Anatomy of the “both sides do it” strategy

At long last, it appears that the Birther conspiracy is enough of an embarrassment to the GOP that they are not only dropping what seemed to be an official position of tacit tolerance, if not encouragement of it. Republicans are now actively distancing themselves from it and the way you can tell for certain they […]

What exactly is defamatory about Rotellini’s ad attacking NOT Tom Horne’s private prison ties?

Democratic candidate for AZ Attorney General Felecia Rotellini has been running an ad attacking the Republican candidate Mark Brnovich, AKA NOT Tom Horne, for his lobbying for private prisons. NOT Tom Horne’s camp responded with this very sad attempt to intimidate Rotellini by threatening to sue her. NOT Tom Horne alleges that Rotellini is defaming […]

Sal Diciccio channels Mitt Romney in his endorsement of Justin Johnson

The front page of Sunday’s Valley section of the AZ Republic featured a piece about how the Phoenix Council District 4 election results next Tuesday “could significantly affect the ideological makeup of a City Council that’s become more polarized in recent years.” Gee, I wonder what, or who to be more specific, caused that development? […]

Well heeled “yokels”

Last week Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones got national attention for revealing her comedic and musical stylings, along with her ignorance, at a performance at a fundraiser for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In addition to her song, a tune from the musical “Wicked” that at one point she forgot the lyrics to, Jones managed to make an […]

Lazy moochers

Because someone close to me has taken a job at the Amazon plant in West Phoenix, I re-read this Mother Jones piece from last March by journalist Mac McClelland, who briefly took a job at a big shipping warehouse she calls “Amalgamated” and described some truly hellish and demeaning working conditions. It’s hard to decide […]

The pitfalls of thinking that “moderate” Republicans will save us

In his blog yesterday, AZ Republic columnist Bob Robb noted that Sen. Jerry Lewis, who is running as a moderate Republican in the newly redistricted LD26 (Tempe/Mesa) switched his no vote to a yes on the bill that put Prop 120 on the ballot. Referred to the ballot by the Legislature, Prop. 120 tries to […]

Pro-choice IS the moderate position

mod·er·ate (mdr-t) adj. 1. Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme: a moderate price. 2. Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate: a moderate climate. 3. a. Of medium or average quantity or extent. b. Of limited or average quality; mediocre. 4. Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially […]

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