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Welcome to the site’s new feature, holding politician’s accountable for double talk.  And there’s no better place to launch Hypocrite Alert! than with Scottsdale’s Ultimate Politician, Bob Littlefield.

On the campaign trail he talks negatively about the proliferation of apartments in Scottsdale notwithstanding he’s the godfather of not one but the two largest apartment projects in the history of Scottsdale.  But that’s not all . . . he then took away the rights of citizens opposing the project, preventing them from putting the project to a city-wide vote.

When confronted with such facts Littlefield tries to go Obi Wan-Kenobi instructing voters such matters may not be the droids they’re looking for.

He then discusses how he’s opposed numerous apartment projects in Scottsdale, except for those that contributed generously to his campaign coffers.  But more on that another time.

This time Hypocrite Alert! would like to point out Littlefield cashing one of the most generous contributions of his political career:  from none other than the special interest political action committee of who?  The Arizona Multi-Housing Assocation.  That’s right, the state’s leading defender and purveyor of apartments.

It’s hard to make this stuff up.

But at least Littlefield’s hypocrisies are good for something:  laughter.

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If running for Mayor of Scottsdale at the same time your wife is Vice Mayor isn’t odd and craven enough for Bob Littlefield, we may have another example.

And, if circumstances are true, it’s disconcerting at best and disqualifying at worst.

According to various social media including that posted by the Catholic Sun, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane was apparently invited by Notre Dame Preparatory High School last month to address a group of students about how government works.

Elected officials get a lot of those requests, along with things like ribbon cuttings.

Apparently, candidate Bob Littlefield got wind of Mayor Lane’s appearance and demanded equal time of the school to speak, even raising the prospect of the school’s non-profit status being jeopardized.

When properly and ultimately denied his request Littlefield sent out an alert to supporters to attend the gathering bogusly claiming Lane was going to be discussing the Desert Discovery Center, a controversial north Scottsdale project that Littlefield has been on both sides of.

How sad. 

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It’s like a zit on the Mona Lisa.

Anyone who hikes what is arguably the prettiest trail in the Valley, Tom’s Thumb in Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, wonders when they ascent.  What is that house, albeit a very nice one, doing smack dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s landmark preserve?

Wouldn’t it be nice, most everyone surely thinks, to rid the preserve of the blemish?

And so it now shall be.

Every member of Scottsdale’s City Council ranging from Mayor Jim Lane to Councilman Guy Phillips saw fit to split the difference between the city’s appraisal and one produced by the private property owner.

It was a smart move – council Clearasil -- and a wise use of preserve funds.

 

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By Friends of John McCain
Phoenix, AZ-- Today, Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick is skipping town to hob-nob with liberal allies in California. But this is not the first time Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has desperately turned to her liberal cronies to buoy her lackluster campaign. She traveled to Hollywood a few months ago to participate in a four-day, closed-door conference of big money liberal fundraising network Democracy Alliance.
Congresswoman Kirkpatrick's private fundraising event today in San Francisco is yet another example of how she would rather give her time and attention to liberal special interests than talk to her own constituents. But this comes as no surprise. Her "campaign" to date has consisted of private meetings and pay-to-play events. From speaking at closed Planned Parenthood dinners, to fundraisers hosted by Emily's List and Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Kirkpatrick is spending more time with the liberal establishment than Arizona voters.

Let us not forget one of her allies, Emily's List, made derogatory comments about Hispanic leaders supporting John McCain, referring to them as a “fake business coalition” conducting to customary politico “taco stop” and that John McCain was quick to put on his “Hispanic sombrero.” Even the Arizona Republic blasted these comments noting “what's really insulting is the presumption Latinos all think alike.”

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There’s no greater defender of Scottsdale’s ultimate politician, mayoral candidate Bob Littlefield, than John Washington, the political gadfly who lost to current Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane by 30 points in 2012.

Like Littlefield, Washington thinks Scottsdale never does anything right despite public sentiment and evidence to the contrary.

And he, like Littlefield, love to dish it out but they sure have a hard time taking it when justifiable criticism arrives to refute his rhetorical incontinence.

Take a recent Washington missive where he pushes back after a Mayor Lane email broadside against Littlefield for being on all sides of just about every issue.

Washington takes his usual jabs at a Lane campaign consultant for owning a polo event and participating in a voter-approved marketing fund for the event for 3 years, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Littlefield himself voted for the funds all three 3 years he sat on the city council, even advantaging the event for complimentary VIP tickets.

Lane’s eblast also raised questions about Littlefield’s contributions and special interests he favors.  The incumbent said something along the lines of Littlefield’s largest contributors over the years being “anti-business unions.”

So what does Washington do rather than review Littlefield’s campaign reports?  He launches into la-la land suggesting Lane is referencing police unions because they crack down on bars and restaurants in downtown Scottsdale?!

