The Conservative's Corner
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
*Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is showing a lot of resilience as he tries to become the Republican nominee in Arizona’s First Congressional District. That’s according to a new poll out this week albeit by his own pollster. In boxing terms we’re going to find out what kind of chin Babeu has when the pointed attacks about his private life get leveled this year. But what’s underappreciated is what kind of outside help Babeu may get in return from socially liberal Republicans looking to install the first openly gay Republican in Congress.
*Speaking of Congress, former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley announced a run for seat of retiring Congressman Matt Salmon. If Stapley won he might have the distinction of having the best (or worst) toupee in DC.
*Bob Littlefield is a bad bet for Mayor of Scottsdale. Guy Phillips is a better bet for City Council. Guy would be wise to be his own guy and not side-saddle with Littlefield whose collapse during his 2014 race for the Arizona House of Representatives is now part of local legend.
*Tom Simplot is amassing a formidable armada for his expected run for Phoenix Mayor in 2019.Read more
Through three terms and twelve years on the Scottsdale City Council there stood Kathy Littlefield, next to her office holding husband Bob. Never one to interrupt, never one to take the limelight from him.
But as Bob realized term limits were approaching in 2014 he decided he couldn’t live without a political title. He ran for the Arizona House of Representatives. At the same time Kathy decided to enter the Scottsdale City Council race. The thinking went she would replace him and he would gain import anew at the State Capitol. Power couple!
But something strange happened along the way. Bob got trounced in the Republican primary because he’s not much of a Republican. And Kathy won a council seat by just dozens of votes.Read more
In making our point here we certainly don’t mean to imply the Scottsdale City Council to be the Seven Dwarfs. Indeed, many of them stand tall to make the city the envy of the country. Many of them would be standouts on any city council.
But when Bob Littlefield served on the same City Council until being defeated several years ago as a Republican candidate for the State House of Representatives there’s no doubt he was Grumpy. And that was OK. Scottsdale is best served when there is a variety of opinion on the dais.
Now he wants to be Mayor. But when it comes to being such can anyone really picture Bob Littlefield espousing at a State of the City? Negotiating with a new company to land within our midst? Watching Milli Vanilli at the Milan Opera House might be more likely.
Bob’s not just Grumpy. He can be downright mean. Like the time he bludgeoned local pastor Andre Wadsworth during council remarks.
It’s not that a Scottsdale Mayor shouldn’t have a temper. Sometime one is needed to light a fire under bureaucrats or play hardball in negotiations. But Littlefield is just so foreign to the happy warriors that have occupied the office.
Whether one agreed or disagreed with Herb Drinkwater, Mary Manross, Sam Campana or Jim Lane just to name the more recent ones they served with a smile and a sobriety, unlike Littlefield who would do so with scorn and more lubriciousness.Read more
Over two decades ago you couldn’t escape local news about Maricopa County government. When it wasn’t teetering on the edge of bankruptcy it was in the crosshairs of a fierce debate over a proposed sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium for Jerry Colangelo. Bob Mohan was making a big name for himself skewering pro-stadium politicos on KFYI and Supervisor Wilcox even got shot in the butt by a troubled taxpayer.
Is history repeating itself? The county is certainly back in the news in a big way.
First, was the Presidential Primary Election voting fiasco. Then there was the brush back pitch from the Diamondbacks about funding a new stadium, or paying sufficiently to refurbish this one.
Tomorrow however they get an easier one. As outlined today on the editorial pages of the Arizona Republic (here is a link) one of the more benevolent uses within its jurisdiction is the Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center just east of Scottsdale. There a wonderful woman has cared for animals that can’t care for themselves, just as she has for 22 years. And there a neighbor who moved in just several years ago is trying to shut them down. His name is David Seth Gortler and he’s proving himself to be the clown prince of NIMBYs.
Fortunately, Gortler is a party of one. A worldwide petition will be presented to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Wednesday with over 185,000 signatures, and climbing. The petition encourages its 5 members to grant the approvals that will remove the hardships and uncertainty caused by Gortler’s litigation and hypocrisy.
At a time when Maricopa County is facing fierce criticism there is no better opportunity to earn back some kudos, and justifiably so, than standing up for one of the finest causes in the Valley today.Read more
We don’t bemoan any working boy in the public affairs world. But when an outlet proves to be as open to conversion as the Sonoran Alliance has of late on energy policy it is a bit conspicuous, if not obviously a case of promiscuous politics.
