The Conservative's Corner
By: John Shadegg, Former U.S. Representative
Election Day is less than two weeks away and I would be honored if today you can join me in making a donation to Bob's campaign to help him cross the finish line.
It has certainly been a long campaign.
Bob reached out to me early on for help. Even as an incumbent running for re-election, the Republican establishment was keeping its distance. Many in the party were hesitant to join Bob in rocking the boat and bringing attention to the state of transparency at the Corporation Commission.
But I didn’t hesitate.
I’ve known Bob for a very long time and I’ve seen firsthand how committed he’s always been to doing the right thing. No matter what Bob was up against, he would always do what’s right for Arizona.
So when Bob needed my help, I knew that I would have his back.
Bob has an important fundraising deadline tonight, and I would be honored if you’ll join me in making a donation to his campaign.
A contribution of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can give, would go a long way toward helping Bob win a second term on the Commission and to continue his work improving the functionality - and the image - of the Corporation Commission.
It has been a long campaign, and with a final push I know we’ll be celebrating a victory with Bob and his family on November 8th. Please consider making a contribution to help Bob finish strong over this final stretch.
By: Friends of John McCain
Phoenix, AZ-- Arizona Right to Life endorsed John McCain's reelection to the U.S. Senate, citing his lifelong support for pro-life policies and Arizona families. National Right to Life also endorsed John McCain's reelection earlier this year.
“All Arizonans who are concerned with protecting the sanctity of life and advocating for our most vulnerable should vote to reelect John McCain to the U.S. Senate,” said Greg Hansen, Chairman Arizona Right to Life. “John McCain has been a tremendous partner in advancing vital pro-life policies and we are grateful for his work on behalf of Arizona families.”
"John McCain has been reliably pro-life since his first term in the House," said John Jakubczyk, National Right to Life Committee Board Member. "He has worked side by side with Arizona Right to Life, the National Right to Life Committee and the pro-life movement every step of the way. He was endorsed by both National Right to Life and Arizona Right to Life when he ran for president and has had the support of pro-life leaders and activists throughout Arizona. We need John McCain in the Senate so he can continue to work for the pro-life cause."
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Arizona Right to Life, an organization that upholds respect and dignity of every individual human being, living and unborn,” said John McCain. “As a lifelong pro-life American, I have fought to defend the rights of all human life and I will continue this fight in the U.S. Senate.”Read more
By: Biggs for Congress
Gilbert -The Arizona Right to Life, one of Arizona's leading pro-life organizations, endorsed Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District. Andy Biggs released the following statement:
"There is nothing more important than defending life. I have made it a foundation of my time in public service to ensure that all life - from the moment of conception, to the final stages - is protected and considered sacred. To that end, I have an extensive history of praying outside of abortion clinics, donating to countless pro-life organizations and advising pro-life organizations at the United Nations. I also have a strong record of sponsoring and supporting pro-life bills that have been signed into law. I've been honored to work with the Arizona Right to Life for decades, and I could not be more honored to have their endorsement for my campaign."Read more
By: Biggs for Congress
Gilbert - Former Presidential candidate and Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum endorsed Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District. Senator Santorum, a prominent national leader in the movement to defend pro-life and pro-family issues, had this to say about Senator Andy Biggs:
"In the race to replace Congressman Salmon, there is one candidate that stands above the rest when it comes to defending faith and family values – that candidate is Andy Biggs," Rick Santorum said. "People of faith in the Fifth Congressional District can trust Andy to defend these values because he has a proven and consistent record of protecting life, promoting the sanctity of family, and defending religious freedom. As the liberals in Washington continue to wage an intense war on these important values in an attempt to completely turn the tide of society, we cannot allow ourselves to elect people to Congress whose positions on these issues are questionable at best. We must elect leaders who have proven they will stand for us and with us no matter the cost. In Arizona, Andy Biggs has demonstrated his unwavering courage in defense of life, family, and religious freedom, and I have complete faith that he will do the same in Congress. Join me and many other faith-based leaders in supporting Andy Biggs for Congress."
"For a number of decades, Senator Rick Santorum has been a national leader when it comes to pro-life and pro-family issues," Andy Biggs said. "Throughout his time as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Senator Santorum stood against the Washington Establishment and held firm for our shared conservative principles. Senator Santorum's efforts to protect and defend the unborn and our religious freedoms has been inspiring to millions of conservatives across the country. I am honored to have the support and endorsement of Senator Rick Santorum."Read more
By: Timothy Sandefur, The Goldwater Insitute
The Goldwater Institute scored a critical victory for a little girl in danger of being taken from the only family she has ever known. This victory before the Arizona Court of Appeals also boosts the Goldwater Institute’s ongoing federal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.
