Guest Editorial: Arizona, Phoenix In The Spotlight For Trump, Democrats

By Recker McDowell — President Donald Trump will be in Phoenix for a campaign rally and on March 15 Democratic presidential hopefuls will have a debate in Phoenix ahead of the March 17 primary. The events show the importance Arizona and Maricopa County will play in the 2020 election landscape. That includes the Democratic presidential race and Trump’s bid to … Read More

More Scottsdale Polling Information & Insight

Yesterday we described some highlights from a poll of likely voters completed earlier this week in Scottsdale we have been able to see.  Here are some more: The increasingly crowded City Council race is very fluid.  The overwhelming winner at this point is “Undecided” with 78% of the vote.  Of those garnering support as a first, second or third vote … Read More

BREAKING: New, Scottsdale Insight

It’s fair to say that the upcoming Scottsdale elections, as well as the political environment in the city are interesting, to say the least. That’s why we were glad to get our hands on a recent public opinion poll undertaken by the most accurate pollster for the community over the past 20 years.  It surveyed 300 likely voters for the … Read More

Fact & Political Reality Check

Bob Littlefield is Scottsdale’s Bernie Sanders. He says the same thing so many times you start to respect the persistence. And he certainly can be a fun conversationalist when he is not feeling so ornery. Despite losing badly for Mayor in 2016, following a loss for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2014, Bob Littlefield has decided to seek the … Read More

Guest Editorial: Bring More Technology, Broadband to Rural Areas, Small Towns

By Recker McDowell — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants to invest $60 million to install new broadband and fiber optic cable in rural Arizona. The technology infrastructure would go along the rural corridors of Interstates 40, 17 and 19 as well as in Page, Payson and Bullhead City. The overwhelming majority of jobs being created in Arizona are in Phoenix … Read More

Guest Editorial: Cool Architecture, Designs Key For Scottsdale’s Brand

By Recker McDowell — Architecture and design are increasingly important as Scottsdale charts its course on the future of Old Town and other parts of the city. Developers and builders need to offer cool and impactful designs, new projects and redevelopment plans. That is especially true in Old Town and southern Scottsdale where there are redevelopment opportunities and chances to … Read More

Guest Editorial: Scottsdale’s Card in Arizona’s Winning Hand

By Recker McDowell — WestWorld of Scottsdale has been named facility of the year by the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers. WestWorld hosts top equestrian events including the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Arizona Quarter Horse Association events. It also hosts the Barrett-Jackson and its World Greatest Collector Auction. The League honor is the latest accolade for the Scottsdale … Read More

Guest Editorial: True Colors, True Motives in Scottsdale

By Recker McDowell — Development, density, height and growth are center stage in Scottsdale as 2020 campaigns for Mayor and City Council ramp up. There are legitimate questions about the growth trajectory and vision for the city including in Old Town Scottsdale. Those discussions and debates can be a positive for the future of the city. What voters need to … Read More

Guest Editorial: Digging Into Jobs

By Recker McDowell — Arizona added 84,400 jobs over the past 12 months, according to year-end employment numbers. More than 80,000 of those new jobs were in the private sector. Arizona’s private sector job growth for the year was 2.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only Utah (3.1 percent and Idaho (2.9 percent) posted better job … Read More