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I’m honored to announce another Arizona female political icon has endorsed my campaign for Arizona Secretary of State. The Honorable Betsey Bayless has deep Arizona roots and a career that spans over forty years in public service. Her distinguished career includes serving as assistant director of the Board of Regents, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and as the Secretary of State. Her leadership and connection to Arizona have left a lasting legacy for Arizona women to follow and I am excited to have her support.

“As a former Arizona Secretary of State, I can confidently say Michele Reagan is the one candidate who has a firm understanding of the duties of the Secretary’s office. That has been evidenced in the bills she has championed to make the office run more effectively, efficiently and reliably. Michele has also worked with County Election Offices throughout Arizona to learn what can be done to improve our election process. I have known Michele for many years; her determination and strong character make her the perfect fit to be the next Secretary of State.”
- Betsey Bayless

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Caroline May
June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Let's face it: I've been a thorn in leadership's side," says Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, sitting at his desk in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Earlier that day, Salmon had just been named by Speaker John Boehner to a special "working group" on the crisis at the southern U.S. border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming into the country with hopes that President Obama will grant them amnesty.MattSalmonRepArizona

Salmon is the most conservative member of the new group, and his selection by Boehner is surprising, to say the least, given that the Arizonan has been a leading critic of House leadership.

"Probably nobody was more shocked than me, but I was pleasantly surprised," Salmon says.

On the other side of the ledger, the group includes Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a passionate advocate for a comprehensive immigration bill, and Rep. John Carter (R-TX), who negotiated for years with liberal Democrats, including Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), to craft an immigration bill that never saw the light of day.

Leading the new group is Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX). Its other members include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michal McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM).

"They put some independent-minded people on there," Salmon says. "At least they didn't stack it up with a bunch of 'yes people [for Obama or Boehner]'" he adds. "I'm glad to see that."

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As you know, the cornerstones of my campaign are education and economic development. Two weeks ago, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed my campaign for my pro-business, sustainable economic development vision. This week, I am honored to announce the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has unanimously endorsed my campaign for City Council because I understand the critical role that strong schools play in our community’s future and quality of life. We cannot have an A+ economy without A+ schools.

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One of the finest baseball stadiums in the country is AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Outside of an entrance sits an impressive statue of Willie Mays, the greatest Giant and player of all time.

Cameras click as the sense of arrival is profound.

Unknown is how this particular piece of art came to be. What is known is that someone had the obvious common sense not to put it in the field of play, interfering with the game and stadium that justified the statue in the first place.

While they mostly come to Scottsdale during spring training perhaps we can import some of that planning sanity now as it relates to goings on at WestWorld.Scottsdale-Sign-547x198

Over the past few years city leaders and WestWorld management have done a remarkable job enriching the community’s central park as an equestrian and special event playground. That foresight and the investments that have accompanied it deserve much credit.

Besides its goal of attracting new events to WestWorld, the most stated reason for expending tens of millions there was to retain two of Scottsdale’s signature events: Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Auction and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Indeed, they are helping to pay for the debt service required for the expenditures.

So why in the world, as outlined at a recent City Council WestWorld subcommittee meeting, would Scottsdale Public Art propose and at least one city staffer support putting a new $400,000 statue in the middle of these event operations?

Millions get spent to better host Barrett-Jackson, the Arabians and other events in the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and now we want to impede them? With a piece of public art that while nice is hardly as important as ensuring event success at WestWorld so taxpayers can recoup their investment? To hear the discussion was to be reminded of the phrase tail wagging the dog.

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Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield is pleased to announce the endorsement from Former State Senator and current Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring of his bid for the Arizona House in District 23. "I have known and worked with Bob Littlefield since he was first elected to the Scottsdale City Council twelve years ago. He is a true fiscal conservative and works hard to protect his constituents' quality of life, “ Councilman Waring said. “As a former State Legislator myself I can tell you that Bob Littlefield is exactly what District 23 voters need in a State Representative." littlefield

Councilman Waring joins a growing list of supporters for the Littlefield campaign, including:

• Former State Senator Carolyn Allen
• Paradise Valley Vice Mayor Michael Collins
• Former Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board Member Molly Holzer
• Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board Member Mark Lewis
• Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes
• Former Scottsdale City Councilwoman Marg Nelssen
• Scottsdale City Councilmember Guy Phillips
• Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley
• Former Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board Member Christine Schild

More information is available on Littlefield’s web site at

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But Republicans are too busy cheering her gaffes to notice