The little girl known as "A.D.” was born to a mother who used illegal drugs during her pregnancy. The state immediately placed “A.D.” with a loving foster family and eventually terminated the rights of the parents, a necessary step toward adoption. Two years later, her foster family is ready to adopt “A.D.” and give her a permanent home.
But “A.D.” has ties to an Arizona Indian tribe that presumed it knew better than the foster family, state case workers, and the courts. The tribe invoked the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and demanded that “A.D.” be removed from her family so she could be sent somewhere else.
The Act gives sweeping powers to Indian tribes to block adoption of Indian children by families who are not tribal members. Fortunately, in its decision, the Arizona Court of Appeals agreed with the Goldwater Institute that the tribe waited too long to intervene. So this 2-year-old girl will stay with her family.
This case highlights why the Goldwater Institute is litigating a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. This law creates a separate and unequal legal system for children of Native American ancestry—a system that makes it harder to rescue at-risk kids from abusive homes and to find them the loving, permanent homes they need.
To learn more about our challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act, please click here.Read more
By: Andy Biggs
“Andy has a plan to reform Washington and rein in the out-of-control federal government”
Gilbert - Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his endorsement for Andy Biggs to replace retiring Congressman Matt Salmon in Arizona's Fifth Congressional District. Governor Walker, widely-acclaimed by conservatives across America for taking on special interests and winning, becomes the latest major conservative leader to endorse Biggs for Congress.
"Andy Biggs is a full-spectrum conservative with an accomplished record of putting taxpayers first and defending liberties from big government liberals at the state and federal levels," Governor Scott Walker said. "Andy has a plan to reform Washington and rein in the out-of-control federal government, and voters can trust his strong leadership to help get the job done."
"It is truly an honor to have the endorsement of Governor Scott Walker," Biggs said. "Throughout his life in public service, Governor Walker has proven himself to be the quintessential conservative leader. His tireless fights for Wisconsin's right to work, pro-life issues, and states' rights have set the highest possible standard for other states and conservative leaders to emulate. He has stood tall and strong for his values and principles - even when the costs for his positions have been detrimental to his political and personal image. Conservatives around the nation owe Governor Walker much gratitude for his unwavering commitments to standing for conservative principles. Governor Walker's conviction and perseverance is an example to me, and I look forward to standing with him for these conservative principles when I am elected to the U.S. House of Representatives."
*He endorsed Trump, but he will likely be responsible for his demise. He is Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, an impressive congressional nominee who is getting precious little help from national Republicans due to the GOP having to defend more seats than they had hoped this year. Prediction: If Babeu loses his congressional race look for him to move to Maricopa County and run against Paul Penzone in 2020 if the Democrat defeats Arpaio in November.
*Trump’s demise may strangely benefit U.S. Senator Jeff Flake too. Not only has he distanced himself from Trump a big Democratic year likely portends a sizable GOP one in the off-election year of 2018. Kyrsten Sinema is as talented as Arizona elected officials come but defeating Flake in a statewide election that year is likely going to be very difficult.
*Keep an eye on U.S. Congressman David Schweikert as a possible if not probable candidate for Arizona Governor in 2022.
*Speaking of Governor Doug Ducey . . . he’s not tall but some believe he will be on short lists in 2020.
*Who’s Congressman Trent Franks’ candidate for President in 2020? Very likely Mike Pence.
*When downtown Phoenix is healthy the whole Valley benefits. From stadiums to arenas to big urban projects thanks go to the politicians and pioneers that made the tough decisions yesteryear to pave the way for the exciting landscape today. Special kudos to former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon who was the champion for bringing Arizona State University downtown. If there was ever a tipping point that was it.
*We opposed the proposed Desert Discovery Center long before the current angst. But it’s incredibly sad to see the effort hijacked by the likes of Jason Alexander. He’s one nasty dude that shouldn’t be the Pied Piper for anything.
*Look for downtown Scottsdale businessman Bill Crawford to emerge as a significant contender for the Scottsdale City Council in 2018.
*Fan or not of Sheriff Arpaio over the years sad to see all those he has helped and endorsed over the years do precious little now to help his campaign.
*Smart move by Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Bill Mundell, a Democrat, to be advertising on the Drudge Report.
