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By: Matt Salmon
Arizona Republic
August 7, 2016

It wasn't a hard decision to leave Congress. I missed my wife, my children and my grandchildren. No matter how hard I was able to fight for the futures of my loved ones in Washington, D.C., every time I came home I was reminded of how much I was leaving behind – and how much of their precious lives I was missing.

While I had to come home, I also knew I had to find a worthy replacement, one who would fight as hard as I had for my grandchildren's futures, and for the futures of all Arizona's children and grandchildren.

So, I made my one and only phone call – to Andy Biggs, the current president of the Arizona Senate. Andy is a man who has a strong record of standing for a smaller, transparent and more accountable government. Most importantly, I knew Andy recognized the importance of our constitutional government and the fight that would be necessary to save it.

Biggs needed a lot of convincing

As I suspected, Andy needed a lot of convincing to leave Arizona, brave the weekly round-trip flights to Washington, D.C., and fight the battles that few others in Washington, D.C. are willing or able to wage against the establishment and a liberal ideology that seeks to infiltrate and tear apart every remaining fabric that was instituted by our founding fathers. Andy has never wanted to go to Congress, and true to my deepest intuitions, he did not want to run.

But like the fights I waged in the U.S. House of Representatives, the battle to convince Andy Biggs to run for my seat in Congress was well worth the time and energy I spent to persuade him to enter the fray. After much prayer and conversation with his family, Andy Biggs decided to make a sacrifice and to run to represent the voters of Arizona's 5th Congressional District. And now that he is in, he is in it to win it.

Why do I have such supreme faith and confidence in Andy Biggs to replace me in Congress?

But he's a fighter, and that's what we need

For one, Andy Biggs is a fighter. He never backs down from any conflict that runs afoul of his values and principles. No matter how high the stakes nor how consequential the political retribution, Andy Biggs stands up for what he knows to be right and true.

Most people who run for Congress say they will fight for this, fight for that. However, when faced with the perks and glories of falling in line with the ruling establishment class, fighting is the last action that most of members of Congress actually want to do.

Mailers and television ads often sell voters a false impression of a wannabe fighter. It's important, though, to look at one's record and compare his or her votes and actions with the rhetoric on the campaign trail. No matter how you look at it, Andy Biggs' record matches his qualification to be a fighter for you and me in Washington, D.C.

Second, Andy Biggs is a strict constitutionalist, someone who believes in limited government, family values, increased border security, and a strong national defense. You'll never have to wonder how Andy Biggs will vote in the U.S. House of Representatives just as you knew where I always stood on the issues. In a country filled with fickle politicians, this knowledge brings tremendous peace and comfort to voters.

As we count down the days to the primary election, the mailboxes and airwaves will be full of political spin and attacks. It's important, though, to cut through the clutter and to determine who you can trust to represent you against the forces aligned against us in Washington, D.C. I trust Andy Biggs.

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Statement by Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who opposed tax increase, says small businesses and seniors will be hit the hardest. The vote was the closest vote in city history and shows fiscal irresponsibility of the tax increase.

"This was nothing more than a money grab by Phoenix Politicians who refuse to practice basic fiscal responsibility and accountability."

Phoenix has the highest revenue in history and a $60 million budget surplus.

"Small businesses and seniors on fixed incomes will be hurt the most by this new tax."

Arizona Tax Research Association published a report opposing this tax and estimated the cost to the small business owners may jump approximately $630 more per year.

My best to you and your family,

Sal DiCiccio, Councilman

Phoenix District 6

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By Sal DiCiccio

Why are you paying huge water bills and ever increasing taxes? Government waste.

 

This week alone Phoenix politicians voted again to give away your money:

  • $10 million contract given to a private company just to let people know about recycling
  • $1.5 million payout to Union Bosses as part of a backroom deal hidden from the public

The politicians who voted for this government waste: Mayor Stanton, council members Debra Stark (District 3), Kate Gallego (District 8), Daniel Valenzuela (District 5), Thelda Williams (District 1) and Laura Pastor (District 4). They have already started claiming to have a shortage of funds and will be voting on the 26% tax increase on July 1.

 

Those who voted to protect you and your money were: Councilmen Jim Waring (District 2), Michael Nowakowski (District 7) and I (District 6) by voting against that government waste.

