Commentary

4 ways extreme heat hurts the economy

BY: - August 2, 2021

Summer 2021 will likely be one of the hottest on record as dozens of cities in the West experience all-time high temperatures. The extreme heat being felt throughout many parts of the U.S. is causing hundreds of deaths, sparking wildfires and worsening drought conditions in over a dozen states. How does all this broiling heat […]

Lawsuits over critical race theory bans are coming. Here’s what won’t work — and what might.

BY: - July 30, 2021

As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally arose: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights? The First Amendment protects free speech against government punishment, outside of something as extreme as a threat of violence. A school district is a government agency. So […]

I didn’t vote for Biden, but I support his plan to deliver on home care

BY: - July 29, 2021

Each morning, my day starts at 2:30 a.m. That’s when I get up to transfer my husband John from his wheelchair to the bed. Every hour after, I turn him over so he doesn’t get bed sores. I get up fully at around 6 a.m. when I wake up our twins. We have a boy […]

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Democrats shouldn’t underestimate Kari Lake and her Trumpian appeal

BY: - July 28, 2021

If I had to wager a guess right now on who will win the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, I’d place all my chips on Kari Lake, the former television anchor and MAGA enthusiast. Lake exudes all the qualities important in today’s Republican party. Like Donald Trump in 2016, Lake has no experience in public […]

Mr. Potato Head ruminates on Trump, coup tourists and Sasquatch

BY: - July 27, 2021

It’s been awhile since Arizona Mirror columnist, playwright and sometimes satirist James E. Garcia has checked in with Mr. Potato Head, America’s favorite gender-neutral tuber turned high-dollar consultant for Republican politicos. Garcia recently caught up with Head backstage at the Arizona Federal Theatre, where thousands had gathered for a weekend rally in Phoenix by former […]

US Black and Latino communities often have low vaccination rates – but blaming vaccine hesitancy misses the mark

BY: , and - July 16, 2021

By early July 2021, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by region – and it is lower on average among non-white people. Many blame the relatively lower vaccination rates in communities of color […]

What’s Arizona got to do with D.C. statehood? A lot, actually.

BY: - July 12, 2021

All eyes were on the U.S. Senate as it considered the For the People Act (S.1) to protect voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and raise the standards for ethics in government.

The through-line from the Big Lie to the lies about critical race theory

BY: - July 9, 2021

The mounting attack by Republican lawmakers across the country against multicultural education is the lie behind the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.

How the rapidly spreading ‘delta variant’ might change your behavior

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too.

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Retired Green Beret: Congress must stop the GOP’s ‘simply un-American’ voting restrictions

BY: - July 6, 2021

They thank us for our service, but their behavior can not be anything more than an effort to take and keep power, at any cost. 

The future looks bright to my solar business, thanks to Joe Biden

BY: - July 2, 2021

As the sun beats down on Phoenix in what’s shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record, the future has never looked brighter for my solar construction company. 

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GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers

BY: - June 30, 2021

Ducey and Arizona’s Republican legislators made their priorities crystal clear this year. They said NO to fully funding education and NO to millions of working families, but gave a resounding YES to wealthy special interests and campaign donors.