They get buyer’s remorse but keep on buying it

The AZ Democratic Party is sending out an email crowing about Sen. Jeff Flake’s rock bottom approval ratings after his shameful and two-faced vote to obstruct the Manchin-Toomey gun background checks bill. Senator Jeff Flake is the poster boy for a “Lemon Law” in American Politics! In just four short months, the venerable Mr. Flake […]

North Carolina provides a cautionary tale about “centrist” mayors

(Sorry for the lack of posts all last week. Just needed a break.) I came across this interesting press release from the North Carolina Democratic Party about their current Republican Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory: Moderate No More RALEIGH, NC—NYT Poll Analyst and data guru, Nate Silver, is out with some damning figures that erase the […]

But he seemed so nice at that interview!

Count EJ Montini as disappointed at Senator Jeff Flake’s votes against background checks and tighter restrictions on straw purchasers of firearms yesterday. Victims lost. Lobbyists won. And one of our senators helped. Sen. Jeff Flake has proven himself to be a skilled teacher in the art of compromise when it comes to immigration reform. It’s […]

End Clean Elections and increase campaign finance limits, get better funded wingnuts

The preferred narrative of the pundit/consultant/business establishment types in Arizona about the root of our current political woes, as I’ve described here numerous times, goes like this: Arizona was long a bastion of bipartisan collegiality and cooperation until just a few years ago, when Clean Elections and hyper-partisan primaries ushered into office a bunch of […]

Medicaid expansion opponents tell gruesome tall tales

On the Twitters yesterday some Tea Party trolls were baiting AZ House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, accusing him and other Dems in the Legislature of saying they wouldn’t support the Medicaid expansion unless it “funds abortion”. When asked to substantiate the claim, they cited this article, with no reporter named in the byline, from the […]

State religion? Why not?

If you worship the concept of “states rights” and revere the 10th Amendment, this proposed resolution in the North Carolina General Assembly/a> should be no problem for you at all. SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from […]

A reminder that proponents of Prop 102 lied to Arizona in 2008

In 2006 Prop 107 would have added the following words to the Arizona State Constitution: “To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall […]