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|We're Number 1! Arizona reaches another milestone of hate
Arizonans not welcome. Today the Arizona legislature did what no other state in the nation has been mean-spirited enough to do: they cut lifetime welfare benefits to one year for everyone — ...
|Arizona Gov. Ducey brags about firing an agency head for enforcing the law
Il Ducey One thing Arizonans have learned in the few months that Gov. Doug Ducey has been in office is that ...
|What county sheriff might spend $10 million to get re-elected? You guessed it: Arpaio
The $10 million man Maricopa ...
|What's the deal with Arizona education officials and websites? Please proceed
If it weren’t for his racist and asinine blog posts, former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal would likely be sitting in the same office today. Although the former ...
|Sheriff Arpaio's attorney quits during contempt hearing, former staff turn on the sheriff. UPDATE!
Tuesday in Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's civil contempt hearing began, and the first day was a doozie. US District Judge Murray Snow ordered Sheriff Arpaio to appear at the hearing ...
|McCain: I'm running
Off and running Many people ...
|Hypocrisy much? Arizona's legislature rejects federal laws, then denies cities their rights
Sorry Arizona cities, no passing laws your citizens want Chances are, if you live in an urban area in a big rural state, you might not be represented by your legislature. That's been apparent ...
|Maricopa County Attorney calls veteran the 'enemy' because he smokes weed
The enemy. Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't the only Maricopa County official who regularly makes an arrogant ass of himself; the County Attorney's office has done a pretty good job of it too. Andrew ...
|Arizona school officials protest education cuts, so the legislature makes their protests illegal
Shut up or we'll shut you up! Since 2008, Arizona has cut K-12 and university budgets more than just about every other ...
|UPDATE: Gov. signs Arizona abortion bill requiring doctors to give patients misleading information
Arizona's GOP: Who cares if the procedure is unproven? Doctors must tell women about it Let's say you have a stomachache and go to the doctor, but a new state rule mandates that your physician must ...
|She's back! Arizona legislator suggests church attendance should be mandatory
Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen won the Viral Emmy of Stupid a few years ago when she famously said, during a committee hearing on uranium mining, "the earth's been here 6,000 years" and has managed to ...
|'Dirty cop' sends Arizona woman to prison for 24 years. Today she is free
Nearly everyone who's lived in Arizona for a while has heard of Debra Milke , the mother convicted of arranging for her 4-year-old son's murder in 1989. We remember the bold newspaper headlines and ...
|Sheriff Arpaio admits to crimes in order to avoid trial. Victims: 'This won't fly' /UPDATE
Yes I'm guilty. Can we move on now? Very quietly this week, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys filed papers admitting that the ...
|Bizarro Arizona: Do the opposite
Leaving on a jet plane, except in Arizona Yeah, sure, so Arizona isn't the only state whose legislature has passed a boneheaded sovereignty bill declaring that we don't have to follow federal ...
|BREAKING: Arizona and other states may get redder after today's Supreme Court hearing
I do not think that word means what you think it means It's not enough for Republicans in Arizona that they control every branch of government: the governorship; attorney general, secretary of state,
|Occupy Oak Flat asks Obama to declare site a national monument
Tonto National Forest One executive action most conservatives hate is the establishment of a national monument, which the president can do without congressional approval. He/...
|The 'dark money' that helped elect Gov. Ducey in AZ now targets school officials who criticize him
George Orwell would be proud: Gov. Ducey cuts school budgets and calls it an increase It's no secret that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sucked up to the Koch boys and took piles of their cash, along ...
|Arizona bill allows sawed-off shotguns and silencers
Do something! The loud noise scares her Who would've thunk it that any cabal of elected officials in Arizona could be worse than Gov. Jan Brewer and her GOP-controlled legislature? Those Tea Party ...
|Arizona's idiot legislature doesn't want you to watch their idiocy
I can understand why ...
|Sheriff Arpaio will face contempt charges
"I hope they have a pair in my size." Yes, we've been teased with this before — from the Feds as well as local authorities — but this ...
|See, it costs money to be fair. Sheriff Arpaio requests millions more to NOT racially profile
All I need is more officers, guns and tanks, and I promise not to racially profile Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has cost the citizens of his county tens of millions ...
