What would make AZ Republicans eager raise their own taxes?

Terrorizing brown people, of course! HighGround, the firm owned by Chuck Coughlin (Arizona’s true Governor) which represents GOP candidate Scott Smith, released a poll of the upcoming primary. The results for Governor track with other recent polls showing Doug Ducey and Christine Jones vying for the lead but still a lot of undecideds. The focus […]

If only he’d been chummier…

Per Tedski: By the way, after talking to a few legislators, it seems that Huppenthal wasn’t exactly chummy with his fellow solons back when he was in the lege. This is probably the bigger reason for the lack of the usual wagon circling by the Phoenix civic establishment than the racism and general unhinged nature […]

An examination of the Not Tom Horne candidate for AZ Attorney General

AZ Attorney General Tom Horne’s prospects continue to plummet, with today’s news that Rep. Matt Salmon has asked him to withdraw his bid for reelection. Horne would certainly save himself some money and embarrassment if he did but, at this point, it really doesn’t matter what Tom Horne does because he is not going to […]

A demonstration via Venn Diagram for a couple of AZ Dem delegation members

Borrowing a page from Atrios, I’m going to just put this out there for Reps. Ron Barber of AZ CD2 and Kyrsten Sinema of CD9. Note the complete lack of overlap between those two groups of people. I’m honestly mystified by their votes. There’s nothing here to even impress dimwitted centrist pundits. My first guess […]

Actually, the War on (Other) Women rages on

Pamela Powers Hannley, my colleague over at Blog for Arizona, took the Arizona Daily Star to task for running a column by Slate’s Hanna Rosin advising Democrats to back off on the War on Women rhetoric. The article itself is the usual eyeroll-inducing concern trolling that Rosin, who describes herself as liberal and feminist, is […]

Appalling AZ Republic false equivalence on national legislative orgs

I don’t know for sure, but Alia Beard Rau’s recent piece looks like it started to be about the influence that American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Goldwater Institute, and Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) have on the Republican-controlled AZ Legislature, but then she was pressured by an editor to make it a “both sides” […]

On the obsessive focus on poor people’s morality

Per Gawker: Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Jonathan Chait of New York have, over the past week, been engaged in something equal parts duel and duet in the pixels of their respective magazine’s websites. Their debate has plumbed the depths of race and racism in America, working out the questions of civic and historical […]