Commentary

Torture by any other name

BY: - July 9, 2019

The horrifying and sickening treatment of child migrants and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border at the hands of at least some federal immigration and customs officials has been called “state-sanctioned child abuse.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has described conditions in immigration border facilities as a “ticking time bomb”, and United […]

Independence Day marred in Arizona by incarceration crisis

BY: - July 4, 2019

With an imprisonment rate that’s the fifth-highest in the nation, we separate more fathers from their children than most other states proportionately. Nearly one in ten Arizona children has a parent who is either currently or formerly incarcerated. 

Look to AZ for answers on how to defeat Trump

BY: - July 3, 2019

My fear is that Democrats believe they’ll win back the presidency by becoming the anti-Trump and focusing on the president’s faults in an effort to highlight their own moral superiority. If they do this, Trump will win.

Ducey, now an attention-seeking culture warrior, goes full Trump by torching Nike deal

BY: - July 2, 2019

Ducey, who rode to the governor’s office as a champion of economic-growth-at-all-costs and had never seen a corporate tax break he didn’t like, suddenly is throwing in with the own-the-libs crowd who set their shoes ablaze and smashed their Keurig coffee machines to make a political point.

Could Trump drown somebody on the U.S.-Mexico border and still not lose any votes?

BY: - June 28, 2019

President Trump’s increasingly hardline immigration agenda is to blame for the deaths of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 2-year-old daughter, Valeria.

Which will our leaders value more: a woman’s life or a utility’s large profits?

BY: - June 20, 2019

Stephanie Pullman didn’t need to die. But so long as we value profits over human safety, people like Stephanie will continue to pay the ultimate price.

Arizona’s harsh sentencing laws separate families this Father’s Day

BY: - June 14, 2019

At my husband's sentencing, the judge even agreed the sentence was excessive. But because of Arizona’s harsh sentencing structure, there was nothing he could do. The prosecutor held all the power.

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Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

BY: - June 13, 2019

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.

There is still so much to do for Arizona’s students, despite 2019 gains

BY: and - June 12, 2019

While Arizona’s spending on education is growing faster than the national average, we’ve been too far behind for too long, and this year’s reinvestment doesn’t do much to make up the gap.

Clean Elections helps women seek and win elected office, and we should support that

BY: - June 5, 2019

Debbie Lesko and Kyrsten Sinema have little in common politically – except they both started their political careers running for the legislature with Clean Elections funds.

The legislature gave itself a $1 million raise. Welcome to the swamp.

BY: - June 3, 2019

Where the whole thing turns, well, swampy is that the Maricopa County legislators made sure they weren’t left out of the deal.

La reconquista will not be televised, but we can still vote

BY: - May 30, 2019

There’s been a growing trend in recent years – in case you haven’t noticed – of Latinos in Arizona and nationwide getting elected to public office.