You see, it was once upon a time that Sonoran Alliance talked of “crony capitalism” not as a critique of solar companies but that Arizona utilities were abusing their monopoly status to squelch competition from these emerging tech companies. The blog wrote about utilities then, much as its contributors do about Uber, or as Ted Cruz might describe the nation’s capital: a cartel in need of some challenge. After all, solar companies don’t enjoy nearly the subsidies utilities do, most especially the biggest subsidy of all: monopoly status. We could opine further but there’s really no need as there is really only one dynamic in this debate to highlight the blog’s hypocrisy: money. Taxi drivers and utilities occupy the same intellectual property yet one has sufficient money to interrupt traditional behavior, and one does not.
So when the Sonoran Alliance starts paying attention to Arizona Corporation Commission hearings in Lake Havasu City and criticizing ratepayers there revolting against the Canadian utility monopoly’s plans to lighten everyone’s wallets (Here is a link) we thinks it’s not too hard to imagine what’s going on.
To further enforce our point it would be easy to make reference to a movie, say something like Pretty Woman. But that would be too easy, like Julia Roberts’ character was. After all, she ended up being likable and informative, like Sonoran Alliance has been until late. In fact, Vivian Ward was particularly insightful about Philip Stuckey. Readers will recall him as Richard Gere’s sidekick who was overbearing, ruthless and obnoxious. Come to think of it that sounds a lot like Arizona’s utilities today. Just as they found a way to fend off Arizona Republicans once upon a time like Brenda Burns, Bob Burns and even Gary Pierce who wanted to introduce more choice into Arizona electricity markets, they are now attempting a 1-2 punch with “demand charges” and solar tariffs to again knock out any semblance of competition.Read more
There are few nicer people in Scottsdale than Kathy Littlefield. Or as irascible as Bob Littlefield. Scottsdale should not be their guinea pig and allow Bob to serve as Mayor (he’s a longshot candidate) while Kathy serves as a Councilwoman. The plethora of open meeting law violation possibilities and other legal problems would likely be long while civic tempers grow short at the weirdness their ways would mean for the city. But that doesn’t mean their collective efforts in other areas can’t be applauded.
Take what they did for the struggling residents of the Wheel Inn Ranch Trailer park. As reported by the Scottsdale Independent the couple along with Councilman Guy Phillips and others stepped up for some people who needed it most.Read more
Old people like to drink too. That was manifested in Scottsdale for many years at a place called Chances Are. There it sat on Miller Road, just south of Camelback and across from a lot of residences. It became to septuagenarians in the area what Studio 54 once was to the Big Apple.
Back then we didn’t hear many complaints about bars in that part of town. Maybe that’s why city leaders wisely called for siting more bars and clubs in an “Entertainment District” east of Scottsdale Road, not too far from Chances Are. Such would leave downtown neighborhoods to the west of Scottsdale Road more for dining establishments. The locale of places like Jetz, Stix, Planet Earth, The Works and Anderson’s Fifth Estate would be no more. It seemed to be wise planning. And everyone signed on.
Then something impressive happened. Small business people started creating compelling places for younger people like Axis, Radius, El Hefe, Maya, W Hotel, Martini Ranch, Maloney’s, DJs and many others just where the city wanted them. Scottsdale’s Entertainment District started resembling the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. The planning worked. Too well for some as it turned out.
Soon the calls to revoke permits and deny more small businesses in the area occurred. It’s as if they were Soviets, not Smith as in Adam. We don’t want to be sleepy or sensational so let’s just be injudicious.Read more
We have opined before that one of Scottsdale’s great strengths over the years has been an enduring, mature governing majority. While Scottsdale’s political schizophrenia often yields a Littlefield or Zraket it doesn’t usually flush sanity or common sense when decisions come to the dais.
This can be difficult when neighborhood unrest is significant. But it’s in those times having a council consisting of accomplished individuals makes all the difference. Scottsdale isn’t Glendale. They know having succeeded in business and life what it takes to move an organization forward. And despite political turbulence from time to time keeping the ship steady and prosperous is more important to the community’s quality of life than being a lurch for a loud, micro-minority.
The upcoming decision on Rancho Paraiso is a case in point. West of Scottsdale Road and along Cactus a new ranch is being proposed on six acres. Keep in mind this is an area of horse properties. Keep in mind it would hardly be Scottsdale’s largest ranch. Keep in mind the neighbors closest to the site including Arizona Diamondbacks’ legend Luis Gonzales support Rancho Paraiso. At a time of Scottsdale recently losing Greasewood Flat, Pinnacle Peak Patio and other “western” elements the case on its surface has all the making of an easy, unanimous council vote. Indeed, it SHOULD be a unanimous vote.
