Commentary

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert

What was good for David Schweikert in the time of Trump might not be after redistricting

BY: - December 3, 2021

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert might end up being a case study in how escalating extreme rhetoric to avoid the wrath of former President Donald Trump and his voters turns from an advantage to a liability because of redistricting. Schweikert won his seat in Congress in the GOP wave year of 2010, knocking off incumbent Democrat […]

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Katie Hobbs is a liability. Democrats need a plan B in the governor’s race, now.

BY: - December 1, 2021

Arizona Democrats are worried. And for good reason. Katie Hobbs — their frontrunner in the race for governor — has a credibility issue, and it seems to be getting worse with each passing day. The onus for this problem lies squarely with Hobbs. She had an opportunity to show real leadership after Talonya Adams won […]

A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know – and what they don’t – about the omicron variant

BY: - November 30, 2021

A new variant named omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on Nov. 24, 2021, and designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization two days later. Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The […]

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What would be a fair district map in Arizona?

BY: - November 29, 2021

While fairness is not literally one of the six Arizona redistricting criteria, it should be everyone’s goal.  In fact, the original proposition that Arizonans voted for to create the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has a preamble that gives its purpose as, “To oversee the mapping of fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts.” The concept […]

How what many labeled a quixotic recall movement led to the ouster of Arizona’s most powerful politician

BY: - November 26, 2021

One of the great stories in Arizona politics involves the recall 10 years ago this month of then-Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, the far-right author of the single most anti-immigrant bill in modern U.S. history, Senate Bill 1070. More commonly known as the “show us your papers” law, its passage wreaked terror in the immigrant […]

Paul Gosar

In defending Paul Gosar, Republicans show just how scared they are

BY: - November 18, 2021

What does it say about a political party that defends a member as toxic and repulsive as Paul Gosar? What does it say that 207 of the 210 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives — including the other three from Arizona, Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert — stood in defense of a […]

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Investments in people or tax cuts for the wealthy? That’s the real dividing line in Arizona politics

BY: - November 17, 2021

Donald Trump, cancel culture, fake news, critical race theory, border wall. Those are the soundbite issues Arizona Republicans are focused on for 2022 because they believe those are the issues that will motivate their base. Meanwhile, Democrats are focused on…well, I’m not so sure what they’re focused on. Unfortunately, the party has never been great […]

Arizonans need the transformational change promised by the Build Back Better Act

BY: - November 15, 2021

In Arizona, and all over the country, the cost of living has been going up and anxiety over our economic future is widespread. Over the past year, the rich have gotten wealthier while working families have struggled to afford health care, childcare and education. The already present effects of the climate crisis add on to […]

Paul Gosar

Meet ‘Paul Gosar the Titan slayer,’ Arizona’s white nationalist icon

BY: - November 11, 2021

Congressman Ruben Gallego got it right when he recently described his House colleague, Paul Gosar, as “Just an awful human being.” Gallego was commenting on the news that Gosar had posted an altered anime video of himself on Twitter, which he’s since removed, that depicted him executing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, by slashing the back […]

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The climate crisis has huge costs for Arizona, but state leaders can’t fight it alone

BY: - November 4, 2021

This week, countries across the world are coming together in Glasgow for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to discuss how the world will address our climate crisis. I have joined with more than 530 state legislators from 47 states calling on the federal government to raise our ambition and strengthen our national […]

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Is the ‘legalized corruption’ that let APS get its way over?

BY: - November 3, 2021

Plenty of APS ratepayers — myself included — have been complaining about our electricity bills for the past four years. We watched our bills skyrocket after the 2017 rate increase while also having to navigate novel and complex rate plans — plans that few consumers understood and that APS’ own customer service reps had difficulty […]

Common-sense immigration reform is popular and will drive economic security. Congress must act quickly.

BY: and - November 2, 2021

Arizona has become one of the fastest growing states in the country and is one of only four states that shares a border with Mexico. Given its new economic muscle and its geographical location, Arizona is in a perfect position to understand the balance between border security and the mutual economic benefits of immigration. Arizona’s […]