|Most child refugees have no lawyer and are sent back
The Nogales Hilton, children stay free!
|AZ-02: GOP tries to block ballot count as Dem closes in
So count me! Today Martha McSally, the GOP House candidate in AZ-02, filed a temporary restraining order to block ballot counters from continuing their work in southern Arizona's ...
|Arizona education update: We've elected 'Evan Mecham on steroids'
"Douglas tossed dunce hat into election ring - and won!" ~ E.J. Montini, Arizona ...
|Here's how bad it is: Check out this little race in Arizona
Chances are many of you haven't heard about this race, since most of the attention over the last 12 hours has been rightfully focused on congressional and gubernatorial clusterfucks, from Mitch ...
|Big Tent indeed. Arizona GOP officials to be punished for endorsing Dems
Remember last week when Maricopa County Republican Committee Chair A.J. LaFaro stirred up a nationwide shitstorm by claiming that a young Hispanic "thug" was stuffing the ballot box? It turns out, ...
|GOP candidate deletes beheading from campaign video, adds head lice
Yesterday retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, the GOP candidate for Arizona's 9th congressional district, released a web and TV ad that begins with the ISIS video showing the beheading of ...
|Arizona: House GOP candidate uses beheading video in ad to attack Sinema. UPDATE
When Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-9) ran a campaign ad on TV last month that featured the parents of Daniel Somers, an Iraqi War vet who committed suicide, Sinema's GOP challenger, retired Air ...
|Arizona Gov. candidate Ducey begs Kochs for cash, Chris Christie covers for him
"This is how much I know about Arizona, but ...
|As usual, Arizona's legislature wants to wrest power from citizens
Arizona's tea bagging legislature and GOP leadership didn't like it when citizens approved Prop. 203 in 2010, the medical marijuana law, and Gov. Brewer, AG Tom Horne and their toadies in the ...
|Connect! Unite! Act! Event Recap: More Than 40 Kossacks Get High in Phoenix
|ASU professor receives 9 months probation for resisting jay-walking arrest
The video that went viral earlier this summer sparked a national conversation about racial profiling and police brutality. In the video, Arizona State University Professor of English Dr. Ersula Ore ...
|Hospital and university scrub airport gun-toter from their websites
During the day Barrow's Neurological Institute employee Peter Steinmetz studied people's heads. Too bad for him he didn't do much work on his own, because his Second Amendment protest has likely ...
|Arizona prison officials: Execution was not botched
Just a peaceful two-hour lullaby That's how it's supposed to go, I guess—a prisoner gulping for air for nearly two hours before he's pronounced dead.
|So, Arizona, what do we do now?
Rally 'round the flag When the announcement was made just a few days ago that Netroots Nation 2015 is going to ...
|Arizona tribe turns down 'bribe money' from Washington football team
Lookit me showing off my "proud history" and all The announcement last Thursday that Netroots Nation 2015 will be held in Phoenix ...
|Hey Arizona! NN 2015 will be in Phoenix. Let's talk with Navajo, July 27
Creating a society to match the scenery. So, I'm not in Detroit but Navajo just fired off a message that said Phoenix will be the site of Netroots Nation next year. W00t! The backdrop sure ...
|Mayors to Congress: Don't let Hobby Lobby case revive anti-LGBT laws
Authored by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a letter has been sent to congressional leaders, asking them to pass legislation that would ...
|Heading down to Phoenix with a big bouquet of cactus – Leonard Cohen. Connect! Unite! Act!
Stumble out of bed, get ready for the struggle and join us! Tight guts are optional.
|Arizona educators call for school chief's resignation, Huppenthal cries but says no
Grading Huppenthal's comments, and THAT'S charitable Last week, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal was exposed as an anonymous blogger at ...
|Get your 'Cesar Chavez' autograph! Maybe even dinner with the man himself
Oh, gawd. Before the uninformed and bigoted sockpuppetry of Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal took over the state's airwaves and front pages last week, policy wonks here ...
|Arizona Chamber of Commerce drops plan to honor school chief after he's exposed as online creep
"Huppenthal is an educational visionary!" Last week, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal admitted that ...
|Arizona school chief busted for posting appalling comments online
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is a career politician who came up through city councils and the legislature—a man who never spent a day teaching class. Nationally, ...
|Fox News criticizes Flagstaff newspaper for not providing 'balance' in climate change coverage
Whoa, talk about the pot calling the kettle black : Fox News anchor Bret Baier has a beef with the Arizona ...
|Cesar Chavez removed from the ballot in Arizona
My congressional district in Arizona (CD-7) has seen its share of odd stories already, beginning with long-time Congressman Ed Pastor's announcement that he'll retire at the end of this term. That ...
|Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL): If humans cause climate change, 'Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct?'
