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Noted anti-establishment reformer and Arizona native, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, endorsed my campaign for governor. Here's what he had to say:
“America needs strong leaders who are willing to stand up for conservative ideas and values at every level of government. It takes real leadership to stand up to special interests and push for conservative reforms. Doug Ducey is one of those leaders and that is why I am proud to endorse his candidacy for Governor of Arizona.
"Doug has shown courage, vision and leadership on a wide range of issues. He fought relentlessly against tax increases and is committed to shrinking the size and cost of government while eliminating privileges for special interests. Leadership is what leadership does, and what Doug has done as a leader has earned conservatives' respect and earned our support.
"His commitment to conservatism, his background growing a small ice cream company to a nationally recognized brand and his record defending Arizona taxpayers make him well suited to lead Arizona for the next four years. I believe that conservative governors like Doug Ducey will lead the way towards a stronger, more prosperous America.”
State Treasurer Doug Ducey, conservative candidate for Arizona governor and former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, today announced that Sen. Al Melvin has endorsed his candidacy for governor. Until recently, Sen. Melvin was also a gubernatorial candidate “I ran for governor because Arizona needs a strong conservative to lead our great state. While my campaign has ended, my fight for conservative values continues,” Sen. Melvin said. “When I withdrew from the race I made it clear that I had no intention of playing spoiler or of even accidentally helping to elect a liberal Governor. I would put my shoulder to the wheel to elect the best possible conservative candidate.
“That is why I am endorsing Doug Ducey for governor. After traveling our state and sharing the stage with so many of our fine candidates, I am confident that Doug is the very best choice for conservative voters,” Sen. Melvin continued. “His background in the private sector, his work as state treasurer, and his fidelity to the principles upon which our country and party were founded separate him from the other candidates.
“I have also been impressed by his grasp of the issues concerning Southern Arizona, which, as you can imagine, is very near and dear to my heart,” Sen. Melvin concluded. “With our state and nation at a tipping point, Arizona conservatives cannot afford to divide themselves into so many camps that we end up losing at the ballot box. I am voting for Doug Ducey to be our next governor and I encourage every Arizonan to join me."
“I am grateful to receive Senator Melvin’s endorsement today,” Ducey said. “The Senator is a man of strong character, a consummate gentleman and a consistent conservative. I am proud to call him my friend and am humbled to have his support.”Read more
June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Let's face it: I've been a thorn in leadership's side," says Arizona Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, sitting at his desk in the Rayburn House Office Building.
Earlier that day, Salmon had just been named by Speaker John Boehner to a special "working group" on the crisis at the southern U.S. border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming into the country with hopes that President Obama will grant them amnesty.
Salmon is the most conservative member of the new group, and his selection by Boehner is surprising, to say the least, given that the Arizonan has been a leading critic of House leadership.
"Probably nobody was more shocked than me, but I was pleasantly surprised," Salmon says.
On the other side of the ledger, the group includes Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a passionate advocate for a comprehensive immigration bill, and Rep. John Carter (R-TX), who negotiated for years with liberal Democrats, including Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), to craft an immigration bill that never saw the light of day.
Leading the new group is Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX). Its other members include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michal McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM).
"They put some independent-minded people on there," Salmon says. "At least they didn't stack it up with a bunch of 'yes people [for Obama or Boehner]'" he adds. "I'm glad to see that."Read more
“Our Cause Is More Important Than Any One Person”
Citing his campaign’s pace in collecting $5 contributions, and certain that Clean Elections funding would not be received in time for the start of early balloting, State Senator Al Melvin has formally withdrawn from the race for Arizona Governor, filing the required documents with the Arizona Secretary of State. His official statement is below:
“I had planned on having more time to decide my campaign’s future, but I was alerted by the Secretary of State’s office that while Maricopa County’s deadline to withdraw was June 27th, the remaining counties had their own early deadline and a decision had to be made by today. So after prayerful consideration with my wife and closest advisers and supporters, I filed the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office to formally withdraw from the race.Read more
Why is the Governor, aka The Artist Formerly Known as a Stalwart Conservative, so fixated on raising taxes? It’s a complete mystery. Governor Jan Brewer’s office and her Department of Revenue both responded yesterday to questions of exactly why they want to slam the state’s solar customers with a higher property tax, and their excuses were breathtakingly unconvincing.
