The Conservative's Corner
|By Team Ducey
Here are a few highlights:
- "We want flexibility to adapt healthcare regulations that reflect what our states' citizens need."
- "We want to ensure that the rug isn't pulled out from under people who need help and access to healthcare." That includes people with pre-existing conditions, who need insurance coverage just like everyone else.
- "And we want to get it right the first time without inflicting all the trauma that came along with Obamacare. Congressional leadership and [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Tom] Price are listening, and that alone is a vast improvement. We have a good framework to continue the conversation and move forward."
- Ducey says that a fix "won't happen overnight," but he is unwavering on a few points, namely that, "the taxes, mandates and federal control that comprise Obamacare should be repealed as quickly as possible, and the necessary elements of a healthcare plan that puts patients first and ensures the broadest possible access to quality healthcare should replace them."
Next Wednesday, City Council will be voting on a request to make Phoenix a Sanctuary City. I have and will continue to oppose this.
You hear many politicians make big promises about Phoenix becoming a Sanctuary City, but they are afraid to go on record and vote. That is why I believe this vote should happen.
Instead, I predict City staff will find a way to kill the vote before it takes place, so that those same politicians won’t have to put their money where their mouth is. Well, I’m not afraid of a vote. I will always vote NO to Phoenix becoming a Sanctuary City.
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Phoenix City Council
By Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix City Council District 6
Phoenix City Council will vote on a request for Sanctuary City status on February 15th at a formal council meeting.
I am firmly opposed to the effort to make Phoenix a Sanctuary City. I don't believe any local government should be able to pick and choose the laws they want to enforce. Additionally, I believe such a move would be illegal and would put our officers in the unethical position of having to ignore their oath to uphold state and federal laws.
Below is the press release from the City of Phoenix regarding today's Sanctuary City developments: Read the Full ReleaseRead more
Party Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary to be Elected Jan 28th
PHOENIX - Chairman Robert Graham announced the list of candidates seeking the Arizona Republican Party's top three elected officer positions. Additional nominations for these positions can be made from the floor at the party's January 28th Organizational Meeting, taking place at the Church for the Nations in Phoenix and starting at 9 am.
Candidates for Chairman: Jonathan Lines, Jim O'Connor, Frank Thorwald
Candidates for Secretary: Gabriela Mercer, Cindy Coleman, Marla Festenese
Candidates for Treasurer: Eric Morgan, William Beard, Wes Harris, Robert Lettieri
Elected Republican State Committeemen from each of Arizona's 15 counties will attend the meeting to vote on these positions and other party business. A formal call letter will be mailed to all state committeemen at least ten days before the meeting.
The state committee will also elect three members-at-large to serve on the state party executive committee, three from each of Arizona's nine congressional districts, with all candidates running from the floor.
Party Chairman Robert Graham appointed Barry Wong to serve as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, Kathy Petsas to serve as Chairman of the Bylaws Committee, and Sergio Arellano to be Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
The current tentative list of 1,235 state committeemen, including nominees not yet formally elected, is here:Read more
PHOENIX – As 2016 comes to a close, the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund has beat industry benchmarks by a wider margin than in previous years.
“This is recognition of the hard work and incredible staff at the State Treasurer’s office,” Treasurer DeWit said.
The fund beat many of the large public investment funds in the United States including CalPERS, CalSTERS, Dartmouth, MIT, Stanford and Harvard.
“Our conservative, America first portfolio of 1,500 stocks and 405 bonds show that keeping our own staff and not outsourcing the management of Arizona’s money to Wall Street not only saves the state tens of millions in fees but also has produced better results,” DeWit said.
