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Settling for scraps

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

Everyone’s in a flutter over Governor Ducey’s plan to increase education funding without raising taxes. How marvelous that the Governor, after working tirelessly to defund schools and defeat ballot initiatives for additional funding, now sees the need to pull Arizona schools up from the very bottom of the funding pile. What a coincidence (wink, wink)

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Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Mar 31st, 2015 | By
Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Remember those WWJD – What Would Jesus Do — bracelets from the 90’s? They were a popular way for young adults to wear their beliefs on their sleeve (or wrist), and remember that one’s choices should reflect the teachings of Jesus. Our Republican legislators and Governor Ducey are quick to wear their religion on their

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#ClassroomsFirst is #TotalBS

Feb 24th, 2015 | By

I’d love to have a frank discussion with Arizona voters about education funding. I’d like to know if they really believe more of the same is going to change things or if they just don’t care that we’re in a battle for last place with states like Mississippi. For decades, Republicans have told us that

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The secret behind those ‘Highly Performing’ charter schools

Feb 4th, 2015 | By

Let me start by making a confession. My oldest son attends a BASIS school. BASIS schools are some of those “highly performing charters” that reformers love to use an example of everything that’s right with charter schools, while traditional school advocates use as an example of everything that’s wrong. I suspect the majority of folks

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I’m baaack!

Jan 14th, 2015 | By
I’m baaack!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog, though my absence wasn’t because of a lack of political interest. I spent more than a year working full-time on David Garcia’s campaign for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Working on a statewide campaign gave me a whole new insight into the political process and

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Will the elections referendum make the ballot?

Sep 10th, 2013 | By

On this week’s Sunday Square Off, I discuss the Protect Your Right to Vote coalition’s efforts to put HB2305 on the ballot, pension spiking in the city of Phoenix and the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria.



Stacking the deck to save incumbents

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
Stacking the deck to save incumbents

I’ve long railed that citizens need to be more than merely spectators in American politics. We must be active and informed participants if we want our country to thrive. And so I’ve decided to heed my own advice and join a coalition that has banded together to overturn legislation that will negatively impact the vast

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DiCiccio’s Distortions

May 21st, 2013 | By
DiCiccio’s Distortions

Sal DiCiccio is a masterful politician. In the time he has been in office, he has managed to convince many middle class workers and retirees that other middle class workers and retirees are the reason our city’s economy has tanked, our budget has been squeezed, and our groceries are now taxed. It’s genius, really. When

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Killing solar, all in the name of principle

May 9th, 2013 | By
Killing solar, all in the name of principle

Governor Jan Brewer likes to call herself the “Solar Queen.” She often talks about her own personal use of solar power and the fact that under her administration, solar industries have been booming in Arizona. But just as they are doing with Medicaid expansion, Tea Party Republicans, in the name of principle, are set to

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Does “pro-life” extend beyond the womb?

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
Does “pro-life” extend beyond the womb?

The word “pro-life” has come to define a movement of individuals who believe life begins at conception and that abortion should be neither condoned nor legal. But what about life after birth? Does concern for a living, breathing individual end when that individual is no longer attached to his or her mother by an umbilical

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