The arguments are so lame that we’re forced to assume that she’s not protecting people from the tax because she doesn’t feel like it. Which is cool, after all she doesn’t have solar, and if her party takes a hit this Fall because Arizona’s retirees and homeowners are fundamentally opposed to tax hikes, so what? She’s outta here…. Anyway, let’s take a look at the blather:
1) Excuse: 2014 Governor Brewer can’t stand 2009 Governor Brewer.
“This equipment is being used to generate electricity for sale,” [Dept of Revenue spokesman Sean Laux] said. And that, he said, means they legally are no different for tax purposes than a power plant, solar or otherwise, owned by a utility. – East Valley Tribune, 6/5/14
First, it’s really weird to say a Glendale home with some solar panels and a trampoline out back is anywhere near the same category as a nuclear power plant. I mean, should the radio in my kitchen be subject to the same regulations as a nightclub? They are, as this Dept of Revenue guy would point out, both used to generate music.
Regardless, in 2009 when Jan Brewer had a hunch that solar was the perfect Arizona industry—and turned out to be right-- she said very clearly that rooftop solar was not like these other things, and that regular folks and the nascent solar industry should not pay industrial-level taxes. Small government, pro-business, all that good stuff.
Now her office says they don’t want to “strong arm” her own Department of Revenue to get them to simply abide by Governor Brewer 2009.
That makes no sense.
2) Excuse: We must tax solar customers because… solar panels work when turned on.
Not to delve too deep in the weeds here, but the Department of Revenue’s argument for why solar should pay a property tax is that utilities pay the tax based on the fact that they sell power. Therefore, because solar leasing companies also sell power, they conclude, they too should be taxed.
Except for one thing: solar leasing companies don’t sell power at all—they lease the equipment, and the solar customers receive whatever benefit may come from using that equipment.
It may seem convoluted, but it’s also the law, and the Department of Revenue is pushing an interpretation that has no legal basis.
But the Department of Revenue’s Sean Laux does not care about no stinkin’ law, and insists it is not an equipment lease because….err, the solar equipment works:
“And they guarantee it and will actually pay you if it doesn't” provide those results. “So it sounds to us as if you are paying for a certain number of kilowatts.” – East Valley Tribune, 6/5/14
By this logic, if you sell a TV and guarantee that it will work for three years, you’re not selling a TV, you’re selling time itself.
Cave Creek, Arizona – Republican candidate for Governor, Arizona businessman and education consultant, and former U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs today filed more than 10,400 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to qualify for the ballot.
In less than four months, the Riggs campaign collected almost double the 5660 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. "No other candidate collected as many signatures in such a short period of time," Riggs' campaign manager Darcie Johnston said. "We thank all of our grassroots volunteers and supporters around the state who made this possible."
Riggs said. “There may be a big field in the Republican primary for governor, but I’m the proven, tested and trusted candidate for Governor. I offer a clear choice and new direction for Arizona. I will stop the 'Obamanization of Arizona' by repealing Common Core and rolling back the unsustainable expansion of Medicaid."Read more
After serving on the Scottsdale City Council nearly 3 decades ago when he basically saved the Cactus League from extinction Jim Bruner was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Well regarded and well liked Bruner was the prohibitive favorite for an attractive new congressional district. Then Jerry Colangelo got to thinking about bringing Major League Baseball to town. Then Colangelo tapped into a latent state law allowing the Board of Supervisors to authorize a county-wide sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium.
The public erupted in opposition, despite Colangelo’s monumental success with the Phoenix Suns at the time.
Bruner became the deciding vote. The choice was awful: fund a stadium and bring a new franchise to town or so alienate Republican primary voters that your congressional hopes would die. Bruner made the tougher choice. And the Valley has forever been enriched thanks to his selflessness.
But that wasn’t the end of Bruner’s civic service. Yes, he finished a distant third in that 1994 GOP primary but people like Bruner and their insatiable appetite for service and advancement are what propel communities forward.Read more
Among the many reasons for attending a college or university is problem solving. They teach it. And you’re supposed to learn it, directly and indirectly through maturation and matriculation.
