Robert Nelson

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  • 9 years ago | Longform

    On Tuesday afternoon, January 16, an old man walked into the administrative office of a small charter school on the high desert plains north of Prescott. He was skinny, with floppy jowls that made him look like the Bitter Beer Face man of the old ...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Valley business mogul Karl Eller was well aware that Bill Bidwill was a chronic loser when he began courting him in 1987 to bring his football team to Arizona. "Who didn't know?" Eller asks. "In pro football, your record is there for everyone to s...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Janet Napolitano, Arizona's Greatest Governor. Hmmm. Feels a bit presumptuous, like renaming Squaw Peak after a soldier who died just weeks earlier in a car accident. But that's what a few historians and politicos are already suggesting — dep...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Janet Napolitano is the most unlikely of political superstars. A career born in bureaucracy and raised in political backrooms; physically frumpy, asexual and thick, a voice somewhere between that of an adolescent male and the overexcited Howard De...

  • 10 years ago | Longform

    Arizona has two U.S. senators: John McCain and that other guy. The other guy is a decent man, so decent that in his 11 years as a senator in Washington, D.C., he has often seemed constitutionally incapable of promoting himself in the manner common...

  • 10 years ago | Longform

    Dennis DeConcini was always a centrist Democrat, a "Pinto Democrat" as they used to be called here, but like many moderates in the party, he still felt a deep fondness for the intellectual and moral champions of the liberal cause. One such man was...

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