*There are many local measures with financial ramifications on the November ballot. But there may be none worse than Peoria’s Proposition 400 which is a 4/10 of one cent increase in the city sales tax. Opponents have dubbed it the “Forever Tax” because it has no sunset. Worse is that it essentially serves as a slush fund for the elected officials in Peoria to dole out money for pet projects. This is a city that has clearly decided that big subsidies will be its competitive advantage. Already being sued by the Goldwater Institute for paying millions to an out-of-state private college imagine what would happen if they got their hands on hundreds of millions more in taxpayer funds?Read more
Public Opinion Strategies, the polling company to Governor Ducey, Senator McCain, NBC and the Wall Street Journal, among many others, just concluded a October 17-18 survey among Scottsdale voters.
As they showed in their September survey Mayor Jim Lane maintains a big lead over former Councilman and failed State House of Representatives candidate Bob Littlefield. Lane holds a 28-point advantage with undecided voters shrinking to 20%, many of whom are leaning towards Lane but who may choose not to vote in a down ballot race, underscoring the significant challenge before the flawed challenger. Additionally, most people feel the city is headed in the right direction and Littlefield’s favorable/unfavorable ratings are weak.
There is little bad news for Lane in the survey who maintains strong, commanding leads in all parts of the city and with all subgroups. And the notion of one Littlefield serving as Mayor while the other serves on the City Council at the same time remains very unpopular. Indeed, after researching the matter Arizona Republic reporter Parker Leavitt was unable to find another example in America where a husband and wife were conjoined on a council.
The mayoral race stands in stark contrast to that for city council where four candidates are vying for three seats. As it now stands:
Virginia Korte: 27%
Dan Schweiker: 27%
Guy Phillips: 25%
Suzanne Klapp: 23%
Phillips may yet garner one of the three seats but clearly made a strategic blunder so closely associating with Littlefield. Schweiker continues to outperform with Republican audiences, benefitting from his close name association with the popular Congressman David Schweikert representing the area.Read more
The Unbearable Lightness of Being was a 1984 work about two men and two women. It’s an appropriate reference to the tale of Scottsdale 2016 and the unbearable idea of two Littlefields serving on the City Council at the same time.
Mayoral candidate Bob Littlefield also likes to be on two sides of every issue. He was for the Desert Discovery Center before he was against it. He was for developer subsidies before he was against them. He was for tall apartment projects until he isn’t, unless they are big campaign contributors. The list really has no end, but the latest example is just too rich.
Earlier this year Littlefield threatened Notre Dame Preparatory High School’s non-profit status because they had the audacity to have Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane speak to some of their students about civics. Littlefield bizarrely thought he was entitled, as he does many things, to equal time even though Mayor Lane’s appearance was entirely apolitical.
Think how craven someone must be to threaten one of Scottsdale’s leading educational options this way?
Oh, the irony.
Over the weekend the head of the Scottsdale United Amateur Soccer League sent out an email encouraging people to vote for Littlefield. He might be the only one still left in Scottsdale encouraging votes for Littlefield, who, in a Friday night forum apparently now doesn’t mind the idea of “Satanists” praying at City Hall. So will Littlefield tell this organization, also a non-profit, to go to hell too? Of course not. But the good news for Scottsdale is that Bob Littlefield is going to have a lot more time to play soccer after the voters give him a red card on November 8th.Read more
*A second candidate poll in Scottsdale this week finds the City Council races tight (as the poll before it did) with Mayor Lane maintaining his commanding lead over Littlefield.
*The real question now for Littlefield’s ill-conceived mayoral run is how badly it will hurt his wife re-election’s prospects in 2018? It will likely be significant. And with Councilman David Smith uncertain to run again, the council candidate field could be much deeper than 2016.
*Speaking of this year’s Scottsdale council races incumbent Suzanne Klapp has raised a stunning amount for her campaign, likely a new record for a seat – by a wide margin.
*Glendale shook up the West Valley and all of the Valley some 15 years ago when it started doling out public dollars for economic development projects. That was made possible by city voters supporting an amorphous bond question which was ultimately utilized for sports facilities and other projects. History seems to repeating itself. Peoria is not only throwing millions in public funds to revitalize the struggling “P83” entertainment area but in November it has placed on the ballot a large city sales tax increase whose primary purposes seems to be a fund like Glendale had.
*The Summit Group is a well-regarded political consulting group in town. But what will they be doing the night of November 8th if marijuana legalization passes but Sheriff Arpaio is defeated? They’re both clients.
*Phoenix City Hall was atwitter with talk this week that former Phoenix City Councilman and current United Phoenix Firefighters’s Association Bryan Jeffries could make a run for Mayor since Greg Stanton is in his final term. Others who have expressed interest include Tom Simplot, Michael Nowakowski and even Phil Gordon, the last of whom would need to overcome legal obstacles. Current Councilmembers Danny Valenzuela and Kate Gallego are said to be eyeing the seat themselves and certainly have formidable constituencies from which to wage a strong campaign. Either will be in the discussion to be appointed as Mayor too if Stanton leaves early for a Clinton Administration or seeks another political office.