The $5.3 billion Endowment returned 3.32% in the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. This compares to the median one-year return of negative -0.74% for all endowments, according to results published by Wilshire Associates and reported by Bloomberg, LLC. By these metrics, in the first full fiscal year under Treasurer DeWit Arizona’s endowment outperformed Wall Street’s average by over 4%. This outperformance has continued through the end of November, to soon be reported at the upcoming December Arizona Board of Investment meeting.Read more
By: Former State Senator Andy Biggs
I applaud the FBI for doing the right thing and re-opening their investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail. Secretary Clinton could be less than two weeks from becoming the next Commander-in-Chief of the greatest country on the planet, and the American people deserve to know everything about her handling of confidential and classified information. We cannot afford to elect leaders who put American secrets and top-level information in jeopardy. The lies and deceit from Hillary Clinton and her allies have damaged the integrity of our Republic. The American people deserve justice in this case.Read more
It was a great movie, La La Land that is. But it’s not a place we desire to see members of Scottsdale’s governing body go.
In the past we’ve been great fans of David Smith. Business experience. Financial acumen . Good person. A balanced understanding of those things that made for Scottsdale’s uniqueness.
Who wouldn’t want someone like that in the policy mix for “the best city in America” as Mayor Jim Lane likes to say?
But lately Smith seems more like Ryan Gosling in the almost Academy Award winning movie than the person that resonated with the Scottsdale electorate in 2014, gaining votes from many perspectives.
Indeed, he’s become the chief critic of Scottsdale’s thriving bar and restaurant scene. Asiding the meritlessness of his arguments Smith would be wise to review the results of candidates who virulently campaigned against the area the past few election cycles.
But it was another recent diatribe that makes us wonder if City Hall misfit Mark Stuart has body snatched Smith’s brain.
Last week the Scottsdale City Council wisely delayed taking down the large tent at WestWorld in the face of new information that the tent was actually making money, taking it down would be very costly for taxpayers and that serious questions remained about whether it could be done in a way so as not to hurt major WestWorld events like Barrett-Jackson, Good Guys car show and others.
Yet, Smith’s attitude was taxpayers be damned. The events, some of which pump $167 million per year into the city be damned. New information be damned.
Take it down no matter the cost and consequence because one person in DC Ranch has made it his quest.
Even Guy Phillips and Kathy Littlefield rejected Smith’s logic. Phillips in particular is becoming an underappreciated champion for the city’s tourism industry.Read more
On May 6th the race for the Kentucky Derby resumes. For two of the most exciting minutes in sports jockeying will abound during the run for the roses.
But in Paradise Valley a different kind of race has already begun, almost two full years ahead of when Mayor Michael Collins will pass the baton to his successor.
That’s because Collins took the highly unusual step of announcing so early that he would not again be seeking re-election. Typically, elected officials like to wait on such announcements to maintain as much of their standing and leverage for as long as possible. But Collins is no typical politician and he showed great integrity alerting the community he intended to abide by his two mayoral term pledge.
And that leads us to who might replace his big shoes. Unlike when former Mayor Scott Lemarr stepped away and Collins was such a prohibitive favorite no one ran against him, 2018 is likely to be entirely different. So let’s look at the potential field:
*Current Councilman Mark Stanton. Twice elected to council, a proven vote getter and someone who serves with a smile.
*Current Councilman Paul Dembow. No one wants the job more but no one has more political baggage. Can he overcome it? Time could be his friend if matters concerning the Paradise Valley Police Department get cleared up, or not.
*Current Councilman Jerry Bien-Willner. The favorite of at least one former Mayor the question is whether he has the moxy to be in that political caste system? At a time when most everyone in Paradise Valley is happy with the community’s direction it could be that a steady, cautious hand may appeal to the electorate rather than a salesman.
*Former Councilwoman Pam Kirby: She’s never lost an election. Twice elected to the Town Council and twice to the Scottsdale School Board. Kirby’s decision may be more a matter of who else gets in the race as to her jumping in early.Read more
On January 7, 2014, we raised the question of why, in this age of Phoenix political correctness, Mayor Stanton wasn't staying true to his roots, and fighting to rename Squaw Peak Drive. Here’s a link.
Well, it looks like he's finally found time. And stirred up a lot of controversy based on this recent front page article in the Arizona Republic.
