Democracy Vouchers for Arizona?

Last Tuesday, Seattle voters approved of an unprecedented measure that will dramatically overhaul how local candidates running for mayor, city council, and city attorney raise campaign funds. Under Initiative 122, Seattle became the first city in the United States to try taxpayer-funded “democracy vouchers.” These vouchers work in a relatively straightforward manner. Each registered Seattle voter will receive four $25 … Read More

The Fastest Way To Lose Arizona Voters

It is no secret that the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs has been dealing with a scandal or two. Thanks to whistleblowers like Dr. Katherine Mitchell, the internal issues came to light as well as the shocking knowledge that our veterans are not receiving the proper care they deserve. 50 veterans passed away due to lack of care. Sen. John … Read More

Downtown Scottsdale About To Go Off The Rails?

On October 28th the message below was sent out to businesses in downtown Scottsdale.  There’s probably more than a few alarm bells going off. After all, what problem would shrinking Scottsdale Road from two lanes to one lane through a vibrant downtown solve?  Are city planners just looking for something to do?  Is there one-lane envy of Mill Avenue in … Read More

Here come the Gilbert Fun Police!

Dierks Bentley’s popular restaurant and bar, Whiskey Row, hopes to join Gilbert’s Heritage District very soon. There are already two other popular locations in the Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe. So why are the residents of Gilbert worried about this establishment? Noise. That’s right, the residents of Gilbert are worried that Whiskey Row will be too noisy and will not be … Read More

Simplot: First Blood

It’s been 33 years since John Rambo took on the world.  It’s been only a week or two since former Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot fired the first shots in the 2019 Phoenix Mayor’s race. Two capable people have made it known they want to replace the term-limited Greg Stanton. Simplot and current Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski.  Both would … Read More

It’s Time For The Scottsdale Superintendent To Go

There are always great stories in any school district.  A wonderful teacher.  An enterprising student.  A feel good sports team. The Scottsdale Unified School District is no different. But the problems infecting the one time model of public schooling are a shocking indifference to malaise.  And that’s to put it kindly. Last year the district again lost some 1,000 students.  … Read More

A Necessary & Stylish Move For Scottsdale Fashion Square

Fiesta Mall in Mesa is about dead.  Los Arcos Mall in Scottsdale died years ago.  Metrocenter is trying to reinvent itself as so many other malls are doing across the country.  The changing retail landscape driven by increased online sales demands it.  Look at Biltmore Fashion Park which now seems more a tony food court than mall.  That brings us … Read More

Safe and Sober No More

It would seem that the Tempe police are more concerned about people’s opinion of them than actually protecting the residents. The ‘Safe and Sober’ campaign that launched in 2013 after incidents where Arizona State University students were found dead after attending parties where heavy drinking was involved was replaced with a babied version that focuses on education and prevention. After … Read More

The Arrogance Of The Arcadia Event & Wedding Center

Some time ago Bob and Karen Hobbs bought the former home of favorite Arizona son Barry Goldwater.  Located on a hilltop in the heart of Paradise Valley their preservation and updating of the home was and is spectacular. From time to time they do events there, mainly political ones favoring the Grand Old Party.  But not a once have they … Read More

Return of the Witch?

We all remember Christine O’Donnell, as we try to forget her?  She was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware who rode that year’s Tea Party wave to upset the presumed nominee, he of the “establishment.”  In one of the worst political television advertisements ever produced she infamously declared she was “not a witch” as she attempted to retintroduce … Read More