Phoenix Human Rights Commission votes to oust Arpaio. Wingnuts are displeased.

My good bud Diane D’Angelo chairs the City of Phoenix Human Rights Commission. Unlike many boards and commissions, HRC actually does stuff. Last night they voted unanimously to demand Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s resignation for numerous and egregious civil and human rights violations. Needless to say this has caused consternation among Arpaio’s nativist fan […]

It’s actually important.

“If all you care about is abortion…” Last week, someone prefaced a comment to me thusly. I’ve heard variants of that line for years, mostly from fellow liberals and centrists who think some of us ladies spend too much time dwelling on reproductive justice when there are so many more Important ThingsTM we ought to […]

Did Governor Brewer even know what her “biography” said about the meeting with the President in 2010?

Per WaPo Politics: “He didn’t feel that I had treated him cordially” in the book, Brewer explained to reporters Wednesday. “I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He […]

Here’s a PERFECT teacher’s guide for that Bible course Terri Proud wants to teach in public schools!

Rep. Terri Proud, a Tea Party freshman in the Arizona Legislature, is sponsoring a bill allowing an elective course on “Biblical influence”. Here’s the language and your Diva has indicated the salient portion: So teachers, you are not required to use a specific version of the Bible. I recommend this one: The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

Newt’s primary win shows that GOP “family values” are largely illusory

They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There […]

ALEC put the jackboot down on a reporter. But nothing to see here. Move along.

I had been swapping newspaper stories with Olivia Ward of the Toronto Star on one of the saloon’s overstuffed leather couches as the bar filled with attendees of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit (SNPS). ALEC had repeatedly refused to grant me media credentials. Nevertheless, I was a paying […]

Not that it will shut the “city employees are overpaid” crowd up

I got the following email from the City of Phoenix: PHOENIX MANAGES TWO YEARS OF BUDGET DEFICITS; LEADERS PROJECT ZERO DEFICIT FOR 2012-13 After managing through a more than $330 million deficit over the last two years, Phoenix officials announced today that they are projecting no deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. “Revenues are improving […]