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Step up Sinema – abolish the filibuster

FILE - In this June 22, 2021, file photo, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., leaves a closed-door bipartisan infrastructure meeting with a group of senators and White House aides on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: spending time on the Republican side of the aisle. Her years in Congress have been a whirlwind of political style and perplexing substance, an anti-war liberal-turned-deal-making centrist who now finds herself at the highest levels of power.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

But with the filibuster, S1 has no chance of passing. It’s simple: every day Sinema drags her feet on eliminating the filibuster — and every day that fellow Democrats and Biden don’t pressure her to change course — is a day our elected representatives are choosing decorum over democracy.

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What does Fourth of July mean to women?

In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo/File)

In 1917, women asked, "Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?" 104 years and counting. As Douglass said, so long as inequality persists, “America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”

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A need for creative forest management

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Arizona’s forests are in degraded health. They are overly dense and prone to disturbances like catastrophic fire, drought, and insect outbreaks. Restoration activities can reduce the risk of severe fire and post-fire flooding, however, small-diameter trees and biomass thinned from the forests to improve forest health have little to no market value, and there is limited forest products industry capacity in the region.

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We must extend dignity to pregnant women in prison now

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The birth of a child is a special moment to be celebrated – this should be true even for women behind bars. Yet current Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry policies humiliate and endanger incarcerated mothers and their unborn children. If we are genuinely seeking rehabilitation for these women, we must ensure they receive quality care for themselves and the innocent children they are carrying.

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Sinema not securing the right to vote

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., waves as she departs after the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Sinema has the opportunity to persevere and help us take that step this time. We cannot, however, move forward as a state, as a country, or as a democracy so long as Sinema defends this Jim Crow relic that is the filibuster more zealously than she does her own constituents’ right to vote.

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Faulty thinking on guns

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It seems like the public should be engaging in a moral calculation rather than the political or philosophical calculations used by so many. Do we want to do something, or are we content to be done-in by gun violence?

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