Archive for January 2012

Civil discourse on immigration? Arizona takes giant step forward with AZ Accord

Jan 24th, 2012 | By
Civil discourse on immigration? Arizona takes giant step forward with AZ Accord

Less than two years ago, Arizona’s reputation was scarred by the signing of SB1070. Businesses, particularly those in the tourism industry, lost millions of dollars while the world listened to the harsh rhetoric of former State Senator Russell Pearce and learned of the discriminatory practices of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Many residents wondered aloud

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Just because it’s a charter school doesn’t mean it’s a better school

Jan 18th, 2012 | By
Just because it’s a charter school doesn’t mean it’s a better school

For the last decade, many Arizonans have come to believe “charter” is synonymous with “better.” Our public education system has consistently ranked among the worst in the nation, while media reports have highlighted some successful Arizona charter schools bucking the trends. But now we learn that a large percentage of Arizona’s charter schools aren’t so

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Arpaio’s injustices should not be our legacy

Jan 13th, 2012 | By
Arpaio’s injustices should not be our legacy

When my oldest son was in preschool, the teachers had a daily ritual where they would gather the kids in a circle and ask what each child was thankful for. After hearing a story about Martin Luther King, Jr., my son said, “I’m thankful I’m white.” Though shocked to hear my four-year-old make such a

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State Senator Ron Gould determined to let students pack heat

Jan 8th, 2012 | By
State Senator Ron Gould determined to let students pack heat

Though university administrators, student leaders, professors, and other stakeholders have made it known they do not want guns on campus, state Senator Ron Gould and company have made it known they intend to overrule them anyway. Why? Well according to Gould and other Republican legislators, guns on college campuses will protect students. The argument goes

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Discussing politics on 3TV

Jan 4th, 2012 | By

I sat down with Channel 3′s Frank Camacho on his show, Politics Unplugged, to discuss civil discourse, Sheriff Arpaio and the decriminalization of marijuana. We also spoke about some of my predictions for 2012.