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The Arizona Republic recently announced it was abandoning local editorials and opinion pages. What a shame.

In years past the Republic, Phoenix Gazette and Scottsdale Progress joined the likes of the Glendale Star, West Valley View and many others to provide robust commentary on matters of local import.

The Arizona Progress & Gazette has been launched with names from the past to lead in the future. With energetic commentary and great debate.

A healthy Arizona Republic is a community imperative, no matter its opinion. From investigative journalism to a forum for ferocious disagreement it is an undeniable public benefit.

Yet, its leftward editorial tilt in recent years combined with its abandonment of community opinion provides an opportunity. From the center-right.

You will see our commentaries featured

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In 2014 three seats on the Scottsdale City Council will be up for grabs, those of incumbents Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven and that of the loquacious voice of yesteryear, Bob Littlefield.

Littlefield is term-limited, and considering a run for the Arizona State Legislature.

We can dispense with the need for interviews and candidate debates when it comes to endorsements for two of these seats. Now. About a year before these elections take place.

Why?

Because Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven are Scottsdale.

Robbins is a small businessman, family man and lawyer. He was a good addition to help lead the city out of recession three years ago and he will be the right person to help Scottsdale advantage its recovery.

Robbins’ experience is also invaluable. He

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The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, celebrates a great night for candidates who support educational choice. Ten out of the 11 candidates the American Federation for children supported won their primaries, with the 11th race still too close to call. Three of the most important races include Sen. Carlyle Begay, D-Ganado, and Reps. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills and Steve Smith, R-Maricopa who all prevailed in their primary races. The results mark a continued track record by the American Federation for Children (AFC) to serve as the voice for parents who want more elected officials who support providing educational choice options for Arizona children.

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From Hugh Hallman campaign

NOTE: After receiving the letter referenced in this release, the DeWit campaign pulled the video and posts with the accusations against our campaign from their web site and YouTube site. However, DeWit has yet to retract his false statements.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hallman Campaign Demands DeWit Retract Accusations About Signs, Remove Doctored Video From Internet; Possible Litigation For Defamation/Libel

PHOENIX, Arizona (August 22, 2014) —Republican State Treasurer Candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign today sent a letter to candidate Jeff DeWit demanding he retract false, defamatory and libelous accusations about Hallman concerning campaign road signs.

The letter demanded that DeWit also remove a doctored video from the internet purporting to show Hallman putting up a road sign in front of one of DeWit’s signs, when Hallman was actually taking down a sign instead in response to an “anonymous” complaint — a clear “gotcha” technique designed to defame Hallman and his campaign for State Treasurer.hallman pic

The text of the letter sent by Hallman’s attorney to DeWit’s attorney is as follows:

Recently Jeff DeWit posted on his website a statement accusing Hugh Hallman personally of committing a crime, which not only is false, it constitutes defamation and libel per se. Further, Mr. DeWit later posted a video that concludes in an attempt to show Mr. Hallman erecting one of his campaign’s signs to block one of Mr. DeWit’s campaign signs. That “conclusion” is false.

As has now been reported, Mr. Hallman’s campaign received an anonymous phone call complaining about one of Mr. Hallman’s signs blocking the sign of “another” Treasurer candidate. Mr. Hallman heard the message in the presence of three campaign volunteers who will testify to these facts. Mr. Hallman concluded that the continuous interference with his campaign signs had become significant enough that he would investigate this instance personally. He was joined by one of the campaign volunteers.

When Mr. Hallman and the volunteer arrived at the noted location, they examined the situation, took pictures of the signs and then proceeded to remove Mr. Hallman’s campaign sign to eliminate any issue and despite that it appeared to Mr. Hallman that his sign clearly had been manipulated by a third party.

It should not have come as a surprise that one or more individuals associated with Mr. DeWit’s campaign were discretely “present” to video tape and photograph Mr. Hallman and the volunteer when they arrived at the location to address the anonymous complaint. It also is no surprise given prior misstatements by Mr. DeWit about Mr. Hallman that Mr. DeWit’s campaign has created and released a video that has been manipulated to make it appear that Mr. Hallman was erecting rather than removing the sign in question.

There appears to be significant effort exerted by Mr. DeWit’s campaign to capture and then doctor the video and photographs created by the DeWit campaign. That the manipulated video created a false impression and conclusion is demonstrated by, among other things, the “tease” aired by Channel 3 news on August 21 at 6:00 p.m. The effort and coordination that clearly took place by Mr. DeWit’s campaign to create this false impression demonstrates that it was done knowingly and with malice. This, too, amounts to libel and, given the number of parties likely involved, it amounts to conspiracy to commit defamation and/or aiding and abetting defamation.

Accordingly, please immediately cause Mr. DeWit to retract his statement, remove the video from the web, and issue an apology for making the false statements claiming Mr. Hallman personally has engaged in criminal activity.

Furthermore, please consider this a demand that any and all documents and communications of any kind among Mr. DeWit, members of his campaign and any third party be preserved in anticipation of litigation on this matter. You have an obligation to see to it that any and all evidence regarding this matter, as well as any and all evidence reasonably calculated to lead to evidence in this matter, be preserved. Such items include, but are not limited to, emails, texts, phone call logs, voice mail messages and any other document or communication, whether in paper or electronic format.

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TEMPE, AZ – U.S. Congressional candidate Andrew Walter today announced the endorsement of Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith. Susan has served her community as a Scottsdale City Council member and Vice Mayor, is a past president of the ASU Alumni Association, and ran for Congress in Arizona's Fifth District.andrew walter

Susan Bitter Smith has a great deal of experience in the private sector and serving as an elected official. Regarding Andrew's campaign for Congress, she said:

"Just as he led ASU Sun Devil Football teams, Andrew Walter is ready to lead on important issues to Arizonans. His business experience in the private sector makes him uniquely qualified to advocate for less government regulation into private business as well as to be a champion for tax reform. I am proud to endorse Andrew Walter in the Republican primary for Arizona's 9th Congressional district."

Andrew Walter stated “I am grateful for Susan Bitter Smith's endorsement and it's an honor to have her support. She has an exceptional record as a leader in both the public and private sector. Her level of involvement in the community and our state is unrivaled and I sincerely respect her commitment to hard working Arizonans.”

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By Doug Ducey

Today, I am proud and honored to announce the endorsement of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

Governor Martinez has been an outspoken advocate of border security and has taken measures regarding illegal immigration to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of New Mexico.
Governor Martinez said of my campaign:
"As a border governor and a former prosecutor on the border, I know firsthand the challenges caused by illegal immigration and the impact of misguided policies. I know Doug Ducey is a strong leader who will get results for Arizonans. Doug will be a strong ally to fellow border governors who know that Washington, D.C. has failed us and our citizens on the issue of border security. And he’ll be a conservative the people of Arizona can count on. That is why I am very proud to support Doug Ducey for governor of Arizona."

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Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Arizona State Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs. Senator Driggs remarked:

“As a State Senator, I see on a daily basis the need for a strong Arizona Attorney General that stands for Arizona values. I served together with Mark Brnovich as a felony prosecutor in Arizona and I know he is a man of integrity who stands up for the rule of law. Mark is a proven conservative and skilled prosecutor. I proudly support Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.”

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