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

Confederate flag rally just a sad cry for attention

azcentral.com — The loud, spiteful rally at a Phoenix mosque a few months back got some media attention, but that attention faded. Fast. So the same people (although a lot fewer of them) gathered outside a Walmart in Phoenix to stage a loud, spiteful rally that supposedly had something to do with the Confederate flag.

Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons

azcentral.com — Now that the riot has been quelled at the Arizona State Prison-Kingman it's time for taxpayers to stage an uprising of our own - against private prisons. The facility in Kingman is run by Utah-based Management & Training Corp. In 2010 three inmates escaped from that same prison.

Deport criminal immigrants to save guys like Grant: Column

usatoday.com — Criminal illegal aliens must be deported before they attack hardworking citizens like 21-year-old Grant. I don't know anyone who wasn't horrified and heart-broken when news broke that 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck, a good kid working hard, was shot dead while clerking at a QuikTrip store in Mesa in January.

Time to immunize Arizona (and me) against anti-vaxxers

azcentral.com — The anti-vaxxers attacked with needles primed and ready to inject me with a solution of bile and bad puns. I wrote online that Arizona should follow California's lead and remove all exemptions to vaccine requirements for admission to school, public or private, except for those medically indicated.

Flagstaff folks declare independence...from the state

azcentral.com — With nary a gunshot fired and very little media fanfare a group of folks in Flagstaff (and their lawyers) staged a revolution against the state of Arizona -- and won. "It was a very good day for local communities," said attorney Shawn Aiken.

Temporary truce ends in AZ's battle over abortion pill

azcentral.com — There was supposed to be a temporary truce in Arizona's battle over what doctors here must say -- or not -- to woman seeking a medical abortion. During the past legislative session, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill that would require abortion providers to tell patients that it is possible to reverse a medication abortion.

Dealing with the monsoon's jealous boyfriend: Dust

azcentral.com — If summer in the desert were a Stephen King thriller or a Shakespearean romance - and it's both - a dust storm would be the jealous boyfriend of monsoon rain. Dust is blustery, possessive. Dust has a temper. (Don't call him "Haboob." That really sets him off.)

Trump proving that bigotry still has appeal

azcentral.com — Wait...What? Donald Trump says this: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." And his Republican presidential campaign numbers go...

Deport criminal immigrants to save guys like Grant

azcentral.com — I don't know anyone who wasn't horrified and heart-broken when news broke that 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck, a good kid working hard, was shot dead while clerking at a QuikTrip store in Mesa in January.

Arizona should copy California and require vaccines

azcentral.com — California's legislature just passed a law removing all exemptions to vaccine requirements for admission to school, public or private, except for those medically indicated. This time -- this ONE time -- Arizona should copy California. Gov. Jerry Brown said, "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.
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Jul 06, 2015

RT @BarbLubin: And will the private prison be sent the bill for the state personnel who had to restore order to the prison? twitter.com/ejmontini/stat…

Jul 06, 2015

RT @152mph: @ejmontini @azcentral I do think of the press as "pushers". But we the people that read what is being pushed can make choices.

Jul 06, 2015

Confederate flag rally in Phoenix was just a sad cry for attention. And, sadly, we gave it to them. azc.cc/1IFgs0b via @azcentral

Jul 06, 2015

RT @davidflucier: @ejmontini @repcampbell @azcentral IL Ducey and Legislature will do nothing except continue doing the same & hope for be…

Jul 06, 2015

Yo, @repcampbell, you were right about private prisons. Will guv and legislature do anything about it? azc.cc/1M7vavI via @azcentral

Jul 06, 2015

Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons azc.cc/1M7vavI via @azcentral

Jul 05, 2015

Perhaps you guys can talk to my spouse, and kids, and brother, and extended family, and friend, and employers... twitter.com/n_levia/status…

Jul 05, 2015

RT @n_levia: @ejmontini @azcentral Agreed! The entire country needs a law to protect the vulnerable against anti-vaxxers!

Jul 05, 2015

AZ needs a law to protect babies, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems from anti-vaxxers azc.cc/1ICG5Pj via @azcentral

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