Christine Jones Accepts Global Warming, and Really Admires Hillary Clinton

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GOP gubernatorial hopeful Christine Jones held a tele-town hall Monday night to address criticisms being leveled at her campaign from fellow Republicans.

She deserves points for the effort, though with National Review Online digging up an old Facebook post of hers from 2012, encouraging people to "get excited" about Obama's re-election, and a recent gaffe during an interview with Fox 10 where she said she often shoots her gun "with my eyes closed," she may need more tele-town halls before the primary's over.

One a week might be about right, the way she's going.

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Activists Say Response to Transgender Woman's Rape in Eloy Detention Center Is Unacceptable

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The Eloy Detention Center.

Activists say authorities' response to the alleged rape of a transgender woman at an immigrant detention facility in Eloy was unacceptable.

Marichuy, whose legal name is Jesus Leal Gamino, claims she was sexually assaulted by her cellmate last month at the Eloy Detention Center, after she says she warned detention staff about getting threats from the cellmate. Activists speaking on her behalf say Marichuy still isn't safe from future assaults.

"Transgender people are not safe in their facility," Margie Diddams of the Arcoiris Liberation Team tells New Times.

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Superintendent Race Heats Up: Garcia Accuses Huppenthal of Flip-Flopping on Common Core

Matthew Hendley

The debate over Common Core has been central to the race for State Superintendent of Public Education, and one challenger of incumbent John Huppenthal's claims that his opponent is sending mixed signals on exactly where he stands.

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Ersula Ore, ASU Assistant Professor in Viral Arrest Video, Gets Nine Months' Probation

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Ersula Ore, the assistant professor at Arizona State University whose violent arrest became national news because of a viral video, was sentenced today to nine months' supervised probation.

Ore pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of passively resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. She'd been charged originally by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office with three misdemeanor counts and one felony count of aggravated assault on a police officer related to the May 20 arrest.

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Facebook Down for a Few Minutes: Did the World Survive?

Facebook went down this morning in an apparent worldwide outage, throwing social media users into a panic and boosting the use of rival site Twitter.

With no Facebook on which to share thoughts for -- what, about 23 minutes? -- Twitter was abuzz with various quips and laments about the temporary freeze-out.

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Maricopa County Mugshots of the Week: Let's Get Weird


At the end of the week, we bring you a roundup of visitors to the desert's own Fourth Avenue Jail. To be considered for our Maricopa County mugshots of the week, get arrested, strike a pose, and we'll take care of the rest.

This week, prepare for weirdness. Enjoy.

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Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Barrow Scientist, to Hold News Conference on Monday

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Peter Steinmetz, the brain scientist arrested last week after bringing an AR-15 to the airport, plans to address reporters at a Monday news conference.

Steinmetz is scheduled to appear and give a public statement at 3 p.m. Monday at the law office of Marc Victor, 3920 South Alma School Road, Suite 5, in Chandler. He will appear alongside Victor.

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Phoenix McDonald's Workers Rally for Higher Wages, Better Working Conditions

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Martha Rodriguez, a McDonald's employee, speaks to press at this morning's rally.
Local McDonald's workers rallied for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to unionize without retaliation at a press conference this morning.

The workers are involved in the Fight for 15 campaign, a drive to push McDonald's and other fast-food chains to pay workers 15 dollars per hour.

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Doug Ducey's Record at Cold Stone Creamery Again on Blast

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It's like 2010 all over again, in more ways than one, when it comes to the self-described "conservative ice cream guy," Republican state treasurer and wannabe governor Doug Ducey.

Back in 2010, Democrat Andrei Cherny opposed Ducey in the treasurer's race, and took aim at Ducey's leadership of Cold Stone Creamery, which ended in 2007, after Cold Stone was sold to Scottsdale-based Kahala Corporation, and Kahala cut Ducey loose.

Kahala since has sold a controlling interest in its company to Canadian investors. But Ducey's reign at Cold Stone resulted in a lot of ticked-off franchisees, who blame Ducey and Cold Stone for them losing their shirts.

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Maricopa County Won't Appeal Ban on Self-Smuggling Prosecutions

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Maricopa County won't appeal a federal judge's ruling that prevents county officials from prosecuting undocumented immigrants for smuggling themselves into the country.

Such prosecutions were started by now-disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, using a relatively new anti-smuggling law that was enacted to target human smugglers, not those being smuggled. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Joe Arpaio agreed to make these arrests, and the prosecutions continued under current County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

A federal judge ruled in September that Arpaio and Montgomery could not continue to use this policy, stating that it conflicts with federal law, which does not consider it a crime to be in the country unlawfully.

"The County Attorney did not agree with the ruling, however we respect it and we will abide by it," Montgomery's spokesman Jerry Cobb tells New Times. "There is no change in his position that the federal government is not doing enough to meet its obligation of controlling the borders."

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Humanist Charity Raising Funds for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's Legal Aid

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The nation's largest humanist charity is raising funds to offer legal assistance to the unaccompanied immigrant children flooding over the border.

