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Arizona Republicans’ Election Adventure: Voter Suppression and Bureaucracy

Let’s take a look at the voter suppression and burdensome bills making their way through the Arizona legislature. Here are the deets, along with a few barbs and bulleted sound bites. No, I didn't do Debate Club in school, so don’t expect any balanced arguments in favor of these loony laws. But give it a read anyway, okay?   HB2304 - Voting Locations, Precinct Based Republicans want to shutter those “pesky” county-wide voting centers and return to precinct-based voting,

By |February 2nd, 2023|AZ Elections, AZ Politics|0 Comments

Governor Hobbs Sets Up an Educator Retention Taskforce and Her Team Discusses the Education Portion of the Budget

Earlier today (February 2, 2023,) Governor Katie Hobbs fulfilled another commitment from her State of the State Address by announcing, via Executive Order, the creation of an Educator Retention Taskforce. Please click here to read the Executive Order. The Governor later posted on social media: https://twitter.com/GovernorHobbs/status/1621277283368714240 This task force, comprised of educators and education policy advocates from across the state will be tasked with compiling a report that makes recommendations on how to better retain qualified and certified instructors

By |February 2nd, 2023|AZ Government, Education|0 Comments

Arizona Freedom Caucus’ position on suspending AEL parallels D.C. Republican House position on raising Debt Ceiling

Arizona Freedom Caucus' reluctance to suspend the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) closely resembles D.C. House Republicans' reluctance to raise the Debt Ceiling.  Is it pure coincidence? Or, is it indicative of a nationwide effort of a Republican plan to obstruct Democrats' efforts to help support working families and fully fund our public schools? The later seems to be more accurate. An effort to privatize public education through vouchers/ESA expansion is happening nationwide. Outside interests are clouding the decision making

By |February 1st, 2023|AZ Politics, Education|1 Comment

“Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro & Robert Gottlieb” film at the Loft Cinema beginning Feb. 3

STARTS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES PASSES ACCEPTED "Turn Every Page explores the remarkable fifty-year professional relationship between two literary legends – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb. Now 86, Caro is working to complete the final volume of his masterwork, The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Gottlieb, 91, waits to edit it.  The task of finishing their life’s work looms before them. With humor and insight, this unique double portrait reveals the work habits, peculiarities and

By |February 1st, 2023|AZ Politics, National Politics|0 Comments

Governor Hobbs and Legislative Democrats React to Republicans Being Too Juvenile to Negotiate on the FY 24 Budget

Republicans in both Arizona and Washington D.C. really have no stomach for governing with the other leading party. That would require a good faith effort and a recognition that your side is not going to get everything it wants. The evidence for that. Both groups do not want to produce serious budgets and negotiate with their Democratic governing partners. In D.C., House Republicans have yet to provide specifics on what they would like to cut in order to raise

By |January 31st, 2023|AZ Government, AZ Politics, Economics|0 Comments

Secretary of State Adrian Fontes: Call Election Deniers By Their Name – ‘MAGA Fascists’

Arizona’s Secretary of State Adrian Fontes joined MSNBC’s Ali Velshi to discuss the growing number of election workers quitting amid threats of violence and how to fight back against election denialism among the “MAGA fascists” in Arizona pushing these lies with “vigor and strength,” he says. “We have to attack this terrorism directly because it is an attack on our democracy.” https://twitter.com/stephen_richer/status/1620165804062023680?cxt=HHwWgIDRxd-N_vssAAAA https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1619353376747147264 https://twitter.com/yvonnewingett/status/1620190542427738112?cxt=HHwWgMDS3dqtifwsAAAA https://twitter.com/yvonnewingett/status/1620194148530929666?cxt=HHwWhIDSpc7_ivwsAAAA https://twitter.com/yvonnewingett/status/1620196295364448256?cxt=HHwWgMDQucn8i_wsAAAA Sarah Burris reports, Kari Lake criminal referral sent

By |January 31st, 2023|AZ Elections, AZ Government, AZ Politics|1 Comment

Is SCOTUS Establishing a Constitutional Right for Armed White Bigots to Engage in Political Terrorism?

It is my contention that recent decisions by the current SCOTUS demonstrate an active engagement in reactionary efforts to expand gun rights and allow bigots to discriminate against minority groups. Through their radical re-interpretations of the First and Second Amendments, they are placing these political domains beyond the reach of democratic decision-making, creating a right for armed white bigots to freely engage in political terrorism and intimidation. I'll get to that rather inflammatory thesis - I swear - but

Is Santos/Devolder Actually the Most Honest Member of Congress?

George Santos/Devolder is a proven serial liar: he may actually be a Brazilian - not an American; he may have been helped into Congress by the Russians to discredit democracy; he lied about every aspect of his biography in an attempt to appeal to his chosen constituency - but he's now at the beating heart of MAGA Republicanism, which is no real surprise given it was founded by Trump on a tidal wave of lies, which Trump continued to

By |January 30th, 2023|AZ Politics, National Elections, National Politics|1 Comment

Tom Horne’s School Circus: Now Featuring Woke-Free Arizona Schools

Step right up, my friends, and witness the act of the century, where the only thing more outlandish than the performers is the state's forthcoming approach to education. And taking center stage is the Ringmaster of Ridiculousness, the Boss Clown himself, Tom Horne. As Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom has decided to juggle with the future of our children. He wants to change the A-F school grading formula to reflect his slapstick idea of "values-based teaching standards.” Will it

By |January 30th, 2023|AZ Politics, Education|0 Comments

Tom Horne: “Individuals are Primary and Race is Irrelevant”

Apparently, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is determined to spend the next four years whitewashing Arizona schools. According to the Arizona Republic, his office is "crafting a proposal to change the A-F school grading formula to reflect whether schools take part in values-based [CRT in GOP-speak] teaching standards". Of course, these values-based teaching standards will be defined by his administration. Arizona's current school grading formula, the A-F school Accountability System, was adopted by the State Board of Education

By |January 30th, 2023|Education|2 Comments

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