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 […]

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 […]

Conservative women sure get away with being bossy

Sheryl Sandberg has sparked a healthy debate with the campaign she started aimed at getting people to stop using the word “bossy’ to describe girls. While it may not seem like a big deal at first, when you think about it and look at the evidence, it’s clear that “bossy” is applied to assertive girls […]

Ancient Arizona Republic columnist befuddled by diversity

We can’t bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways. One trick is to tell stories that don’t go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m’shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. […]

There’s something eerily familiar about Chris Christie

So it’s been revealed that NJ Gov. Chris Christie probably knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last year. Shocker! What this means is: 1. It is Christmas in February over at MSNBC 2. There is an important lesson in this for Dems who turn into big, wobbly piles of goo at […]

Why does Rachel Alexander dislike the free market so?

You might remember Rachel Alexander, disgraced former Maricopa County prosecutor who went down in ignominy with her boss, disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Alexander has landed on her feet, it appears, with a cush wingnut welfare gig at Townhall.com. Her latest column is pushing what I guess is the breathless conspiracy panic du jour […]