Here in the Valley Arizona State University doesn’t just teach it, they lead by example.
When revitalization of the old Los Arcos Mall site at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads became intractable, in stepped ASU for what has become SkySong.
Downtown Phoenix can’t get beyond sports facilities and government buildings? No problem. ASU there expanded to create a new urban core vibrancy.
When Arizona’s most celebrated graduate school, Thunderbird, engaged in a high-stakes intramural scrimmage that threatened the existence of the celebrated problems ASU took over to keep the school flying high.Read more
*With the retirement of long-time Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates becomes the prohibitive favorite in the race to replace. It will be interesting to see if anyone of significance steps forward for what may be a fool’s mission.
*Celebrity pollster Frank Luntz will be making a Paradise Valley appearance this week at a fundraiser benefiting U.S. Senator John McCain.
*Weird and conspicuous that Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield was the only member of the body not participating in Mayor Lane’s State of the City last week. It would be very bad form if she intentionally skipped it because her husband Bob has embarked on a long-shot challenge to Lane.
*Construction has started for the highly anticipated Postino’s in downtown Scottsdale. It will be located in one of the area’s most distinctive buildings, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square, in a building recently purchased by Valley billionaire Bill Levine.
*Backers of a possible third, first-class arena in the Valley may not appreciate what abandoning one in Glendale could mean to the market. The Phoenix area is already saturated with two top notch sports cathedrals not to mention an indoor football facility, numerous spring training stadiums, Wells Fargo Arena at ASU and even the old Madhouse on McDowell. Pricing between Talking Stick and Gila River Arena is already fierce for special events, concerts and the like. Without an anchor tenant and screaming businesses next door, Gila River Arena will be giving away the place creating business havoc for all of the area’s venues.
*Few local elected officials exude such class as Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. He’s a great catch for the East Valley Partnership, the organization he’ll soon be joining.
*The most powerful opinion piece of the week was this one by Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts. Here is a link. If you’ve never been to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center way out Northeast Valley way, go. There cares one of the most benevolent people in the Valley. She, and the property, are a last refuge for some of God’s greatest creations. Roberts’ article describes a NIMBY who will live in activist infamy. Fortunately, people like Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri are stepping up to ensure Dr. Evil aka as Dr. Gortler doesn’t get his way.Read more
We are fans of what Scottsdale Fashion Square is seeking to redevelop and stay relevant in a rapidly changing retail landscape. But it is a lot. While Mayor Lane and others have turned off the subsidy spigots for developers generous heights are another form of the same.
That’s why the Scottsdale City Council shouldn’t simply be acquiescent obligers. They should be part of an innovative approach to the sizable request.
Here’s an idea. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has reinforced a general well-being for the largely western art galleries along downtown’s Main Street. The same can’t be said of the more contemporary ones along Marshall Way or elsewhere in downtown. Periodic arts events like Canal Convergence are good. Permanent, successful galleries are better. Unfortunately there are fewer of them in downtown today beyond Main Street.
This is where Scottsdale Fashion Square comes in. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) is an interesting building but its size and location make it more cute than impressive.Read more
Today’s bombshell announcement that popular and principled U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon would not seek re-election is a political earthquake in Arizona Republican circles. Kudos poured in from diverse voices such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kyrsten Sinema. All of the kind words are deserved.
Now attention will turn to Salmon’s possible replacement. Whoever wins the GOP primary in August will be the presumptive congressperson as the district is solidly trunk and tusk.
The silver medalist to Salmon the last time around, Kirk Adams, would be a formidable candidate. A former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and current Chief of Staff to popular Governor Doug Ducey, Adams has the brains, resume and money raising ability to go the distance. Senate President Andy Biggs will also be a top contender by virtue of his title and immediate backing by Salmon. He also has his own money by virtue of winning a sweepstakes contest – no joke. How much he is willing to spend remains to be seen. Add Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri and House Appropriations Chairman Justin Olson as impressive potentials too.Read more
Several weeks ago it seemed the demagogues were about to drive Scottsdale down by driving away the top school in the country and Scottsdale. Economic developers in other cities were frothing: if the best city in the Valley said bye-bye to BASIS would or should any company say hello?
