Commentary

The forever coup: Trump’s Big Lie is the coin of the GOP realm in Arizona

BY: - August 5, 2022

This week’s primaries helped show something: The January 6 hearings may well not end the Big Lie. The Big Lie is more than Trump now, and it is more than a revisionist project about the 2020 election.  The Big Lie is now part of the culture wars, and as such it has become more diffused […]

Jan. 6 committee reveals Trump’s Orwellian attempt to win the election

BY: - July 27, 2022

Anyone who’s read George Orwell’s “1984,” the dystopian novel about life in the U.S. under an authoritarian regime, knows that to survive, one had to accept whatever Big Brother said no matter how big the lie. Proof you’d come to fully embrace the all-controlling Party was to believe without question that two plus two never […]

Senators, you must extend the tax credits that help Arizonans like me afford health insurance

BY: - July 19, 2022

Our nation is on the verge of another health care crisis, and self-employed Arizonans like me will pay the price if Congress doesn’t take steps to protect our access to affordable care and coverage.  I was one of the thousands of Arizonans who saved on their premiums this year thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue […]

This Supreme Court is paving their own path forward thanks to an activist judiciary

BY: - July 14, 2022

The United States Supreme Court is out of control — hell-bent on overruling established precedents and facilitating the creation of an authoritarian theocratic state. Bear in mind that, in their various confirmation hearings the, now justices all genuflected at the altar of stare decisis, which means “to stand by things decided.” Basically, if a previous […]

Arizona needs prosecutors who seek justice instead of racking up ‘wins’

BY: - July 11, 2022

I am a third-generation Arizonan, a father of two sons, a musician and a paralegal. I am the executive director of a statewide non-profit organization. I am also formerly incarcerated. During the 15 years I spent in Arizona prisons, I spent every day talking to fellow prisoners about their cases and looking at their case […]

Forcing 10-year-old rape victims to give birth isn’t moral, just or ‘pro-life’

BY: - July 6, 2022

For the first decades after Roe v. Wade was decided, anti-abortion forces made the case that they were the real pro-women movement.  They claimed to love the sinner (the fallen woman) but hated the sin of abortion. They just wanted to save female babies. And some promised to be there with the first box of […]

‘A revolutionary ruling – and not just for abortion’: A Supreme Court scholar explains the impact of Dobbs

BY: - July 4, 2022

The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse 50 years of constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion is more than 200 pages long. Morgan Marietta, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and editor of the annual SCOTUS series at Palgrave Macmillan, studies the ideas and ideology of the court. We asked […]

Now more than ever, Arizona families need an earned income tax credit

BY: - July 1, 2022

Last week, I voted for the sixth and final budget of my legislative career as a state senator. The budget we produced is as indelible as it is historic, for the simple fact that it was bipartisan. It has been almost two decades since the Arizona legislature came together to pass a budget not as […]

Protests at the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision by six Catholics breaches wall between church and state

BY: - June 30, 2022

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to gut Roe, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt declared, “The womb is now … the safest place for a child to be.”  My question is, where is the safest place for women and the babies they will now be forced to bear? The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. […]

We looked to the Supreme Court to protect our rights. Now, it is taking them away.

BY: - June 27, 2022

The United States of America is no longer a free country. Women are no longer full citizens with equal rights. The theocracy also known as the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that our bodies don’t belong to us. Anyone who is or can become pregnant will be a ward of the state, captive of a […]

The emerging paramilitary wing of the GOP

BY: - June 21, 2022

It’s campaign season, which means Republican candidates for office wielding weapons and threatening to use them. Here’s U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, looking like an extra in a straight-to-DVD Western. COME AND TAKE IT pic.twitter.com/kwFrT61stF — Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 25, 2022 J.R. Majewski, a Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio, ran an ad (since […]

By allowing community choice energy, Arizona could take advantage of its solar potential

BY: - June 20, 2022

Summer in Arizona comes with the one-two punch of high heat and high energy bills. The unprecedented heat caused by climate change makes hot weather even more dangerous for our health and leads to even higher air conditioning bills. In a state with so much sunshine, a natural solution to both of these problems is […]