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Pat McMahon

'The Innocents'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has had it all.

She's been the torchbearer for the legislative right, and then they turned on her for her Medicaid stance. She has been the object of criticism and satire by the national media, like "Saturday Night Live and Jon Stewart [of "The Daily Show"]. She's lost her place debating on local television, and her finger, pointed in President Obama's face, became the worldwide "digital" story for some time.

And today, I applaud her for her dramatic dissolution of Child Protective Services, as announced in Monday's State of the State address.

Now, I admit that what you hear may be the sound of only one hand clapping, because so much needs to be done and the state is starting at the beginning by creating a brand new cabinet-level agency headed by Arizona Juvenile Department of Corrections Director Charles Flanagan.

It almost had to be this way.

CPS has been the focus of criticism for its inability to protect the children of Arizona for as long as I can remember. For all of our children, the loved and unloved, we must fervently hope that this is the change that is needed.

If it is, I'll applaud with both hands, and it will be a standing ovation.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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