Then Governor Ducey weighed in . . . and the Wall Street Journal . . . and late today Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Necessary legal threats were made. Mayor Jim Lane showed leadership, bringing together neighbors and school backers. Virginia Korte, once a skeptic, showed the temperament and prudence of a future Mayor. Councilwomen Klapp and Milhaven showed their usual, steely resolve. Even those acting supremely demagogic previously, Smith and Littlefield came around in the end leaving only the confounding Guy Phillips. He the supposed Tea Partier. He the supposed constitutionalist. As the lone vote against BASIS he ignored the law and in one issue transformed himself from Scalia to Sanders. Council candidate rival Dan Schweiker will surely make him feel the burn in the upcoming election.
But for tonight there’s reason to celebrate that Scottsdale didn’t ultimately fumble and the adults stepped forward to govern, as they usually do in Arizona’s most dynamic city.Read more
This weekend Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. It’s a wonderful concept and celebration of Scottsdale ingenuity at its best. Turning a non-descript waterway into a campus for capitalism and, periodically, the arts. For this we can applaud Scottsdale Public Art. For this.
But for two other reasons bureaucrats need to be held to account, or heads need to roll.
Several years ago Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven wisely spearheaded an appropriation to fund a dramatic new entry way to the Marshall Way arts district north of Indian School Road. It’s an area that has struggled in recent years as salons have replaced galleries and Main Street has exerted its primacy.Read more
In baseball a successful team needs good starting pitching and a good closer. That’s how we view this editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. We started opining on the matter weeks ago. But we can’t think of a better closing editorialist than the Wall Street Journal to lay bare what is now a national embarrassment for the city. Hopefully, Scottsdale’s governing adults will end the ridicule Tuesday rather than allow our fine city to become a further laughingstock and defendants in a major lawsuit.
Issues with neighbors can be worked out. Turning your back on the #1 charter school in America, the law, Governor Ducey, rumblings from the Attorney General’s Office, state lawmakers and the overwhelming constituency for a flagship BASIS campus? That’s how closers, and top cities, blow leads and their reputations.
We don’t typically tout more government. But Scottsdale is of the size and scope that more is needed. And it would be one of the best reforms the city has ever adopted. Here’s why.
Last we checked members of the Scottsdale City Council were paid $24,000 per year while the Mayor gets $36,000. They are supposed to be “part-time” jobs. Yeah, right.
Scottsdale is a big, thriving, complicated city. It does not have a district system. That means it’s pretty much up to everybody to work on everything. Big-time development projects. Contracts for major events. Pensions. Law enforcement. Budgets. Our heads hurt just writing this. Imagine if we had to govern it.
We left off an important job description: constituent service. Nowhere is this more important than at the local level, the government closest to the people. Potholes. Speed bumps. Barking dogs. Garbage service. Code enforcement. Litter. Landscaping. Do the requests of and constituent complaints to municipal officials ever end?Read more
We’d been hearing good things about new Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell. Like her moxy and focus on the destination, not the journey. This stands in marked contrast to the recently departed David Peterson who etiolated the district. And when this became apparent even to him Peterson bailed on his fellow bureaucrats, actually blaming two women on the School Board desirous of more accountability. Remember when George H.W. Bush was famously called a wimp? Peterson took it to a whole new level. And to where did Peterson flee? A large construction contractor who contracted during his tenure to build millions of dollars worth of schools.
So, in many ways, Birdwell and the district have nowhere to go but up. And based on her recent comments in this Scottsdale Independent article about a proposed Basis charter school that has stirred up debate at 128th & Shea, north is exactly the direction Birdwell appears headed.
Birdwell didn’t just forcefully dispel some beliefs Scottsdale Unified was stoking opposition to a flagship campus for the top ranked charter school in the country, she destroyed them. Indeed, she basically said “bring it on.” We have always believed Scottsdale’s K-12 public schools offer the “ultimate choice.” Now it finally appears to have a leader to take that message forward.