Yet, a separate contingent of neighbors despite living amongst horses don’t want more of them. The whole thing is odd.
But in the governing tradition mentioned above Scottsdale City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven has been attempting to mediate a compromise. She’s tough, she’s independent and she has a particular view of what drives Scottsdale forward. Voters must like her approach. She was rewarded as the top vote getter in the 2014 city council elections despite being targeted with negative advertisements.
Backers of the ranch proposal are well known Phoenicians. And when it comes to superb equestrian facilities this isn’t their first rodeo. They can be seen at the couple’s Promontory community in Park City.
At the suggestion of a neighbor who used to be an opponent but who is now a supporter the applicant has significantly reduced the number of horse stalls for the ranch to 48 with an additional requirement that it only be allowed to gain that number if it is fulfilling all promises, and is in compliance after one year. Until then the number of stalls is 38. Sounds pretty reasonable since there are much larger ranches east of the 101 on the Cactus Corridor. New stipulations have also been agreed to at the request of other neighbors.
But in a middle finger flip to Milhaven and the spirit of compromise some neighbors have responded with requests that look something like it was proffered by the Castros in Cuba not common sense near Cactus.Read more
What the Thunderbirds are to the Waste Management Phoenix Open the Charros are to Scottsdale spring training.
They put on great events and raise ridiculous sums of money for local charities. They are civic service at their best.
That’s why we were pleased to read this story recently in the Scottsdale Independent about Dennis Robbins becoming the new executive director of the Charros.
If there were ever a person to match the organization’s benevolence it would be the former Scottsdale City Councilman. Look up “good guy” and there you will find Robbins’ picture. Scottsdale may have lost a councilman when he was surprisingly defeated in the 2014 elections but it just gained a lot more.
In fact, we can’t think of a better fit, unless it’s baseball and beer, something Robbins will help oversee now at Scottsdale Stadium every March.
As we have written about before there is much to be excited about if you’re living in or focused on south Scottsdale. From exciting new redevelopments at 64th Street and McDowell to the success of Sky Song and even a relatively new microbrewery the marketplace is abuzz about this revitalizing area. The location is superb, proximate to recreational and transportation amenities. The housing stock, both old and new, is diverse. Indeed, the new residential options coming into the area from cool apartments to new single family at the old Paddock Pools site on Thomas Road will bring the additional customers that have been needed for years for new stores and restaurants.
Yet, southern Scottsdale residents have felt a bit disenfranchised over the past two decades because rarely does one of their own sit on the council dais. Oh, there was Kevin Osterman who did win one election before losing another some 12 years ago. And some will remember Robert Pettycrew defying the odds in 1994.
That’s two people in 22 years. This year all members of the Scottsdale City Council live Shea or northwards. That doesn’t mean the southern city doesn’t get due attention. It clearly does as described above. But why not discuss and debate how city representation can get even better?
Well, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane did just that today with an announcement that he wants to reform city governance with a new, dedicated south Scottsdale council district. And have one for the distinct personalities of the central and northern part of the cities too.
He’s calling it a “hybrid” district system that would leave the Mayor and the three remaining members of council to be elected at large. Here is a Scottsdale Independent article on Lane’s plan.Read more
We believe Arizona voters should pass Governor Ducey’s landmark Proposition 123 on May 17th to settle lawsuits over the state’s K-12 public education system. It’s a $3.5 billion injection of new money without raising taxes. The new revenues come from future sales of state land.
The measure is an impressive, bi-partisan compromise.
Yet, some who have jumped on board, primarily from the left, want to hold it hostage as they ratchet up the rhetoric against an effort in the Arizona State Legislature to expand school choice.
Pass expanded student options they say and we may – or will – abandon support for Proposition 123 their threats go.Read more
Arizona State University is coming to downtown Mesa, after it already helped revitalize downtown Phoenix.
A big new regional park is coming to Gilbert, following the resurgence of its downtown.
The expansion and enhancement of Margaret Hance Park in Phoenix is impressive.
It begs the question does Scottsdale still need big ideas of its own to move the community forward? There’s a good argument it does not for it already boasts the likes of a massive preserve, recreational wash, renowned special events, the state’s best shopping mecca and a dynamic downtown.
But there are other smart opinions that no community can rest on its laurels because as Ricky Bobby might observe, if you’re not first you’re last.
A coterie of tourism leaders often point to the Desert Discovery Center as one such idea for Scottsdale. We view it more as innate inertia. Just because an idea has been around awhile doesn’t make it good, or novel. We have a Desert Botanical Garden. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve and its trailheads are already amazing. Do we really need people and buildings to preach what nature and wildlife already make obvious? After all, people don’t go to the Grand Canyon for the Hopi House.
