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

No Champagne in the Huddle Mr. Duval

There has been considerable chatter about the Rasmussen Poll that shows Democrat Fred Duval and Doug Ducey in a dead heat for Arizona Governor. Keep in mind that Rasmussen has been trying very hard to make up for its gaffe in predicting a Romney win over Obama. Perhaps Rasmussen has been trying too hard. According to this article in the … Read More

Ruben The Great

In 2007 a relative unknown named Michael Nowakowski decided to take on Congressman Pastor’s influence for the race to replace former Phoenix City Councilman Doug Lingner. Undoubtedly an intriguing candidate, few gave Nowakowski a chance against Laura Pastor, the Congressman’s daughter. He fared OK in the first round of voting, but finished well behind Pastor. Surely there wasn’t enough in … Read More

Greg Stanton. Witness Fred Duval

Is there a Democrat in Arizona today that doesn’t embrace just about any call for a fee or tax hike to aid a pet interest? Our television screens this week suggest Fred Duval falls right in line. While serving on the Arizona Board of Regents, the group that governs Arizona’s universities, Duval supported increasing tuition on the backs of students … Read More

No GOP Attacks Needed On Fred Duval. Just Listen To Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

No rest for weary voters. The Republican Governor’s Association is already up with attack ads against Arizona Democratic nominee for Governor Fred Duval. While the primary messaging focuses on Duval’s obscene support for huge tuition hikes on Arizona students, the word “lobbyist” to describe him is used several times. As sagacious political operative Matt Benson opined earlier this week via … Read More

Shhhh. The Grand Canyon Deserves It.

So new technology is perplexing some National Park Service officials as they wrestle with how to manage the use of photography drones at its natural cathedrals. Here in Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, the policy for our natural wonder shouldn’t be complicated at all. A resounding no to their use ought to be the answer. Imagine going into the Sistine … Read More

The Enduring Arpaio

Through all the fights, all the criticism, all the lawsuits, they still come. A parade really. Especially this year, when many thought the Sheriff of Maricopa County was on the decline. It must be rewarding to the octogenarian. All of the 2014 candidates for Arizona governor wanted his endorsement. Doug Ducey got it. And is showcasing the Sheriff on television. … Read More

Preserving our History by Mayor Greg Stanton

Friends, We may be a young city, but we have a rich history – and it’s our responsibility to preserve that history for future generations. When I learned that the Arizona Exposition and Fair Board planned to tear down the historic 1938 WPA building, we took action. The City issued a stop work order to call off the wrecking crew, … Read More