Ha, gotcha! On Jansing & Co. Rep. Jeff Miller conceded that humans and dinosaurs did not roam the earth together. Jesus never perfected his parade wave riding atop a Tyrannosaurus since, according ...
|Joe Arpaio investigates DOJ and the judge who found him guilty of racial profiling
Sheriff Joe Arpaio Can you say vindictive peckerhead? Of course you can: "Sheriff Joe Arpaio." Earlier this week I ...
|What else is new? Joe Arpaio costs taxpayers another $975,000
Sheriff Joe Arpaio In the broader scheme of shitty things, this ain't much, just another $975,000 that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has cost taxpayers for his unethical and at times illegal ...
|#Redsk*nsFAIL, Chapter 3
Watch me as I honor Native Americans! Where do they find these PR geniuses? In the wake of mounting pressure, which has literally been building for four decades, to change the name of the ...
|McCain: "Wars do not end because politicians say so." Senator, did you ever try it?
Put 'em up! Don't be arbitrary! In the wake of President Obama's Rose Garden announcement today that he plans to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan to 9,800 by the end of 2014, and to a ...
|Arizona meet-up: Summer potluck with Navajo!
|When a former birther leader is banned by the birthers
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced yesterday that he will not seek the GOP nomination for Arizona governor. See, he's too busy with other important stuff. For one thing, Arpaio has self-...
|Who'd a thunk it? Sheriff Arpaio will not run for governor in Arizona
A few weeks ago Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent around an email , asking for contributions just in case he enters the Arizona GOP governor's primary. He said at the time that he had to make "...
|When you've gone too far even for Arizona Republicans
It's no shock to readers here that Arizona's GOP has occasionally often introduced some batshit crazy candidates to the nation. Who can forget congressional candidate Ron Gould blasting away with ...
|Former GOP chair in Arizona compares Republican legislator to French women who slept with Nazis
Get ready for it ... Nazis! Ah, yes, welcome to the world of pissed off tea party gooberheads in Arizona. Jan Brewer is one of the few Republican governors who has accepted the expanded Medicaid ...
|Sheriff Joe Arpaio soliciting money for gubernatorial race (maybe)
"More border fences for everyone!" Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, probably the only county law official in the nation that most people know, sent an email to supporters today, asking for "$5, $...
|FBI urged charges against Maricopa County officials, Arpaio skates
Can't touch this! A lot of us were left scratching our noggins in 2012, when the US Attorneys Office for Arizona announced there would be no ...
|Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor to retire
News broke this afternoon that Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) has announced his retirement. He was the first Hispanic elected to Congress from Arizona, and has held the seat, virtually unchallenged, since ...
|Arizona's discriminatory SB 1062 is a good thing
I don't mean the bill's discriminatory nature and bigoted intent is a good thing, of course, but the journey we have taken and where we are today have unquestionably benefited Arizona's ...
|Arizona's business community nervous about anti-LGBT legislation
If they have any memory at all, they should be very nervous. Anyone who's lived in the Grand Canyon State since the early '90s probably remembers that it took the business sector, in alliance with ...
|Journalism 1, Arpaio 0
There's already a top-of-the-page recommended diary by AnnetteK about this story, which broke this Friday afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona. Of all the stupid, illegal crapola and utter assholelyness ...
|Koch, ALEC and giant utility company about to derail Arizona's private solar industry
It only makes sense, unless it jeopardizes your monopoly. Arizona, much of which receives more than 300 days a year of sunshine, should be the poster child for a thriving solar industry. Today, the ...
|Arizona legislator ends bid to build privately funded border fence
It was front-page news more than two years ago when Arizona tea party darling Sen. Steve Smith (R-Maricopa) announced that he was setting up a website to solicit donations from goobers nationwide, ...