*The likely order of finish in the upcoming Arizona Corporation Commission race? Burns. Tobin. Mundell. But the race remains fluid as resources remain a challenge for all.
*Those backing the minimum wage hike that will be on the Arizona ballot November 8th are doing so in the name of worker’s fairness and rights. Yet, the campaign behind it stiffed the petition circulators, the very people their measure is designed to help.Read more
The embattled Bob Littlefield has many problems as he seeks to become Scottsdale’s Mayor at the same time his wife is serving as Vice Mayor. Bad polling numbers. Mayor Lane’s adoption of a “Two Littlefields Are Too Much” message which is devastatingly simple for voters to understand. Etcetera doesn’t do justice to the enumeration that could take place on what plagues Bobastic.
Yet, two examples and two people underscore Littlefield’s ills quite well. That’s because campaigns are about addition. But to look at the Screamer of Scottsdale is to see only subtraction. Indeed, Susie Wheeler is a top Scottsdale equestrian and has long been a Littlefield supporter. But not this time. She’s endorsed Mayor Lane because of his commitment to the community’s ranch culture while Littlefield wants it to gallop out of town.
Then there’s George Zraket. He was Bob Littlefield on the Scottsdale City Council before Bob. Indeed, as anti-business as Littlefield is – even wanting to shut down small businesses in Scottsdale’s downtown – Zraket makes one of the two Littlefields look like Richard Branson. Yet, according to Lane’s social media, he showed up at the Mayor’s house this weekend to support him. That’s remarkable. Despite a similar political philosophy Zraket has such disregard for Littlefield he opted for the pro-business Lane. Maybe Zraket was inspired by seeing the most popular musical in the land that regales Alexander Hamilton’s decision to endorse Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr. He did so because while disagreeing with Jefferson he realized he had principles where Burr purportedly had none. Like Littlefield. (By the way, a tip of the cap here to Scottsdale businessman and former Mayoral candidate Bill Crawford for introducing “Hamilton” vernacular into this year’s mayoral race dialogue).
Credit goes to Scottsdale and some unlikely citizens for realizing this. It’s one thing for Grumpy to be one of the Seven Dwarfs, or one of seven members of the City Council. It’s quite another to have him as one of one, the Mayor of a great city like Scottsdale.Read more
According to a new poll conducted September 14-15 by Public Opinion Strategies, one of the country’s more notable pollsters with extensive experience in Arizona and Scottsdale, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane holds a commanding 27% lead over former Councilman Bob Littlefield. And that’s before Lane has started spending the bulk of his substantial campaign coffers.
Lane’s large margin is an uptick from another pollster’s findings in May that had the popular Mayor up by 17%.
With his second consecutive election loss looming the question now is how badly he’s damaged his wife’s re-election prospects in 2018. Bombastic Bob is trailing by wide margins everywhere in Scottsdale and with every sub-group. The poll also found Scottsdale voters disagreeing – by huge margins – with the notion of Bob serving as Mayor at the same time his wife Kathy serves as Vice Mayor and/or as a councilwoman.
The city council races are much closer with Suzanne Klapp setting the pace at 31% followed by Virginia Korte and Dan Schweiker at 29% with Guy Phillips currently trailing at 26%. Respondents, made up of 300 voters in Scottsdale’s 2012 or 2014 General Election were given the choice of voting for up to 3 candidates. Phillips appears to be hurt by his close association with Bob Littlefield whose FAVORABLE/UNFAVORABLE numbers are poor. Schweiker is enjoying the opposite dynamic. His name proximity to popular U.S. Congressman David Schweikert is aiding his support among Republicans, especially in the northern part of the city Schweikert represents.Read more
With massive reserves in place and some terrific new resorts coming online the tony Town of Paradise Valley doesn’t have too many problems. But there are two items on the horizon worth recommendations.
The first is the likely departure of Town Councilwoman Maria Syms. She was the top vote-getter in the August 30th GOP Primary Election for one of two seats in Legislative District 28 for the Arizona House of Representatives. Securing one of those seats in November seems likely.
Since town councilmembers are not paid Syms is not required to relinquish her Paradise Valley duties. However, that would seem the likely progression as the demands of being a rising star in the lower chamber take hold.
If so, the appointment to fill her seat will be made by Mayor Michael Collins and the remaining members of council. But there really should be no deliberation and no applications. Daran Wastchak should gain the nod by acclimation.