Don’t look for this controversy to go away soon as residents clash with City Hall over the name change. Whatever your opinion, at least you can say you heard it here first.
To orchestrate an amazing comeback in the Super Bowl, as Tom Brady did, one doesn’t acquiesce to the rote. Quarterbacks have to call new plays on the spot, based on the information and defense they are seeing.
In Scottsdale, our quarterbacks are the City Council. And some time ago they made a decision to deconstruct the “Big Tent” at WestWorld used by Barrett-Jackson, Good Guys and numerous other shows because of one complaint by a significant contributor to Bob Littlefield’s mayoral campaign, and numbers provided by city staff that turn out to now be erroneous, to put it kindly.
Indeed, a City Council majority based its decision on representations that the Big Tent was actually costing Scottsdale money (lacking event revenue to cover its costs) and that decommissioning the structure would only cost $700,000.
Neither assertion turns out to be true, thanks to the persistence and due diligence of new Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson.
Indeed, the tent is actually making a chunk of change for the city and the charge to taxpayers wouldn’t be $700,000 as originally relayed but $2.6 million!
As one city insider put it, what firefighters, police officers or other cuts will be needed to accommodate this quixotic request?
And if math were not sufficient how about logic?Read more
A community spawned by the likes of William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor and Barry Goldwater is bound to be something special. But a quick review of the tony township’s current in-box isn’t just special, it’s extraordinary.
*A new version of the beloved Mountain Shadows hotel is set to open March 7th, along with an equally loved “Short Course,” the renamed links next door.
*The Ritz-Carlton is moving ground further east on Lincoln, promising yet more luxury and more resort and residential choice, not to mention a huge new influx of tax revenue for town coffers.
*And then there is the recently announced expansion of the best small hotel in Arizona one of the best in America, The Sanctuary Resort. The property is the embodiment of all that is right with Paradise Valley. Beautiful views. Sensitive footprint. Remarkable setting. Successful. Distinct.
Times are so good in Paradise Valley that Cullum Homes, the metropolitan area’s #1 Custom Home Builder as ranked by the Phoenix Business Journal, is having the biggest party in town tomorrow to showcase its impressive The Village at Mountain Shadows. The aptly named “7Cs Party” will host hundreds on site and feature caviar, cigars, cars, champagne, couture, car bars and the people responsible, Rod & Kim Cullum.Read more
Yesterday was Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane’s birthday. It was also his annual State of the City address, attended by a record 460 people.
That’s a testament to his leadership, and the landslide election victory he had in November.
But the most surprising part of his speech wasn’t his dedicatory remarks about the “best city in America,” it was in the way he concluded his speech. He did so with two forceful pronouncements that he intends to pursue a public vote on the controversial Desert Discovery Center as well as one to create a hybrid district system. Under this proposal Scottsdale would see its six at-large council seats shrink to three with others being elected from a specific southern, central and northern district. The three other councilmembers would continue to be elected at large, as would the Mayor.
On the heels of presiding over the best candidate campaign in Scottsdale since Robert Pettycrew’s in 1994, and after smashing nemesis Bob Littlefield, it would be easy for Lane to forget some of these key planks of his re-election campaign. After all, it’s his last term, leaving him unencumbered. But that’s not the kind of person he is.Read more
Partnership between ASU, Scottsdale's Desert Discovery Center to produce research, exhibits about local environment
There's nothing new about Arizona residents looking for sustainable ways to live in the desert, but a recent United Nations report has made the matter a worldwide concern.
Because of climate change, the UN says that by 2030 almost half of the global population will be living in "areas of high water stress," and that without intervention as many as 700 million people could find themselves displaced.
Enter ASU and its partnership with Scottsdale's future Desert Discovery Center, aimed at creating an expansive research center to teach "a global audience to value, thrive in and conserve desert environments."
