Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Bread and Circuses on Blast in Randy Murray's The Joe Show

Most places in the United States are not dominated by a single personality. Sure, in Washington, President Obama's every movement is news, and in New York, it's Gotham's mayor who garners the most media time.

Yet here, in the nation's sixth-biggest city and fourth-biggest county, not a week goes by that we are not told -- usually more than once -- that Sheriff Joe Arpaio bestrides Maricopa County like a two-bit colossus with a bad haircut.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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