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2004 Stories by John Dougherty

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  • The Devil's in the Details

    published December 23, 2004

    'Tis the season of paybacks, desperation and fear at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doling out promotions and... More >>

  • A Chance to Focus Inward

    published December 9, 2004

    Here's a fact that should be at the center of the debate over the future of the Phoenix metropolitan area, but is rarely discussed. Central... More >>

  • Arrest the Polyg Prophet Now!

    published November 25, 2004

    Colorado City school superintendent Alvin Barlow meets me inside the hallway of the public school district's crumbling administration building... More >>

  • Dangerous Dance

    published November 11, 2004

    For the roughly 735,000 Arizonans and 56 million Americans who got trampled by the November 2 election, the challenge now is to follow in the... More >>

  • Born Again

    published November 4, 2004

    Twenty years ago last April, I strapped on a backpack, called my dog, walked out the door of my parents' northern Virginia home and set my course... More >>

  • Pariah Joe

    published October 21, 2004

    Let's face it, Joe Arpaio's going to win re-election November 2 to his fourth term as Maricopa County sheriff. He has no serious opposition. ... More >>

  • Election Eve Nightmare

    published October 14, 2004

    With less then three weeks before the general election, I have serious doubts that whatever "official" results the Maricopa County Elections... More >>

  • Janet's Missed Opportunity

    published October 7, 2004

    I've got a dreadful message for thousands of young men and women trapped in the horrors of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy in a handful of remote... More >>

  • Change of Course

    published September 30, 2004

    Phoenix is at a crossroads in its history. No major city in the country has such an unprecedented opportunity to boldly create a 21st-century... More >>

  • Please, It's About Time!

    published September 9, 2004

    The canonization of Jerry Colangelo as the savior of Phoenix will continue this week as the local media stumble over themselves to heap accolades... More >>

  • Say No to Joe

    published September 2, 2004

    Voters have a golden opportunity to throw 72-year-old Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office in the September 7 Republican primary -- an election that... More >>

  • Jailgate Explodes

    published August 26, 2004

    Public support for Outlaw Joe is eroding at an astonishing rate as the September 7 Republican primary nears, with more evidence surfacing that... More >>

  • Special Treatment

    published August 19, 2004

    We all know how Joe Arpaio serves up justice to average schmucks. He proudly shows no mercy. He subjects them to the vilest of conditions. Death... More >>

  • Paranoia Reigns

    published August 12, 2004

    If hundreds of angry phone calls and e-mails in response to my commentary on a harebrained MCSO raid in Ahwatukee are any indication of the... More >>

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    published August 5, 2004

    Justin Delfino looked out the window of his Ahwatukee home and couldn't believe what he was seeing. It was shortly after noon on July 23 and... More >>

  • Turning Up the Heat

    published July 29, 2004

    As you turn down the air conditioning in your dark living room during these brutal summer evenings, think for a moment about Leslie Christiansen,... More >>

  • Outlaw Joe

    published July 22, 2004

    From here on out, 72-year-old Joe Arpaio isn't the Maricopa County sheriff in my book. He's an outlaw waiting to be hog-tied and... More >>

  • Arpaio's Running Scared

    published July 15, 2004

    Hey Joe, why are you hiding from me? Are you scared? Seems "the toughest sheriff in America" should have nothing to fear from me. All... More >>

  • Stick It to 'Em!

    published July 8, 2004

    Want to throw the fear of God into Phoenix elected officials, downtown business tycoons and their self-serving cheerleaders at the Arizona... More >>

  • Sheriff Joe's Real Estate Game

    published July 1, 2004

    How's this for a get-rich scheme? You get elected to public office, say, sheriff. You start scowling like John Wayne and jam the jails... More >>

  • In the Crosshairs

    published June 24, 2004

    Linda Saville leans across the table in a downtown Phoenix restaurant and recites the pledge she made at the moment her brother was acquitted of... More >>

  • County Connivers

    published May 20, 2004

    Maricopa County Administrator David Smith was named best county leader in the nation by Governing Magazine in November 2001. Now Smith... More >>

  • Running Scared

    published May 13, 2004

    Governor Janet Napolitano has finally found her man. Tucked under the right arm of presumed Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry,... More >>

  • Colangelo Eats Crow

    published May 6, 2004

    One day isn't enough. Phoenix should be celebrating Cuatro y Cinco de Mayo. A two-day party would allow us to fete not only the Mexican... More >>

  • Colangelo's Not the Real Local Hero

    published April 29, 2004

    "I just wish that sometimes your paper could say 'Thank you' rather than taking shots!" Jerry Colangelo bellowed over the phone in October, the... More >>

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