PHOENIX – Arizona’s $5 billion Permanent Endowment Fund will pay a record distribution of $93.7 million to endowment beneficiaries in FY 2016, said State Treasurer Jeff DeWit.  That is a 14.7% increase from this year’s $81.7 million distributions. “This emphasizes the great work of previous Treasurer Doug Ducey and our top-notch staff,” Treasurer Jeff DeWit said. “I’m proud to continue … Read More

From the Arizona Democratic Party: A quick intro, Alexis Tameron

Over the weekend I was elected Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. I am the first woman and first Hispanic Chair the Party has ever elected – and I’m hoping that symbolism will help us move our Party in a new direction that modernizes our approach and wins more elections. Some of you may know me from my time as … Read More

ICYMI: ProgressNow Arizona hits for the cycle in January

PHOENIX — ProgressNow Arizona has hit for the cycle in January, establishing the year-old organization as the go-to progressive voice holding elected leaders accountable in several television, print and radio interviews on the state’s biggest political stories. Executive Director Robbie Sherwood has provided commentary in response to Gov. Doug Ducey’s inaugural speech, led a massive press conference and rally pushing … Read More

Return To Sender, Please

Scottsdale is a wonderful place and has rightfully been recognized by many for effective city government. But several years back there was a movement to import personnel from Phoenix, led by long-time Phoenix Planning David Richert who later became Scottsdale City Manager. Richert was and is a fine man, but some of his hires well, not so much. Some of … Read More

Ban Gifts Now-Ethics Reform Now

Ban Gifts Now – Ethics Reform Now by Sal DiCiccio Dear Friends: Just like you, Phoenix is excited to see the Super Bowl come to town. However, the game should not be an exciting opportunity for politicians to “score free game tickets.” Mayor Stanton promised a gift ban/ethics reform 1,110 days ago-but nothing has happened. Nothing. He even went on to promise implementing a ban … Read More

Message from Mayor Stanton

Friend, Just over three years ago, I was sworn in as Mayor of Phoenix and fully focused on getting to work on moving this city forward — just as you entrusted me to do. I grew up here and I love this city. I’ve seen Phoenix grow into a major American city. And yet, Phoenix still has so many unique … Read More

Thank God

Editorials are usually 500 words of trope and tripe about this and that. But to this all we have to say is what very good news it is to have Tom Horne back in the private sector.  And out of government.  Where he was a walking embarrassment and shameless scoundrel.   MY FIRST DAY AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN I want … Read More

Joe Foss Institute Announces New CEO

Former U.S. Congressman to lead organization’s efforts to educate and inspire future leaders   SCOTTSDALE, AZ (January 6, 2015) – The Joe Foss Institute Board of Directors has named Frank Riggs the new President and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute (JFI). The mission of JFI is to restore civics education in K-12 schools and ensure that all high school … Read More

Attorney General-Elect Brnovich Names Three Key Members of Staff

(Phoenix, AZ) With the new year begins a new era in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General-elect Mark Brnovich added three more staff members as he prepares to take office on Monday.  Zora Manjencich will join the Attorney General’s Office as the Assistant Chief of the Child Safety Division. Manjencich spent nine years at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office … Read More