 

As you can see by the way they blew through your hard earned tax dollars this week, they don’t really believe there is a shortage of money BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ONE. We have a record high surplus of cash. We have enough funds to pay our debt obligations and keep a reserve. This 26% tax is unnecessary and would punish you, the hard working taxpayer, by squeezing your family budget.

 

Oh, by the way, this week the Mayor and Council also voted to spend $300,000 of your money to fund a private downtown special interest group who previously pushed a huge tax increase on small business owners.

 

Remember how you were lied to about the food tax? The politicians are doing it again with the property tax increase.

 

Just like I helped repeal the food tax, I am just as committed to fighting this huge tax increase on you and your family. Your property tax payment doesn’t need to go up 26%.

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By Restore The Constitution Coalition

Breitbart News Reported:

Libertarian icon and former candidate for President of the United States Ron Paul is endorsing Dr. Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate from Arizona in the Republican primary against five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain.

Dr. Paul says in a letter to fellow family practice physician Ward:

As a physician, you have seen first­hand how ObamaCare has reduced our liberties in just a few short years. During your time as state senator, you have fought to reduce the size of government and restore the liberties of Arizonans. We need to elect more people into the U.S. Senate to stand alongside my son, Rand Paul. Because of your dedication to smaller government and restoring more of our personal liberties, I am proud to endorse your campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Paul served several terms as the U.S. Representative from Texas. He served as a doctor in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and with the U.S. Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968 as detailed on biography.com. Ward is a military wife. 

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Dear Arizona Taxpayer,

Leftists and union bosses from California are currently collecting signatures for three bad propositions they want to put on Arizona's November ballot:
-An anti-free speech measure that would put your name and personal information onto a publicly-available government database if you donate to non-profit organizations. It would also give state bureaucrats the power to audit and investigate conservative organizations for the "crime" of supporting the causes and issues we believe in.
-A measure to increase the minimum wage to a job-killing $12 per hour and keep young people and low-skilled workers from climbing onto the bottom rungs of the career ladder, with a special exception for the union bosses (if companies agree to unionize, those companies would be exempt from a job-killing mandatory paid leave scheme).
-A measure to cap the pay of hospital CEOs, which is part of an effort to try to unionize hospital employees (so the same union system that ruined Detroit's economy would now run our hospitals).
Use THIS LINK to take action against these leftist ballot measures and share the petition with your friends and family!
For Liberty & Prosperity,
Tom Jenney
Americans for Prosperity Arizona

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By Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix City Council District 6

Dear friends,

I wanted to pass along five reasons why I support Prop 123, the May 17 special election referendum to help fund Arizona’s public K-12 schools.
1) $3.5 billion – that’s BILLION – for schools without raising taxes!
2) We’re using the state land trust, which exists to support public schools!
3) The state land trust will still grow by more than $1 billion!
4) We’re working to help pay teachers what they deserve!
5) Schools will receive $230 million this fiscal year – and billions more to come!
As you can see, Prop 123, which is supported by Governor Doug Ducey and the state’s business and education communities, is a no-brainer. Please join me in voting “Yes” on Prop 123 on May 17!

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In 2012 Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams was the unquestioned frontrunner to replace Jeff Flake in the United States Congress.  Flake decided to run for the U.S. Senate that year.  Adams had done a very good job as Speaker and had the backing of John McCain, retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, his fundraising apparatus and even Sarah Palin.

But it was not to be.  In most any other election the outcome would have been different.  We doubt Adams much regrets the loss as he has gone on to become the highly-respected Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

So why wasn’t it meant to be?  Because Matt Salmon decided he wanted to return to Congress.  Popular, honorable, recalled fondly, Salmon’s previous tenure in the district proved too much for Adams to overcome. IMG_4155

Fast forward to Paradise Valley, Arizona in 2018.  The well-regarded Mayor, Michael Collins, has decided two terms and his rapid-fire record of achievement is enough.  He announced so earlier this year.

Potential candidates started lining up, something we wrote about previously.  Here is a link. 

And something has happened since.  Former Paradise Valley Mayor Scott Lemarr appears to want to return to public service, as Mayor.  If that’s the case others may want to concoct a campaign against the notion but it might be a little like a salmon swimming upstream.

Paradise Valley enjoyed very good times under Lemarr before.  Why wouldn’t it again?  That will be the challenge for anyone to overcome against someone who grew up in the community and grew to be very well-liked as Mayor.  Lemarr is not a fat man.  But he may very well be accompanied by a Fat Lady as the campaign trail nears.

 

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If Phoenix Rising is capturing the Valley’s attention as its dynamic new minor league soccer team, it’s the notion of Glendale Rising that should be getting major league notoriety.

That’s because it wasn’t too long ago Glendale, Arizona was considered too financially ruinous to succeed.  It was even a municipality that considered bankruptcy.

That was then.  This is now.  Look what an insightful article in the Arizona Republic this week had to say about Glendale’s improved financial condition.  Here is a link.  Quite an accomplishment indeed.  It’s a real testament to the tenacity of Mayor Jerry Weiers, the Glendale City Council and top city staff from City Manager Kevin Phelps on down.

So it makes sense with more public stability comes greater private investment.  Like BMW deciding to set up shop in the city, a business that will contribute mightily to Glendale’s sales tax revenues.  Or Conair’s one million square foot expansion.  Or Pulte, Arizona’s top homebuilder, wanting to invest nearly $400 million for a new master-planned community near Westgate.  According to a city economic impact report that project, known as StoneHaven, will pump $49 million into Glendale’s coffers.  The city certainly appears to be on a roll, except for a voice from the past, that’s gone back to the future.

We have great respect for Glendale Councilwoman Joyce Clark.  She’s different and serves with a sass not often found.  That can be refreshing.  So it’s not disrespectful for us to scratch our heads about Clark’s opposition to StoneHaven.

The community, on farmland long owned by the John F. Long Company, one of Arizona’s great community benefactors, would be a bastion of young families.  The plan includes no apartments.  But it does include a grocery store, something the area has coveted but needs more rooftops to support.  Right now the shopping dollars of area residents often travel across the street or down the road into Phoenix benefitting that city but not Glendale. 

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An interesting story just got more so.

We’ve previously written about the public affairs debacle in Maricopa and the professional pugilists that have come to town to upend a popular plan for a private motorsports club called Apex.  Here is the link. The project gained unanimous Planning Commission and City Council support despite their black arts, underscoring the Keystone Cops approach led by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods.  The smackdown of the “opposition” at the City Council hearing was epic, led by Maricopa Mayor Christian Price’s dismantling of Woods.

Woods, who is likely to have never been to Maricopa in his life, showed up opposing the case but wouldn’t say who was paying him, though it is widely believed to be Attesa, a project in nearby Casa Grande that oddly believes it must “kill” Apex in Maricopa for success.  They must not think very highly of their own business plan.  The owner is an eccentric individual, but that is a topic for another time.

The plot thickens and the stench? More pungent.

Let us say here if any of this isn’t true we welcome Attesa and its lawyers and lobbyists to send us clarification and submit an alternate point of view.

Woods was purportedly hired by Snell & Wilmer, the law firm for Attesa.  Arizona’s largest law firm and previously one with a sterling reputation apparently didn’t like the optics of the too obvious connection so they dished out their dirty work to Woods.  The Snell & Wilmer effort is led by Nick Wood, no relation to Grant Woods.  Wood has also apparently brought in Joe Villasenor, a former City of Phoenix staffer well known in Arizona real estate circles, to assist with the anonymous attacks. 

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It’s where moms and dads teach their kids to play golf and seniors can find an affordable, accommodating place to enjoy the links.  It is the beloved Coronado Golf Course, a jewel in southern Scottsdale.

With its nine holes and driving range traversing the Indian Bend Wash, city property and some 7 acres of private land Coronado is a testament to city governments past who knew how to get the public and private sector working together for the common good.  Scottsdale has managed to lay off major recreational, flood control, landscaping and other costs on the private sector.  Compare this to other municipal courses around the Valley including Tempe’s Rolling Hills just a few miles away.  There, the city has had to pump millions into the property just to keep it going.

But Scottsdale doesn’t have to do that at Coronado.  This doesn’t mean the operation doesn’t have challenges.  There is only so much money in the driving range and affordable golf course business.  It even faced elimination over a decade ago when one of the most controversial city managers in Scottsdale history, Jan Dolan, sought to replace the course with practice fields for the San FranciscIMG_4332o Giants.  Scottsdale elected officials can still hear their ears ringing from the outcry of golfers who successfully rallied against the plan.

Fast forward to the present.  Two neighbors living on the ninth hole with too much time on their hands have asked the city, via a citizen’s petition, to not allow new driving range poles to be erected.  And, they have asked the city to eliminate the golf course and expand El Dorado Park into it.

