The much vaunted GOP turnout machine in Arizona turns out to be illusory

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard over the past decade that Democrats lose in Arizona because of the hapless suckitude of the state Dem party. “You guys don’t have a MESSAGE!” Even when AZ Dems do enjoy some electoral victories, as in 2012, it’s attributed to something other than a Democratic Party […]

Are “pro-life” people not even pro-birth now?

I often encounter well-meaning people on my side who want to give anti-choicers the benefit of the doubt. “It really is about life for them! These nice people are, sadly and deeply, mistaken. The latest example of this is provided by the recent report that Medicaid is paying for nearly half of US births. Yes, […]

Sad day for voter suppression in Arizona

I’ve been off blogging for nearly a week and for a very good reason, as I’ve been spending much of my time helping to organize and verify petitions (pats self on back) for the referendum to overturn HB2305, an omnibus bill designed to attack access to the ballot by non-Republicans. At 2pm today, representatives from […]

GOP wants to cut food stamps over dubious grocery line claims

Jamelle Bouie writes in the Daily Beast about House Republicans attempting to cut $40 billion from food stamps. This isn’t a new push. In June, Republicans offered a farm bill that would have cut SNAP by $20.5 billion over 10 years, while giving tens of billions of dollars in subsidies to powerful agricultural interests. For […]

The radical notion that people who work should be able to live off their earnings. Even if they work in fast food.

I grew up thinking Labor Day signified the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized it was actually about the labor movement and not cookouts. Labor Day 2013 happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Department of Labor recognizing the holiday to […]

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