Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, ... More >>
The Tempe City Council unanimously approved a law to prevent businesses from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and to protect other rights.The new ordinance prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, ... More >>
Former state Representative Ben Arredondo ended up receiving no prison time for his charges related to his ticket-bribery exchange and scholarship scam.Instead, Arredondo -- a 65-year-old Republican-turned-Democrat who served on the Tempe City Council for 16 years before making it into the state Hou ... More >>
After all that, a federal judge sentenced former state Representative Ben Arredondo yesterday to zero days in jail.This, less than a year after being charged with bribery, extortion, and lying to FBI agents in a ticket-bribery exchange, then eventually pleading guilty to a mail-fraud charges, relate ... More >>
Former Democratic Congressman and Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell has taken an interesting route in supporting ex-state Representative and recently admitted felon Ben Arredondo.While prosecutors are looking to lock up Arredondo for as much as three years on a pair of mail fraud charges, Mitchell was one ... More >>
It's amazing, the amount of influence I have over the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Hate to brag, but my endorsement this week of right-wing human PayDay bar A.J. LaFaro and the rest of his "crazytown" slate of candidates for MCRC leadership positions worked its evil magic at Saturday's co ... More >>
State Representative Ben Arredondo has become the fourth member of the state Legislature's current class to resign because of some sort of scandal.Arredondo, who pleaded guilty to two felony charges last week, was ordered to resign from the House as part of his plea agreement.See also:-Ben Arredondo ... More >>
Soon-to-be-former state Representative Ben Arredondo pleaded guilty today to two felony charges, including one that wasn't even mentioned in the original indictment.Arredondo pleaded guilty to one count of "honest services mail fraud" -- related to the ticket-bribery exchange he had going on with un ... More >>
A change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow in the bribery case involving state Representative Ben Arredondo, meaning he's scheduled to plead guilty.Arredondo was indicted in May on charges of bribery, fraud, attempted extortion, and making false statements for allegedly getting the tic ... More >>
Talking Points Memo uncovered some details yesterday about the FBI allegedly using lobbyist Mike Williams as the middle-man between Tempe City Council members and a fake corporation in its bust of former city councilman and current state Representative Ben Arredondo.The question people may have is, ... More >>
State Representative Ben Arredondo pleaded not guilty (as expected) yesterday to charges of bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and making false statements.A motion to keep evidence in the case secret -- which revealed "other investigations," which are "both closed and ongoing" -- was denied.It's li ... More >>
A filing submitted in federal court Wednesday in the bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements case of state Representative Ben Arredondo explains that the feds don't want a bunch of information to be publicly disclosed in the case because of "other investigations," which are "both cl ... More >>
If you're doing shady stuff at the City of Tempe or the Arizona Legislature, go buy a shredder, or book a ticket to Morocco or something.A filing submitted in federal court yesterday in the bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements case of state Representative Ben Arredondo explains t ... More >>
State Representative Ben Arredondo was charged by a grand jury today with bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and false statements -- all for a few thousand dollars worth of tickets to ballgames and charity events.According to the indictment, Arredondo -- a Republican-turned-Democrat who served on t ... More >>
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman will not seek re-election.Tempe's mayor, whom New Times persuaded to use the word "sucks" 11 times during a Tempe City Council meeting after he ruthlessly censored the word the week before, will not seek re-election.Mayor Hugh Hallman announced at a City Council meeting l ... More >>
TempeTempe Mayor Hugh Hallman no longer "sucks" in New Times eyes.Say what you will about Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, but he's a man of his word -- at least when it comes to the word "suck."In an apparent attempt to make up for his ruthless censorship of New Times'' work, the mayor said the word "s ... More >>
Attention Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman: censorship "sucks." The word "suck" is apparently too offensive for Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman to utter -- at least in the middle of a city council meeting.At last night's meeting of the Tempe City Council, Hallman presented two Phoenix New Times "Best of Phoenix ... More >>
Augustus Shaw, a Republican running for State Legislature, failed to close out a political action committee he started when he ran for Tempe City Council in 2004, officials say. Because of state campaign-finance laws, Shaw should have either terminated the PAC or filed finan ... More >>
Phoenix New Times (From left) Tempe City Councilman Ben Arredondo, Representative Ed Ableser, Representative David Schapira, and Senator Meg Burton-Cahill The Democratic Party is mixing things up a bit. At a press conference this afternoon, state Senator Meg Burton-Cahill announced sh ... More >>
Remember all those eager reports in the news last fall ballyhooing the arrival of a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market just a mile from downtown Tempe? The grocery chain was applying to the Tempe City Council for a liquor license. It sounded delightful, but more than six months later the building ... More >>
Poster from the Prestons' Mesa tattoo shopFollowing a court order, the Tempe City Council will discuss at its meeting tonight what to do next with a the case of a tattoo parlor that had its business license revoked after neighbors complained it might make the area seem seedy.The Tempe City Attorney' ... More >>
. . . will it be any better than downtown Tempe?
The state tries to halt out-of-control ambulance contracts but cities might have the last word
Former state senator Harry Mitchell's clueless about what exactly he'll do if elected to Congress
The feathered fiend bombs a naive national homeless advocate, then woodpecks haughty City Hall suits and clueless condo yups in Tempe
Neil Giuliano bids adieu to Tempe mayordom
Because Hugh Hallman went suddenly silent, Tempe wound up losing the Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl
Nita's, the queen of Tempe's music scene, shuts her doors
Letters from the week of January 8, 2004
Nita's holy-rolling opposition changes its tune but its sermon stays the same
What was the Audubon Society thinking when it named a pro-development Republican to head its new statewide effort?
From the week of August 23, 2001
From the week of October 19
Developers and anti-growth activists want a piece of Tempe's mythical mountain
Tempe City Council primed to pass new "sidewalk squatting" law
A Tempe activist wins the first round in a civic skirmish to soften the city's innovative rental-housing rules. But look for a new and improved version later this year, after landlords and tenants forge a compromise code.
Mesa residents claim a Tempe councilwoman's home is being spared from high-tension lines--at their expense
Egoconsumed developers, lobbyists, flacks, detectives and lawyers generate fear and loathing a la Barbarians at the Gate. The reason? Two proposed outlet malls the Valley doesn't really need.
TEMPE WANTS TO RUIN A WORLD-CLASS SWIMMING FACILITY. ASU SAYS, "GO AHEAD."
CITY OF TEMPE DOES LITTLE TO PROTECT A PRIZE LANDMARK