Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) hobnobs with attendees of a May 17, 2019 event hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Arizona News Restart 2021

As Dems fight for bold agenda, Sinema to fundraise with its corporate opponents

‘Cartoonish Level Corrupt’ “Sinema is setting her political future on fire,” said one Democratic organizer. “If she doesn’t change course drastically and soon, it will be too late.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams September 28, 2021…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Ban on school mask mandates was unconstitutionally enacted, judge rules

“The survey data presented in this report reinforces what we already know to be true – masking is an important and effective way to help control the spread of the virus,” said Franco, with Phoenix Union….

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Flags touting sayings such as “Don’t blame me I voted for Trump” fly from a cart at a rally put on by the Arizona Republican Party to hear the results of 2020 elections investigation. (Photo by Sierra Alvarez/Cronkite News)
Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News Race for the White House 2020

Maricopa election probe is complete, but fight may just be starting

The Cyber Ninjas count showed Biden should have received 99 more votes in Maricopa County and Trump should have received 261 fewer; Senator Mark Kelly got an extra 60 votes in the final count over former…

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Sen. Joe Manchin opposes making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state through the legislative process, arguing that a constitutional amendment is needed for the popular move. (Photo: Al Drago/Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Guest Column Politics

Democrats need to stand up to corporate extremists in their own party

Wall Street Democrats are not just resisting progress but putting freedom and democracy in jeopardy. by Peter Bloom September 27, 2021 The progressive optimism that the Biden presidency might lead to real change is quickly fading…

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A fire crew battles the Zogg Fire on October 2, 2020. (Photo: California Conservation Corps/Wikimedia Commons)
Posted in News Utilities Wild Fire

PG&E Charged With Manslaughter

11 Felony Counts— 2020 Zogg Fire “PG&E has a history with a repeated pattern of causing wildfires that is not getting better,” said Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett. “It’s only getting worse.” by Brett Wilkens, Common…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Restart 2021

‘Carrying water for big corporations’: Sinema faces backlash for opposing tax hikes

“Make no mistake, if she sides with her wealthy donors and kills popular investments to jump-start the economy, everyday families—including across Arizona—will pay the price.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams September 26, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks to reporters while leaving the U.S. Capitol on August 9, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Politics

‘It’s gonna be $3.5 trillion’: Sanders holds the line against right-wing Democrats

“That’s the compromise that’s already been made,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The truth is $3.5 trillion is not enough.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams September 15, 2021 Pushing back against conservative Democrats’ attempts to shrink the…

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Demonstrators protest for lower prescription drug costs in front of the New York Stock Exchange on November 14, 2019. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Health Care News

Sanders says there’s ‘no excuse’ for any Democrat to oppose lowering drug prices

“Now is the time for Congress to show courage and stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, September 16, 2021 After three House Democrats voted against a key…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Racism Republicans

Texas voting law builds on long legacy of racism from GOP leaders

In the early 1960s, U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, a Republican, challenged the GOP’s more liberal politicians to redefine the Republican Party as what newspaper editor William Loeb called “the white man’s party.” by Chris Lamb,…

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Seth Osborn with his father, Nathaniel Osborn, at their home in Jensen Beach, Florida. Credit: Saul Martinez for ProPublica
Posted in Coronavirus

A boy went to a COVID-swamped ER. He waited for hours. Then his appendix burst.

