Holding Activists Accountable

No matter the municipality City Hall activists like to fancy themselves as guardians of veracity. Elected officials aren’t giving it to you straight. Something untoward is going on. But for us the world will end. Their intelligence varies but the refrains are largely the same when it comes to development matters, pensions, imaginative projects and other matters of civic life. … Read More

John McCain: Shinseki’s Head Not Mine Please

John McCain learned an invaluable crisis communication lesson during and after his Keating Five debacle. If you’re not part of the solution you are part of the problem. In other words, never be the status quo, especially when trouble hits. It is an approach that has served McCain well. In a world of crisis communication “experts” he may be the … Read More

Tempe Should Support Happier Hours For Yucca Tap Room

According to the owners of Tempe’s famed Yucca Tap Room, things are awry and city officials want their property. The Republic has some background on the situation. Click here. The one-time platform of Roger Clyne and many other local music aspirants, the distinct bar is something to be celebrated and assisted, not run over as appears the intent of city … Read More

Time For Investigators To Get Horney

If Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is not investigated by someone for what appears to be a blatant misuse of taxpayer dollars to aid his own election, we are not sure what the point of any campaign finance law is. While some of these laws can be complex, the prohibited use of taxpayer dollars and government staff to assist one’s … Read More

A Great Opportunity To Expand “Arcadia”

There are many important commercial corners in Phoenix but a largely vacant one at 32nd Street and Indian School Road is particularly so. Once a proud, thriving center it has retreated to near nothingness. With the recent success of businesses and restaurants like The Vig, Beckett’s Table and Crudo nearby, the corner surround by diverse neighborhoods is both an incredible … Read More

Start Me Up

The Phoenix Metropolitan area seems to have more major sports and concert venues than just about anywhere in the country. From Ak-Chin to Glendale we are blessed and cursed with buildings big, small, old and new. But for those who have been here awhile no sporting venue penetrates the Arizona conscience more than Sun Devil Stadium. Maybe it is the … Read More

A Hole In One For Phoenix

There’s often talk of underutilized community assets.  Mountains that turn into parks.  Canals that turn into Waterfronts.  Buildings that turn into tourist attractions.  And there’s always been the Papago Golf Course.  Avid golfers know it to be an exceptional layout in an exceptional setting.  And 20-30 years ago it was hard to get a tee time there as affordability fused … Read More

Warding Off Ridiculousness

Once upon a time the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln. It went to war to eradicate slavery. One hundred and fifty years later African-Americans support the party with but single digits. The reasons are many and varied from the Democratic Party’s incessant pandering to most Republicans most recently choosing the rule of law, understandably, when it comes to … Read More

An Easy Early Endorsement In Paradise Valley

As the 2014 election cycle gets underway there may be no easier endorsement, even at this early date, than current Vice Mayor Michael Collins to assume the top position.  With Mayor Scott LeMarr leaving on top after more than two decades of public service to the town, Collins offers the compelling combination of continuation, experience and talent.  He chaired the … Read More

Leaving On Top

If there were a Mount Rushmore in Paradise Valley, Arizona – or more appropriately a Mount Camelback, current Mayor Scott Lemarr would be on it. Only six decades old Lemarr has served the town in a variety of capacities for over a third of that time on a variety of citizen commissions and currently as the first directly elected mayor … Read More