Commentary

Are they robots? Stepford wives? The Republicans running for governor are anything but real.

BY: - January 26, 2022

When Karrin Taylor Robson, a Republican candidate for governor, launched her first campaign ad last week, I did a double-take. Was this the same woman who Republican consultants pitched as the anti-Kari Lake, the “moderate” in the race who wouldn’t peddle Q-Anon conspiracies and Trump fantasies? If so, we’re in trouble.   In Robson’s first ad, […]

Vaccine mandates have always faced resistance — and saved lives

BY: - January 21, 2022

Health care professionals had high hopes that rapid vaccination of our entire U.S. population would slow COVID-19 transmission and stem the disproportionately high death count in the United States. We also hoped to avoid more concerning mutations that are inevitable when viruses multiply unchecked. I lost my mother to COVID-19 in November of 2020, less […]

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 20, 2022

The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ circular firing squad. And her highly choreographed speech […]

Is preserving the filibuster worth risking our ability to even conduct elections?

BY: - January 19, 2022

I was one of the workers inside Maricopa County’s vote-counting center doing my job as “a crowd of protesters, some of them armed, claimed the vote had been stolen from President Donald Trump as they gathered outside the counting center.” And as we were updated on the situation outside the counting center I could not […]

Sens. Sinema and Manchin, are these daggers I see before you?

BY: - January 19, 2022

Senate Democrats this week, 48 out of 50 of them at least, are set to vote on a bill aimed at crippling the Republicans’ now full-bore assault on voting rights in America. But the Democrats, 48 out of 50 of them, will almost certainly fail to rally the backing they need to pass the measure. […]

The pandemic has been a godsend for Ducey and his anti-public education friends

BY: - January 12, 2022

For those who doubted whether Gov. Doug Ducey was silently working to undermine public education, doubt no more. As a lame duck governor, his war on district schools is no longer being waged in the shadows. He put his disdain for public education on full display during his State of the State speech on Monday. […]

Valley pediatrician: Vaccinate your kids for safety and a return to normalcy

BY: - January 11, 2022

The recent authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 years and older is a step in the right direction for protecting Arizonans.  For over 30 years, I have been a practicing pediatrician in the Valley, and in that time I never imagined we’d be dealing with a crisis of this scale. I’m not […]

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There are popular fixes to our education system. But will GOP lawmakers help or hurt?

BY: and - January 10, 2022

Controversial or competent? Gridlocked or goal-oriented? In 2022, the Arizona legislature and governor must choose what type of leaders they will be.  This year, the legislature has a real opportunity to improve the lives of Arizonans. Our state has the funds to fix abysmal teacher salaries, create lasting solutions for students, and provide for working […]

FDR’s back, and he’s got something to say about another ‘date which will live in infamy’

BY: - January 6, 2022

In a world of fantastical conspiracies and alternate political universes, the ghost of President Franklin D. Roosevelt returned today to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol with a fresh take on speech to Congress 80 years ago about the infamous attack on the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor.  Let’s […]

Not all polarization is bad, but US democracy could be in trouble

BY: - January 4, 2022

For the first time, the United States has been classified as a “backsliding democracy” in a global assessment of democratic societies by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an intergovernmental research group. One key reason the report cites is the continuing popularity among Republicans of false allegations of widespread voter fraud in the […]

Which books do conservatives want to use as kindling?

BY: - January 3, 2022

I was in middle school when I first learned of the Harry Potter series making waves in the Christian community. As the daughter of devout Southern Baptist who took the Bible as law, woe unto them that call evil good. Reading a coming-of-age story about a magical boy and all his wand-wielding, spell-casting friends was […]

‘Redistricting’ may sound boring, but what if I told you the future of our democracy is at stake

BY: - December 31, 2021

The outcome of the so-called redistricting process well underway across the nation promises to have a profound effect on the lives of most Americans for at least the next 10 years.