|Arpaio crony, Fox News darling, Senate candidate and militia leader arrested for child molestation
Gee, who could've predicted it? His former wives said he was violent and beat their kids. The Southern Poverty Law ...
|Recalled Sen. Pearce gets full page in Arizona Republic to lie about immigration reform
I couldn't believe it either. Two weeks before the Senate Judiciary Committee's historic 13-5 vote on the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, the Arizona ...
|By all means, let's showcase Arizona's homophobia, bigotry & hate (again)
Two of these are not welcome in Arizona Will these asshats ever learn? In Arizona, that's a rhetorical question. The answer is a resounding no . First Arizonans suffered through the short but ...
|'Shooter' bursts into classroom to confront teacher. What if the teacher had been armed? UPDATE X2
That's right, last week in Yuma, Arizona, Sen. Don Shooter walked past the front desk at EOC Charter School and burst into the classroom to confront his grandchild's teacher : John Morales, ...
|Law officials and politicians join Sheriff Arpaio recall
Recall me and grandma gets it! Yesterday we learned that Maricopa County has agreed to pay another $1.5 million for two more lawsuits that were brought against the county and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. ...
|Taxpayers will shell out another $1.5 million for Sheriff Arpaio
"That'll be another $1.5 million, suckers!" Ah, yes, Republicans are fiscal conservatives, especially here in Maricopa County, Arizona, where these very same Republicans, who rant against paying ...
|Wingers file lawsuit to stop Sheriff Arpaio recall
Sheriff Joe Arpaio They threatened to do this and Thursday it happened : A nationally known conservative legal activist filed suit Thursday to end the recall ...
|Arizona 'family values' Republican prevents child prostitution bill from being heard
A hub for child trafficking This is one of those "pay no attention to what they say , but what they do " stories. Arizona is often mentioned as a place full of drug crime stemming from Mexican ...
|Why oh why do people have misconceptions about Republicans?
The distance between what we say & what we do Reince Priebus says many people have misconceptions about Republicans, but his fancy new report 'splains how they can fix it. So why do people think ...
|ACTION: Arpaio recall broke, deep-pocketed Dems don't step up
Why is the Dem Party still kissing his butt? Oh, great. Just last week Respect Arizona, the group organizing the recall of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, announced that they had already ...
|Sequester may jeopardize your right to an attorney
No lawyers for poor gilty peeple! Not far from our home in downtown Phoenix there used to be a dingy little bar called La Amapola. It was a dark and dank place frequented by the down and out, and ...
|Gabby's Facebook page aflutter over photos of her with AR-15
In the black-and-white world of the Second Amendment, it's impossible for a public figure to both advocate for gun safety and be a gun owner. On March 13, a conservative radio host's blog posted two ...
|Arizona to end gun buy-back programs that destroy weapons
Arizona ends the death penalty for weapons It's all over but the signing, now that the Arizona House has passed a bill that makes it illegal for municipalities to melt down guns obtained through ...
|Breitbart smears Mark Kelly for buying AR-15, here's the full story
Right now the front page at Breitbart.com is filled with a screaming headline about the supposed hypocrisy of Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who of ...
|'They want to change the Constitution to save Arpaio'
Dear Joe ... A few weeks ago I noted that a bunch of toadies for Maricopa County Sheriff ...
|Gabby Giffords receives JFK 'courage' award, gun lobby shows class
Yes, gun toadies, THIS is what courage looks like Last Friday it was announced that former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has received an award ...
|Gov. Jan Brewer says release of immigrants is 'pay back' for SB 1070
Yes, Mr President, I'm still in 4th grade Yeah, Arizona Governor Jan ...
|Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer 'appalled' DHS is releasing immigrants. Blow to prison industry profits
Hey! Wag your finger in someone else's face! She went out of her way to lock up immigrants—embracing SB 1070 during the 2010 Summer of Hate election, inventing crazy stories about headless bodies ...
|Feb. 24, 1983: 30 years ago today
Right so often. Not this time. Eleanor Roosevelt told her husband that the Executive Order he had signed on Feb. 19, 1942, No. 9066 , was wrongheaded. A year later, FDR's order was challenged in ...
|Group calls for end of Arpaio recall. Ha Ha Ha! Threatens lawsuit. Ha Ha Ha!