"When people think of research they think of a classroom," said Sam Campana, executive director of the center and former Scottsdale mayor. "It's our goal not to have a classroom, but a living laboratory where people are out doing work that is important to those who live here and to anyone in an arid environment."
Aside from research, the center will have a public face, and ASU has been working with design firm Thinc to create a series of exhibits to address "what I can see, what I can't see and what does all of it mean?" Campana said. In total, it will create an experience that shows how we can be more in tune with our environment.
Thinc, according to its website, has become known for a "holistic approach" that "combines great design and execution with broad insight into the organizational, cultural and physical contexts surrounding a project." The firm has worked with museums, science centers, zoosand aquariums.
The center's research will come as the global population grows "mainly in regions that are already experiencing water stress and in areas with limited access to safe drinking water," according to the UN in a 2014 study.
Research collaborations could include water quality, use and supply, as well as climate-change adaptation and urbanization.
Other areas of focus will include soil-crust research, desert species, the intersection of open-space preserves and people.
"There are things going on in the desert that are in the deep in the crust, and they're teeming with life," said Duke Reiter, executive director of University City Exchange. "But without this research and a sophisticated guide, at both at a macro and micro scale, it would be impossible to see. Only the university could bring this component."
Researchers, brought in by ASU, will study desert-life sustainability, "an important step in preserving and understanding this land," said Duke Reiter, whose exchange tracks university's academic and research assets to apply them "for the greater good."
Desert Discovery Center leaders are clearing hurdles as they await approval from the city of Scottsdale.
"If you look at ASU's design's aspirations, this university takes its commitment to their community, applied research and sustainability very seriously," Reiter said, "which is what makes this is a great venue and leaves no reason for us to not be involved in this."
There are gadflies at City Halls. Every town or city has one, two or more. And then there are gadflies. Like big gad, horse flies. They don’t come any uglier or smellier than Mark Stuart in Scottsdale.
It’s not that he’s anti-establishment. Nothing much wrong with that. It’s that he’s in La La Land. But his music isn’t pretty. And typically lands in the dark, conspiratorial realm of the Art Bell coin.
And it’s not that he’s anti-Desert Discovery Center. So are we.
But as he approached the podium during a Scottsdale City Council meeting on Tuesday night his intentions were clear, and in violation of the law.
One cannot use government resources to proselytize about a political campaign. And that’s exactly what Stuart was attempting to do at a government run meeting, broadcast on public television.
He was warned not once, not twice but multiple times not to proceed by Mayor Jim Lane on the advice of the City Attorney. Stuart ignored all polite requests by Lane. Indeed, the mayor went to extraordinary lengths to explain that this law applies not just to those that wish to electioneer to oppose the Desert Discovery Center but to those that support it too. To coin a Fox News phrase, Lane’s approach was fair and balanced.
But Stuart didn’t want to adhere to the law. When given every chance to adhere he chose to disrupt. The Scottsdale Police Department could not have been more courteous and conscientious in escorting him out of the Kiva.
For anyone to suggest that Stuart is a martyr or this was Lane again being disrespectful to the anti-DDC position is preposterous. We either have laws, or we don’t.
The rhetorical thugs behind their DDC opposition, so thoroughly discredited by the city’s recent election results as well as insight such as this , don’t understand this. But the responsible, reasonable majority of Scottsdalians do. But don’t take our word for it, take Councilmembers Guy Phillips and Kathy Littlefield. Usual Stuart sympathizers on matters, they didn’t raise a finger or word to aid Stuart. Because even they knew no martyr was in their presence, just a goofy gadfly.Read more
One of the great Scottsdale stories of 2016 was the undeniable vibe that southern Scottsdale and her neighborhoods were an area on the move.
Its strengths have long been known – proximity to Scottsdale’s thriving downtown and nearby freeways, a surging SkySong, new breweries – and the marketplace in the form of new families and residents started to respond.
Mayor Jim Lane put a profound emphasis during his 2016 re-election on this turnaround. Here again the marketplace responded, voting to re-elect him in the southern city by wider margins than 2012.
