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Rogue Columnist

Prop. 120: Nullification redux

As every schoolchild once learned, South Carolina precipitated the nullification crisis in 1832 by passing a law that said it could, essentially, pick and choose which federal laws would apply within the state. Today in Arizona, talk of trampled state rights and infringed "sovereignty" helps keep the base agitated and angry.... Read more»3


A strange indifference to highway carnage

The political rhetoric over health care this election season may leave voters confused, but they can be sure of at least this much: One of America's more egregious public health afflictions, deaths and injuries in car crashes, is being massively ignored.... Read more»1


How to fix a broken border: Hit cartels where it hurts

Much of the "secure the border" debate is nonsense. If the United States wants effective border security and not just a political punching bag where symbolism trumps common sense, then more effective law‐enforcement measures must be taken.... Read more»3


Potter: ObamaCare's crucial benefits

Politicians who are promising to repeal ObamaCare won’t find any evidence in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of health insurance costs that the law has caused premiums to skyrocket, as many of those politicians have contended.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The outrage industry

Making you scared and angry is an international industry. But you don’t need to buy in.... Read more»


Potter: Maine's health care fantasy

What happened in Maine is a sobering reality check on the oft-repeated myth that getting rid of ObamaCare and other consumer protections is the answer to our health care problems. A 'common sense' law created more problems than solutions.... Read more»

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»

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