What did Arizona's political leaders learn from the debacle over Arizona's ethnic-cleansing legislation, Senate Bill 1070? They learned that hysteria, misinformation, and grandstanding work, as far as garnering attention, and that saying the dumbest thing you can is often surest route to getting yo ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona claims to have documented a sixth instance of constitutional violations thanks to the "papers please" provision of SB 1070.The ACLU is taking legal action in the latest incident, marking the second time the organization has taken legal action on these gr ... More >>
Police in Tucson donned riot gear Saturday night to deal with crowds of people who watched a live feed of UA basketball lose to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.The result: 15 people were arrested -- nine of whom are UA students -- while police used several crowed-control devices, and a video has su ... More >>
Should you need to get anywhere fast on the afternoon of Monday, October 14, you may want to avoid driving near Central Avenue and McDowell Roads. That's because the local human rights organization Puente and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network are promising to "shut down" the Phoenix offi ... More >>
Senator John McCain appears to be down with marijuana legalization.Hey, instead of a legacy as the guy who was always trying to send the country's military to some country you've never heard of, how about a legacy as the guy who spearheaded marijuana prohibition?
Richard Wintory, the chief criminal deputy for Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, is being investigated by the State Bar for possible ethical misconduct related to a murder case. Rick DeBruhl, spokesman for the Arizona State Bar, tells New Times this morning that the investigation concerns the all ... More >>
President Obama got some heavy applause during his bits on immigration reform during yesterday's State of the Union address, as he delivered points that were almost echoed in Republican Senator Marco Rubio's response.Then, we read what seem to be some unintentionally hilarious accounts of Gove ... More >>
Congressman Jeff Flake, a longtime politician in a close race for the U.S. Senate against Richard Carmona, a former U.S. Surgeon General, has only agreed to participate in a single debate against his opponent. So far, anyway. See also: Jeff Flake-Foe Rich Carmona on Taxes, the Defi ... More >>
Democratic Congressman Ron Barber -- who won the special election in June to fill the seat of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- is already fighting for his reelection, and he's already made his Republican opponent angry.Martha McSally's campaign put out a press release condemning Barber for ... More >>
See also Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Deportation See also Babeu Turns Distortion of Truth in to An Art Form A blurb posted on Facebook by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu treats us to an oldie-but-goodie phrase right out of his Book of Babeuisms -- y'know, those ph ... More >>
We recently came across a February 27 segment from Jim Sharpe's talk show on KFYI about Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's time as headmaster at the DeSisto School in Massachusetts -- a school for troubled teens where state officials found sexual and physical abuse was occurring. Sharpe and his on-a ... More >>
We remember Debra Weyermann from our long-ago days trolling for stories for the Sierra Vista and Bibsee dailies down at the Mexican border. She was known as "D" in those days when she covered the courts for the Arizona Daily Star, and did a bang-up job. Kick-ass book by veteran journal ... More >>
CNNMcCain, digging the hole deeper after his racist comments over the weekend When white nationalist websites and racist minutemen with erstwhile ties to child killers are championing your cause, you know you've made a serious error. Particularly when you're a failed presidential candidate still des ... More >>
www.savingantiquities.orgTrent was hereA North Carolina man was sentenced to 60 months probation for scratching his name into petroglyphs along the Colorado River that are more than 1,000 years old.In addition to the probation, Trenton Austin Ganey must pay $10,000 restitution and complete 100 co ... More >>
Shawna Forde will be put down like a dog, thanks to a Pima County jury.A Pima County jury decided this morning that Shawna Forde, the kid-killing minutewoman responsible for the deaths of a 9-year-old Arivaca girl and her father in May of 2009, will pay for the murders with her life.Earlier this ... More >>
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's pissing off mayors of border cities.UPDATE: Click here to see Babeu's response to the border mayors' letter.Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's making a pretty nice career out of being the face of the immigration debate in Arizona, but several mayors of border citi ... More >>
Image: Kyrsten Sinema's Facebook site Kyrsten Sinema says she was tricked, sort of, into voting for a Republican bill in the Rules Committee yesterday.Kyrsten Sinema's pissed when she calls us back last night. "I didn't mistakenly vote for shit!" she fumes. "They explained what we were ... More >>
Rodney GlassmanAside from having a law degree, U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman has a Ph.D. in arid land resource sciences.The subject of arid land resource science may bore you to tears but his dissertation on the subject is somewhat entertaining. That's because it seems some of it was writ ... More >>
Will John McCain break a sweat debating with Rodney Glassman? Tune to Channel 3 on September 26 to find out Republican Senator John McCain and his Democratic contender, Rodney Glassman, will match wits later this month in a televised debate. The political show-down will take ... More >>
Rodney GlassmanAbandoning a sinking ship -- more times than not -- is a good decision. Jumping aboard, not so much.That's what crossed our minds yesterday when we heard U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman's campaign manager had bailed on the campaign and had been replaced. Today, just a day aft ... More >>
rodneyglassman.comCampaign workers are ditching Glassman like he's a prom queen with monoStaffers for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rodney Glassman's campaign are jumping ship so fast it might as well be a reenactment of James Cameron's Titanic.Since July, three top staffers have bailed o ... More >>
Image: WikipediaTom Tancredo supports Tom Horne, or maybe Andrew Thomas, for Arizona Attorney General. Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo pulled his endorsement of Tom Horne for Arizona Attorney General today, saying he now supports Andrew Thomas. The anti-illegal-immigrant (or just an ... More >>
You may recall the Bird item I did a few weeks back that involved a process server who dressed up like a UPS delivery guy to serve a Redflex ticket. The situation brought to mind Seth Rogen's stoner/process-server character in the film Pineapple Express who dons all kinds of disguises to successfull ... More >>
Roy Warden: Este pendejo, indeed...Anti-immigrant nutjob and Mexican flag-burner Roy Warden's coming to town Wednesday, December 10 for a "rally" to "impeach" Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor. Well, supposedly. According to e-mails the wacky Warden's sent out to the state Supreme Co ... More >>
CPS would rather shut up than deal with scrutiny
Another winning season ends for Pat Murphy and his baseball team. Now, it's ASU management's turn at bat
GOP bigwigs and their pandering pals in the mainstream press are apoplectic about a state senator and New Times' fight to discover the truth. What're these pols trying to hide?
Does Jimmy eat purses? Only if you blink at America West Arena.
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
Governor Hull says it's time for inclusiveness in politics. Environmentalists say she won't give them the time of day.
Tom McGovern and Janet Napolitano are running close in a cordial race for attorney general. But somebody has to win.
Cheer and flag clothing on the campaign trail, 1998
Hundreds of inmates in state prisons need special protection from gang paybacks. When officials tried to mix them in with the general-prison population, they filed suit--and won.