by David Brooks
Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves.
Christianity’s gravest setbacks are in the realm of values. American culture is shifting away from orthodox Christian positions on homosexuality, premarital sex, contraception, outofwedlock childbearing, divorce and a range of other social issues.Read more
by Scottsdale City Council Member Suzanne Klapp
Yesterday in front of supporters, business owners and ASU officials, I announced my decision to pursue a third term on the Scottsdale City Council. We gathered outside of ATOMdesign, a business located in Skysong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, along McDowell Road to make the announcement.
Six years ago I brought a fresh business perspective to the Scottsdale City Council and prioritized economic growth, the continued development of SkySong, and the revitalization of McDowell Road. I am particularly excited about this City Council run and intend to focus our Council on better connecting Scottsdale citizens with their government.
It’s been my desire to not only run a business but to be involved in the community. It causes me to be motivated every day. There is more to do, more to make happen, and more we as government leaders can do to assist business owners and residents. We can help them through the red tape, through the regulation, and perhaps live their lives a little easier.Read more
Standard and Poor's recently assigned Arizona the strongest rating the state has had since 2008.
Commentary by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
June 22, 2015
When I was sworn in as Arizona's governor on January 5, the Super Bowl was set to kick off in our state just four weeks later.
Amid all the planning and upcoming festivities, there was a wrinkle: One of the state's regulatory agencies I inherited had been running sting operations against Uber and Lyft drivers, aggressively trying to shut them down. State regulators were out of control and using taxpayer resources to try to put the brakes on a wildly popular service.
We worried about what this might mean during a major event like the Super Bowl, when 100,000 visitors were on their way to Arizona.
So I took action, replacing the agency's leadership and immediately ending all pending regulatory actions against ride-share operators.
Next, we passed statutory language, making it clear these ride-share operators can do business in Arizona. And for good measure, we are in the process of abolishing the very department where all the regulatory mischief originated.
Breaking down these antiquated regulations made a lot of heads spin among entrenched interests. But the reality is that Uber and Lyft drivers are small-business owners—regular people who are just trying to make an honest living and, in the process, are changing the way we get around.
Our pro-business mind-set is paying off. Recently, Uber announced the opening of its first-ever Center of Excellence in downtown Phoenix. By the end of the year, the center will employ 300 people who will provide support to drivers and passengers.
This is just the latest in a string of good news for our state and a loud message that Arizona is open for business.
See, while everyone was watching the Super Bowl, our office was working. The day after the big game, we announced that the most successful company in history—Apple—was making one of its largest investments ever right here in our state: a $2 billion data center to serve as a command center for the company's global networks.
A lot of what we're doing in Arizona is forcing our government to enter the 21st century so that 21st-century companies can operate here.Read more
By Arizona State Senator Katie Hobbs
Today is a day for us to celebrate equality and love. It has prevailed. The Supreme Court ruling handed down today strengthens families and communities all over the country. It provides certainty for couples in Arizona that their marriages will remain legally recognized.
I want to congratulate everyone that has worked for this day, it wouldn’t have happened without your determination. I have been encouraged by your perseverance and strength that when we organize, work together, and stand up for what is right we can make positive change.
We must remember though that the fight for full equality for all Arizonans does not end today. LGBT people can still be fired, evicted, or denied services simply for who they are or who they love. I am committed to changing that. Join me by signing our petition here to end these discriminatory practices.
Senate Democratic Leader
by Carly Fiorina
Fox News recently announced how they will select participants for the first presidential campaign debate.
I’ll skip straight to the point: I look forward to participating in the Fox News debate. I’ll make it clear that I’m ready to take on Hillary Clinton.
But I need your help to get on that debate stage. In order to secure an invitation, I need to grow my team of supporters. Will you make a donation of $13 today to help me get on that debate stage?
I’m running for President because we need a leader we can actually trust in the White House.
