Political Rankings

With the college football playoff upcoming and the college basketball season in full swing, many are paying attention to various rankings.  Here are some as they relate to interesting, future elections: SCOTTSDALE MAYOR 2020 (Jim Lane is term-limited) Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp Councilwoman Virginia Korte Any warm body John Karolzak PHOENIX MAYOR (Special Election March 12, 2019) Former Councilwoman Kate Gallego … Read More

Scottsdale Wedge Issue 2020?

Were you for or against the sales tax increase to fund preservation of the McDowell Mountains?  Were you for or against the Los Arcos hockey arena proposal?  Were you for or against Proposition 420? These have been the great questions and wedge issues that have shaped Scottsdale City Council elections over the past three decades. Indeed, Proposition 420, which rallied … Read More

The Karolzak Chronicles: Volume II

We wrote before about the amusing announcement by the very weird John Karolzak that he wants to run for Mayor of Scottsdale.  Click here to read. We note that he describes himself on social media as a “health care executive.”  What a disservice to the words health, care and executive.  Dude was a lobbyist for an ambulance company.  At the … Read More

Guest Editorial: A Very Special, Special Interest

By Scottsdale Pinetop In the age of “everyone is special” it’s often hard to stand out from the crowd. As an individual, a business and even as a community, our own special interests can easily be overshadowed. Scottsdale is no exception. In a city of greats, from the nationally acclaimed Barrett-Jackson Car Auction to spring training season, it’s easy to … Read More

Guest Editorial: Save Our Lake

By Scottsdale Pinetop What happens when a lake is not a lake but rather an irrigation reservoir? A small town community loses one of its biggest recreational assets. That’s the latest problem facing the beloved Woodland Lake in the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. For years, residents, business owners and tourists alike have enjoyed the lake for its beauty and recreation. The … Read More

Guest Editorial: Grinched: ‘Christmas Lee’ Re-Instates His Holiday Light Show Despite City Of Phoenix’s Misbehavior Last Year

By Robert Rich Lee Sepanek’s (aka “Christmas Lee”) light show got on the cities’ radar a few times too many last year. The Phoenix resident’s home, located near 44th Street and Camelback Road, is normally an extravagant, shining beacon for the season’s Christmas Spirit starting Thanksgiving Night. However, the City of Phoenix took issue with Lee’s ambitions the year prior. … Read More

Yogi Berra Comes To Scottsdale: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

By Neighborhood Nelly Arizona pioneers didn’t just set up our state for the powerful. They did so for the people too. That’s why the referenda and initiative process and rights are enshrined in our State Constitution. Referendum rights allow citizens to challenge the decisions of their elected officials. Initiatives allow the people to bypass legislatures and city councils to propose … Read More

Howard’s End?

Scottsdale resident Howard Myers was an important and critical voice that led to the Proposition 420 movement in Scottsdale.  Passed by a 71% margin on November 6th the vote stopped the ill-conceived Desert Discovery Center and enshrined more rights to city citizens when it comes to future changes in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For that, Mr. Myers and many others … Read More

Reverend Jarrett Maupin issues statement following the scandalous and racist statements of Rep. David Stringer

Media Alert Reverend Jarrett Maupin issues statement following the scandalous and racist statements of Rep. David Stringer, calls for lawmaker to resign immediately or for House Leadership to remove him in next session for being “ethically bankrupt,” “a premeditated xenophobe,” and for practicing racism in violation of rules of conduct for state house members… Statement Below: “Earlier this year, I … Read More