Non-COVID patients die waiting for emergency procedures and hospital beds because – non-vaxers are taking up the space by Jenny Deam, ProPublica September 15, 2021 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  What first struck Nathaniel…

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Taryn Bailey, a 16-year-old in Arizona, is among those featured in a new ad campaign calling on lawmakers to improve home and community-based services. (Photo: BeAHero)
Posted in Arizona Politics

Ady Barkan, ACLU target Sinema for abandoning people with disabilities

‘Home Care Can’t Wait’   Healthcare advocates are fighting for Congress to include $400 billion for home and community-based services in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.   Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams August 27, 2021    …

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Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Climate change The West Water

40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis. by Abrahm Lustgarten Friday, August 27, 2021   The Water Crisis in the West On…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Jails Prisons

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.   While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19.  Scott…

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Posted in Corruption News

Top Dem calls for removal of Postal Service chiefs

‘DeJoy and Bloom Are Bandits’ Demand follows new reporting that DeJoy purchased up to $305,000 in bonds of company where Bloom—described as his “quasi-boss” and overseer at USPS—is a managing partner. by Jon Queally, Common Dreams…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Policing

Feds targeted BLM activists to foil racial justice protests

“The federalization of protest-related charges was a deliberate and cynical effort to target and discourage those who protested in defense of Black lives.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams August 19, 2021 As Black Lives Matter protests…

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Posted in Climate change Climate Justice Water

Postcard from Thermal: surviving the climate gap in Eastern Coachella Valley

In the climate crisis, it’s possible to live in the same place but inhabit different worlds. by Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons, ProPublica August 19, 2021   The first thing to know about Thermal, California,…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Education Guest Column

My kids’ school won’t reinstate masks despite a recent surge in COVID cases. Here’s what I chose to do.

Georgia’s Cobb County School District had parents choose between virtual and in-person learning, then lifted its mask mandate. Many families are frantically figuring out how to navigate this reality. ProPublica reporter Nicole Carr is one of…

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The pesticide chlorpyrifos is commonly applied to various crops including corn across the United States despite its threat to child development. (Photo: Tom Werner/Getty Images)
Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides

EPA bans all food uses of neurotoxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos

‘Long overdue’ “Finally, our fields are made safer for farmworkers and our fruits and vegetables are safer for our children.” by Jessica Corbet, Common Dreams August 18, 2021   Public health experts and labor rights advocates…

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On July 23, 2021, a Minnesota court ordered Hubbard County police officers to stop obstructing a driveway that leads to a Line 3 pipeline protest camp. (Photo: Giniw Collective)
Posted in Environment Indigenous News News Pipelines

Court stops police from blockading Line 3 protester camp

‘Huge Legal Win’ One attorney described the blockade as “an outrageous abuse of law enforcement authority serving the interests of the Enbridge corporation against its environmental opponents.” by Kenny Stancil, Staff Writer July 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in 2022 Senate Campaign Analysis

With Senate again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

  By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News July 21, 2021   Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A.D. Carson, University of Virginia Not long after the July 20, 1969, Moon landing, Gil Scott-Heron – a poet hailed as…

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Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland are seen on May 16, 2021. The climate emergency is having a profound effect in Greenland with glaciers and the Greenland ice cap retreating. (Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Energy Environment Sustainability

Greenland ditches all oil drilling

‘Future Belongs to Renewable Energy’ “Great news!” exclaimed one international legal group. by Andrea Germanos, Staff writer July 16, 2021 Greenland announced Thursday a halt on new oil and gas exploration, citing climate and other environmental…

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Even with a decree banning fires, flames and clouds of smoke were seen near the city of Novo Progresso, in southern Pará, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Ernesto Carriço/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment

‘Biggest story in the world right now’: Humanity has flipped Amazon from carbon sink to source

The findings, said one expert, “show that the uncertain future is happening now.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 14, 2021 Following years of warnings and mounting fears among scientists, new research revealed Wednesday that climate…

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The National Weather Service shared video footage captured by the U.S. Forest Service showing a firenado that formed over the Tennant Fire in California's Siskiyou County on June 29, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Posted in Climate change Filibuster Politics Wild Fire

‘This is what bipartisanship looks like’: Fire tornado caught on film in California

“Climate policy isn’t about imagining a spectrum from left to right and finding the sweet spot in the middle. It’s a zero-sum battle with physics.”   by Jon Queally, Staff Writer July 8, 2021 Responding to…

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