While Wastchak has come up short in two bids for Town Council he has had the guts to step in the arena. He also serves admirably on the Paradise Valley Planning Commission. He was the next closest finisher in the recent election that saw Mark Stanton re-elected and Julie Pace and Scott Moore elected for the first time.
If and when an appointment to Council becomes necessary Wastchak should be the easy call.
Away from Town Hall and up Camelback Mountain many nearby residents remain up in arms about a plan to build a giant new home on the most elevated private property on the mountain. While Paradise Valley is a community rightfully adhering to property rights this new project is raising legitimate concerns. For example, engineers cannot guarantee that large boulders in the building envelope will not fall to homes below. All of this begs the question: With budget surpluses and a penchant for preservation why not consider buying this lot and other problematic ones in town to further preserve Camelback and Mummy Mountain much like Scottsdale is preserving the McDowell Mountains?
Recently, Scottsdale leaders wisely made the decision to purchase a home that intrudes on the majesty near Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Why shouldn’t Paradise Valley consider likewise? In a clash between one person’s ego versus the overall environment we know how the community would best be served, and we bet residents would be willing to pay for preservation, this time and in the future.Read more
*The Arizona Republic’s breathless liberal opinionistas can’t understand why Governor Ducey would speak at a Trump rally, as he did this week. It’s simple. He doesn’t want to get primaried in 2018, and Trump ally and State Treasurer Jeff Dewitt looms as a potentially formidable challenger. There may be others. Anyone would start as an underdog versus Ducey – Kelli Ward’s failure against McCain being a perfect example why. Yet, stranger things have happened.
*All Hail Christine Jones. Whatever one thinks of the blind ambitionist, her successful execution of the “outsider” strategy in the Congressional Five GOP Primary was terribly impressive. Yes, those who spend the most in congressional races usually win. Still, waltzing into the East Valley and buying a seat well, it hasn’t been done that well since . . . John McCain in 1982.
*Donald Trump effectively labeled opponents during his presidential primary. “Low Energy.” “Little Marco.” “Lyin’ Ted.” Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane ain’t like The Donald in approach but his recent labeling of long-shot opponent Bob Littlefield as a “Crazy Uncle” gets the gold medal so far for Arizona political monikers.
*Speaking of Littlefield the guy is just one big gaffe machine, and an offensive one at that. According to online commentary he’s called Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven a “Great Satan” and Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and renowned Scottsdale businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons “scumbags.” What a gem. Is anyone still thinking of voting for this guy?
*State Representative Jay Lawrence had one of the best radio voices during his nights at KTAR. And whoever his sign guy is deserves a “best of” award too for the best placements.
*Speaker Syms? Special advisor to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman. And now top vote getter in the GOP primary for Legislative District 28. She’s threading a lot of political needles in her run so far, portending a real shot at a House leadership position in future years.
*If Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins maintains his two-term pledge look for just re-elected Town Councilman Mark Stanton to emerge as the most likely successor in 2018.
*As the public mostly rails against the idea of new taxpayer funded facilities for the Diamondbacks, Coyotes or Suns, the City of Phoenix is assembling a massive taxpayer subsidy package for Fry’s to land downtown. It will be interesting to see the public’s reaction: big taxpayer help for billionaire sports owners bad but big taxpayer help for billionaire grocery store owners good?
*The City of Peoria’s new sales tax hike proposal – billed as a quality of life tax – has political support built on quicksand.
*Kirk Adams is Governor Ducey’s Chief of Staff. With the exception of a starring role in a suspect Arizona Republic story about pressuring State Treasurer Jeff Dewitt into supporting Proposition 123 he has largely avoided trouble. That’s not easy to do for any Chief of Staff. But people are now starting to talk: Are some of his recommended appointments and positions more about aiding himself once he resumes his lobbying career?
*Paul Ryan was supposed to have a tough GOP primary but blew away his opponent by an extremely wide margin. Closer to home, Sheriff Arpaio had a primary too. He was running against Donald, Mickey and Goofy. Yet, more than one-third of the electorate abandoned him. That’s a troubling and underreported sign heading into a difficult November election.
*Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu won his Congressional District One GOP Primary but hardly in spectacular fashion. He struggled in every county besides his own where he ran up the score. And nearly all – if not all -- of his favored candidates in Pinal County for County Attorney, Sheriff and Supervisor lost. So, unlike McCain who won by a surprisingly large margin for momentum heading into the General, Babeu limps.
*So State Representative Rick Gray sold his political soul to Arizona Public Service only to have the company renege on a Full Forese. Finishing out of the money on Tuesday night it’s almost easy to feel sorry for the guy. Almost.
