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Arizona Prime Cuts 2012

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The Most Read And By Default Best Arizona Articles Of 2012 Include The State Fair, The World’s Tallest Building, A Family Feud, Politics And Birther Shenanigans. Which Is No. 1?

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 31, 2012 —  The centennial year for the Grand Canyon State was a memorable one. The controversial SB 1070 was, for the most part struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in the summer, and the battle over the new legislative boundaries was enjoined.

But there was also much more to the year that was, as is indicated by the list of the most read Arizona articles on the pages of Modern Times Magazine in 2012, also known as the Prime Cuts. Our most read stories were about fun, politics, and family feuds.

Yea, business as usual, but entertaining nevertheless.

No. 7 — “Fun + Music + Games = Arizona State Fair”


People sure do like state fairs. Arizona is obviously no exception.

Our yearly preview of the Arizona State Fair was a hit, maybe because there were details on deals and special days at the fair.

But more than likely, so many people read this article because it reminded them that it was time to go on a roller coaster, drink beer and hear some good music.
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No. 6 — “Why Are Arizona Democrats Smiling?”


By the time votes were counted on election night, it was clear that although Mitt Romney had won the state and that Joe Arpaio would once again be elected Sheriff in Maricopa County, republicans would no longer have a death grip on the legislature.

In vindication of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s battles and eventual boundaries, democrats remained in the minority in the state legislature after election night, but the disparity better represents registered voter counts. And, there was no longer a republican supermajority in the legislature.

There was even better news for Arizona democrats in regards to the Congressional delegation. Although Richard Carmona was unable to defeat Rep. Jeff Flake, Kyrsten Sinema and Ron Barber waited more than a week to be confirmed as the winners in their races, consequently turning Arizona’s Congressional delegation blue by a 5 to 4 margin.

While all those facts made this article popular, it might also have been the comparison between Arizona and L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz. In our version, Sinema was Dorothy Gale.

No mention of Toto, however.
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No. 5 — “Arizona Birther Event Goes Bust”


In 100 years, the birth certificate “scandal” regarding President Barack Obama will likely be nothing more than a footnote on an uninformed population.

But during the summer of 2012 — and more than four years since it was first publicly unveiled as a urban myth — people were still claiming that Obama was not really a citizen of the United States. Although the belief in the grand Obama conspiracy lives on in many republican strongholds, it is especially vibrant in Arizona.

So, when a Joe Arpaio headlined “birther” event that was scheduled just before the primary was cancelled, people wanted to know why. Unfortunately, there was no real answer for that, as Arpaio continues to rail against the president.

But, it was still enough to show that the Tea Party movement which had infected the republican party like a jungle parasite, was weakening.
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No. 4 — “World’s Tallest Structure Coming To Arizona Border?”


When we first heard that a project was moving forward along the U.S. border with Mexico that would, if completed, result in the tallest buildings in the world being constructed in order to created to generate power, we knew we had to look into it. When we did, though, we thought it was even more peculiar than we had thought.

Since we first reported on this potential project in the little town of San Luis, Ariz., much has happened. Clean Wind Energy, the company pushing the downdraft towers — the name for the structures that would generate electricity by cooling super hot and dry desert air with water from the Gulf of Cortez and forcing that air through a plethora of turbines — has made some partners and finally gotten some investment. And the city has done its part by rezoning large swaths of land.

But the billions needed for construction are still just a dream.

Still, it is quite the story.
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No. 3 — “Arizona Congressional Races To Watch In 2012”


Everyone who cares knows how the 2012 election season has turned out, but few knew this summer. But people are interested in politics, as evidenced by the readership that this article garnered.

This article, though a time capsule moment, might be the last time anyone talks about some of these people in a public forum.

Too bad that Ben Quayle probably won’t be one of them.
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No. 2 — “Arizona Could Be First To OK Marijuana For Depression, Anxiety”


Arizona now has its first medical marijuana dispensaries, nearly two years after voters passed the law. Even though the medical marijuana issue was halted and attacked by Gov. Jan Brewer and others throughout the year, the Arizona Department of Health Services, or ADHS, took every mandated action, including considering new conditions eligible for prescriptions.

In April, the ADHS considered whether they might add post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, migraines, and depression to their list of debilitating medical conditions that would qualify for a marijuana prescription. Arizona would have been the first state — at the time — to make depression and anxiety a qualifying condition.

Although the state eventually decided that they didn’t want to open the floodgates, people all over the world were interested.
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No. 1 — “The Bill Johnsons Big Apple Family Feud”


In this, the centennial year for the state of Arizona, it is only fitting that the most read Arizona story on the pages of Modern Times Magazine was about a piece of Arizona history.

Bill Johnsons Big Apple is one of the most famous and iconic components of state history. Having been a key cog in the Phoenix’s downtown before it was split by the I-10, the restaurants spread throughout the Valley and still offer its signature sauces on grocery store shelves.

But at the end of 2011, the Johnson family, which oversaw the restaurants since the namesake passed in the 1960s, began to splinter. The pension fund was an issue, as was that a family and Arizona tradition was on track to oblivion.

Brothers Johnny and Rudy Johnson talked with Modern Times Magazine about the saga. After the story first appeared, the restaurants have stayed in bankruptcy court and the salvation of a part of Arizona history is still possible.

But the story of how the situation got this way is still an American tragedy.
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