You there! Put that recall thingy down! You know you've hit a nerve, and made your opponents nervous, when they threaten a lawsuit to stop you from doing what you're doing. And that's what happened ...
|Arizona legislator scores trifecta: Birtherism, creationism, UN conspiracy
And to top it off, her policies help this guy ...
|Elderly diabetic Latino held in Arpaio's jail 6 months for using fake SSN. He was innocent.
Beginning in 2005, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was able to fortify his police state thanks in part to the handiwork of County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who provided the sheriff legal cover ...
|Arizona Tea Party wants 'shadow army' to challenge signers of Sheriff Arpaio's recall petition
Soldier in the tea party's shadow army "Warrior" that I am, I'll certainly be there Saturday night! Stephen Lemons ...
|Wanna read the report about Arpaio's botched sex crimes investigation? Open your wallet.
Today the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will release a report of more than 10,000 pages that's been in the works for years. It's been well documented that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office ...
|Sheriff Arpaio turns Sandy Hook massacre into PR stunt
Sheriff Joe "You could say everything I do is a publicity stunt." — Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sadly, few people are surprised by this, that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe ...
|Arizona congressman tries to lure gun manufacturers to his state
Arizona's new engine of economic development Arizona is one of only three states that has an Official State Weapon; Utah and Indiana are the other two. Ours is the Colt revolver, which the Arizona ...
|As the Sheriff Arpaio recall begins, the NRA runs a butt-kissing ad
A vote for Joe! As this story points out, 79-year-old Mary Boettcher, like many retirees in the Phoenix area, used to be a fan of Maricopa County Sheriff ...
|On the day Gabby tells Congress 'Be bold,' the Arizona legislature says 'Screw you.'
Oh, boy, here we go. Yesterday former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords encouraged a Senate Judiciary Committee to "Be bold, be courageous," as they deliberate gun safety. On that same day, ...
|Gabby Giffords' hearing today interrupted with news of mass shooting in Phoenix
This morning former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelley were among the witnesses at a Senate Judiciary Committee investigating gun violence and gun safety. During Mr. ...
|While nobody was watching, Sheriff Arpaio's birther investigation rolled on. RECALL UPATE
Proof that Joe Apraio is a dick Is it any wonder this doofus oversees a county that has the highest crime rate of any other county in Arizona? ...
|Immigration is at a 40-year low, but you wouldn't know that from Jan Brewer's fundraising letters
Chatty Cathy: "The border is not secure ... " Since last night, the news programs and blogs have been filled with stories about the immigration deal announced by a bipartisan group of eight ...
|Could this Arizona pinhead be the worst legislator in America?
Jesus said care for the sick, if they have papers It's possible. I haven't noticed too many other candidates who measure up to our guy, Rep. Steve Smith . A former state Senator, he moved to ...
|The Top 10 Reasons Rand Paul should never start a sentence, 'Had I been president ...'
Chances Rand Paul will ever be president No doubt you've seen Sen. Rand Paul's made-for-TV tantrum yesterday at the U.S. Senate's Benghazi hearing. When the Kentucky ...
|So much for Arizona's new "moderate" legislature
When the 2013 Arizona legislature was sworn in last week, we heard a lot of noise about the "moderate" tone that lawmakers will pursue. Although the GOP still has a majority in both chambers, they ...
|Arizona pro-gun legislation is too radical for the NRA! UPDATE: More lunacy!
All hail Arizona exceptionalism! You read that right. A bill introduced in the Arizona legislature by tea party nitwit Rep. Steve Smith has the NRA in a tizzy, mostly ...
|He's baaack! Arizona legislator sponsors bill trumping fed's gun laws
Remember the Arizona jackass who sponsored a bill in 2011 allowing the state to collect donations for a border fence? Rep. Steve Smith, who, after Sen. Russell Pearce was recalled, became a top ...
|Arizona town councilman surveys employees' political beliefs
This is just creepy. Boneheaded too. Gilbert is a suburb southeast of Phoenix—once a sleepy ranching community that's exploded into a sea of red tile roofs and shopping malls. It's a conservative ...
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