To spark a discussion on what could or should be the next big thing in Scottsdale next we proffer several ideas:
*Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, is already one of the great tourist attractions in Scottsdale and indeed, the state. It is currently pursuing designation as a World Heritage Site from the United Nations. Look up the list. To be included with such giants as the Taj Mahal and Pyramids would mean instant additional prestige for the city, as well as significant economic impact. The city should be doing everything it can to assist the process.Read more
By Bill Gates
Dear Friends and Supporters:
Yesterday, I announced my intention to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy left by retiring County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. During his time on the Board, Andy has been a great public servant, role model, and friend. Please join me in thanking him for his selfless public service to our district and our community.
I am excited about the opportunity to continue serving the great residents of District 3 and I hope you will support me as I run for County Supervisor for District 3. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more information on my campaign. In the meantime, please see my press announcement from yesterday below. Additionally, please visit my website at www.billgatesaz.com to donate to my campaign.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Bill GatesRead more
Tom Chabin, Bill Mundell to Hold Kick-Off Press Conference
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11am
Phoenix (Feb. 23, 2016) – Two widely respected, longstanding Arizona public servants, Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, will kick off their race for seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission and begin their battles to restore integrity and conflict-free governance to the public body.
Media is encouraged to attend the press and public event Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Grant Park, 701 S. Third Avenue in Phoenix.
“Arizona deserves better. As a former chair of the Commission, I know how important it is to have commissioners who are not beholden to the very utilities they’re elected to regulate,” said Mundell. “We will not take money from lobbyists, PACs or other special interests - that’s why we are running as Clean Elections candidates.”
“The words integrity and service are often overused in today’s political arena,” said Chabin. “But when it comes to the commission that ensures fairly priced electricity, clean water and safe access to natural gas, those words haven’t been considered often enough.”
The public servants are frustrated with the influence of dark money and special interests on the commission.
“We thought we had retired from politics,” added Chabin. “But we just can’t sit and watch what is happening at the Commission and not do something. It’s an outrage that through the use of 'dark money’ one utility can literally buy its regulators. We are not for sale. Someone has to speak up for consumers.”
Chabin and Mundell have served the residents of Arizona for decades in a variety of roles, positions and appointments. Below are their brief biographies, and additional information is available at www.TomChabinforCorporationCommission.com and www.BillMundellforCorporationCommission.com.
Media contact: Stacy Pearson at 602-577-6888 or email@example.com.Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – Following Marco Rubio’s strong comeback in South Carolina, Conservative Solutions PAC, the Super PAC supporting Rubio’s presidential campaign, today released a new ad highlighting what is at stake in the 2016 presidential campaign, and why Marco Rubio is the conservative choice voters can count on. The ad will air in Super Tuesday states.
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by Virginia Korte
I am running for re-election to the City Council because I respect our city’s past and all those who helped make Scottsdale so great – and, most importantly, I want to make sure we stay focused on our future.
Truthfully, some people think they can turn back the clock to what our city once was while ignoring what it can be.
Those people want to stop us from continuing to attract visitors who contribute to the city’s revenue and help keep our taxes down. They have also stopped us from investing in maintaining some of our most critical infrastructure, which ends up putting citizen services in jeopardy.
I am grateful that voters approved two bond questions last November to build new fire stations and replace 140 miles of deteriorating pavement on our streets. However, when the other four bond questions were rejected, it left our city with about $67 million in unfunded priority projects.Read more
By Ken Bennett
The Arizona Republic recently covered David Schweikert's bill which would build a 700 mile long fence on the Arizona/Mexico border. Representative Schweikert's bill hits Washington bureaucrats where it hurts - in their wallet.
Schweikert's bill will withhold funding from Department of Homeland Security's brand new headquarters building and suspend any senior employee pay increases and bonuses until the fence is complete. I commend David's courage and I stand with him in support of this effort. It's time we get serious about addressing illegal immigration and actually doing something about it.Read more
Queen Creek, AZ - Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley and Retired Fire Chief Van Summers to chair campaign.
Jeff Brown said "I’ve been so humbled and honored by the outpouring of support that I have received! As this campaign kicks off I am excited and looking forward to building on existing relationships, collaborating with new friends and neighbors and continuing the conversation that includes all the residents and business owners of Queen Creek. Our campaign is truly a collaborative effort… working towards implementing the collective vision of all stakeholders of the Town of Queen Creek.”Read more
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