Wow.  Someone actually wrote that.  Then again Washington was probably the first one in line at Harkins Theatres when Independence Day returned last month because he wanted to see on the big screen what his little head actually believes:  aliens are coming to Earth.

It would have taken Washington all of two seconds, as it did us, to see Lane was likely referencing a PAC contribution from the United Food & Commercial Worker’s Union. Lane probably needs to spell that out more clearly next time but there’s little doubt that union is no friend to business, even at one time trying to sabotage Basha’s grocery stores with an insidiously bogus claim about baby formula. 

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Art, at its best, makes us contemplate deeper.  That's what good politics can do too.  About issues, people and the direction of a community and country.  So take a look at this interesting read in today's New York Times about how enterprising artists are attempting to do and fuse both during these most challenging political times.

Click here to view the story.

 

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By Weiers For Mayor
Great News From The Latest Polling Data!
Ordinarily we keep our internal polling to ourselves, but several of you have forwarded me an email from my opponent where he claims they just polled and he’s winning by 3 points (34%-31%). Since his polling is as made up as his public safety data, we thought we’d make an exception and share real polling with you.

Not only are we ahead overall by a nearly 2-1 margin (35% - 18%), we’re also ahead within each group of voters, so we’re winning Republicans, we’re winning Democrats, and we’re winning Independents.

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ARIZONA GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY ENDORSES JOHN McCAIN

Phoenix, AZ —Today, Governor Doug Ducey endorsed John McCain for reelection to the U.S. Senate. The Governor emphasized the importance of John McCain’s leadership for Arizona.
“History will count John McCain as one of the most fearless leaders of our generation and a genuine Arizona hero," said Governor Ducey. "A man who always puts service above self, John McCain is a revered fighter and a fierce advocate for Arizona.

"Our world is marked by uncertainty and conflict. But John McCain has the experience, character and courage to help keep us safe. As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he’s fought to strengthen our military and economy. We can count on him to know and do the right thing always.

"He’s a world statesman, who stands up to our enemies and stands for our values. But he is Arizona’s champion first, fighting for our veterans, our businesses and our families.
"John McCain provides what no one else can: the ability to inspire a generation of leaders to build a future for Arizona even greater than our storied past. His leadership is more important than ever. I wholeheartedly endorse John McCain for the U.S. Senate and I urge every Arizonan to join me.”

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Recently, Scottsdale Councilman David Smith lambasted SkySong and its purported voracious appetite for city favor.  But in criticizing process and politic he seemed to ignore purpose and triumph.

Once upon a time Scottsdale and McDowell was the heartbeat of the southern city.  There stood Los Arcos Mall.  Then time passed it by.  Scottsdale Fashion Square ascended.

Various plans from hockey arenas to power centers promised renewal.  They didn’t materialize.  So ASU took a chance on the area with an “innovation” focus.  At a time when strip clubs and pawn shops were the most notable neighbors it was no small leap of faith.

Sure, SkySong took awhile to find its voice.  But now the chorus of buildings is impressive, as is its design.  It’s evolved over the years as any large project does and must.  To not allow the private sector to call audibles is to be an archair municipal coach of the wishbone.  That SkySong now includes housing is entirely understandable for students and employees that want to be near where they work.  Indeed, the unrelated Mark/Taylor Residential multi-family project nearby on McDowell has been so successful it’s acquiring nearby properties for more parking. 

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By Councilman David Smith

Dear Friends...

Scottsdale's fiscal year ended June 30, so it seems timely to share a report on some Council decisions over the past few months that will affect you and your city's livability.

Your Council adopted a Balanced Budget for next year...that's good! Unfortunately, the Budget isn't sustainable and hasn't been for several years. That's because the money we have for capital improvements is woefully short of the amount needed. The city was closely divided for/against the Bond Issue last November, so there's little new money for capital investments. For the third year in a row, your city's net depreciable assets declined, because we reinvested less than our assets depreciated. This problem will compound over time.

I tried to get rid of the city's sales tax on food, mindful that this most regressive tax costs every Scottsdale citizen about $50 a year ($200 every year for a family of four) and it hits hardest those citizens least able to pay. We managed a small step forward: over the next three years we'll pull food tax receipts out of the General Fund and put them into the capital program. Unfortunately, that won't give citizens the tax break they deserve. We'll try again next year.

Council took several actions that are going to increase density and congestion in your city:

More and more apartments were approved...sometimes with building plans; other times with only promises. Your Council seems determined to provide living quarters for newcomers, regardless of the effect on current citizens.

The ASU Foundation lease for SkySong was amended to increase the building height from 60 feet to 90 feet at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. Citizens will see a massive structure...and a precedent has been created. I argued for the City's 1.5 acre at SkySong to be designated as a city park on the corner, forcing the building back further from curb; I wasn't successful.

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