Commentary

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 21, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]

How the GOP’s expected red wave crashed on the rocks of the insurrection

BY: - November 15, 2022

When pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,  they probably weren’t thinking about the next election. But maybe they should have. Because the long shadow of former President Donald Trump, and the behavior of the rioters, may have helped contribute to a relatively good night for the Democrats. Historically, the party in […]

Tuesday’s election was a vote for democracy and a rebuke of Republican liars

BY: - November 10, 2022

In the pre-dawn hours after Tuesday’s midterm elections, former Republican congressman-turned-MSNBC pundit Carlos Curbelo nailed it. “We called them election deniers. They’re all just liars,” he said. It couldn’t be better said. The people who’ve continued to insist that former President Donald J. Trump was cheated out of the 2020 election are just that, liars. […]

Why we’re planning to leave Arizona to protect our transgender child

BY: - November 9, 2022

Tucson, with its heat and dryness that mitigate my chronic pain, proximity to the beaches of Mexico, diverse population, and year-round opportunities for hiking and mountain biking, is the perfect city to raise our two children. Yet, like many other families, my husband, Amit, and I plan to leave our dream home to protect our […]

Katie Hobbs

Katie Hobbs on how Arizona Latinos would fare if she’s elected governor

BY: - November 8, 2022

During her final weekend of campaigning, Arizona’s Democratic candidate for governor, Katie Hobbs, took questions Nov. 5 from Arizona Mirror columnist James E. Garcia on La Onda 1190 AM/107.5 FM and the “Vanguardia America with James E. Garcia” podcast. GARCIA: Let’s just jump right in. What will a Katie Hobbs administration mean for Latino voters […]

New poll is a roadmap to Republican grievance in 2022

BY: - November 7, 2022

A new poll provides an eye-opening glimpse into the values and motivations of the modern Republican Party, and the cultural and political forces that will drive the party faithful to the polls on Nov. 8. The latest American Values poll by the Public Religion Research Institute also zooms in on the views of white evangelical Protestants who backed former President […]

On November 8, vote for democracy, before it’s too late

BY: - November 3, 2022

Election Day is just around the corner. Let’s take stock. It’s been said, I know, but it has to be said again and again, until it sinks in: The future of our democracy is on the ballot on November 8. On Wednesday, President Biden repeated that warning. “As I stand here today, there are candidates […]

Silencing the majority: Citizen initiatives are under attack in Arizona

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Arizonans are already going to the polls to vote on a series of pressing issues confronting the state. But as is the case in many places, partisan conflict is center stage. Media outlets everywhere are handicapping the chances of Republicans and Democrats controlling this or that lever of power. And while the heat around this […]

The Republican threat to contraception is real

BY: - October 31, 2022

For 57 years, men and women across the country have had the right to access, use and receive contraception. The Supreme Court recognized this constitutional right in 1965 when it ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that families could buy and use birth control without government interference.  The use of contraception is a private, personal decision […]

How gender, race, age and voter ID laws affect whether a voter actually casts a ballot

BY: - October 26, 2022

Who shows up to cast a ballot and who is allowed to mark a ballot and have it counted will determine which candidates take office and what issues they focus on. The Conversation asked three scholars of different aspects of voter turnout for their insights as the election approaches. Jane Junn, USC Dornsife College of […]

Mark Finchem

The important role played by secretaries of state in administering fair elections is changing – and not in a good way

BY: - October 24, 2022

The state officials who administer fair, accessible and secure elections have historically operated quietly without garnering much public attention. Elections happen, votes are counted, the winners are declared and democracy moves on. But since 2020, secretaries of state and other state officials who oversee elections have come under increasing scrutiny and been exposed to increasing […]

Maricopa County needs smart justice, not more convictions

BY: - October 20, 2022

Every day, prosecutors use vast discretion to decide who is charged with a crime and how severe those charges will be. Unfortunately, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) has used that power to create a legacy of seeking harsh convictions and excessive sentences for low-level crimes. In fact, Arizona’s prison population grew by 60% in […]