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Although it won’t be for almost a year we regret Paradise Valley Town Manager Jim Bacon is stepping down. He has served with humor and effectiveness.

Arriving in Paradise Valley at just about the hour of the day of the year when the economy cliff-dived we can envision few better captains in stormy seas.

At ease with his extensive experience and with a quick wit always at hand Bacon inspired confidence because he has pretty much seen it all in municipal government. Comfortable in his own skin there is no discomfort coming from anyone wondering if town government is operating with integrity and achievement.Paradise-VAlley-RED-Senior-Living

He proved himself to be a critical deal-maker too. We question whether someone without Bacon’s talent, patience and standing could have negotiated the deal that has become the old Mountain Shadows resort revitalization in progress.

The accomplished town manager deserves the more relaxed times coming to him. And while he will be missed at Paradise Valley Town Hall we know he will enjoy more times watching his beloved sporting events, knowing his was a job well done.

Next door in Scottsdale we hope the activists win. They have it right. As we lament the loss of a consummate public servant like Bacon, Scottsdale’s political vocalists don’t want to lose an interestingly designed church in downtown, on Indian School Road. It has served as a city office and meeting place for some years. City Manager Fritz Behring is rightfully looking at ways to raise additional revenue through the sale of non-essential buildings. But the Community Design Studio, as it is now known, should not be sold. As Councilwoman Milhaven has opined, Scottsdale has relatively few older, appreciated buildings so why not maintain this one, since it can?

And the city should. With a twist.

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From the David Smith Campaign:

David Smith has declared his candidacy for the Scottsdale City Council in elections to be held this fall. We believe David has the financial expertise, integrity and love of Scottsdale to make an extraordinary councilman! david smith

For more than 20 years, David and his wife, Diana, have been active members of our Scottsdale community. David’s outstanding career has included positions as Chief financial officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Chief Financial Officer of AMTRAK- and most relevant of his candidacy- Scottsdale’s first council appointed City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. In that role David transitioned our city to a new voter-approved form of governance with the financial hallmarks of independence, transparency, integrity, and sound financial policies.

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By Alexis Levinson

“Ice cream brings people together,” according to Arizona state treasurer, Doug Ducey. “Of course, government is dramatically different from ice cream.”

But Ducey hopes he can parlay the lessons he learned as the chief executive officer of ice cream company Cold Stone Creamery into a job as the governor of Arizona next year.ducey

Ducey is one in a crowded field of Republican hopefuls vying for the governorship next year, when current Republican Gov. Jan Brewer will leave office. For the past four years, he has served as Arizona’s state treasurer — but what he really wants to talk about is his time at the helm of Cold Stone Creamery, which he helped grow from a local store to a company with franchises all over the country and the world, before selling the company in 2007.

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What will history decide in 2014?

Back in 1994 a vulnerable Governor Fife Symington overcame a spirited primary challenge from the impressive Barbara Barrett and then came from behind to defeat the formidable Eddie Basha, God rest his soul. ATTORNEY GENERAL

But in 1992 the Arizona GOP was not so lucky. Then, incumbent Congressman Jay Rhodes eeked by a number of primary challengers,only to lose the general election to Democrat Sam Coppersmith.

The stakes for the Arizona Republican Party as it relates to the similarly challenged and embattled Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in 2014 are higher.

The set of circumstances surrounding Horne have grown so profoundly negative, and in some cases downright comical, that the torrent of television commercials soon to come threaten other statewide officials.

It’s that bad.

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WHO: Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
WHAT: Ken Bennett will file his nomination paperwork to run for governor
WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Floor, Phoenix


Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, will file his nominating petitions and Clean Elections Qualifying Contributions to run for governor of Arizona on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

It is expected that he will be the first gubernatorial candidate formally file his petitions and qualify for the ballot.


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From the Bolick campaign:

Please join Republican candidate Shawnna Bolick for a reception on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the home of Eric Crown in Phoenix, AZ. Event Co-Chairs: Clint Bolick, Randy Kendrick, Jack Biltis, Sean Noble, Lynn Londen, Michael Greenbaum, Norman and Donna Harbert, and Giselle Alexander.

Former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr., Vice Mayor Jim Waring, Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump are also special guests for this event.

The event is from 5:30pm to 7pm at 5665 East Valle Vista Road; Phoenix, AZ 85018.

The suggested contribution amount is $250 per person, but any amount is greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP to or call the Elect Bolick for Arizona campaign at 602-842-1912.

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By Wil Cardon
Candidate for Arizona Secretary of State

Recently, a federal judge issued a ruling saying that Arizona has the right to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. This may seem like common sense to most people. After all, why wouldn’t we require proof that you are an American citizen before you exercise one of the most important civic duties - voting. cardon jpeg

However, there are many on the left who do not want there to be any proof of citizenship before registering to vote. This week, the Obama administration announced that they were going to fight that decision. And here in Arizona, my opponent has made quite clear that he does not support requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.

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From the Frank Riggs campaign

Cave Creek, AZ – Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator, and current Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum will travel to Arizona on Sunday, April 6 to announce his endorsement of Frank Riggs for Governor.

“Rick Santorum and I share a special bond. As newly elected Congressmen, we exposed the House Bank and Post Office abuses and reformed Congress. He is a principled conservative leader who has consistently demonstrated his core pro-life, pro-family beliefs I share. Both Rick and I are advocates for constitutionally limited government and oppose Common Core and Obamacare's Medicaid expansion as an infringement upon state responsibility for K-12 education and indigent health care,” said Riggs.

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SCOTTSDALE (Wednesday, April 2, 2014) – Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield is pleased to announce the endorsement from Former State Senator Carolyn Allen of his bid for the Arizona House in District 23. Senator Allen joins a growing list of supporters for the Littlefield campaign, including:

• Paradise Valley Vice Mayor Michael Collins
• 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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Yesterday, the City Council voted to give City Manager Ed Zuercher a $56,000 pay increase. Councilman Gates, Councilman DiCiccio and myself voted against this pay raise, like I voted against former City Manager David Cavazos' pay raise.

At a time when the City is facing a $37.7 million deficit, I felt it was unacceptable to give a pay raise. This is an instance of the City over spending while claiming to be broke. Money should not have been spent last year on golf courses, the Melrose Arch or poetry about recycling. And this year we should not be spending money on pay raises.

Thanks so much,

Jim Waring
Phoenix Vice Mayor - District 2

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