If Democrats abolish the virtual filibuster, GOP leader Mitch McConnell threatens to use other rules to bring the Senate to a grinding halt. Democrats should change those rules as well.
Monthly Archives: March 2021
Union bill puts Sinema and Kelly in a political vise
Will Sinema and Kelly really vote to nullify two provisions of the Arizona Constitution, duly approved by a majority of the state’s voters?
Biden’s partial realism about Russia and China
The Biden administration has been refreshingly, and surprisingly, blunt about the adversarial relationship with Russia and China. But expecting refurbished alliances to do much to confront or contain them isn’t realistic.
Republicans shouldn’t block legal status for dreamers
Republicans have the poltical upper hand on immigration. But that could change if they stymie legal status for young adults who were brought here illegally as children. Opposition statements by Arizona GOP House members are revealing.
Don’t resume executions. Abolish them.
If the left-right coalition in the Legislature on criminal justice reform includes abolishing the death penalty, now is the time to act.
If Biden wants amnesty, he needs to enforce existing immigration laws
Whatever you want to call conditions on the southern border, that and lax enforcement in the interior make public acceptance of an amnesty less likely.
Lawmakers should preempt clean energy mandates
A recent state Supreme Court decision makes it clear that the Legislature, not the Corporation Commission, has the final say.
Ducey right about reopening schools
The governor has no legal authority to order schools to reopen. But he’s right, it’s time. Meanwhile, the Legislature is struggling to find the right balance regarding its role in an emergency.
The country may need uniform election rules. These aren’t them.
Direct election of the president would require uniform, national election standards. H.R. 1 isn’t a good start to that discussion.
Sinema, Kelly flunk first big test of bipartisanship
The Covid relief bill was a perversion of the budget process to enable a partisan cramdown on Keynesian stimulus and non-Covid redistribution. More to come.