More importantly, she showed character. That’s more than we can say in this instance for two of Scottsdale’s typically stout councilmembers: David Smith and Guy Phillips.
We recall (because they apparently don’t) that when sworn into office they committed to upholding the law. Not the ones they agree with, all the laws. We are particularly troubled by Tea Party Constitutionalist Phillips. He surely supports a strict constitutionalist to replace Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet, when it comes to honoring an unambiguous state law allowing this charter school to locate at this location Phillips goes all Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Read more
In this Age of Trump let’s dispense with editorial etiquette.
We’re talking about the grumblings over Scottsdale Fashion Square’s redevelopment plans.
The beloved mall is facing an onslaught from online shopping. Barney’s is departing in a couple of months. Drive by 68th and Camelback and the Dillard’s parking lot. It looks like a ghost town. Restaurants are coming and going.
Critics of the retail behemoth act like it’s the age of Ricky Ricardo not Amazon and Apple.
If mall owners need more height and hotels to bolster the future give it to them. Fashion Square isn’t the little engine that could. It’s the locomotive for local sales tax dollars that funds the essence of Scottsdale’s quality of life. And it’s more important than ever. The Chapman Automotive Group is the latest group of car dealerships leaving McDowell Road. That will leave a city sales tax hole of millions annually.
Where will it be made up? By whom? The rosary beads of the nattering nabobs of nimwittedness?Read more
The momentum in downtowns Tempe and Phoenix is undeniable. It represents good news for every Valley resident. But let’s be honest. What’s taking place in those two city centers is a little like watching Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa awhile back, not Willie Mays.
In Tempe, local taxpayers have forked over huge sums to create Town Lake. After a slow start they are starting to see a return on investment with stunning new projects on its shores.
In Phoenix, one could lose count of the citizen’s largesse between Chase Field, Talking Stick Arena, the Phoenix Convention Center, light rail and Arizona State University’s downtown campus. It might be a bit Denmark but a relentless (and generous) commitment to the city core has resulted in a recent tipping point. One of the best exemplars of that recently was Barron Properties, it of the Greenhaus demolition on Roosevelt Row. When asked if they would accept millions in city subsidies to alter its behavior it said it didn’t want or need such public assistance. A developer not accepting a hand out? “Copper Square” has arrived.
That brings us to Scottsdale.
Sure, some public money has been used to create a “Waterfront.” But the bones were largely in place thanks to Salt River Project. Its commitment to arts facilities is significant, but not altogether different than Tempe or Phoenix.
What makes Scottsdale’s success distinct is the stunning, accomplishing vision from the private sector. It’s led by nightclub impresario turned developer extraordinaire Shawn Yari.Read more
Phoenix, AZ – After hearing of Senator Driggs’ decision to not pursue a fourth term in the Arizona Senate, Kate Brophy McGee announced her intention to run for the newly vacated seat with the following statement:
“Senator Driggs and his family have had a long and distinguished career in public service for our great state. Senator Driggs has served his constituents in LD28 loyally and tirelessly. He has always served in the Legislature with integrity, nobility, and dignity. I’m proud of Senator Driggs’ accomplishments. In that legacy of strong, principled leadership, I am announcing my candidacy for the LD28 Senate. I am deeply grateful for Senator Driggs’ endorsement to kick off my campaign.
This is an important race for Arizona. I am ready, enthusiastic and prepared, and fully committed to winning this campaign and continuing my dedicated service to this state and my district. The campaign will focus on the issues that matter to Arizonans, and seek to build on the recent progress we have made in the economy, education, and providing for our most vulnerable citizens. We need a Senator who is able to work with the Republican majority and the Governor to advance sound public policy.”Read more
Polling shows that Trump and Clinton hold national-primary leads in a volatile and upset electorate.
By John McLaughlin & Jim McLaughlin - January 21, 2016
The latest results from our national survey of 1,007 likely voters conducted between Thursday, January 14, and Monday, January 18, shows that the voters are very upset and quite unhappy, and they want change. At the top of their respective primaries remain Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The poll included 457 voters - 383 Democrats and 74 Independents - who would vote in the Democratic primary. It also included 421 voters - 322 Republicans and 98 Independents - who would vote in the Republican primary.
