Man, when I’m right, I am right!

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana The Indiana Assembly passed, and Governor Mike Pence signed, a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” similar to Arizona’s SB1062 from last year, which was vetoed by then-Governor Jan Brewer under the threat of more boycotts of a state still reeling from boycotts sparked by anti-immigrant SB1070 in 2010. I mostly agree […]

Empty gestures

While it true that most politicians of any stripe engage in empty gestures – mainly symbolic votes and proposals – modern conservatives have raised the empty gesture to an art form. Examples of this include anti-choice Republicans in the 2014 midterms pretending to support the sale of over-the-counter birth control, despite having long records of […]

Couple of odds and end post-President Obama’s executive order announcement

Here’s the very first bill filed in the Georgia Senate for their upcoming session. First Reader Summary PF: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapters 5, 11, and 16 of Title 40 of the O.C.G.A., relating to drivers’ licenses, abandoned motor vehicles, and the Department of Driver Services, respectively, so as to […]

Doug MacEachern is yelling at a cloud again

Oh my, they let Doug MacEachern go off on a tear again. One day before the primary elections ended, on Aug. 25, a young fellow wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona tee shirt walked into Maricopa County elections headquarters carrying a box. It was filled with hundreds of mail-in ballots, which he merrily delivered […]

Polarization Schmolarization

Pew (and others) discover the SHOCKING TRUTH that people who pay attention to politics are polarized! You won’t believe what happens next! Here’s Vox‘s Ezra Klein on a research paper by Pew analyzing “polarization” in the American electorate: Perhaps the single most important fact about American politics is this: the people who participate are more […]

Culture war issues FINALLY surface in Governor’s race and Ducey is operating straight out of the Pat McCrory playbook on them

Photo: AZ Republic I have to say there have been some encouraging developments in the AZ midterms the past few days. First Howie Fischer weighed in, and then the Arizona Republic (finally) ran a piece highlighting the significant differences on so-called “social issues”, that is, a host of things that affect a lot of people’s […]

Hey, AZ “business leaders”, we need to talk about Doug Ducey.

One of the (many) problems in a red state as economically polarized as Arizona is that the wealthier people are, the more insulated they are from the terrible right wing laws and policies that get passed. They have no fear of being stopped on the street by law enforcement because of how they look. Their […]