Al Melvin

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Al Melvin Quits Race for Governor

    There are now six Republicans vying to be Arizona's next governor, as Senator Al Melvin says he's dropping out.Melvin released a statement saying he wasn't going to be able to collect the 4,500 contributions of $5 needed to qualify for Clean Elections funding, a sum of $750,000.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    No One Leading Race for Arizona Governor

    For the second month in a row, pollsters have found that Arizonans don't really know who they'd like to be the next governor.In results released today, Public Policy Polling found the leader in the GOP primary to be "undecided," at 34 percent. The leading GOP candidate is Secretary of State Ken Benn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Activists Call on Legislators to Cut Ties With the Center for Arizona Policy

    Senate Bill 1062 is gone, but certainly not forgotten.For the second day in a row, activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona protested the connection between lawmakers and the lobbying group behind SB 1062, the Center for Arizona Policy.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    SB 1062 Uproar: Can Arizona Democrats Capitalize on It in November?

    Back in the dark ages, Republicans used to be all about the economy, stupid. A chicken in every pot, a home-entertainment center in every living room. Take, for instance, our last great Republican president -- William Jefferson Clinton. He demonstrated that a Democrat (in name) could be pro-busine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Jan Brewer Vetoes SB 1062

    Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062.The bill advertised as "religious freedom" legislation resulted in several protests, was denounced by many large businesses, and even some of the Republican lawmakers who voted for the bill have since come out against it.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Sane Republicans, Run Screaming from SB 1062

    See how the blind mice far away from Senate Bill 1062 as they can get. This morning, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce officially joined the increasingly crowded bandwagon of opposition to the anti-gay "religious freedom bill" that Arizona Republi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Chad Campbell Not Running for Governor

    Chad Campbell, the state House Minority Leader, has decided that he's not running for governor in 2014.Unless someone else with the ability to raise some money decides to get in the race, it looks like Fred DuVal is going to be the Democratic nominee in 2014.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Fred DuVal Is Runnin' for Governor

    Democrat Fred DuVal has made his candidacy for governor official, as one of only two Dems whose names have been tossed around in the media for the seat in 2014.DuVal has a lot of titles you could use to describe him, like former underling to President Clinton and Governor Bruce Babbitt, lobbyist, un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Senate Democrat Suggests Trying to Keep the State Legislature Off the Daily Show

    Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo seems to get it -- every year, legislators make asses of themselves by passing, or even just by proposing, ridiculous laws.We've seen all kinds of pleas from the few legislators who don't want to play along with the "meth lab of democracy," but we like Gallard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Russell Pearce Fundraiser Scrapped by Macayo's, Oaxaca's...

    Seems there's there's no room at the posada for former state Senate President Russell Pearce.Yesterday, I gave you a rundown of the nativist goons set to appear at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant on Central Avenue tonight for a fundraiser to benefit Pearce, a veritable who's who of anti-Mexican bigots i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Russell Pearce Bigot Bash at Central High School Library CANCELED!!!

    UPDATE 4:30 P.M.: Just received a call from Phoenix Union School District's community relations office. They tell me they've CANCELED Pearce's event, as they don't have the security to handle it. This just (apparently) they're going to be having the event at a high-school that's 60 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill That Aimed to Seize All Federal Lands in the State

    Every now and then, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer raises her lips from the conservative feeding trough and spits something out.Last year, she halted the passage of a bill that would have required presidential candidates to prove they were eligible for the post before their names would have been placed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Here's the List of Arizona State Senators Who Didn't Want to Ban Lawmakers From Getting Free Tickets to Special Events

    Last year, people were creating a stink after it was discovered that some Arizona legislators got tickets and trips to sporting events thanks to the Fiesta Bowl.Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explained in December that none of the politicos would face charges, saying prosecutors were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Latest Reason Nation is Laughing at Arizona: Bill That Aims to Take Half of State From Feds

    ‚ÄčThe Arizona Legislature is moving ahead with a bill that aims to take the state's federal lands and give them to the people of Arizona, despite exactly zero chance such a plan could work.If the nation isn't laughing at Arizona, state lawmakers obviously wouldn't be happy.Not content to be the but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Glenn Spencer, Nativist Anti-Semite, Lectures State Senate Border Security Committee

    Nativist extremist and documented anti-Semite Glenn Spencer spoke today at the state Senate Border Security, Federalism, and States' Rights Committee, a seriously loony legislative panel chaired by crackpot Republican state Senator Sylvia Allen.Democratic state Senators Steve Gallardo and Robert Mez ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    Sylvia Allen's "Arizona Guard": Disaster in the Making

    If you need an example of wigged-out, dysfunctional democracy verging on outright insanity, look no further than state Senator Sylvia Allen's Border Security, Federalism and States' Sovereignty Committee.Here, Chairwoman Allen and a cadre of right-wing loons hold sway. Rational questions and reasone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Jan Brewer's Arrogant Bull at ALEC's GOP-Corporate Love Fest

    I kept waiting for her nose to start sprouting. Because when you tell whoppers like Governor Jan Brewer did at the American Legislative Exchange Council's opening luncheon at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Wednesday, there really should be some Pinocchio-esque "tell" for those who don't know bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Mark Spencer's PLEA Backstabs Own Members

    Mark Spencer, betraying PLEA members one endorsement at a timeWhat would you call law enforcement union leaders who claim to battle for their members' public benefits during tough economic times, while handing out endorsements to lawmakers hell-bent on wiping out those benefits for good?Hypocrites? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Russell Pearce's Day of Bigotry, Barbarism and Triumph

    Democratic Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford, calling out Pearce as a "dictator"In the end, they all passed out of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, all of state Senate President Russell Pearce's anti-immigrant bills, other hate-filled measures offered by his stooges, and cataclysmic proposed l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Kyrsten Sinema's Drop House Bill, and Steve Gallardo's Rebuttal

    Gallardo's Facebook PageDemocrat Steve Gallardo gave fellow Dem Kyrsten Sinema hell in committee re: her drop-house legislationArizona's pro-immigrant community is ticked at one if its own: uber-lefty state Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has in the past marched with the Reverend Al Sharpton in protest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Hot Links: Al Melvin, Basis Scottsdale, and Financial Fest

    ‚ÄčThe boy from St. Johns, Arizona who pleaded guilty in  the shooting deaths of his father and another man could be facing prison time. The prospect caused an uproar when Judge Michael Roca announced he would reject probation in favor of incarceration. The boy, 8 at the time of the murders ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    July 29, 2004

    Summer Camp

    Demme's Manchurian Candidate remake makes good