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Biden’s American Rescue Plan is working for Arizona

BY: - September 17, 2021

Over the last year-and-a-half, the people of Arizona have faced some truly enormous challenges. From a pandemic that presented the United States government with a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in our lifetimes, to historic droughts, to a former president encouraging a violent insurrection — some could say it has felt like […]

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The GOP: In Trump (and no one else) we trust

BY: - September 16, 2021

News about the outcome of the recall election in California combined with the latest revelations about the chaotic final days of the Trump administration got me to wondering: So, Republicans, you’re still okay with Donald Trump leading your party? In the Republican-led campaign to oust California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom — which, thank God, failed […]

Anger is the only reasonable response to COVID obstructionists

BY: - September 10, 2021

We were willing to debate the efficacy of masks. We agreed there should be balance between lockdown measures and economic interests. We patiently accumulated evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We kept our cool through every quack remedy and grifter treatment. We offered guidance to the confused and correctives to the misinformed. We […]

Pandemic polarization is bringing out the worst in some parents

BY: - September 9, 2021

In the not-so-distant-past, adults were expected to set the example for children. Be role models. Demonstrate respectful behavior. Follow the Golden Rule. But today, we are unquestionably failing our kids in this regard, especially as it relates to adult behavior toward school officials. Recently, an Arizona father, armed with “law enforcement-grade” zip ties, threatened to […]

It was America’s ‘forgotten war,’ but we can’t forget the girls and women of Afghanistan

BY: - September 7, 2021

It’s been about a week since the last U.S. troops flew out of the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, ending our 20-year war with the Taliban. It was the longest war in U.S. history — some called it “America’s forgotten war” — but the 24-hour news cycle has already turned its attention to other stories, like […]

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Arizona’s care infrastructure is already on the brink. Congress must fix that.

BY: - August 31, 2021

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, $1 trillion infrastructure bill, delivering funding to our country’s roads, bridges, climate needs and broadband infrastructure. But this is just the first piece of much-needed infrastructure legislation. The reconciliation budget package includes critical investments in women, caregivers and families — including child care investments, permanent paid family and […]

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The Arizona Senate’s disdain for transparency is another reason to mistrust its ‘audit’

BY: - August 30, 2021

“The most transparent election audit in American history” — or so it was dubbed by the biased contractors running it — is fighting tooth and nail to keep its records hidden from the public. Right now, the Arizona Senate is gearing up to release the findings of its so-called audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election. Based […]

Redistricting should unite us around commonalities, not separate our ideologies

BY: - August 26, 2021

In late July and early August, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission conducted a “listening tour,” holding 15 open hearings around the state. The point of the exercise was for the five commissioners to hear the views of the public about their “communities of interest.” A community of interest is often a geographic region where residents shop, […]

The Supreme Court’s flawed ruling on Invest in Ed should not stand

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Arizona Supreme Court seems determined to find ways to undermine voter initiatives, particularly ones focused on education funding. In 2018, they kicked the Invest in Education initiative off of the ballot because the 100-word statement, which is supposed to be a simple summary of the main provisions of the bill, wasn’t specific enough and […]

Arizonans like me are fed up with high drug prices, and it’s time to fix that

BY: - August 24, 2021

Imagine waking up to the prospect of making a heartbreaking choice: Should I pay my rent, or should I risk death by forgoing my medication? Should I buy groceries, or my insulin and other necessary supplies related to diabetes? Now, imagine having to make this choice relentlessly, without relief, every day.  Prescription drug prices have […]

Children are dying for Republican ‘freedom’

BY: - August 19, 2021

Apparently, the bodies of sick or dead children are not a motivator for today’s Republicans. Then again, when were they? When 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012, Republicans didn’t fight to end gun violence — they doubled down on unfettered gun access.  When scientists warned decades ago that generations […]

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Biden may not regret leaving Afghanistan, but I do

BY: - August 18, 2021

On Sunday, after a 20 years of war against the U.S.-backed regime in Afghanistan, the Taliban retook control. To many, it’s an almost unimaginable turn of events. Others insist they saw it coming, though almost no one believed it would happen this quickly. Military and intelligence experts had predicted a Taliban takeover in the wake […]