Explaining The Noteworthy Scottsdale City Council Election Results

Once upon a time a five or six story office building was built at Scottsdale & Camelback Roads. Those who voted for it were swept out of office. As sure as the sun rises the ebb and flow of “slow growth” and “pro business” candidates occurs in Scottsdale elections. But that it happened so soon in Scottsdale on November 4th, … Read More

Classless Candidate Concessions (The Bi-Partisan Version)

Whether one likes him or not the gold standard for candidate concession speeches was Al Gore following his gut-wrenching, Flordia vote counting loss in 2000. It was the epitome of class and decency. Contrast his approach with two on Tuesday night in Arizona, Wendy Rogers and Fred Duval. First, Rogers. This was her statement. “I want to thank my friends, … Read More

So What Might Happen If Michele Reagan Beats Cardon & Goddard?

An opinion that bears repeating after Arizona’s election results Tuesday.The following was originally Published February 13 There’s an old observation in politics that just about anyone who gets elected to anything starts seeing themselves being President of the United States. After Goldwater, Udall, Babbitt and McCain that may not be true for Arizonans but you get the point. But it … Read More

In Need Of A New Consultant Class

As nearly always New York Times’ Columnist David Brooks made one think Tuesday about the numbing and dumbing of American elections. Here is a link. He assigns blame to political consultant sameness indicting the Mitt Romney presidential campaign among others for a lack of ideas and imagination. It is deserved. Poll driven campaigns are inherently reactive, almost like trench warfare, … Read More

Valley History Being Created As It Goes Away

Wringing hands likely doesn’t do justice to the exercise of Valley old-timers these days. Pinnacle Peak Patio and Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale are going away next year. Today we learned Monti’s La Casa Vieja, the oldest restaurant in Arizona, is closing in just two weeks. And this follows the closure of landmark Mexican restaurant Tia Rosa’s in Mesa. Well, at … Read More

Peoria Wants Glendale To Squeal Like A Pig

As the conventional Arizona wisdom goes, the City of Glendale is a bunch of suckers. That’s what has caused their financial turmoil people say. Whether one is a sexy Dodger, Cabela’s or Coyote open the kimono and let them have one’s way with scantily clad protections for Glendale taxpayers. History will determine if these decisions were wise and progressive with … Read More

Does Brnovich Make McCain A Marked Man?

John McCain’s deployment of so much left over presidential money in his 2010 Republican primary battle against J.D. Hayworth was designed to send a message: don’t mess with me. And while he won convincingly times have changed. McCain may well be the next Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a perch from which to raise lots of money. But … Read More

Trent Franks Says NO to Prop 480

U. S. Representative Trent Franks Says NO to Prop 480, a 1.6 Billion Dollar Tax Increase In an Op-Ed piece published in today’s Arizona Republic, Rep. Trent Franks explained why Maricopa County Taxpayers cannot afford prop 480. You can read his entire statement below: Trent Franks: Health care already costs enough. Why is Maricopa County Integrated Health System piling on … Read More

Pink Floyd Makes An Appearance In Scottsdale

There’s a phrase about anyone noticing a tree if it falls in the forest. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. But in Scottsdale, Arizona these days it’s hard to miss trees not when they fall in a forest, but as they obstruct the signage of prominent businesses. For years a city installed tree has obstructed grandfathered signage for the venerable Coach House … Read More

The Consequential Councilman

Why don’t elected officials tackle the big issues more? It’s a constant refrain one hears about elected officials whether its foreign policy or Social Security in the nation’s Capitol Hill or Scottsdale visionaries lamenting the lack of a next great thing. That can’t be said of Glendale City Councilman Gary Sherwood. The city is a cauldron of upside finances and … Read More