Listen to a sensible moderate centrist Republican Arizona State Senator say a totally non-wingnutty thing in a committee!

Remember these paragons of civility? Big hat tip to the friend who works on Arizona legislative matters who tipped me off to this. The Senate Transportation and Technology Committee was discussing HB2324, a noncontroversial bill that would exempt Purple Heart recipients and their spouses from vehicle registration fees. After some hashing out of minor details […]

Republicans have their tweeting assignments for the SOTU

RNC "draft tweets" on Obamacare distributed to members pic.twitter.com/kiMd2QpIZF — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 28, 2017 The text of the draft is small so here’s what Republicans should be tweeting in Arizona, just fyi. Arizonans have seen #Obamacare premiums skyrocket by 116% in 2017. Excited for @GOP reforms from POTUS! Justifying repealing the ACA due […]

Well, AZ Senate sure got us on the map this morning.

It’s 2:45 Thursday morning and I noticed “Arizona Senate” trending on Twitter. Turns out a whole lot of people noticed Scottsdale Republican Sen. John Kavanagh’s bill that would make (certain) planned protest a Thoughtcrime punishable with prosecution under Arizona’s racketeering laws. RT the HELL out of this, please! https://t.co/NQHzRK92Pe — The Wiz #DemForce (@Rabbit2426) February […]

Wow, this anti-choice lady seems nice.

When the head of a so-called "pregnancy resource center" gives the KKK a shout-out… πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’ https://t.co/IZXWQGC0Iq #MoLeg pic.twitter.com/jBrUnM2IBA — PPMO Advocates (@PPMO_Advocates) February 17, 2017 This item is from a couple weeks ago but I just became aware of it today. Bridget Van Means of Thrive Express Women’s Healthcare reflected on the recent presidential election […]

Extreme vetting

I can’t find the archived video of it but back in the early ’80s Phil Donahue had Reverend Jerry Falwell on his daily morning show to discuss religion, which I watched because I was home sick or ditching high school. Falwell (of course) argued that his particular brand of evangelical Christianity was the true faith […]

My Democratic district meeting was packed!

There are easily 3X as many people here as at a usual meeting. #AZLD28Dems pic.twitter.com/iOvArg3WmC — Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) February 8, 2017 I was told the total number of attendees was about 160, so maybe not quite a triplefold increase but more than twice our usual number. I’ve lived in Arizona Legislative District 28 since […]

Blast from the (recent) past: Stop thinking theocracy can’t happen here

Photo: abcnews.com The nomination of Betsy DeVos, creepy Christian Dominionist lady with the Amway fortune behind her, for Secretary of Education, has me thinking of a thing I wrote two years ago on Blog for Arizona expressing skepticism that we in America are shielded from a theocratic takeover by our Enlightenment-infused religious traditions, modernity, or […]

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