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News Columnist — Arizona Republic

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

Arias media blackout OK with this media guy

Gilbert School Board aids abortion advocates

azcentral.com — The Gilbert School Board did a tremendous favor to those who want students to have access to information about everything from contraception to abortion. They censored that information. In a 3-2 vote the board backed a conservative religious group and ordered a change to the district's a high-school honors biology textbook, arguing that it does not align with state regulations on how abortion is to be presented to public-school students.

Don't jail Shanesha Taylor -- elect her!

azcentral.com — So, it turns out that Shanesha Taylor is pretty much exactly like the Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature, except she is being treated much more harshly. And over a lot less money. Shanesha is the mother who got busted for leaving her kids in a car while she went on a job interview.

Voters getting a chance to rescue the rescuers

azcentral.com — It lasts only 30 seconds, but it's the closest that Phoenix firefighter Chris Pearce will ever come to working with his father, Ricky. "The response to what we did has been really great," Pearce told me. "I was a little worried about how the ad would affect my sister and my mom.

Don't see red over Brewer's China vaca...business trip

azcentral.com — As it turns out Gov. Jan Brewer and I actually do have something in common: Communist China. Over the years I periodically have been told by enthusiastic readers that I should move to the People's Republic. Gov. Brewer, on the other hand, is actually there. She left last week.

Shooting inquiries answer the 'who' but never the 'why'

azcentral.com — There's only one thing we know for sure about the shooting at a high school in Marysville, Washington. That is: We will never make sense of it. There have been so many shootings like this that they don't shock us. They sadden us. They make us sick to our stomachs.

Return of SB1062? New moves to legalize discrimination

azcentral.com — You knew there would be backlash over a court's decision to toss Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage. So here it is. Already an employee of the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court's Office may not want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples owing to "religious or moral objections."

'Saved' by county hospital, hoping to return the favor

azcentral.com — When he was a boy and walking with some friends to kindergarten Sammy Chavira got too close to a loose wire on a cyclone fence and it pierced his right eye. He lost half of his sight, but he gained a unique vision. "My parents worked hard but we didn't have much," he said.

Would Joe Arpaio use Ebola to get attention? Duh...

azcentral.com — If there's a big story in the news Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will find a way to hitch his wagon to that headline. Even Ebola. Arpaio issued a press release this week saying that a Sheriff's deputy who returned from a yearly visit to Sierra Leone has been placed on 21-day leave to make sure he does not have the virus.

If Dr. Seuss covered the Jodi Arias trial

azcentral.com — Her name rhymes with nefarious. (We claim we do not care-ious.) But the media would not dare-ious Ignore the trial of Arias. Her position is precarious. Of that we are aware-ious. She should not have a prayer-ious. Yet still we sit and stare-ious. Our reasons are quite various. From serious to gregarious.
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Oct 31, 2014

Reader: As a kid what did you want to be on Halloween? Me: A Pirate. And not just on Halloween. I hold to that dream. pic.twitter.com/3VhR1VAJZz

Oct 31, 2014

@RobbieSherwood Bad policy and REALLY bad logic. Adult Lesson 1: How to get kids interested in a subject? Censor it. azc.cc/1tGaWT9

Oct 29, 2014

RT @bmaz: @JustADCohen @azcentral The otherwise mild mannered Murray Snow. He is not a happy camper. Also, @LaurieRoberts and @ejmontini are great.

Oct 29, 2014

Article in @politico on the return of the 'mean' John McCain. Return? When did that guy ever leave? politi.co/1u8t1eF

Oct 29, 2014

AZ lawmakers treat kids worse than Shanesha Taylor. Rather than jail her, maybe we should elect her. azc.cc/1wDITnf via @azcentral

Oct 28, 2014

If Prop 487 doesn't impact police and firefighters why are they so opposed? Just ask them. azc.cc/1wvTNeV via @azcentral

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