By Brian Beutler
The downside, and the upside, and the other downside of Hillary Clinton's overwhelming popularity among Democrats, and the related likelihood that she will avoid a divisive primary campaign, is that she's absorbing a tremendous amount of partisan opposition far ahead of her expected official candidacy. Her status forces Republicans to expend ammunition earlier than they'd ideally like, but it also carries the potential to weaken her favorables—to puncture her aura of inevitability—and a risk that she'll make an irreparable error on the public stage. Hilary-Benghazitestimony_zpsb036f29c

There's a mitigating corollary to that latter risk, which is that Republicans have a tremendous incentive to treat every misstep or perceived misstep as a grave, self-inflicted wound, whether that's really the case or not. As Clinton has traveled the country promoting her book Republicans have filtered her every utterance through their gaffe-o-meters, hoping a new blunder will crowd each news cycle. In the process, they've successfully fostered the narrative that Clinton's political chops are rusty, and her instincts ill suited for the current political moment.

On the right, the result is a sincere but mistaken belief that Clinton's candidacy is tanking. That she's an informidable opponent. An all but vanquished foe.

The latest episode reinforcing this belief occurred Saturday, during an interview with the Guardian, when Clinton attempted to explain why her personal wealth isn't a drag on her credibility as an advocate for addressing economic inequality.

"[T]hey don't see me as part of the problem," she said, "because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we've done it through dint of hard work."

Count me among the many who think she could learn a thing or two from the current president, who is also a rich person, about how to publicly grapple with the apparent—though not genuine—contradiction between being wealthy and speaking to the concerns of the poor and middle class. It is possible to make a politically resonant case for noblesse oblige, and I assume she'll eventually figure that out. Count me also among the many who believe that Bill Clinton's substantive record on this score is pretty mixed.

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“Our Cause Is More Important Than Any One Person”

Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona Governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. His official statement is below:al melvin

“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisers and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office to formally withdraw from the race.

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By David Smith, Candidate for Scottsdale City Council

During a City Council candidate forum last week, the moderator asked each candidate to identify three opportunities to raise revenues for the City. The fact of the matter is, there’s no way to increase city revenues in any meaningful amount, except by (1) achieving growth in our economy, including tourism, or (2) increasing the local sales tax or property tax rates. The first usually happens because of factors beyond Council’s control; the second happens at considerable political peril!

Over many years, we’ve done a great job holding down taxes. Our local sales tax rate of 1.65% is the second lowest in the valley…just ahead of Chandler’s 1.50%. Actually, ours is the lowest by far if you exclude the 0.35% temporary share of our sales tax collected for the purchase of preserve lands.

Similarly, Scottsdale’s property tax rate for debt service and general fund uses is also the second lowest in the valley. Mesa is lowest because it doesn’t assess a property tax for its general fund.

Our low tax levels have been achieved with the help of strong growth in construction, a healthy economy and the granddaddy of all reasons…growth in tourism spending! By some estimates, tourists account for more than 25 per cent of all sales tax collected by the City.

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Says Hallman’s Record of Fiscal Responsibility is Ideal for Office

Congressman Matt Salmon, one of Arizona’s leading conservative voices, has endorsed Hugh Hallman for Arizona State Treasurer.

The East Valley congressman has worked closely with Hallman over the years on regional issues. Congressman Salmon said his first-hand knowledge of Hallman’s experience and expertise made Hallman a clear choice for the State Treasurer’s race.hallman pic

“Getting our state's financial house in order must be a top priority for all members of our state’s executive branch,” Congressman Salmon said. “With our state’s debt approaching $9 billion, it is critical that we make serious and immediate changes to how Arizona spends our money. Hugh Hallman understands this crucial issue based on his years of experience in the private sector and his long service as Tempe’s fiscally conservative Mayor. Hugh cut Tempe’s budget while improving services. We can trust Hugh Hallman to serve us well as Arizona’s next State Treasurer.”

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It is somewhat surprising in what is arguably Arizona’s most impressive community that the turnover on the Town Council is so substantial. A retiring Mayor. A relocating popular councilman named Schweiker and a previous top vote getter named Kirby choosing to devote more time to her elected position on the Scottsdale School Board.
By acclimation Vice Mayor Michael Collins will be Paradise Valley’s next Mayor as he has no opposition.

But that still leaves a number of seats open at the council level voters will have to sift through. Some names are known. Some less so. But they are collectively an impressive lot.

Over a month before early voting begins in the August 26th primary three names stand out and are worthy of endorsement now.

They are current councilmembers Paul Dembow and David Sherf as well as former Planning Commissioner and mayoral candidate Maria Syms.

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