By Michael Bryan
First an interesting graphic for the day. As the Trump (mis)Administration moves to lengthen the period of near-worthless “short term” health insurance plans up to three years, the states, including Arizona, remain more protective of consumers than the Federal Government’s standards:
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- Why is the clearly more progressive Deedra Abboud trailing seeming-centrist Kirsten Sinema so badly in the polls? It should be a tighter race despite the 100 fold money advantage of Sinema: AZCentral.
- Social media has been a source of publicity and voter engagement in Arizona’s politics this season, but it has also been the source of much embarrassment and trouble: ADI.
- ASSMAN? Nah, Rodney Glassman, running for Corp Comm is merely an opportunist without any principles: AZCentral.
- Trump praises Martha McSally at the signing of the defense bill named for John McCain; doesn’t even mention McCain – Trump is our Chief Petty Officer: AZCentral.
- AZ charter schools are paying recruiters a bounty per pupil recruited to their school, and using tax-payer funds to do it: AZCentral.
- Arizona cities continue to work to comply with the Paris Climate Accord, even after Trump abrogated it: Tucson Sentinel.
- Maybe the worst candidate ever presented for public office? How did the Republicans not persuade a guy who shot his mother in the head not to run? AZCentral.
- Pro-Martha McSally PAC drops a million dollar media bomb on Kelli Ward JUST IN THE LAST WEEK! I guess the primary race is tightening…: AZCentral.
- Trump arguably has broken the Presidency as an institution; is it time to abolish the Presidency?: USA Today.
- Is QAnon a liberal hoax on rightwing nutjobs? Looks like it might be: BuzzFeed.
- A Montana Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate turned out to be on the GOP’s payroll; has the Green Party outlived its usefulness and become merely a stalking horse for mischief?: Salon.
- Amy Siskind’s weekly list of changes in the emerging authoritarian state, week 91: Medium.
- Voter participation used to be something that the government actively supported; no longer: NYTimes.
- Unite the Right 2 was a total bust – low attendance, much greater turnout by opponents, and bad weather doomed the enterprise; the GOP is becoming the party of white nationalism all the same: NYTimes.
- Conservative columnist Michael Gerson urges Republicans to vote for Democrats in this November’s House races to counter Trump and provide oversight and investigations; save the GOP by defeating it: WaPo.
- Trump is dismantling financial protections for military personnel even as he wraps himself in the flag: Vox.
- Is Trump trying to hand over Turkey to Russia as a military ally by driving them out of NATO (The Hill)?: Informed Comment.
- Could American-style Federalism be a useful form of governance in the strife-torn Middle East? Even in Israel?: Lawfare.
- North Korea continues to strengthen its nuclear program and blow off U.S. negotiators: Daily Kos.