Commentary

Corporations must pay their fair share if we want a 21st Century infrastructure

BY: - June 24, 2021

Here in Arizona, we are focused on the future. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do — and President Joe Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans will bring our state into the 21st Century by investing billions into our crumbling roads and bridges, pumping money into small businesses, gaining crucial funding for care […]

For today’s GOP, our democracy is no longer worth defending

BY: - June 23, 2021

Today, the courage and willingness to protect the idea that everyone who’s qualified to vote deserves a chance to vote has all but vanished in the GOP.

Biden Juneteenth holiday

What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June?

BY: - June 18, 2021

Why are Republicans who’ve been opposed to students being taught that America isn’t innocent and that its wealth and power can’t be separated from its history of oppression simultaneously OK with Juneteenth being made a holiday?

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Ducey ditches ‘things that matter’ to Arizonans so the rich can be richer

BY: - June 16, 2021

In the not-so-distant past (two years ago), Gov. Doug Ducey praised a budget that paid down the state’s debt, claiming “it’s the responsible thing to do.”

Inmate numbers are dropping. So why is the Corrections budget growing?

BY: - June 15, 2021

As the 2021 Legislative session drags into the summer, the state budgeting process has ground to a halt while Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders try to force through a catastrophic flat tax — one which cities, towns and even other conservative Republicans oppose. 

A just and equitable transition is needed to honor the sacrifices made by Navajo and Hopi

BY: - June 14, 2021

With the major coal-fired power plant and coal mine in Arizona now closed, our state has the opportunity to embrace clean, renewable energy. The question burning before us is whether the Navajo and Hopi Nations will see real benefits from this progress, which was won after decades of the exploitation of our water and air.  

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Biden’s approach to immigration a welcome change, but still fundamentally flawed

BY: - June 11, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris’s whirlwind swing recently through Guatemala and Mexico will do little to quell concerns in the short run about the latest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our southern border, but it’s as good an occasion as any to take a measure of President Joe Biden’s emerging immigration doctrine.

Supreme Court weighs voting rights in a pivotal Arizona case

BY: and - June 10, 2021

Would you vote by mail if you had to drive hours to a post office to mail your ballot? That question confronts the United States Supreme Court this session in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which analysts see as one of the most important voting rights cases in a decade.

Voting is a right I’ve fought to protect. Our senators need to do the same, right now.

BY: - June 9, 2021

My fellow Arizonans: I am a hospitality worker, a union member and a voting rights advocate; a Black woman and a mother; a proud Arizonan. I am also a veteran — I served 18 years in the Air Force — and a fighter for my country. 

Our generation must end the gun violence epidemic

BY: and - June 4, 2021

We are 20- and 21-year old college students at Arizona State University. Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we reflect on our time growing up in the midst of the gun-violence epidemic, an epidemic in which an average of 100 lives will be lost each day

The conservative constitutional argument against D.C. statehood is a red herring

BY: - June 2, 2021

On April 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. If signed into law, this bill would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as our 51st state and finally extend congressional representation to its more than 700,000 residents. 

Paid leave is a sure fire way to honor our military’s sacrifice

BY: - June 1, 2021

While my injuries were not visible, they loomed for years. I self-medicated with alcohol on the weekends, much to my wife’s dismay. There were the obvious signs: nightmares and a deep sense of restlessness.