Among Republican primary voters, Trump led with 36 percent followed by Cruz 17 percent, Rubio 11 percent, Carson 9 percent, Bush 6 percent, Paul 5 percent, Christie 4 percent, Kasich 3 percent, Fiorina 2 percent, Huckabee 2 percent, Santorum 1 percent, and 6 percent undecided.
However, virtually all these primary voters had a second choice. Among the total, their second choice was Cruz 22 percent, Rubio 14 percent, Bush 11 percent, Trump 10 percent, Carson 10 percent, Fiorina 6 percent, Christie 6 percent, Huckabee 6 percent, Paul 5 percent, Kasich 2 percent, and Santorum 1 percent. It was clear that Ted Cruz has the most upside potential, followed by Marco Rubio, while only one in ten who currently aren't voting for Trump see him as a second choice.
The great caveat will be that there is no national primary day. Instead as each state votes, the results could influence the next state primary and the national vote, as candidates gain or lose momentum.Read more
By Democrats For Education Reform
It’s no secret that Arizona’s public schools are hurting for state support. Over the past eight years, our schools have suffered some of the deepest cuts of any school systems in the nation. It is with this in mind that Democrats for Education Reform supports Proposition 123, which will be on the May special election ballot.
While we are fully supporting Proposition 123, Democrats for Education Reform wants to be very clear about one thing: Proposition 123 is not the solution to Arizona’s school funding woes, it is only the beginning. We agree with the Senate and House Democrats, as well as educational advocates across the state, in that Arizona needs to have a much larger conversation about both adequately funding and improving our public schools.Read more
by State Senator Katie Hobbs
Last Monday, as the legislative session began, the Arizona Legislative Democrats unveiled our priorities for the state. We have a clear vision for improving our state by making strategic investments to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and improve our schools.
First and foremost, we know that restoring the voter-mandated inflation funding with the lawsuit settlement in Prop 123 (to be voted on in a special election in May) is just the start when it comes to re-investing in K12 education. We have to keep good teachers from leaving Arizona, and we propose mentoring and retention incentives for our best teachers. We also need to restore building renewal funds and bring our classrooms up to date with materials and technology.
We must also re-invest in our higher education system for Arizona to remain competitive in the 21st century. We have the ability to restore at least half of the $99 million in cuts to the state universities that were made in year’s budget.Read more
Virginia Korte, life-long Valley resident and career-long advocate for a better Scottsdale, announced today that she will seek another term on the Scottsdale City Council.
“I am proud of what we accomplished during my first term on City Council, but there is so much more that must get done for our community” the veteran leader said.
“Over the past four years, Scottsdale has made significant strides in ensuring that our roads are safe and the necessities that allow our city to be great are nurtured and protected,” Korte says. “At the council’s insistence, city staff reduced staffing levels by 13 percent, or 377 employees, eliminated unnecessary services, consolidated work spaces, and sold unneeded buildings.”
Korte said her goals during a second term are to sustain the qualities that make Scottsdale a great place to do business and create jobs, while ensuring that all residents have an opportunity to benefit from those amenities and participate in creating a great city. Korte also knows education is a critical tool for economic development and to enhance Scottsdale’s future. Korte chaired the 2014 successful “Yes to Children” campaign to renew Scottsdale Unified School District’s budget override and remains an advocate for Scottsdale’s schools.
Korte hails from a family that is tightly woven into the fabric of a city that ranks among the best places to live in the world.Read more
In Arizona having noteworthy names has often led to electoral success. Democrat Paul Newman was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission, even though he came from a small town in southern Arizona.
Then there was Sandra Kennedy, an African-American and former state legislator who put shamrocks on her campaign signs to suggest she was part of the famous family back east. She won too.
And don’t forget Bob Stump who purportedly altered his name to that of a revered Arizona congressman. It worked. Stump was elected to the legislature and then the Arizona Corporation Commission.
So that brings us to Dan Schweiker, an executive with China Mist Tea Company. He’s running for the Scottsdale City Council. And who is the popular U.S. Congressman for the Scottsdale area? David Schweikert.
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