*There are a lot of reasons for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers’ anemic showing Tuesday night, despite an easy campaign narrative of a Glendale comeback. Among them were an incredible disloyalty to the firefighters, business leaders and others that supported him in 2012. It’s a lesson for all Arizona elected officials, from Governor Ducey on down.
*Seeking to make a name for themselves in political circles a number of younger consultants are trying to get into the polling business. They are cutting corners to cut costs. As a result the results are largely garbage. A case in point was a recent article by the Arizona Republic positing how good Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell was looking for re-election. It relied on polling results from one of the neophytes. Our case in point.
*We’re losing track of how many times Wendy Rogers has lost whatever she’s been running for in recent years. She lost again Tuesday night. Hopefully this will be the last time Arizona has to endure her on the ballot.Read more
Why is Bob Littlefield’s quixotic campaign for Scottsdale Mayor stuck in the mud? A lot of reasons.
He’s anti-business, even supported by a union that used scorched earth tactics to shut down Arizona’s home grown grocer, Basha’s. He’s been on both sides of just about every issue in town from development to subsidies to the Desert Discovery Center. He’s the ultimate politician that’s out of step with so much of what Scottsdale is and stands for.
But another reason he’s slogging through mighty mud mania is the bizarre world he is seeking to enter. He wants to be Mayor at the same time his wife is Vice Mayor. It’s strange and problematic. Just as it would be if Joanne Lane ran for city council at the same time her husband was serving as Mayor. Or if State Senator John Kavanagh didn’t serve in the Arizona State Legislature but on the Fountain Hills Town Council with his wife Linda who is the current mayor.
Littlefield of course says not to worry. It’s no big deal even though it’s never happened in Arizona history from what we can tell.
But judging from Littlefield’s recent actions it is a big deal. Because he’s already embarrassing the city.
Consider what just took place in the Scottsdale Airpark. There GoDaddy Founder and impressive Scottsdale philanthropist Bob Parsons unveiled his latest investment in the city, a large television and video production facility. In attendance were Scottsdale Mayor Lane, Governor Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Stanton and members of the Scottsdale City Council, invited in their official city capacity to celebrate an important private sector contribution to the economy. Vice Mayor Kathy Littlefield was there too, as she should have been.
And belittling Bob Littlefield came along for the ride. He who only days before called Parsons (and Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill) “scumbags” for supporting Lane.
Putting aside the indignity of attending someone’s event he had just show scorn for Bob Littlefield proceeded to video tape the event, especially Mayor Lane’s remarks, presumably for some bizarre political campaign purpose.
He embarrassed himself and Scottsdale in so doing. In the highly unlikely event Littlefield’s Arizona Lottery like quest for Mayor is successful it won’t be the last time the unprecedented combination of a husband and wife on the Scottsdale City Council make the city like adulterated rather than appreciative.Read more
By: Sal Diciccio
The public is being misled by True Life and the underlying property owner. On several occasions, True Life and the owner have lied to the residents surrounding the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club, so why should we trust them now?
It is my obligation to make sure that I protect the quality of life in our community, provide the facts and consider the impact of any decision on other areas of our community. Those other areas would include Ahwatukee Country Club, Foothills and Club West golf courses. Any decision made on the Lakes property could and would set a precedent for those other areas.
That said, I am not surprised by True Life's development plan. This is what developers do. They promise a “farm” or a “school,” but in reality, they are paving the way for high density development. And if they succeed at the Lakes, it will open the floodgates to high density development in all of our golf courses and in particular Ahwatukee Country Club.
We are being told that the Lakes is going to be turned into some type of agricultural setting. This could not be farther from the truth.
The same developers that purposely shut down the golf course and created an environmental hazard are coming out with a plan to save our community?
The truth is they purposely neglected maintaining the golf course in order to create a wasteland so that the surrounding residents will be put in a desperate situation.
True Life is one of the parties that created this blight to exact concessions from neighbors. That is not what a good neighbor does.
True Life owes $1.4 million in back taxes- which could go towards our schools and other vital services for our community. That is not what a good neighbor does.
True Life had multiple code enforcement violations because of the way they managed the Lakes property. That is not what a good neighbor does.
You and your family take care of your property and pay your taxes. Why should they be exempt from that basic requirement?
Do not buy into the argument that these developers don't have money. The amount of money True Life spends every month on public relations and lobbyist could have easily kept this golf course watered and clean.
Let's lay out the facts about the developer’s proposal and the impact of development on this property:
Fact One: The developers want to triple the density that would normally be allowed on this property.
