperwork for U.S. Senate run

BY: - May 28, 2021

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael “Mick” McGuire, the former head of the Arizona National Guard who was a ubiquitous presence at the governor’s weekly briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards

BY: - May 27, 2021

It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000. 

COMMENTARY

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly can stop the GOP from disenfranchising voters. Will they?

BY: - May 26, 2021

Recent actions by many Republicans in the Arizona Legislature have shown that they are willing to do anything to ensure that certain votes will not count.

GOP lawmakers take aim at Hobbs in ‘power grab’ after Bar complaint against AG

BY: - May 25, 2021

The legislature is weighing in on the ongoing feud that led Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to file a Bar complaint against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, using the proposed state budget plan to ensure that Brnovich’s office has sole authority to make decisions about the legal defense of Arizona election laws. 

COMMENTARY

The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet

BY: - May 25, 2021

I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.