This is asinine.

Anyone at the City of Scottsdale from Mayor Jim Lane to Virginia Korte to Kathy Littlefield to anyone on staff should have their head examined if they entertain such a notion. IMG_4333

First, the poles.

Here are some pictures of the current fencing between the driving range and 9th hole.  The fencing is old and needs to be replaced in order to protect golfers playing the final hole.  So what does the owner responsibly do?  Buy wooden polls from SRP and begin the process of replacing the fence with new netting and such posts about 40 or 50 feet high.  But TWO neighbors don’t like that idea.  So city staff makes the golf course operator’s life miserable. What gems.

Mind you, wooden utility poles  run up and down Miller behind the neighbor’s homes.  Wooden poles are used for driving range protection at the Continental Golf Course just north of Coronado.  And they are used at the Cracker Jax driving range in north Scottsdale.

So why not here?  Double bogey is a bad score in golf and it describes these two stooges and their illogical argument.  IMG_4335

Next, what about the idea of eliminating the golf course and expanding El Dorado Park into it?  Does anyone know where those millions will come from?  This would be Villa Monterrey on steroids at a time when Scottsdale has less money for capital projects, especially needless ones.  Don’t forget 7 acres of the course is private land.  So that would require condemnation of the land, payment and then ongoing maintenance.  All of this would need to take place over the outcry from the course’s constituency which numbers in the tens of thousands.  It can be reignited at any time, just like the San Francisco Giants’ caper.  We hope the owner strongly considers doing this to remind all at the City of Scottsdale that city leaders past created a real gem on those acres.  And it should remain that way rather than so frustrate the owner that he finally throws up his hands, throws away the course and puts apartments on his 7 acres.  Now that would be a travesty, but also some sweet justice for those who luxuriously complain about a golf course as a neighbor only to get some big, ugly apartments as new ones.

 

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Capitalism can break down caste systems.  It can also build them up.  When one is successful in technology, financial services or real estate, the latter which happens quite often in Arizona, a certain strata is achieved.

But not everyone gives back.  Not everyone chooses to deploy their expertise, riches or both.

But in the case of SunBelt Holdings CEO John Graham the opposite is true.

Graham has owned and developed properties Arizona over.  And if you happen to find yourself admiring the south side of Tempe’s Town Lake these days, Graham has a lot to do with it.  You see, he’s the developer of Marina Heights, the mammoth project anchored by State Farm, sitting along the water in front of Sun Devil Stadium.  The architecture is impressive and of its setting.  It’s a job well done.

And speaking of impressive look at this article in last week’s Arizona Republic talking of Graham’s civic ethic, working to turnaround Valley YMCA operations.  It’s a noble effort that is touching thousands of families.  Here is a link.

So while the concept of noblesse oblige is distinctly French our state is lucky to have a business leader who doesn’t treat helping his community, in a big way, as a foreign concept.

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The Phoenix New Times champions itself as an advocate for the oppressed.  It turns out the paper also has a history of oppression, or at least making money from it. At least according to prosecutors in California and a congressional investigation. The story is finally being told.  It just took a while.

Until recently, it was an underreported fact that New Times founders Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin launched the now infamous Backpage as a section of the New Times. Indeed, when the New Times was in its heyday gunning after mostly conservative targets, it was making some serious coin from the Backpage.

It has never been a secret that the Backpage made a substantial amount of money advertising “Adult Services.”  It has been consistently alleged that some of the ads tragically involved pimps and underage girls. That, one could say, would be the ultimate oppression.

In 2011, the parent company for the New Times and the Backpage started taking heat for this practice, which led to this article in the Village Voice called “Real Men Get Their Facts Straight.”  The article criticized a campaign to deal with sex trafficking by disputing figures and making sport of its spokesman Ashton Kutcher.

Lacy and Larkin would later sell their journalistic enterprises and retain Backpage. Its current ownership is the subject of debate but Lacey and Larkin’s ties to it must be strong enough that criminal charges and congressional investigations have been brought against the duo. The criminal charges were later dropped but  Backpage suspended its adult section in January. And when Lacey and Larkin recently found themselves in the legal crosshairs, their former employee, New Times Columnist Steve Lemons dutifully wrote in their defense.

But something unexpected has happened. Traditional media outlets and Arizona reporters started covering this story. Richard Ruelas’ recent article didn’t pull any punches. Here is a link.

