Commentary

Arizona should be ashamed that heavily minority districts are being shorted $129M

BY: - February 28, 2019

Arizona actually notched the highest ranking in a new national study of school districts. Unfortunately, it is cause for embarrassment instead of celebration

Does Bill Montgomery know enough about justice to be one?

BY: - February 28, 2019

He has exactly five years’ experience prosecuting cases — those years are not contiguous — and many of the most serious cases he tried were motor-vehicle offenses.

The legislature lacks courage for real charter reform, despite outcry

BY: - February 26, 2019

It seems the charter school industry is far too powerful and legislators are far too chicken to seriously consider real charter school reform.

The faces of immigrants are everywhere

BY: - February 21, 2019

Contrary to widely mistaken popular belief, immigrants and the profound role they play in U.S. society are not confined to those grainy images Fox News loves to run with the inflammatory “Battle at the Border” logo it routinely plasters on stories about immigration.

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Why do some legislators want it to be harder to vote?

BY: and - February 18, 2019

It’s Election Day, and all over the country, people are casting their ballots, based on a principle as simple as it is radical: no matter who you are or where you live, if you’re eligible, you have the right to vote.

In Their Own Words: What These South Florida Shooting Survivors Want You to Know

BY: - February 14, 2019

We must become an America that is compassionate, one that doesn’t have to teach children to hide from a bullet before they can read, and one that values innocent lives over a piece of metal with a primary purpose to kill.

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Republicans can’t straddle the wall much longer

BY: - February 14, 2019

There’s a wall in our politics right now, both symbolic and literal, and it threatens to divide America in ways we haven’t seen in more than a century.

The never-ending legislative crusade against your right to self-governance

BY: - February 13, 2019

If there is one constant in a legislative session, it’s this: Republican legislators and the special interests that back them are contemptuous of you, the voter, and will work to undermine your rights to have any say in how you are governed beyond merely electing officials to represent you.

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Partisanship threatens to derail bipartisan criminal justice reform bills

BY: - February 12, 2019

Our democracy rests upon a system of checks and balances. The whole point is to prevent concentrations of power in one or a few persons that thwart the will of the people. Yet that is exactly what we are witnessing with respect to criminal justice reform here in Arizona.

Trump’s State of the Union, another kick in the head

BY: - February 7, 2019

To paraphrase a certain red-faced, golden-haired president with a gift for Orwellian rhetoric who delivered a State of the Union address Tuesday night, what you saw and what he said was not what was happening. Okay, what you saw actually did happen. It’s the part about what he said that’s highly dubious. After two years […]

Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox

BY: - February 6, 2019

There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings of anonymous right-wing activists who, because they self-importantly fashion themselves as patriots defending the republic from evil-doers, adopt the pen names […]

Bill Montgomery shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court

BY: - February 5, 2019

The Arizona Supreme Court recently announced a forthcoming vacancy. In all, 13 candidates applied, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. But Montgomery’s background shows that he lacks traits necessary to serve in this capacity: He can’t fairly consider misconduct allegations, is driven by ideology and lacks appellate experience crucial to the highest Court in our state.