News Columnist for The Arizona Republic. E-mail me at

Montini: Did Andy Biggs help the polygamists in Colorado City? — Senate President Andy Biggs. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic) Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs is the big dog (politically speaking) in the four-person race to replace Rep. Matt Salmon in Arizona's Congressional District 5. It's a Republican district. The general election is, sadly, superfluous. If you win the primary, you win.

Montini: Why Latino lives (don’t) matter — Gabriel Rodelo (cq) , 2, of Phoenix with family at a SB 1070 protest in 2010 (Photo: Cheryl Evans/ THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC) I've lived in Arizona for over 30 years and for over 30 years well-meaning newspaper writers and well-educated political scientists and well-connected civil rights activists have predicted that Latinos are about to become the dominant voting block in Arizona.

Montini: Admitting we don’t give a damn about that little Syrian boy — Omran Dagneesh (Photo: AP) The photograph was moving. You couldn't help but be moved by it. To be saddened. There was 5-year-old Omran Dagneesh, stunned, dust-covered, bloody, sitting in a chair in an ambulance after an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, destroyed the apartment building where his family lived.

Montini: Former host flays frat boys at Fox News — Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host, (Photo: AP) She thought she was joining an serious, conservative television news institution. Instead, she walked into "Animal House." Or so she alleges. Former Fox News broadcaster Andrea Tantaros, like former anchor Gretchen Carlson, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, former CEO Roger Ailes and other Fox executives.

Montini: Arpaio and Trump double down on race card — Sheriff Joe Arpaio and presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo: Associated Press) They're in the same high-stakes political game, playing at different tables and they've each been losing - big. So they've decided, each of them, to double down on the race card.

Montini: 100 Club must be 100 percent transparent to restore trust — Bob Welsch reads a poem about first responders during the 46th annual tribute to fallen first-responders at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Az.

Montini: Arpaio will outlast circling vultures — The vultures circling what they believe to be the carcass of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are about to develop very sore wings. Believe me, I know. I've been in the sky making wobbly circles above Arpaio's supposed political carcass for more than 20 years.

Montini: Would aquarium visit benefit dolphin prison? — The reader had a moral dilemma and, even worse, she thought I could resolve it. "I'm hoping you can give me some advice," she wrote. "I'm the mother of two small children and I was thinking that I'd someday like to take them to the OdySea Aquarium that's opening soon (just outside of Scottsdale on land owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community).

Montini: About those 62 kids supposedly killed by marijuana — Detail from the 1936 movie poster for 'Reefer Madness.' (Photo: Public Domain) Now that a judge has tossed the lawsuit attempting to keep us from voting on the Proposition 205 (The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol), I suspect that opponents of the initiative will escalate the fear tactics.

Montini: McCain is sticking with Trump. Period. End of story — The ties that bind. (Photo: The Republic) Veterans delivered petitions to John McCain's office this week asking the senator to drop his support for Donald Trump. There were more than 100,000 signatures. They did the same thing earlier this month at his office in Washington, D.C.
More Articles →
Aug 28, 2016

RT @chrisherstam: @ejmontini @azcentral McCain, Flake & Ducey at a hateful Trump AZ unity event? Courageous Carolyn Allen would tell Trum…

Aug 27, 2016

RT @drakestevens: There seems to be 1 theme that threads through all politicians and elections- that is re-election. (Term Limits) 

Aug 27, 2016

RT @TyJuanOn: Montini: Will McCain and Flake join Trump on the 'unity' stage?  via @azcentral @ejmontini

Aug 27, 2016

Montini: Will McCain and Flake join Trump on the 'unity' stage?  via @azcentral

Aug 27, 2016

RT @JillDLawrence: .@ejmontini: Latino lives won't matter to Trump, #GOP, AZ et al until #Latinos start voting bigtime  @usatoday

Are You a Journalist?

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Create a Portfolio