Commentary

Kari Lake

Lake labels Ducey a human trafficker during Hispanic chamber event

BY: - October 14, 2022

It wasn’t a debate, which is what we all really wanted to see, but we did get to watch the Republican and Democratic candidates for Arizona governor respond, one at a time, to hot topic questions about what they plan to do if they get the job. Last week’s candidate forum was hosted by the […]

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Our election denier is your election denier

BY: - October 13, 2022

Some states are comparatively isolated from the most damaging influence of democracy haters. California, Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Colorado — they are likely to avoid the misfortune of election deniers in high office in the near future, or they operate with voting laws meant to expand, rather than restrict, voter access. But while such states act […]

How to get away with insurrection: The techniques of denial and distraction that politicians use to manage scandal

BY: - October 4, 2022

The U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection intends to hold another public hearing, likely the last before it releases its official report. The hearing had been scheduled for Sept. 28, 2022 but was postponed because of Hurricane Ian. Through earlier hearings this past summer, the committee has shown how former President […]

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In Kari Lake’s Arizona, my high risk pregnancy would be illegal

BY: - October 3, 2022

A judge has allowed a Civil War-era abortion law to take effect in Arizona, which dates back to 1864 and bans nearly all abortions in the state. One of the most extreme bans in the country, it threatens doctors with a two-to-five year prison sentence.  I know first-hand how cruel and horrifying this law is […]

Economic inequality keeps getting worse, along with America’s toxic, corrupt politics

BY: - September 30, 2022

The most reliable economic fact for nearly 50 years is that American wealth and income inequality continues to explode. Alongside that we’ve seen rampant corruption and the toxic debasement of our politics. Meanwhile, hard-working American families continue to suffer enormous hardship from poverty wages; childhood and family hunger; limited access to basic personal needs, transportation, […]

A seismic change has taken place at the Supreme Court – but it’s not clear if the shift is about principle or party

BY: - September 29, 2022

In the summer of 2022, the U.S. witnessed a dramatic change in how the majority of Supreme Court justices understand the Constitution. At the end of a single term, the court rejected the long-standing constitutional right to abortion, expanded gun rights and ruled that religion can have a bigger role in public institutions. These outcomes […]

Calls to fear ‘Soros’ and the ‘globalists’ are nakedly antisemitic, and must be rejected

BY: - September 28, 2022

I am proud to be Jewish. When I was running for office earlier this year, I often spoke about my Judaism as a guiding principle and how it taught me to never be silent in the face of injustice. I ran for Congress to bring people together to combat hate in all its forms. During […]

Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott pull from segregationists’ playbook with their anti-immigration stunts

BY: - September 26, 2022

As a historian of racism and white supremacy in the United States, I’ve become accustomed to callous actions like those of Republican governors who organized transportation for Latin American migrants to states run by their political opponents. Governors Greg Abbott in Texas and Ron DeSantis in Florida are following the playbook of segregationists who provided […]

Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters

They Have Come to Take It: Blake Masters, Don Bolduc and the militant right

BY: - September 16, 2022

Cameron Joseph and the team at VICE News have a story out this week documenting the numerous times U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona Blake Masters has argued for the need to install ideologically friendly generals atop the United States military. The VICE report comes on the heels of Joe Biden’s condemnation of the more extreme elements of the […]

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Universal vouchers dramatically defund and divide

BY: - September 7, 2022

The argument made by Republican lawmakers that universal vouchers would “free children from a broken school system” was utterly destroyed last week when the Arizona Department of Education reported that 75% of families seeking new Empowerment Scholarship Accounts have never stepped foot in a public school. Under Gov. Doug Ducey’s newly expanded voucher program, 85,000 […]

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment being led by workers demanding reforms

BY: - September 5, 2022

Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, restaurant chain Chipotle saw the first of […]

From Atlanta to Mar-a-Lago, this lawlessness can’t be allowed to continue

BY: - September 2, 2022

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be gangster.” It’s one of the greatest opening lines in cinematic history. It opened the classic film “Goodfellas” and was spoken by the late Ray Liotta, in his portrayal of Henry Hill, an associate of the Lucchese crime family before he became an FBI […]