So why did Maricopa County Republicans need six reserve sheriff's deputies/posse members, a patrol car, and two plainclothes officers in an unmarked vehicle to guard a recent Thursday night meeting of mostly alter kocker conservatives? According to the attendees I chatted with that evening, Maricop ... More >>
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey's spokeswoman Melissa DeLaney declined to comment Tuesday when I contacted her regarding this week's cover story on Ducey's hailing from an infamous Toledo organized crime family. But Wednesday, she gave a statement to the Arizona Republic's Laurie Rob ... More >>
Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics. A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was ant ... More >>
State Treasurer Doug Ducey cruised to an easy win last night for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, and will take on Democrat Fred DuVal in November. The results were not so good for another pair of Republicans in state government -- scandal-plagued Attorney General Tom Horne lost his ... More >>
Doug Ducey has a lock on the Republican primary race for the next Arizona governor, judging by early results that show him trouncing his closest contenders. With about one third of voting precincts reporting statewide at 9 p.m., Ducey had 36.7 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for Mesa May ... More >>
It's "Candidates Day" at North Scottsdale Christian, a conservative, non-denominational place of worship just north of Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard, where about 60 Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican candidates have assembled on a recent Sunday to introduce themselves. The politicians are a ... More >>
Leslie Lara figures Tio Sam Taxes, owned by local Republican bigwig wannabe Erik Ketelaar, owes her about $1,267, the combined amount of her federal tax refunds for 2012 and 2013. The company, which at one time had six locations in Phoenix and Mesa, heavily marketed its services to Hispanics, adver ... More >>
Christine Jones and her former boss, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, together have contributed the vast majority of the money raised to help Jones get elected Arizona governor. State campaign finance reports show that as of May 31, Jones has contributed $2.1 million of the roughly $2.3 million she's r ... More >>
Christine Jones and firearms? Sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday. Such was my thought when I found out Jones, a contender for the GOP nod for governor, would be at Shooter's Vault, a gun shop in North Phoenix, for a campaign meet-and-greet. See, I had a few questions for the 45-year- ... More >>
Now just four weeks away from the primary election, the latest poll of Republican voters shows half are still undecided on a candidate for governor.Of the Republicans who have made up their minds, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones is the leader with 18 percent, followed by Treasurer Doug Duce ... More >>
Historians, psychologists, sociologists will all have a field day with the mass hysteria prompted by the child refugees from Central America, who came to this country fleeing poverty and violence. Stoked by irresponsible politicians and a too-compliant press corps, the widespread panic, fear, and ... More >>
No surprise here: Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has the most intense border-security plan of any of the Republican candidates for governor.Thomas is proposing 3,000 National Guardsmen on the border, along with double-layer fencing either along the border or along a "fall-ba ... More >>
You gotta love one thing about Republicans: With them, there's always blood in the water. With erstwhile Go Daddy exec Christine Jones hard on his heels in the GOP primary for governor, and an awesome anti-Ducey ad by a pro-Jones I.E. in circulation, Ducey has fired back beginning today with a new ... More >>
Christine Jones puts the goober into gubernatorial. Indeed, the former GoDaddy pimp-ess and GOP candidate for governor's rhetoric on the issue of "border security" is proving increasingly delusional. Jones has zero experience in politics, and it shows. Anyone proud to have the endorsement of Sheri ... More >>
We're still a month away from the primary election, but Arizona's politicians have already managed to turn campaign season into a full-blown circus.Here are the worst missteps, mistakes, and bone-headed moves from candidates already this year:
The primary election is only about six weeks away, but the latest poll in the governor's race shows about half the Republicans surveyed don't have a pick.The poll released today by local political consulting firm Highground shows Treasurer Doug Ducey in first, at just 17 percent.
Andrew Thomas, who infamously abused his power as Maricopa County Attorney and had his law license taken away, has qualified for $754,000 in public funds for his gubernatorial campaign. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office confirmed on Thursday that a supplemental filing of 259 five-dollar contr ... More >>
A sort of moral sickness has gripped this country in the face of the unprecedented number of minors crossing the border in Texas, one that manifests itself in panic, falsehoods, sheer stupidity, and knee-jerk nativist hatred. In Lawrenceville, Virginia (population 1,300), residents recently pitched ... More >>
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.
The Arizona Democratic Party is publicly calling for state Treasurer Doug Ducey to fire lobbyist Cathi Herrod as a policy adviser for Ducey's gubernatorial campaign.Herrod, the president of the Center for Arizona Policy, has become a popular target for local lefties recently due to her push for the ... More >>
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 >>
See how the blind mice run...as 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 >>
I have a terrible confession: I heart Sand Land Republicans. For a sheer boredom-killer, there's nothing like a congregation of them, such as at the Arizona GOP's mandatory January meeting, where I'm always entertained. Where else can you watch a pretty conservative five-term U.S. senator be censu ... More >>
Christine Jones' much-criticized 2011 essay in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act has disappeared from her personal website since New Times pointed it out. Jones, the former Go Daddy general counsel now running for Arizona governor, had been vilified by legions of Internet users following the es ... More >>
A DUI can happen to anyone who drinks and has a driver's license. And it's happened to a lot of us fellow Arizonans: 656 last Labor Day alone. That doesn't stop us from digging stories about politicians, celebrities, pro athletes or other notables who found themselves wasted and in handcuffs on the ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Christine Jones' DUI story just doesn't add up. Jones, the former Go Daddy general counsel now running as a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, said during an April 2004 stop she'd just had one drink nearly five hours earlier. Yet two breathalyzer tests showed her BAC at .102 and .103.
It's not even the election year yet, but the campaign of former Go Daddy lawyer and GOP candidate for governor Christine Jones is not going well.Yesterday, our colleague Ray Stern reported Jones' 2004 DUI conviction, although history (Governor Glug-Glug) shows that's not the end of the world.
Christine Jones, the former Go Daddy executive who's running for governor, is a big fan of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.3TV has the footage of Jones giving a gushing review of the sheriff in front of a crowd, including Arpaio, at a charity event. 3TV also has the footage of Jones, a Republican, seeming comple ... More >>
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.
Scottsdale-based Go Daddy wouldn't be the world's largest seller of Internet domain names -- by far -- without its stable of scantily clad sex kittens. Now that the Christine Jones, former general counsel for the company, is running for governor, we can't help but wonder how she'd look in some of t ... More >>