Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake helped kill the Democrats' proposal to increase the federal minimum wage in a procedural vote today.Their votes weren't exactly surprising, as only one Republican senator voted with the Democrats to proceed with the bill.
No matter how many police reports we read through on a monthly basis, the criminal creativity, stupidity, and craziness never ceases to amaze us.Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something worse. From a crime spree sparked by a fear of Alice Cooper's restaurant, to a new pot-smu ... 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:
Vice President Joe Biden thinks former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is a good fir for the Supreme Court of the United States.Considering the rumor was that Napolitano was on Obama's short list for the spot before, it wouldn't be surprising to see her in the running again, if there were to be an ... More >>
Vice President Joe Biden thinks former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano should be on the Supreme Court of the United States.If Biden actually believes that, then it looks like he might not have too much sway over his boss, who has nominated two justices to the Supreme Court, neither of them named J ... More >>
A news release published for a pro-solar-energy Republican group features a fake, pro-Obama logo for the group that was created by its critics. Tuesday's post about the news release on Rose Law Group's website would appear to erase any doubt that TUSK, fronted by Jason Rose and Barry Goldwater Jr., ... More >>
Two memorials for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire have been set up, including a flagpole erected at the "deployment site" -- where the firefighters tried to use their fire shelters to protect themselves from the blaze.For today only, there will be shuttles to take pe ... More >>
The federal immigration-reform bill passed the Senate this afternoon, by a vote of 68-32.Obviously, Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as members of the so-called "Gang of Eight," voted in favor of the bill.
Editor's note: Every couple weeks, Alan Scherstuhl, the film editor at our sister publication The Village Voice, will be taking a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. We're happy to share his findings. By Alan Scherstuhl Brad Paisley, Southern Comfort Zone Current Billboa ... More >>
It's just about every day that Sheriff Joe Arpaio says something that's guaranteed to make you shake your head.Today's cry for attention actually took place on Friday night, as Arpaio complained that people were calling Vice President Joe Biden "Sheriff Joe."See also:-Joe Arpaio: "I Don't Use Comput ... More >>
For once, two men argued on television, and national media outlets didn't choose the winner for everyone (well, fewer than usual).We're talking about the vice-presidential debate between current VP Joe Biden, and VP-hopeful Paul Ryan, who had their lone debate last night.
Dear Paul Ryan, Congrats on getting the nod for Romney's VP. Must be a big month for you. While you and I probably won't ever agree politically, I realize we have a few things in common. You and I are both male carbon-based lifeforms that breath oxygen and the melanin in our epidermis means we don' ... More >>
James KingPresidential hopefuls (allegedly) want to talk to Joe Arpaio about immigration. They should ask about some of his other passions, including the Elvis-themed panty party he threw at his Tent City jail earlier this year. According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's ghost-"tweeters," ... More >>
There's a new "toughest sheriff" in town.Look out Joe Arpaio, there's a new "toughest sheriff" in town.Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was named the National Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff's Association over the weekend, much thanks to his crusade to rid his county of illegal immigra ... More >>
Sheriff JoeFormer vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in town briefly on Friday to give the keynote address at a Tea Party rally at the state capitol. That, of course, meant there were news cameras around, which usually means one thing here in the Valley: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ... More >>
Democratic Senate candidate Rodney GlassmanRodney Glassman, the Democratic Senate candidate hoping to unseat Senator John McCain, has filled one of the several holes that were left in his campaign staff following the alleged "jumping ship" of three of his top aids.The new kid on the block over at ... More >>
www.downwithtyranny.comSheriff Joe's newest "deputy," Ted Nugent.There's a new addition to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's infamous posse: "The Motor City Madman" himself, Ted Nugent.Nugent was in town today for a special ceremony at which he was deputized by Arpaio. The two apparently had l ... More >>
Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth is on the verge of achieving infomercial super-stardom after his uber-public pimping of a company promising "free government money" and a new ad unearthed by John McCain's campaign.No, Hayworth didn't actually make the latest ad -- it's a spoof created by the McCain c ... More >>
Gubernatorial candidate Joe Arpaio?There is a report circulating right now, which -- if true -- confirms what many Arizona residents have been dreading for years: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for governor of the state of Arizona.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said on Monday that he won't make an announcement about any plans he may have to run for governor over the weekend because Vice President Joe Biden will be in Phoenix on Saturday and he "wouldn't want to take the press away" from the VP.This morning, Arpaio appe ... More >>
The Daily BeastMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to fan the media flames over his potential run for governor by announcing yesterday that he will not announce his gubernatorial plans this weekend because Vice President Joe Biden will be in town for a Democratic Party dinner on Saturday ... More >>
The guy in the hat, Joe Arpaio, thinks he's got what it takes to be governorMaricopa County's brown-bashing sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is still considering a run for governor, and as luck should have it, he's got a super-secret plan to help ease the state out of its budget woes.He's not telling anyone ... More >>
Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Valley today for the first time since being elected. Biden will be holding a roundtable discussion about how stimulus money is benefiting Arizona at Sky Harbor International Airport after going to a fundraiser for Arizona Democrats... A C ... More >>
Another Arpaio media stunt; and Arpaio meets with Veep Joe Biden? Sheriff Joe's PR flacks are working overtime. They just sent out a press advisory on a new countywide anti-immigration dragnet beginning today. What they don't tell you in the statement is that Arpaio and Co. have set up the sw ... More >>
Biden: Too cool to meet with that fool Joe, we hope... Sounds like Joe Arpaio's been fibbing on Twitter, at least according to the White House. Vice President Joe Biden was in town for a meeting with local Dems in downtown Phoenix, and according to Biden's deputy press secretary Annie Tomasini ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio Showed Up Uninvited to Joe Biden Function, According to the White House Hillb ... More >>
from http://twitter.com/ericluke Sick joke, or just sick? I'd be inclined to overlook this "Eric Luke" -- a Scottsdale musician-hipster, and apparent frame shop employee (nothing hip about that), who recently Twittered a wish to shoot the President "in the fuckin back of the head...oh boy." H ... More >>
Cristopher Broughton (left) and Pastor Anderson outside church Sunday night: Anyone else thinking of a certain Gnarls Barkley tune? Before I hit you with my account of this Sunday's evening service at Tempe's Faithful Word Baptist Church -- home to Obama-death-wish preacher Steven An ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked Vice President Joe Biden for an advance on federal stimulus money in a conference call this morning with other governors. Brewer told a "gracious" Biden that $350 million in federally funded transportation projects will "absolutely" move forward. However, the l ... More >>
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Be honest: You've had a sip. You know what I'm talking about--you've taken a little tug from that sweet, refreshing Obama Kool-Aid. It's OK -- most of us have. And things will hit a fever pitch today, what with the inauguration and the excitement over you-know-who taking off for pastures more Texan ... More >>
By Amy Silverman and Sarah Fenske Like John McCain, we're going to keep this one short and sweet. Barack Obama is the next president of the United States, and while there are a lot of Republicans here at the Biltmore who aren't happy about that, many were as gracious as the Arizona senator. W ... More >>
By John Dickerson Here in Maricopa County, we’re all too familiar with politicians who punish media outlets they don't like. New Times readers know that right-wing Sheriff Joe Arpaio retaliates against media outlets he despises, refusing to give them interviews or even press releases. His pal ... More >>