Chicago Cubs, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith & Arizona GOP Primary Politics

The Chicago Cubs are unquestionably the crown jewel of the Cactus League, and all that spring training means economically to our state. But will the Cubs be an asset or liability in the 2014 Republican primary contest for Governor? A little history first. Following the 1992 elections then Congressman Jon Kyl opted to run for the United States Senate, creating … Read More

Scandal, Bad Precedent Brewing In Peoria, Arizona?

So the City of Peoria wants neighboring Glendale to allow a new Indian gaming casino within its boundaries because it will create a lot of new jobs for the area.  But it doesn’t want to allow an aspiring business park, also in Glendale to put up outdoor billboards along the 101, to help do the same?  This isn’t an opinion … Read More

Greasewood Flat Owner Talks Of Positive Future

By George Cavalliere As some of your readers may know we are the family that serves as the custodians of the Greasewood Flat and Reata Pass restaurant properties in the northern part of Scottsdale. Indeed, some of our family lives right on-site, too. What a privilege it’s been, welcoming tourists and local residents to our special place, just as my … Read More

2014 Arizona Political Predictions

*Wendy Rogers wins the GOP right to take on Congresswoman Sinema.  General election tighter than expected but the Ironwoman triumphs.   *Martha McSally defeats Congressman Barber. *Speaker Tobin narrowly wins a knife fight against upstart Gary Kiehne.  Wins close victory over Kirkpatrick in 2014 but can’t hold it with the presidential turnout in 2016.  *Hallman’s money and tenacity capture GOP nod … Read More

Searching For Virginia Korte

When long-time Scottsdale businesswoman and community advocate Virginia Korte at long last decided to run for the City Council in 2012 her candidacy was rightfully lauded.  A former Chamber of Commerce President, car dealer on McDowell Road and early champion for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Impressive credentials indeed.  Korte ran in great part on achieving big things for Scottsdale, perhaps … Read More

The Surprising Dishonesty Of Arizona Republic Columnist Bob Robb

We’d like to think he was merely forgetful. But that would be generous considering how intellectually dishonest Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb was today (Arizona Republic Dec. 20, 2013: When Glendale Was Boring)  in lampooning Glendale and basically any city striving for something more. It was the kind of audacity that doesn’t invoke anger but more of that chuckle and shake … Read More

In Defense of the Suburbs

When did suburbia become a dirty word? It must have been some time ago because people have been bashing the suburbs and the people who live there for decades. It’s fashionable to sneer, snicker, and sanctimoniously prattle on about how the suburbs lack diversity and culture; how they cause sprawl; and how they are bad for the environment. I’ve had … Read More