In the wake of the election, Arizona’s Republicans and Democrats are left with a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand, Democrats are thrilled with the reelection of President Barack Obama but dismayed with the loss of Senate candidate Continue Reading
Sheriff Joe’s, “tough enough to keep us safe,” takes the cake as a cynical, sidestepping-the-truth political slogan. Tell that to the hundreds of children whose sexual assault cases he didn’t bother with; tell that to anyone who bucked him during Continue Reading
posted by Jana Bommersbach Bommersbach at October 17th
“I hope this is the last time I support a Democrat, but I’ll just have to see how the Republican Party responds to this election first.” John Martin, Founder Republicans for Obama Calls for Republicans, who support Obama, to leave Continue Reading
posted by Paula Pennypacker Pennypacker at September 10th
Arizona Republicans are screaming about taxpayers having to pay county officials for their “pain and suffering” that resulted from the trumped-up racketeering charges levied against them by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and now-disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Maricopa County Supervisors Mary Continue Reading
posted by Paula Pennypacker Pennypacker at April 27th
As a reader of my blog, you know that I have already given my prediction for the outcome of the upcoming 2012 presidential election. I made the prediction, that Obama would win a second term, based on author, Alan Lichtman’s book titled, ”The 13 Continue Reading
posted by Paula Pennypacker Pennypacker at March 7th
Fundamental to American life is the idea that if one works hard, studies hard, he/she can overcome a life of poverty and realize the American Dream. But these days, the American Dream is virtually impossible without a college degree, and Continue Reading
Though university administrators, student leaders, professors, and other stakeholders have made it known they do not want guns on campus, state Senator Ron Gould and company have made it known they intend to overrule them anyway. Why? Well according to Continue Reading
Journalists tell stories. It’s what they love. It’s what they’re paid to do. But sometimes, the journalist becomes the story and usually, it’s not a story the journalist ever wished to tell. This was how I felt after my husband Continue Reading
Bio: The story behind this blog begins in 2007 when, on an ordinary September morning, my world was unexpectedly smashed to pieces. A drugged-up gang banger with multiple arrests and outstanding warrants crossed my husband’s path. As my husband and his partner attempted to arrest him, he pulled a gun and shot my husband twice in the back of the head.
The murder of a Phoenix police officer is big news. Bigger still is the fact that this happened at the hands of a previously deported illegal immigrant in a border state rife with contentious immigration battles.
As I listened to the politicians and pundits spin my husband’s death to further their interests, my journalism background came into focus and I found myself doing my own research into the causes and possible solutions to our nation’s immigration problems. I also gained an awareness of what it was like to be on the opposite side of the lens. I had been a member of the media, and now my family was the subject of the story.
When I went public with my views on immigration, I was drawn even further into the political web of Arizona politics, and though I shied away for a time, I felt I could no longer be silent.
And so I created this blog, my editorial on the challenges facing our state and our nation. My expectation is that it will be used as a source of reasoned debate to elevate our discussions in a thoughtful and informed manner while seeking solutions to complex problems. I hope the differing opinions expressed by myself and others will both challenge and motivate individuals to work for the greater good.