Historians like to take the long view. When our forefathers (and they were all men) met in Phoenix slightly more than 100 years ago to adopt a Constitution for the state of Arizona, they drafted a document based on their understanding of the past and expressing their progressive hopes for the future.Read More »
I am tired of the political cat and mouse game that Tea Party Republicans are playing with the Arizona Attorney General’s Mortgage Settlement Fund. It was wrong to sweep money from the fund to benefit the private prison industry at the expense of Arizona homeowners.Read More »
Arizona is a dream for comedians and political writers.
Unfortunately, the Arizona Capitol Times July 23 story “Tea party leader says all Muslims a ‘threat’ to U.S.; seeks recall of McCain” on Tea Party organizer Wes Harris wanting to ban all Muslims from working for the federal government and attempting to recall Sen. John McCain crowds out news on “normal” people (like myself) trying to run for office and offering ideas on how to improve the state.
Starting next week, women across the state will face a choice between their privacy, their health care coverage and their jobs.Read More »
Undeterred from his humiliating defeat in the recall election last November, former Senate President Russell Pearce is asking the voters of Mesa’s new Legislative District 25 to redeem him politically by returning him to the Arizona Senate.Read More »
“Congress” and by definition states, “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These beginning clauses to the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights are rooted in the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657. This religious declaration of independence was drawn up by 30 residents of the New Netherland colony, willing to forfeit freedom, property and their very presence in the New World, to protest Dutch Gov. Peter Stuyvesant’s ban on Quaker worship.Read More »
Comparing the 1992 presidential campaign to the 2012 contest, I can’t decide if it’s interesting or sad how little the politics and issues have changed over two decades.Read More »
The June 22 edition of the Arizona Capitol Times featured an article titled “Proposal to add ‘gender expression’ as a protected class ignites State Bar battle” that discussed my proposed change in the rules that govern lawyers’ professional conduct.Read More »
If there’s one thing we have plenty of in Arizona, it is sunshine. The sunshine draws people here, powering our tourism industry and real estate industries. But more and more, the sunshine is powering something else — the opportunity for energy independence.Read More »
June was not a good month for government labor unions. Early in the month, they lost a big election in Wisconsin that was being watched nationally. And later, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that dealt a blow for constitutional free speech rights and against unions.Read More »