News Columnist for The Arizona Republic. E-mail me at ed.montini@arizonarepublic.com

Montini: Lawmakers' solar switcheroo shows that stupid is as stupid votes

azcentral.com — Tom Hanks and Sally Field in "Forrest Gump," talking about that box of chocolates. (Photo: Handout, TNS) The Arizona Legislature is not like a box of chocolates. We know exactly what we're going to get. Even worse, lawmakers know us, and how easily it is too fool us, and just how to do so.

Montini: Proof in 4 letters that DeVry connection BOOSTS Arizona universities

azcentral.com — How an institution under investigation by the feds is actually good for our state universities. (Photo: David Kadlubowski, AZR) Before we get to the four letters I offer as proof that a DeVry connection is actually good for Arizona's universities I would like to say thank you to University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart.

Montini: Is Montgomery being prudent on freeway shooting case, or is he embarrassed?

azcentral.com — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Photo: Tom Tingle, Tom Tingle/The Republic) Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery presented a firm, reasoned, smarter-than-anyone-in-the-room demeanor at his press conference Wednesday, but I suspect that what he was really feeling, deep down, was...embarrassed.

Montini: YEEHAW! Ferget them durn kids 'n' such, we need more GUNS in public places!

azcentral.com — Clint Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josey Wales." (Photo: Handout, Warner Bros. Pictures) The Legislature can't figure out how to provide health care for poor kids, fund education, provide fair accommodations for all voters, protect vulnerable citizens from predatory lenders or preserve the democratic process from dark money, but...its working real durn hard to figure out even more ways to put GUNS in public places.

Montini: Millions for Koch Bros. University branch campuses - ASU and UA

azcentral.com — A protest in Palm Springs. (Photo: The Desert Sun) Funding foe the state's universities don't usually include "earmarks" for specific programs favored by right-wing billionaires. That kind of blatant politicizing of academic integrity doesn't happen in state-run, state-owned institutions of higher learning. Except here. (And several other universities around the country.)

Montini: Not buying Sen. McCain’s lame excuse for skipping GOP convention

azcentral.com — Senator John McCain (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic) Sen. John McCain will skip the Republican National Convention this year, an event at which he has played a significant role since the mid-1980s. He's been telling reporters that he'll be too busy campaigning. "I have to campaign for re-election, and I have always done that when I'm up," he said.

Ballot screw-up to cost taxpayers $400,000 (I swear, it wasn’t me!)

azcentral.com — I'm guessing that at least one keyboard at the county looks like this. (Photo: Santeri Viinamäki) I type for a living, and I have made more mistakes than you could imagine. Or maybe you could, since so many of you generously point out each one to me. Thank you. Word omissions.

Montini: Tax cuts for business; no health care for poor kids - #priorities?

azcentral.com — Children of the working poor remain on the outside looking in. (Photo: Anthony Kelly) You knew this was coming. The governor promised tax cuts so there were going to be some form of tax cuts, no matter what. Perhaps because somewhere down the line when he is running for something else he'll be able to say he cut taxes.

Montini: SI's Peter King is right; Pat Tillman should not be in NFL Hall of Fame

azcentral.com — Pat Tillman (Photo: DAVE CRUZ, AZR-D ) Sports Illustrated's Peter King is taking a lot of heat for saying the late Pat Tillman doesn't belong in the National Football League Hall of Fame. But he's right. And I'm pretty sure Pat Tillman would agree with him.

Montini: Bribing teachers to vote yes on Prop. 123?

azcentral.com — Vote for 123 and get some of this. (Photo: StockMonkeys.com) When logic, common sense and morality fail to make a winning argument the go-to strategy in politics it so play to voters' self-interest. Particularly if you're dealing with a group of voters who have been neglected or abused for a long time.
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Apr 28, 2016

Montini: Lawmakers' solar switcheroo shows that stupid is as stupid votes azc.cc/26xBQz9 via @azcentral

Apr 28, 2016

RT @JZSamm: APS, Koch, NRA, CAP. I'm going to get a bumper sticker: Arizona GOP: bought and paid for. azc.cc/1Txw7lM twitter.com/ejmontini/stat…8QCXSwApj

Apr 28, 2016

RT @BruceLesley: His daughter would be dead without KidsCare. - @ejmontini - Arizona Republic buff.ly/1SLAzxk #CHIPworks

Apr 28, 2016

RT @janer98: @First_Focus @ejmontini Unfortunately only rich kids qualify for compassion. Poor kids can get stuffed.

Apr 28, 2016

Montini: Proof in 4 letters that DeVry connection BOOSTS Arizona universities azc.cc/26x7MDK via @azcentral

Apr 28, 2016

RT @JZSamm: @ejmontini Election year. Pandering to NR, gun nut extremists. "Gun nut extremists"...armed...in parks...at sporting events... *shudder*

Apr 28, 2016

RT @ChildHealthUSA: His daughter would be dead without KidsCare. - @ejmontini - Arizona Republic buff.ly/1SLACsI #CHIPworks

Apr 28, 2016

RT @Campaign4Kids: His daughter would be dead without KidsCare. - @ejmontini - Arizona Republic bit.ly/1SLACck #CHIPworks


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