Another year, another half-cocked secession “movement.” As always, Arizona’s fringy separatist sentiments reveal fascinating things about its character
Former Arizona lawmaker Karen Johnson remembers the sneers and insults, the unkind op-eds and political cartoons. And for what? All she did was try to dissolve the federal government.
Back in 2000, Johnson – then a Mesa-based member of the Arizona House of Representatives – chaired the five-person committee that approved House Concurrent Resolution 2034, which granted Arizona and other states the right to “establish a new federal government for themselves” should the United States declare martial law, confiscate firearms or usurp states’ authority in matters such as abortion and public land use. Johnson’s committee ratified the resolution with a 3-2 vote.
After years of highly publicized problems and child deaths on its watch, Arizona’s Child Protective Services is changing its system in major ways. Will it be enough to curb our staggering statistics?
Jacob Gibson was a little boy with a big smile and curly hair who loved to play soccer. His name was familiar to Arizona’s Child Protective Service workers. CPS had received numerous reports of abuse toward Jacob since 2005, including a 2007 report of bruises on his legs,
A recent Travel + Leisure readers’ poll paints an unkind
portrait of Phoenix. Are we really that boring and backward?
The good news: We Valley folk are neither as dirty nor as fat as our counterparts in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Atlanta. The bad: Our theater scene sucks, and our fashion sense makes Memphis look like Milan.
Relax, angry-email-writer: Those aren’t our assessments. They come from our colleagues at Travel + Leisure magazine, which recently asked its well-traveled readers to grade 35 American cities for hospitality, quality of dining, climate and other lifestyle metrics. The magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities” survey included 56 categories, touching on everything from “tech savvy” to “friendliness” to “ethnic food” – a detailed mosaic of urban character and visitability.
The recent flurry of female-related legislation has lead many to declare – and deny – the existence of a War on Women. As usual, Arizona finds itself on the front lines.
Two thousand fifty. That’s approximately the number of legal provisions introduced nationally in 2011 and early 2012 related to women’s reproductive health and rights. Thought we were in the Year of an Election? The Year of Recession Recovery? The Year of the Dragon? Nope, it’s the Year of the Uterus. And Uterus Central is Arizona.
Useful information about the newly-illicit “bath salt” narcotics profiled in this month’s Hot Topics. Chemicals commonly found in “bath salts”:
* - currently unrestricted, but could be prosecutable under the Federal Analog Act
+ - banned in Arizona
# - federally banned
The rise of radical Islam – and Islamophobia – compels Valley Muslims to address their otherness. “Pre-9/11” and “post-9/11” have become such weighted signifiers of time and culture for Americans that we use them ...
God and Government
How much power do religious-interest groups really have at the Arizona Capitol? “It was the first day that I guess I made it more public that I received any kind of backlash about it,” Rep. Juan Mendez says. “I was a little afraid,...
Phoenix has world-class sports facilities, teams in every major pro sport and a large media market. So why don’t we have the championships? It was a joke that hit too close to home. Near the top of a list of “10 Things No One from Phoeni...
The Terrifying Ten
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State of the State
From the economy to immigration, we take stock of the state as Arizona dives into 2015. ...