You hear a lot about John McCain's time in both Vietnam and Washington, D.C., but what about Arizona, the state he's represented for 25 years? New Times was covering McCain long before the national media fell for him, and here's a selection of stories - on topics ranging from John's shenanigans with Charlie Keating to Cindy's drug addiction to her family's sometimes shady business dealings. It's all Vintage McCain, and it's all right here, including our Greatest Hits.

Greatest Hits
  • Opiate for the Mrs.

    When laws are broken, somebody's got to be punished. In the case of Cindy McCain, that somebody is Tom Gosinski

    September 08, 1994
    You're U.S. Senator John McCain, and you've got a big problem. Your wife, Cindy, was addicted to prescription... More >>
  • Flip-Flopping John McCain Is No Political Profile in Courage

    May 16, 2013
    It wouldn't be a John McCain town hall without occasional off-color humor. "There was a poll, a poll that had to do with... More >>
  • Haunted by Spirits

    John McCain derived his wealth from his marriage to Cindy Hensley McCain, whose father started his road to riches as a bootlegger. As a politician, the senator has remained beholden to the liquor industry and the family business

    February 17, 2000
    Would United States Senator John McCain be a presidential contender if it weren't for his marriage to Cindy Hensley... More >>
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Not Always So Green
  • The Gift That Keeps On Giving Access

    November 25, 1999
    Senator John McCain doesn't get high ratings from the League of Conservation Voters or the Sierra Club, but he and... More >>
  • Ranch Handout

    Quit fiddling around with Spur Cross Ranch's owners, and condemn the land

    May 27, 1999
    Spur Cross Ranch has long been a jewel in Maricopa County's environmental crown, but it's fast becoming a political hot... More >>
  • Legacy or Sham?

    The Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution has been established in Mo Udall's name. Would he even like it?

    December 24, 1998
    I've been through legislation creating a dozen national parks, and there's always the same pattern. When you first... More >>
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Presidential Politics
Military Maneuvers
  • Is John McCain a War Hero?

    The senator's five years as a prisoner of war have been widely viewed as heroic. But as he prepares a White House bid, a small group of detractors is determined to expose him as a wartime traitor

    March 25, 1999
    Craig Willbanks wants you to know that John McCain--former prisoner of war, current senator, White House aspirant--is a... More >>
  • Naval Gazing

    Let's have a look at John McCain's military personnel file

    March 09, 2000
    By the time you read this, Super Tuesday will be history, and the pundits will be gumming the results. Democrat Bill... More >>
  • Shot in the Arm

    Anthrax vaccine opponents are finding more allies in Congress

    March 16, 2000
    Opponents of a controversial Pentagon program that is forcing all members of the military to be inoculated against... More >>
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Arizona Politics
  • John McCain's Fame is Based on His POW Status, But He Has Abandoned Fellow Veterans

    October 16, 2008
    If you want to know what it's like to be a veteran in John McCain's home state, stop by the Justa Center in downtown... More >>
  • Paranoia Reigns

    Pissed at Joe's insanity, Senator John McCain makes it official: He endorses Saban.

    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... More >>
  • Claire-Voyance

    John McCain trounced Claire Sargent in the '92 Senate race. Now he's doing the same in book sales

    October 07, 1999
    Until this fall, the only thing that Republican John McCain and Democrat Claire Sargent had in common was the fact that... More >>
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