In which I express my fervent wish that Laurie Roberts will shut up forever about child abuse

There’s a terrible, awful story in the news right now about a Phoenix couple who starved their baby nearly to death. So it’s no surprise that Phoenix’s own Nancy Grace, AKA Laurie Roberts, was quickly on the scene to flare her nostrils about it on her column. I mean, I totally could see it coming […]

GOP majority = ALEC

Big kudos to my pal Robbie Sherwood for getting the goods on the recent lavish wine-and-dine of Republican legislators by corporate lobbyists at the pricey Biltmore-area steakhouse Donovan’s. CBS 5 – KPHO Even Laurie Roberts stopped swooning over “moderate Republicans” for a minute to express her dismay at this. Which is good, because if the […]

Women’s lives are not an olive branch for a truce in the culture wars

Imagine living in a country with same-sex marriage equality, legalized marijuana, and women of childbearing age relegated to ward-of-the-state status because abortion is banned and fertilized eggs have been granted legal status as human beings. If that seems a bit incongruous – a bit one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others to you, then I hope you’re paying careful attention to […]

“Moderate” Scott Smith on Obamacare

Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, who is running for Governor, has a petition out asking people to oppose Obamacare, in which he’s very proud of this quote of his. “I think it’s a bad idea that’s been implemented even worse,” said Scott Smith, the Republican mayor of Mesa, Ariz., who’s seeking the GOP nomination for […]

What happened to not wanting to subsidize people’s sex lives?

After spending most of the morning being deluged with tweets by an angry anti-choice man letting me know that birth control is wrong and unnatural (as he typed his words into a computer in a climate controlled room), I see that the Supreme Court has ruled that school vouchers, that is public tax dollars for […]

Clean Elections could not possibly have caused SB1062

This FiveThrirtyEight piece has been getting passed around by both opponents of Clean Elections operating in bad faith and by well-meaning people who think it’s legitimate because it’s on Nate Silver’s site. In 2010, Arizona enacted an immigration law so stringent that the U.S. Supreme Court was forced to intervene. Four years later, the governor […]

The “Managerial Republican” is mostly a fantasy

I will say that Ronald Brownstein’s recent column in the National Journal is a bit better than what we’ve been getting lately from the hordes of DC pundits attempting to analyze Arizona. In particular, I liked this bit at the end: After Arizona’s tax revenues plummeted with the housing market collapse, Brewer backed a temporary […]