But to continue the resurgence a critical part of the area must be addressed: public schools. It’s a fair question to ask if improvements aren’t made can southern Scottsdale continue its revitalization? Yes, charter schools can step in to address some voids. But ultimately it’s up to the backbone of the public education system to deliver, or not. A case in point is central Phoenix and the Madison school district. There, good schools equated to more families which in turn has created a mecca of cool and culinary where that didn’t exist previously.
That’s why it’s so gratifying to see south Scottsdale’s high school, Coronado, asking for help. CORONADO SUCCESS A COMMUNITY PRODUCT. And that ASU and the Scottsdale Charros have stepped up to the challenge should be applauded.
The Scottsdale Unified School District, of which Coronado is a part, has a relatively new leader, Denise Birdwell. The essence of leadership isn’t just to find a way through or around walls when necessary. It’s also being able to recognize that outside voices and resources may be necessary to scaling them and solving problems. This isn’t a matter of not being too proud to beg. It’s one of Birdwell being prideful and mindful of her position, seeking new ways of wisdom to students are successful not squandered.
We wish them all good luck.
If and when these capable leaders turn Coronado’s challenges into opportunities it won’t only be good news for the young minds there, it will be a catalyst to continue SoSco’s upward trajectory.Read more
Plans are underway to tap the further potential of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Click here for more info. This is smart planning by city staff and Mayor Jim Lane and the City Council.
But these plans should not languish. They should be funded as soon as they’re completed.
Home to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, arts festivals, Sunday concerts and souls that are enhanced every time they walk one of the city’s great municipal creations, the area can and should be more to help downtown.
With downtown Phoenix, Salt River Fields, a resurgent WestWorld, Tempe Town Lake and even Glendale seizing more festivals and special events Old Town needs an enhanced events venue.Read more
Michael Collins is the Mayor of Paradise Valley. He likes to get things done. He’s about the destination, not the journey. So are most of the rest of the people serving on the Paradise Valley Town Council. It’s a town of the accomplished. It’s also a town started by the likes of O’Connor, Rehnquist and Goldwater.
With historic names like that it might seem odd to argue the tony town’s end of history. But it may be at hand.
Consider that Mountain Shadows is rising again. Indeed, the hotel at its heart will re-open March 7th thanks to the enterprise of locals Scott Lyon and Bill Nassikas, and a very wise Town Council that paved the way for it all, unanimously, just several years ago.
Then there is the large swath of land at Lincoln and Scottsdale Road that’s been the home to dozens of acres of creosote for ages, but soon it will be an economic and luxury engine that is the Ritz-Carlton and associated residences.
Not too far away is a property that used to be a struggling stepchild of Paradise Valley resorts: The Cottonwoods. But just a few months ago it was reborn as the Andaz, an emerging hotel brand the world over. What they did to transform the tired property rivals that taking place at Mountain Shadows.
Even the town’s Bermuda Triangle, a bedeviling 4 acre parcel along Scottsdale Road north of Cheney Estates, appears ripe for resolution thanks to local residents Geoffrey Edmunds, Rod Cullum and a thoughtful approach by all including the Town of Paradise Valley and the Marriott Corporation. Underappreciated flood control problems may be resolved as part of the proposal too.
And mobile phone service is getting better as well!
So what’s left to do in Paradise Valley?
Well, it would be nice if the Smoke Tree Resort could smoke the peace pipe with someone, anyone to finally redevelop its chunk of land near AJ’s. Besides that however the police department has more resources to do a better job (except when it might be favoring certain councilmembers) and the town’s finances are in very good shape.Read more
By Virginia Korte
Last week I was officially sworn in to begin my second term on the City Council. I am looking forward to 2017 – especially working with our new City Manager, Jim Thompson.
In my inaugural remarks, I said, “My one promise to our citizens is not only to work hard, but continue to use my moral compass to put Scottsdale first in any decision I make moving forward.”
