Picture of Joel Mathis

Joel Mathis

Contributing Writer

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Should Democrats look to the states?
Democrats.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Should Democrats look to the states?

How Republicans will kill the filibuster
Politics.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

How Republicans will kill the filibuster

Joe Biden meets the press
President Biden.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Joe Biden meets the press

How to raise tensions with Russia
A bomb.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

How to raise tensions with Russia

DeSantis wants to create election cops
A police officer.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

DeSantis wants to create election cops

Has Trump figured it all out?
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Has Trump figured it all out?

Time to end presidential debates?
A debate stage.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Time to end presidential debates?

Is Josh Hawley right about something?
Nancy Pelosi and Josh Hawley.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Is Josh Hawley right about something?

'Vaxxed and done,' but not done
A COVID patient.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

'Vaxxed and done,' but not done

Terrorists in the metaverse?
A terrorist.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Terrorists in the metaverse?

In praise of blue laws
Resting.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

In praise of blue laws

Is it wrong to politicize Jan. 6?
President Biden.
Opinion

Is it wrong to politicize Jan. 6?

'Tucker for prez' talk starts anew
Tucker Carlson and Ted Cruz.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

'Tucker for prez' talk starts anew

The Jan. 6 committee won't find a smoking gun
The Capitol.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The Jan. 6 committee won't find a smoking gun

How Toyota won the American sales crown
Americana.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

How Toyota won the American sales crown

Schools should open. But can they?
A composition book.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Schools should open. But can they?

Biden's beef with the climate
President Biden.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Biden's beef with the climate

We're shrugging off Jan. 6
A rioter.
Opinion

We're shrugging off Jan. 6

A year later, Trump's still here
Donald Trump.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

A year later, Trump's still here

Harry Reid's 'but he fights' failure
Harry Reid campaigns for Hillary Clinton in 2016
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Harry Reid's 'but he fights' failure

The FDA's dangerous timidity on COVID tests
A home COVID test kit in the U.K.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The FDA's dangerous timidity on COVID tests

How sports reveal our unequal Omicron future
Russell Westbrook.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

How sports reveal our unequal Omicron future

Trump takes on the fringe?
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Trump takes on the fringe?

The delusion of a post-Trump GOP
Donald Trump.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The delusion of a post-Trump GOP

The best thing Trump's ever done
Donald Trump.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The best thing Trump's ever done

Biden's harsh new COVID message
President Biden.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Biden's harsh new COVID message

Joe Manchin just killed the Biden agenda
Joe Manchin.
Opinion

Joe Manchin just killed the Biden agenda

Omicron is making Dems incoherent
A yin yang.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Omicron is making Dems incoherent

Climate change comes for red states
Kansas.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Climate change comes for red states

Is it ethical to watch football?
Phillip Adams.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Is it ethical to watch football?

The weird spiral of declining Christianity in America
A cross.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The weird spiral of declining Christianity in America

War can never be 'humane'
A bomb.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

War can never be 'humane'

Gavin Newsom eyes the Texas model
A gun.
Opinion

Gavin Newsom eyes the Texas model

The Texas abortion ban sideshow
A protestor.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The Texas abortion ban sideshow

Are public schools at risk of a death spiral?
A classroom.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

Are public schools at risk of a death spiral?

The Kennedy solution to the Ukraine crisis
President Biden.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

The Kennedy solution to the Ukraine crisis