The Humanist Crisis Response program will donate the funds to two organizations that provide attorneys for minors in immigration hearings -- the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, and Kids in Need of Defense, which operates in California and Texas.

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Endorses County Supervisor Candidate Michael Johnson

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Michael Johnson, candidate for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

As early ballots begin arriving in mailboxes across Arizona, Mayor Greg Stanton is throwing his political support behind Michael Johnson, who is running for a seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Johnson, a former Phoenix city councilman, is running against fellow Democrats Steve Gallardo and Marie Lopez Rogers, to represent residents in the county's District 5.

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Senator John McCain Embraces Congressman Trent Franks' Anti-West Valley Casino Bill

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Senator John McCain at a oversight hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Arizona's political heavyweights have spent years in federal court challenging the legality of Tohono O'odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort, a casino near 91st and Northern avenues.

Since the law hasn't been on opponents' side, they've desperately been trying to change it.

Congressman Trent Franks, who is now joined by Senator John McCain, is attempting for at least the third year in a row to manipulate the terms of the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act with a narrow bill that would effectively block the Nation's casino.

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Seven People Involved With Motorcycle Gang Arrested in Beating at Phoenix Bar

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Seven people associated with a motorcycle gang have been arrested for allegedly beating a man and his girlfriend outside a Phoenix bar in March.

Police say the seven people are involved with a motorcycle gang called Latin Riderz, and face charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, and assisting a criminal street gang.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times the victims, a man and his girlfriend, were innocent people who were "literally just minding their own business" inside the River City Pockets bar on March 19, when they were confronted by the alleged gangsters.

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Barrow Neurological Institute Puts Peter Steinmetz, AR-15-Toting Doctor, On Leave

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The Barrow Neurological Institute has put its gun-toting brain scientist, Peter Steinmetz, on leave from his job.

Steinmetz made national headlines after he was arrested on Friday for mishandling a fully loaded AR-15 he'd brought with him to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Apparently, the gun-rights advocate was just trying to make a point about the legality of bringing a gun to the airport. But the incident has led to problems with his job as director of the Barrow's Neuroengineering/Human Neurophysiology Laboratory.

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Christine Jones Made Money from Porn, Was Pro­-SOPA, and Forgives Sheriff Paul Babeu's Sex­capades

Christine Jones at a recent event in North Phoenix, and Jones' top border security adviser, Paul "Studboi1" Babeu

Christine Jones and firearms? Sounds like a fine way to spend a Saturday.

Such was my thought when I found out Jones, a contender for the GOP nod for governor, would be at Shooter's Vault, a gun shop in North Phoenix, for a campaign meet­-and-greet.

See, I had a few questions for the 45­-year­-old former corporate attorney for, not the least of which was why she would have anything to do with sleazy Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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Arizona Supreme Court Allowing Candidate With Forged Signatures to Stay on Ballot

Categories: Election 2014
Matthew Hendley

A candidate with forged signatures on his nominating petitions won't be removed from the ballot, despite the existence of a state law against petition forgery.

Although Republican Senate candidate Toby Farmer attested to being present when these phony signatures were signed, the Arizona Supreme Court is allowing him to stay on the ballot in his primary challenge of Republican Senator Don Shooter.

Shooter tells New Times the "petition process has just been thrown out the window" with this ruling.

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Mary Rose Wilcox Continues to Slam Opponent Ruben Gallego on His NRA Approval Rating

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Wilcox for Congress campaign literature.

Campaign literature is filling mailboxes across the state as the August 26 primary election approaches. In Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, political attacks documented in ominous black and white flyers are in full swing.

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox knocks competitor Ruben Gallego in her flyers for earning a B+ approval rating from the National Rifle Association.

Ruben Gallego, a former state lawmaker, defends his records on guns in one flyer by pointing out that he's "supported legislation to expand background checks, renew the assault weapons ban, and keep guns out of schools."

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Unaccompanied Minor Children from Central America Testify Before Members of Congress

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Three children from Central America who came to the United States unaccompanied appeared before members of Congress on Tuesday to explain their journeys to the United States.

Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted the hearing with other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva said he didn't want people, especially members of Congress, to become "detached" from the issue of Central American children fleeing their countries for the United States, as several proposals have been made in Congress to deal with the issue.

"I think as a Congress we're missing the point of this whole issue," Grijalva said. "The point is that were talking primarily about children, we're talking primarily about their fleeing violence and fleeing many times for their own safety and lives. And we're missing the point that, as a nation, we're the embodiment of those values that protect the weaker, those values that protect the people fleeing persecution and prosecution."

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Barrow Neurological Institute Purges Website of AR-15-Toting Doctor, Peter Steinmetz

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Peter Steinmetz, a brain researcher at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, can be seen with an AR-15 in this airport surveillance video taken on Friday.
The prestigious Barrow Neurological Institute of Phoenix isn't saying much about the airport arrest on Friday of AR-15 toting top brain scientist Peter Nathan Steinmetz.

The institute is, however, erasing Steinmetz from its website in what appears to be a move designed to curb the dreadful PR arising from this embarrassing scandal.

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