My number one priority this year will be to evaluate and advocate addressing some of the city’s deteriorating infrastructure.
During the coming months I will single out what I believe are some of our most necessary needs in order to continue enhancing our quality of life that attracts visitors and new businesses.
Transportation is one of our ‘most necessary needs’ and the city is obligated to tackle transportation issues, including increasing traffic that impacts our ability to travel throughout the city safely and efficiently. In 2015 voters rejected a bond question that would have improved the intersection of Hayden and Chaparral Roads and the intersections of Highland Avenue at Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard. The sidewalks in the downtown area also need to be repaired and some parking issues need to be solved to make downtown shopper-friendly for both our visitors and residents.
Those are just a few of the many transportation improvements that need to be addressed. But they are good places to start.
I hope you will join me in supporting our need to focus on the city’s infrastructure. I invite you to give me your thoughts by writing me at Korte@KorteScottsdale.comRead more
By Scottsdale Councilmember Virginia Korte
Last week we took the first significant step in solving our city’s infrastructure issues.
Mayor Lane appointed me and Councilmembers Guy Phillips and David Smith to a new Council Capital Improvement Project Subcommittee. The three us will be officially confirmed at the Council meeting on Tuesday, February 21st.
Recently, the city staff presented more than 40 capital improvement projects for the Council’s consideration. The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $84 million. That is a lot of money, and, quite candidly, it is going to be a challenge finding the funding for those projects. And this is the “tip” of the proverbial iceberg with our growing needs for reinvestment in the city’s infrastructure. It will take a combination of several different options to pay for all the projects over time.Read more
By: Virginia Korte
The city of Scottsdale and our nonprofit partner, Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, Inc., invite you to a public workshop regarding the proposed concept for the Desert Discovery Center. Please join us as we introduce you to our experience designer - Thinc Design - and architect - Swaback Partners. They will be leading you through a workshop that will highlight the new Desert Discovery Center concept.
The Desert Discovery Center concept is envisioned as an interpretive education and research center focused on understanding the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and what it can teach current and future generations regarding conserving, living in and adapting to desert environments.
This workshop is an important step in the current process of determining what the DDC concept would cost to build and operate. This planning phase will be complete in August 2017. With this information in hand, the Scottsdale City Council can determine if they want to move forward with the project.
A community workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Registration is required and a number of time slots are available from 3 to 7 p.m. To register, please select the time that works best for you and plan on actively participating for about 1 ½ hours. Please note: One registration per person. Those who register should be prepared to participate in the planning process for the proposed Desert Discovery Center at the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (located at the Preserve perimeter -- Thompson Peak/Bell Road). The Scottsdale City Council has directed further study of the DDC concept at this location.
Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale has hired Thinc Design as its experience designer for the Desert Discovery Center concept. Thinc Design has developed world-class projects of national and international significance -- most notably the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The firm's focus is on history, natural history, culture and the environment.
The Thinc Design team will be sharing more information about the developing concept at the Nov. 30 community workshop. To-date, they have provided a Summary of Outcomes (PDF) that gives a glimpse into the aspirations guiding the Desert Discovery Center's experience design:
- The DDC should inspire future generations to preserve and protect - the story of the Preserve is an invitation to see the potential and value of local preservation, at all scales, and it will inspire local pride and ownership that will grow stewardship in current and future generations
- The DDC should educate - alignments with STEM and STEAM frameworks will inform the design concepts and exhibits, supporting the educational mandate of the Center
- The DDC should build anticipation for exploration - an experience that stirs people's imagination, curiosity and sense of discovery ... for many, it will be their first exposure to the real desert
- The DDC should show people the "world of the desert" - the desert cannot be seen in a day or on a single hike ... there are things happening below the surface and inside plants that most of us cannot see, as well as off-trail locations where species are known to congregate or ancient sites with petroglyphs that must stay undisturbed
- The DDC should support tourism - many people seek experiences that connect them with the "real place": authentic knowledge, cultural practices and activities ... the Center is ideally placed to align with the strategy of the Scottsdale Tourism Advisory Task Force's long-term plan for interpretation on the climate and ecology of the desert
- The DDC should be inclusive - design planning will address accessibility for all visitors, including experiences that can replicate some of how the desert "feels" for those who cannot have a direct encounter
- The DDC should be a model of sustainable design and practice - in its architecture and exhibit design, the Center should be sensitive to the landscape and create the least amount of visual interruptions and impact on the environment ... the eventual size of the Center has been of particular concern and we should aim to define its size in terms of what is needed to achieve the mission and economic and environmental viability ... in its operations, the Center should follow practices for sustainable cohabitation with neighboring residents, including traffic and parking management
For additional information on the proposed Desert Discovery Center Concept please visit the website.Read more
The people of Arizona face a critical decision this year: continue with the failed policies of corrupt career Washington politicians or support common sense solutions that will make America great again.
