By Peter Roff
There’s a battle underway in the West to determine who Arizona’s next governor will be. Among the crowded field of Republicans vying for the nomination is one who is already being talked about as a potential national leader, the kind of politician that can restore the public confidence in the GOP who, if he wins, will soon become one of those “names you know” whose future potentially involves some time in Washington.
Elected state treasurer in 2010, Doug Ducey has spent the last four years building a reputation for competent, consistent, conservative leadership on a range of issue. He was first attracted to politics by the same passions that generated the activism of the tea party: concerns about rising government indebtedness, reckless, out-of-control spending, rising taxes and the size and scope of government.
What made him unique was his business background, which served him and the people of Arizona well. As an entrepreneur, Ducey and a partner grew the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop from a single store to a chain with nearly 1,400 locations nationwide by the time they sold the business in 2007.
He’s not been afraid to take on difficult tasks, one of which involved his state’s Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. Upon taking office he discovered that the fund, which takes the funds generated anytime state lands are sold, with 93 percent of the annual returns used to fund K-12 education, was not operating to its maximum potential.Read more
The nefarious tactics used by Arizona Public Service (APS) to eliminate an Arizona rooftop solar industry over the past year (Arizona Republic APS, solar companies clash over credits to customers; New York Times: On Rooftops, a Rival for Utilities) have been well documented by others.
One of those stories (Huffington Post: Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up) even described the utility’s chief lobbyist Jessica Pacheco booking a room at the Phoenix Country Club for the son of Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, presumably to curry favor with him. The son, Justin Pierce, is running for Arizona Secretary of State but considered a long-shot. Unless. Unless Arizona Public Service routes money through various organizations as it did during last year’s solar debate to provide a boost to Justin Pierce’s struggling campaign.Read more
Scottsdale- City Council candidate Michael Auerbach today announces the Honorable Joe Arpaio has endorsed him for Scottsdale City Council.
“Today I am pleased to endorse Michael Auerbach, Candidate for Scottsdale City Council 2014. Michael is a strong supporter of law enforcement and will be an advocate for public safety. I encourage you to support Michael in his run to ensure that Scottsdale maintains it low crime rating”.Read more
Cave Creek, AZ - Citing a recent poll showing the governor's race is up-for-grabs, new entrant in the race, Frank Riggs, an Arizona businessman and former U.S. Congressman, touted his success in defeating Democratic candidates in a congressional district where Democrats enjoyed an almost 20-point registration advantage. The poll by Republican pollster Susquehanna Polling and Research suggests that over half of voters are undecided and the race is a toss-up between whoever wins the Republican nomination and the presumed Democratic nominee.
"I twice defeated incumbent Democrats," Riggs said. "And I did so while building a strongly conservative voting record that also appealed to independents and conservative ("Reagan") Democrats."Read more
February 13, 2014 - Scottsdale - City Council candidate Michael Auerbach today announces the endorsement of Phoenix City Councilman, Sal DiCiccio.
"Today I am pleased to endorse Michael Auerbach, Candidate for Scottsdale City Council," said DiCiccio. "Michael is a fiscal conservative who will fight to enact pension reform.
The escalating cost of city government must be brought down, and Michael will protect taxpayers from wasteful government spending. I encourage you to vote for Michael Auerbach."
“It is humbling to receive such kind words from a fellow Conservative Republican leader. I admire how Sal has taken on the unions and fights for the taxpayers. I am thankful for his support,” said Auerbach.