In the business world, we don’t have the luxury of hiding from our problems until they go away, like Hillary does on the campaign trail. We have to actually accomplish something.
When I was hired to be CEO of Hewlett-Packard—the first woman in history to run a business so large—I found myself face-to-face with the biggest tech recession in history, and a market that was dramatically changing.
At HP, I wasn’t afraid to shake up the status quo. My decisions didn’t always make me popular—but they would ultimately prove to be the right ones.
By Robert Leger
A tale of two mayors and two cities:
After Steve Ellman abandoned his efforts to build a professional ice hockey arena in Scottsdale and turned to Glendale, Scottsdale was left was a deteriorating mall at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. Eventually, the city partnered with ASU to build SkySong, a research and innovation center.Read more
Hockey fans rhetorically cross-checked the Glendale City Council during and after a hearing that ultimately resulted in the municipality’s termination of its $15 million per year subsidy for the Arizona Coyotes.
But were they directing their ire at the right people?
Having an NHL franchise in the Valley is a very good thing. While the team has never made the Stanley Cup Finals or hosted an All-Star Game (it had the misfortune of so hosting that extravaganza during a strike year) professional hockey contributes to the area’s quality of life. It helps economic development efforts.
But should it be in Arizona at any and all cost to the City of Glendale? After spending $180 million on an arena it decided to fork over $15 million per year to keep the team there on a 4-3 vote in 2013. Those who question Glendale’s commitment to hockey now should recall what it has generously done previously.
What’s not is that any city that forks over so much money each year – effectively becoming one’s largest sponsor – shouldn't be treated by the team as a best friend, not an irritant. After all Glendale is diverting money from police, fire and other needs to float wealthy owners and their players.
But that’s not the way team executives treated Glendale’s generosity. They apparently hid financial information. The new owner couldn’t find time to meet with city officials for months after acquisition.
Shouldn’t this have been the first order of business? Does anyone think the Gila River Indian Community which pays the team a fraction of what Glendale does for arena naming rights is treated with such disdain?
Of course not. Political arrogance or malpractice or both are what caused the team to lose Glendale. And this observation doesn’t involve itself with the purported unethical behavior by Glendale’s former City Attorney now in the employ of the Coyotes.
It never should have come to this. This was political communication 101. If it was a class it was failed miserably by the team’s CEO whose job, presumably, involved interaction with the city.
If he is serious about remedying relations with Glendale, majority owner Anthony Barroway should start by firing Anthony LeBlanc.Read more
By Marco Rubio
Last week, our team told you about the New York Times attacking me for receiving four traffic tickets over the last 20 years. Now, today, the Times is out with a story suggesting that I'm not rich enough to be president!
According to the Times, "Rubio entered public life in a deep financial hole of his own making." Sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? But what exactly was this deep financial hole of my own making? My student loans! I didn't have the money for college, so I had to take out loans. And now the Times is attacking me for it.
As I have said many times, I am not poor, but I'm not rich either. It's true, I didn't make over $11 million last year giving speeches to special interests. And we don't have a family foundation that has raised $2 billion from Wall Street and foreign interests.Read more
Governor Doug Ducey is announcing today a reform to have more money from the sale of state land go into K-12 education. Here is a link to the Republic's coverage. At a time of a rising Arizona real estate market this appears, on the surface, to be government innovation at its best.
It is both good policy and good politics as it is a way for the conservative Republican to get more money to schools – his soft spot early in his tenure – and do so without raising taxes and the ire of his base.
But as with most reforms there are consequences, and in this case potentially negative ones to the state’s largest industry: tourism. That’s because some of the most attractive state land lies along the 101 Freeway, between Scottsdale Road and WestWorld. And a big chunk of it is used for Waste Management Phoenix Open parking, as well as Barrett-Jackson which saw record crowds last year.Read more
By Lindsey Graham
Just moments ago I officially announced that I am running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
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I did not make this decision lightly. After months of consideration and years of working to protect and secure our country, I knew I could still do more.
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