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Flawed forecast from Ducey and climate change skeptics — Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature might want to rethink those $100 million in cuts to education and put some of that cash into a science class ... for themselves. Ducey is "skeptical" about human-caused climate change. Likewise, the Legislature sent 10 anti-environmental resolutions to Congress and also is loaded with science deniers.

We need a public talk about private gun sale loophole — There are radicalized militants among us, like Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the two gunmen from Phoenix who were killed earlier this month by police while trying to attack a provocative cartoon contest in Texas. Other militants will want to acquire weapons the same kinds of weapons these guys had.

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.
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May 22, 2015

Rogue towns outlaw our right to give kids lung disease via @azcentral

May 22, 2015

Koch Brothers University (of Arizona)... all the slanted research money can buy. via @azcentral

May 21, 2015

RT @Rynosven: @ejmontini @azcentral and the lawyer representing Douglas is a former house majority leader. Theft of taxpayer $ in the name of politics.

May 21, 2015

Monday in Arizona will be our third Memorial Day this month. via @azcentral

May 21, 2015

Why bad teachers have reason to LOVE Diane Douglas. via @azcentral

May 21, 2015

RT @ericeatsout: @ejmontini I'm thrilled that the AZ Republic has been so willing to be vocally critical of Ducey. Perplexed why it so heartily endorsed him

May 21, 2015

Will Douglas's dunce-like tantrum protect bad teachers? via @azcentral

May 21, 2015

RT @MitziEpstein: AZ lost 2 marines waging peace this month. Thank you @ejmontini for reporting it so that we may not become hardened…

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