Watch conservative media try to mold Doug Ducey into the anti-Trump

Do you think these two want most people in Arizona to enjoy liberty? I don’t. George Will’s syndicated column from Saturday is a regurgitation of the same inane pap that comes up every year or so where some conservative visits Arizona (or possibly doesn’t even bother to come here, just makes a phone call or […]

Ducey trying to have it both ways on health care

One of the more tedious but hard-to-shake obsessions in politics is the fetish for consistency, whereby it’s viewed a weakness for a politician to change their mind or admit they were wrong about something, even when presented with an abundance of evidence for why they should change their view. It most famously did “flip flopper” […]

Beware anti-choicers’ calls for “common ground”

A Handmaid’s Tale is not a dystopic novel to them, it’s a how-to manual AZ Republic‘s Alia Rau reported last Thursday on SB1367, the lastest “born alive” anti-choice bill: Maureen Williams testified that the bill would have changed the final minutes she had with her daughter, Zoe. At 23 weeks pregnant, she said, she learned […]

Howie Fischer is not here for your bullshit

Not here for it. Howard Fischer is a journalistic institution in Arizona. He’s the Chief Correspondent for Capitol Media Services, which is basically one Howard Fischer not being here for your bullshit. I’ve run into Howie in his irascible corporeal form time or two, including when we were on a TV panel together back in […]

Stunning election result in Phoenix

20% turnout thus far in Phoenix District 3. Not terrible for such a one-off election and Dem is winner in solidly R district. @DKElections — Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) March 15, 2017 God, I hope this is a harbinger of the future.

AZ Rep. David Stringer thinks teachers have it too easy

Photo: Springer campaign website I saw a text message this afternoon by someone who was at the monthly Arizona Business and Education Coalition luncheon at the State Capitol. According to the attendee, Rep. David Stringer (R-Yavapai County) addressed the group (which includes many educators) and told them that it doesn’t take a certain skill set […]

Arizona Republicans have always been at war with Eastasia and have always loved full-day Kindergarten

More than a decade ago I challenged then Arizona Senator John Huppenthal (R) in what is now District 18 (Ahwatukee/Chandler) for his seat. One of the hotly contested issues of the 2006 midterm was then-Governor Napolitano’s proposal to fund full-day Kindergarten for all public schools. Proponents of full-day K had a wealth of research backing […]