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Smart v. Stupid

Romney or Obama: And so it becomes a simple choice, of critical importance

The stark contrast between candidates makes an easy choice for voters. Romney argues for Pure Capitalism almost as if it were a system of government – or perhaps a religion. The president’s view derives from the Democratic view that the purposes of government are to organize cooperative activity and to regulate commerce. ... Read more»1


The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The last race war: 2012 the final gasp of Whites-Only Republicanism

It’s the last hurrah for white guys, something that’s good – even for them. The Republican Southern Strategy is now breathing its final gasp. Good riddance. ... Read more»1

The Sandbox

Sandbox: Talking Ron Paul, Paul Ryan & RNC

In this week's Sandbox, local politicos Ted Prezelski and Sam Stone give the nitty-gritty on the Republican convention and anything else that crosses their minds. Will Ron Paul's followers take their ball and go home?... Read more»

Factcheck: Romney's big speech short on details

In a speech heavy on anecdotal history but short on policy details, Mitt Romney avoided major falsehoods in making his case to the American public, but we found a few bits of exaggeration and puffery.... Read more»3

Factcheck: Paul Ryan's spin

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. And when he wasn’t attacking Obama, Ryan was puffing up the record of his running mate, Mitt Romney, on taxes and unemployment.... Read more»1


3 reasons Brewer's order to stall DREAMers will hurt Az

While a close reading of Brewer’s order reveals that much of it is redundant to current law, this mean-spirited initiative from America’s most famously anti-immigrant governor will likely further tarnish the image of the Grand Canyon State while harming its economy. ... Read more»2

Smart v. Stupid

The GOP’s Vitruvian Man

The Republican Platform says a lot about Republican Man. For starters, he’s a strange one. Admit it ladies – Republican Man is the kind of guy you would never, ever date.... Read more»

The Sandbox

Sandbox: Which primaries are worth paying attention to?

Democratic activist Ted Prezelski and Republican consultant Sam Stone rate the best and worst local primary campaigns in the initial installment of The Sandbox.... Read more»14

Rogue Columnist

Conventional Republicans

As the Republicans prepare for their national convention, a tropical storm with the ironic name of Isaac might visit a biblical comeuppance on the party of theocracy. Now wouldn't that be "spaycial," as they say in the South. ... Read more»


When did undocumented kids become Moby-Dick?

When Gov. Jan Brewer speedily signed an executive order banning driver’s licenses to "DREAMer" undocumented immigrants who obtain work permits under a new White House program, I found myself “growing grim about the mouth” like a certain protagonist in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.... Read more»1


A campaign full of Mediscare

Obama and Romney both aim to slow Medicare spending. But each accuses the other of hurting seniors in the process.... Read more»


Skin in the GOP Medicare game

When you look closely at GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan’s proposals to restructure Medicare, it’s clear he agrees with many health insurance company CEOs that Americans — especially older Americans — don’t have enough “skin in the game” when it comes to medical costs.... Read more»

Campaign 2012: It’s the war on women, stupid

A misstep by Republican Todd Akin puts abortion front and center in the campaign.... Read more»

How immigration enforcement impacts children & families

What happens to children when their parents are deported? How do these deportations, now more numerous than ever, affect families and the communities in which they live? Deportations break families up and have a wider effect on the community as a whole, not just the individual and the family involved.... Read more»4

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