Commentary

‘Redistricting’ may sound boring, but what if I told you the future of our democracy is at stake

BY: - December 31, 2021

The outcome of the so-called redistricting process well underway across the nation promises to have a profound effect on the lives of most Americans for at least the next 10 years.

Why spending $2 trillion on the Build Back Better Act won’t make inflation any worse

BY: - December 17, 2021

One of the main concerns raised by critics of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is that it will drive up inflation, which is already running at the fastest pace in four decades. The Senate is currently considering a roughly US$2 trillion bill passed by the House that would spend money on health care, […]

I came here legally when I was 2. Immigration backlogs are keeping me from the American dream

BY: - December 16, 2021

This month, I’m submitting my undergraduate application to the honors college at Arizona State University. That’s where I hope to study political science and eventually become a Constitutional lawyer. But instead of dreaming about my future, I couldn’t be more stressed out. In a few short years, I’ll be forced to leave Phoenix, where I’ve […]

The biggest crisis in Arizona is a leadership deficit

BY: - December 15, 2021

Raise your hand if you’re excited for the 2022 election! Anyone?   That’s what I thought. Arizonans, including political nerds such as me, have little reason for excitement, even though the results of next year’s election could mean the difference between saving or undoing our nation’s democracy. The reason for the malaise is simple: far too […]

For Latinos, Build Back Better provides transformational change — and hope

BY: - December 14, 2021

Even in its scaled-back form, President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act offers nothing less than transformational change for the American people — but even more so for Latinos in Arizona and nationwide. The bill’s roughly $2 trillion investment in our nation’s “human infrastructure” will better the lives of millions of Latino families, a major […]

Katie Hobbs

Amid our country’s racial reckoning, Katie Hobbs’ apology may be too little, too late

BY: - December 9, 2021

I admit it. I’m disappointed that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ campaign to become Arizona’s next governor seems now to have all but imploded. Not that I had already decided to vote for her. I know better than to make a decision as important as that a year out from Election Day. The fate of […]

A microbiologist explains how Moderna and Pfizer could rapidly adjust mRNA vaccines to protect against omicron variant

BY: - December 6, 2021

If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron. Deborah Fuller is a microbiologist who has been studying mRNA and DNA […]

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 […]