Fact Two: The Lakes golf course was purposely designed to curb flood waters from negatively impacting surrounding properties. We recently saw many homes surrounding the Lakes property flooded. Imagine what would happen if this property, this open space and flood plain were developed.
These developers live in areas that would never allow this type of density to come into their neighborhood. Nor would their neighborhood ever allow a critical flood plain to be compromised by high density development putting existing homes at risk.
Fact Three: The Ahwatukee Lakes was purposely designed to provide an open space for our community. The open space was provided to the original developer in exchange for higher density at other locations.
Fact Four: Ahwatukee Country Club has over 2,000 high density units zoned on that property. If it is developed, we are looking at the equivalent of five high-rise apartment complexes on one single parcel of land.
Regardless of the promises these developers make, nothing will stop them or anyone in the future from coming in and using the Lakes as precedent. If True Life succeeds, they will have created a model for all developers: neglect a property until it becomes a blight and an environmental hazard, then use strong arm tactics on desperate residents, forcing them to accept anything to make the blight go away, even if that means high density housing.
That means Ahwatukee Country Club, Foothills and Club West golf courses would all have higher density on their properties as well.
For these reasons, I caution residents not to sign anything until it has been reviewed by an attorney. This plan has nothing to do with agriculture. This is all about maximizing density and profits.
Please share this with your neighbors!
By: Jim Derouin
Scottsdale’s version of P. T. Barnum, Bob Littlefield, is back. After twelve unproductive years on the City Council, he needs a job and is now running for Mayor. He wrote a column in The Scottsdale Republic, which portrays himself as a crusader for citizen issues, entitled: “Scottsdale Needs a Leader Who Will Protect Its Unique Character.” Well, that’s Bob’s version of the truth. In fact, Scottsdale has never seen a more self-promoting, negative, destructive and divisive politician in its history.
Bob argued that someone is proposing commercial development in the Sonoran Preserve. Wrong. Bob attacks everyone who disagrees with him as being an agent of a developer; literally, he sees a developer behind every tree. Wrong. Bob is also wrong when he pits North against South in bond elections; and when he was so reckless in his opposition to city bond measures that he shot down a school bond initiative that got caught in his irresponsible rhetoric. He calls that “leadership.” If that is “leadership,” we don’t need it.
He also rants against apartments and density, but, in typical fashion, Bob was for density before he was against it. He not only voted for the two tallest buildings in Scottsdale (known as the Scottsdale Waterfront Towers), but, in doing so, he also voted to impose an emergency clause which cut off the right of citizens to challenge the vote. An emergency clause is intended to be used when immediate implementation of an action is needed for matters threatening public health or safety; it was never intended for constructing a residential building. Subsequently, state law was changed to specifically prohibit the use of the emergency clause for such a purpose. Isn’t this curious conduct for someone who claims to be the Great Crusader against density? It is also important to realize that Scottsdale would benefit if more of the 100,000 commuters who work in Scottsdale, and who drive to and from Scottsdale daily, actually lived here. Apartments and condominiums, although not for most of us, represent the new entry point for many “buyers” and are attractive for many who want to both live and work in Scottsdale. Having residents being able to both live and work in Scottsdale has many benefits that shouldn’t be ignored out of hand.
Bob also continues to take credit for fighting “wasteful subsidies.” He knows full well, however, that subsidies are outlawed by the state constitution and, also, specifically in the Scottsdale City Charter. I know because I served on the Task Force that recommended adding the prohibition to the City Charter, a provision that was, subsequently, approved by voters. In short, if something is a “subsidy,” it is both illegal and unconstitutional. If something is not a “subsidy,” then a candidate shouldn’t be misleading voters by calling it one. But this approach is consistent with Bob’s strategy to be loudly against things for the sake of letting us know, loudly, that he is against things. Never let an opportunity go by to attack someone else’s idea.
In short, Bob is a garden variety professional politician; and what Bob really stands for, besides himself, is stagnation--the reduction of Scottsdale’s tax base, the decline of tax revenues, the decline of services, the decay of infrastructure and the reduction of the quality of life for City residents. He is a “free lunch” politician, arguing that we can have all the services, infrastructure and quality of life we want provided that we just do nothing. His shtick is stale; the con job is old. Bob should get a private sector job and stop pretending that he is Robin Hood. That role has already been cast.Read more
America knows Beverly Hills 90210 as one of America’s most famous zip codes. It’s starting to know Scottsdale 85255 as one of its best.
According to the Arizona Republic’s Catherine Reagor the northern Scottsdale neighborhoods of McDowell Mountain Ranch, DC Ranch and Grayhawk have surging property values.
