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Arizona DPS officer goes rogue, gets busted ... by mom — Department of Public Safety Officer Keith Anderson sighed deeply. He knew he was caught. "I was a worried someone like you would find out about this," he told me "I didn't want that to happen." I don't blame him.

Arpaio's losing team tries to blame the referee — It's the strategy of every bad coach and every disgruntled fan: When you team loses, blame the referee. That's what the lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio are trying to do. Arpaio's attorneys filed a motion Friday calling for the removal of U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow from Arpaio's civil contempt case.

Does justice end at border for grieving Mexican mother? — Back in 2012, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot 10 times in the back and head by a Border Patrol agent firing through the fence into Mexico. There reportedly had been calls about drug smugglers, and claims that rocks were being thrown.

Rogue towns outlaw our right to give kids lung disease — This is outrageous. At least that's how I expect Arizona lawmakers will see it. First , earlier this week the city council of Kingman decided that if grown-ups in automobiles callously put the health of child passengers at risk they will be fined $50. (Although, only if they first get pulled over for a traffic offense.)

Will Douglas's dunce-like tantrum protect bad teachers? — A lot of good teachers I've heard from aren't fond of State School Superintendent Diane Douglas. On the other hand, bad teachers should love her. Douglas's threw (and is continuing to throw) a hissy fit over the fact that staff members of the Arizona State Board of Education moved out of the Education Department building into the Governor's tower because of what they called a "hostile work environment."

Our calendar's off, we've already had two Memorial Days — This week Memorial Day happened again, when Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan, 21, was killed in the crash of a hybrid military aircraft in Hawaii during a training exercise. His commanding officer said, "Lance Corporal Determan represents the best America has to offer.

That night Letterman and I fed a baby, then time passed — It must be weird knowing that a generation of complete strangers think of you as a friend, as someone they hung-out with, as someone they looked forward to seeing, as someone they counted on to distract them from whatever was bugging them.

Ward wants nada for kids, says nada on noose for McCain — State Sen. Kelli Ward, a possible Republican challenger for Sen. John McCain, still hasn't answered the question a few of us had about her being at a gathering in Tempe where one of the speakers said McCain should be hanged as a traitor.

Has Kayla Mueller already become Kayla Who? — After all these years on the job I know I'm being set up for a smack down when a caller begins the conversation, as this one did, with, "You must be very proud." She paused.

Kelli Ward still mum on McCain should be 'hung' comment — Last week Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs took a little heat for attending an event - and saying nothing -- after a speaker said that Sen. John McCain should be hanged for treason. Biggs defended his silence by claiming he did not wish to interfere with the speaker's First Amendment rights.
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May 24, 2015

RT @congressBot: RT @JeffFlake Heart-warming story told well @ejmontini about a DPS officer I'm also proud to call family

May 24, 2015

RT @JeffFlake: Heart-warming story told well @ejmontini about a DPS officer I'm also proud to call family…

May 22, 2015

What's with these two town councils telling us we can't kill our kids? via @azcentral

May 22, 2015

Arpaio's strategy: When the game is in doubt -- when losing big time -- blame the umpire. via @azcentral

May 22, 2015

RT @cjfleischman: #ContemptibleJoe Will fed courts run out of $ b4 his legal defense fund is drained. Or he's running out the clock.…

May 22, 2015

Does justice end at border for grieving Mexican mother? via @azcentral

May 22, 2015

RT @Luis1SCHMIDT: .@afscme2384 @ejmontini @MrSethLandau #KochBrothers tentacles R strangling democracy,education liberties,environment,elections & now #ASU:-(

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