Mr. Trump has tapped into the frustration that many voters feel across the state and our nation. We’re excited to hear Donald Trump Jr. speak as we work together to prevent Crooked Hillary from winning the White House.
The rally will take place in Downtown Gilbert on Friday, November 4 from 10:45 am – 11:45 am:
Gilbert Water Tower
45 W Page Ave
Gilbert, AZ 85296
By: Don Cogman
Dan Schweiker is a small businessman having founded and owned China Mist Tea Company for over thirty years. He is well known in the local business community for his charitable work, integrity and entrepreneurship. Not only has he been involved in numerous local charities, business and artistic organizations, he has served twice on the Paradise Valley City Council prior to moving into Scottsdale.
In my view, Dan is the type of person we need more of in government service. He brings a business perspective to government combined with a thoughtful interest in public policy that strives to improve the lives of citizens. I served with him on a Board of Trustees for several years and observed his many contributions of time, wisdom and insights to make our city better. I urge you to take a close look at his record and join me in giving Dan your support on Election Day.Read more
By: Doug Ducey
This election, there will be many important issues and initiatives that you will be asked to consider.
But perhaps the most important vote you will cast this November will be on Proposition 205, the initiative to legalize marijuana.
Even The Arizona Republic agrees: Prop 205 is the wrong way to go.
The marijuana advocates have run their campaign on a tactic we’ve all seen before: they’re trying to sell us bad policy under the guise of benefiting our kids.
As a father of three boys, I have to tell you that easier access to marijuana – and greater exposure to drugs in general – will not improve the lives of our children, or anyone else for that matter.
Look what has happened in Colorado:
- CO now ranks #1 in the nation for youth marijuana use
- Crime, homelessness, and cartel activity have all spiked
- Marijuana related-expulsions from school are at a TEN-YEAR HIGH. In fact, over 60 percent of all expulsions are marijuana-related.
- In one Colorado hospital, over 50% of newborns tested were positive for marijuana
What’s more: many of Colorado’s largest school districts still haven’t seen a penny of the taxes collected on marijuana sales.
We can’t let what happened in Colorado happen here in Arizona. Get the facts at www.NoProp205.com. This election is too important not to spread the word.
Early voting is already underway, and Election Day is Nov. 8th. Together, we can stop Prop 205.Read more
By: Ken Bennett for Congress
Maricopa, AZ – Arizona businessman and former Secretary of State Ken Bennett proudly announced today the endorsement of Graham County elected officials supporting his campaign to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. County Supervisors Jim Palmer, Drew John, and Danny Smith, Safford Mayor Chris Gibbs, Thatcher Mayor Bob Rivera, Pima Councilman C.B. Fletcher, and Graham Community College District Chair Lois Ann Moody have all thrown their support behind Bennett.
Supervisor Palmer said “I have known Ken Bennett for a long time and there is no one that will represent our district with conservative principles and integrity better than him. Ken’s deep understanding of the issues and proven record in both business and public service is exactly what we need in bringing jobs and prosperity back to the district.”Read more
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