And for good reason. They are uniquely somewhere. At the base of the McDowell Mountain Mountains. With great recreation and parks nearby. Proximity to the 101. Great golf courses. A terrific aquatics center. Good schools. The family mecca that is the Ice Den. And even its own version of Central Park known as WestWorld.
The celebration of this area is a lesson in the Scottsdale politics of 2016.
When proposed these developments were contentious. They involved “rezonings.” And it’s hard to believe that the Ice Den itself took a tortured trip all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court just to be allowed to open.
Yet today they are part of Scottsdale’s signature. The success of the 85255 is part of what makes Scottsdale so strong. When combined with revitalizing southern neighborhoods, the constant quality of life offered in Scottsdale’s central regions and the distinctiveness of the northern reaches its not wanting to claim the city as one of the best in America as Mayor Jim Lane often does.
But to listen to politicians like Robert Littlefield who are anti-business and anti-progress (and who probably sit at home watching television with rabbit ears) is to understand these neighborhoods would have never been if he was in charge. He never would have approved their “rezonings.” Good thing he wasn’t in charge judging from how good they have turned out and how much they have enriched Scottsdale’s reputation and quality of life.
As we celebrate Scottsdale successes like the 85255 it’s important to consider the kind of people that made them possible in the first place. They certainly weren’t like Robert’s Rules of Order.Read more
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
By: Weiers for Mayor
Mark Burdick and I had our candidate debate in Glendale yesterday and if anyone thought he was going to change his message, they had another thing coming. True to form, Mark kept talking down Glendale and he even insisted yet again that “No matter what anyone says, our crime rate has gone up!”
Of course he’s simply making that up, because the data shows our crime rate is down since I became Mayor, the newspapers have written stories about how crime is down and how Burdick isn’t telling the truth, and the police have endorsed me in my campaign.
So why does Mark Burdick keep lying, even after the whole room knows he’s lying? I have no idea, except what he told the Glendale Star was that his advisors had told him to lie to win and he was taking their advice.
I really appreciated all of the people who came up afterwards to say they were voting for me. But maybe the nicest things said about what we’ve accomplished these last four years came from Sam Chavira, one of our City Councilmen. Now Sammy and I don’t always get along and we’ll tangle from time to time on an issue, but he was super complimentary in terms of how far the city had progressed in the last four years and how much better things are today versus back then.
All in all a great day and I wanted you to hear about it from me. We have just about run out of yard signs after today, but we’ve got more on the way, so if you’d like one, please email me back and I’ll get one out to you.Read more
By Friends of John McCain
"I know how hard John works for veterans, for the military, for our national security-- and I know that John McCain is a national treasure."
Phoenix, AZ —Today, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed John McCain's reelection to the United States Senate, citing his leadership on National Security.
"I strongly endorse Senator John McCain," said Speaker Gingrich. "A genuine American hero, a man who has endured a great deal for his country, and a man who I work with and watch him provide leadership as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. I know how hard John works for veterans, for the military, for our national security-- and I know that John McCain is a national treasure. Somebody who’s making a real difference, a man of great courage, who is a patriot, who serves his country without fear. I hope you do everything you can to make sure Senator John McCain continues to work in Washington on your behalf, and on behalf of all Americans."
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of Speaker Gingrich, a long-time friend and leader in the Republican Party," said John McCain. "Throughout his career, Newt has been a strong voice for conservative principles. I appreciate his support and I look forward to campaign ahead.”
Recently, John McCain received the endorsement of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Arizona Governors Brewer, Symington and Hull, ArizonaAttorney General Mark Brnovich, as well as 57 current and former Arizona mayors.
He has also received the endorsement of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Right to Life, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Border Patrol Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
John McCain has spent his lifetime in unwavering service to America, both in the U.S. Navy and representing the people of Arizona in the U.S. Congress. He has led the fight to strengthen America's national security and our armed forces, eliminate wasteful government spending, and reform government to make it more responsive to the American people.
By Sheriff Paul Babeu for Congress
To many it may seem like our nation is in dark times, but with the right leaders, we can make America strong and safe again.
Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is one of those people. A firebrand who stood up to President Obama and was the architect of Arizona’s economic comeback.
She’s not to be messed with.
Now, she has endorsed me for Congress. To say I am honored is an understatement.
"We need leaders like Paul who get things done. Paul is a truth teller, just like me, who will take the fight against corrupt liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.”
“His proven record of fighting crime, achieving Arizona's largest drug bust and standing up against Obama proves he's the fighter Arizona needs."
We have the momentum, we have the support, and now we need to close strong to win the primary on August 30th, and begin the fight for victory in November.
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