Lost in all the big statewide races in Arizona's primary election are hard-fought congressional battles in which Democrats are trying to clinch a Phoenix-area seat and Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Democratic incumbents in three districts.
If you turn on the television, or open your mailbox, this year’s election is being dominated by a slew of topics with immigration, gun rights and personal attacks being the most common. Each of these issues obscures what should be the most important priority in this election: the future of education in our state.
So what to make of Ferguson, Missouri, and the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer? We have clearly conflicting stories as to the sequence of events that day, but one thing all sides agree on is this: Brown was unarmed.
Saying they have jurisdiction, members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission refused Thursday to kill an investigation into whether a commercial aimed at Scott Smith was really designed to undermine his gubernatorial bid.
I'm a sucker for a film that shoots for infinity but barely scrapes into the atmosphere. I appreciate the effort and the willingness to do something a little different in order to bring a modicum of ingenuity and interest into a medium that thrives and lives on repetitiveness and creature comfort.
The “Interrupteds” are remodeling, which is a pleasant way of saying that we have ripped off the back end of our house and have been single-handedly air-conditioning the neighborhood for the last month or so.
Chandler resident John Anderson has always had an appreciation for the Old West. It stems from his relation to a Los Angeles policeman named James Woodard, who happened to be friends with famous Western lawman Wyatt Earp.
More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.
Even if Arizona lucks out and elects a lion hearted governor, it’ll still take herculean commitment to cut controlling ties to various federal programs. With summer primaries revving up, think of the gutsy governors of Utah, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas. Their courage is remarkable.
Another senseless act of mass violence in California (a state with some of the more restrictive gun laws in the USA) and we see the now repeated call for more gun control. A friend of mine reposted a Facebook comment from comedian John Oliver (I had no idea who John Oliver was until I researched and found out he’s now part of “The Daily Show” — go figure) that “One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in the regulation of guns.”
“One thing is certain: Although they only work 111 days a year, none of Arizona’s congressional delegation has taken the time to visit patients in the VA hospital. And what about veteran John McCain? In 20 years in Washington, he apparently never visited Walter Reed with its crumbling paint and horrible conditions, even though it was less than 10 miles from his office.”
Seth MacFarlane is one talented guy. Sure, a lot of people have written him off for his “lowbrow” and “tasteless” sense of humor. But few modern performers have mastered such “lowbrow” comedy through everything from animation to feature film to songwriting to live performances. The one thing MacFarlane has yet to do is get in front of the camera and star in a movie. We all know that he’s a gifted voice-over actor, as seen in “Family Guy,” “Ted,” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (yeah, he played the guy in the containment suite believe it or not). Does voice-over acting transfer well to screen acting, though? In MacFarlane’s case, it does.
This image released by Outpost Films & Saboteur Media shows Sterling Jones on the 240B machine gun during a firefight at OP Restrepo, in Afghanistan, in the documentary film, "Korengal," by director Sebastian Junger. The movie is in limited U.S. release on May 30, 2014, and goes nationwide soon after. (AP Photo/Outpost Films and Saboteur Media)