*Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State again reminded Arizonans what it’s like to have someone with a firm grip on the wheel. His predecessor always made the public feel like a passenger to a driver’s permit.
*It should be noted that McCain’s time in the U.S. Senate and Ducey’s time as Governor will both end in 2022. Who knows if Ducey would ever want to succeed him but he would undoubtedly be an impediment to those who prefer waiting McCain out to taking him on.
*When people now ask whether Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale or Gilbert has the best downtown it shows how far Phoenix and Gilbert have come.
*The success of a young Phoenix Coyotes team is an underreported local sports story and an underappreciated sports achievement.
*Many in the media are quietly asking and exploring how likely it may be that the Phoenix Suns relocate its arena to the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.
*With the Scottsdale Tribune expiring years ago and the Scottsdale Republic cutting two more reporters it might be the case that the Scottsdale Independent is the closest thing the city now has to a newspaper of record.
*Craft brew houses are everywhere, thank goodness. Flashbacks: Coyote Springs at 20th & Camelback. Hop’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
*Former Scottsdale School District Superintendent David Peterson’s tirade and accusations as he departed might be the most pathetic and inaccurate report since Brian Williams was on the air.
*Wendy Rogers needs to go away.
*In today’s Wall Street Journal there was a short article on the Sussman house in Paradise Valley listed for $35 million, along side Hugh Heffner’s Playboy Mansion which will only cost you $200 million. And it’s required that Hugh stays. Unknown if the Playmates come with.