And then some student journalists from Cronkite News covered political contributions Lacey and Larkin have been making. Here is a link.

Lemons has left the New Times to work for the Southern Poverty Law Center. His victory lap following Joe Arpaio’s loss in the polls was anything but humble. But Mr. Lemons should be humbled by his consistent support for his former bosses who made millions operating Backpage. Sure it’s a free speech issue; but how could Lemons not have been troubled by the allegation that Backpage was used to pimp women and underage girls.

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So Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants to be Arizona Secretary of State.  Or Governor.10_6-Stanton

It sure sounded that way earlier this week during his State of the City address when and where he lambasted all leaders Republican for, in his opinion, abandoning public education.

We didn’t hear such tones during less ambitious times last year as he was supporting Governor Ducey’s landmark proposal to boost public schools without a tax hike via Proposition 123.  Indeed, at Stanton’s insistence his political consultants were even hired by the campaign.

Now he’s singing a different tune, hoping no one bothers to check his record.  Granted, it’s a record we’re glad he has, no matter his hypocrisy.

Just two years ago Stanton led the charge for a massive charter school expansion in central Phoenix.  He even championed the use of some $150 million in Industrial Development Commission bonds to aid the invasion. Here is a link to the story that ran on AZCentral in 2015.

Charter schools are public schools, except to those on the left.  To them, they are foreign ideas undermining the traditional public school systems like vouchers or education savings account. To them, it doesn't matter that an enterprising charter school like BASIS Scottsdale just put the state on the education map after being ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

So, to the constituency Stanton now panders to, the question can be fairly asked:  who has played a major role to upend Arizona’s public education system? Stanton’s alter-ego, thank goodness.

 

 

 

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BASIS Scottsdale’s recognition by U.S. News & World Reports as the #1 high school in America should be reason for all in Arizona to applaud the achievement.  Instead, we actually hear criticism, especially from the Arizona Republic and liberal special interest groups.

An acute observer on Facebook labeled this cartel the “Yeah, But” crowd.  And he’s right.  They have diarrhea of the mouth, seeking to undermine the accomplishment, Governor Ducey and how it’s a disruptive to Arizona public schools.  They constitute the Lament Lobby and its too bad Pepto Bismol can’t be used to constipate their mouths rather than troubled butts.

They have too many Asians! They have too many whites!

Notwithstanding the reverse racism proffered by these critiques any school, anywhere, that becomes number one at anything is likely doing something right we can all learn from.

And that’s exactly what the Lament Lobby needs to do.  After all think how spectacular their failure has been versus charter schools, organizations that actually get less money per student than traditional public schools.

Rather than whine and simply ask for more money the Lamenters should reform and recognize the incredible advantages they have to compete for students and results.  

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A hashtag noting the city’s excellence was a hallmark of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane’s landslide re-election win in November.

Lane was right to recognize the community’s best in class from Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Waste Management Phoenix Open and downtown restaurant and bar scene to teachers, social services and high school athletics.

Now, Lane and all of Scottsdale have another best in class to boast about:  U.S. News & World Report just ranked BASIS Scottsdale the #1 high school in the nation.  The import to economic development and overall community prestige cannot be overstated.

And it reminds us that some things are worth fighting for.

Once upon a time, circa 1997, there was an uproar from no-growth activists and McDowell Mountain Ranch residents opposing the Ice Den.  It was a fight that went all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court.  Thank goodness it did, and won, because as the premier ice facility in Arizona it also is #ScottsdaleAtItsBest.

Fast forward to 2016 and the Ice Den-like fight that took place over BASIS’ expansion and relocation plans on Shea Boulevard.  Mayor Lane, Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp and Councilwoman Linda Milhaven were always staunch supporters.  But the opposition fueled by well-heeled neighbors caused Councilmembers Littlefield, Smith and Korte to wobble weak in the knees.  Councilman Phillips was downright opposed.  Like the Ice Den it was a fight that went all the way to the top.  But instead of the Arizona Supreme Court it was Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich weighing in.  Korte, Smith and Littlefield eventually came around in the face of input from them and massive community support.

Thank goodness they did.  A year later the decision was unquestionably sagacious as Scottsdale ensured its place as the home to the best high school in America.

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Rotten Tomatoes is a popular television and movie ratings site.  Millions of people participate and rely upon it when considering their entertainment choices.  It’s a good thing it doesn’t rate former Arizona Attorneys General, consultants and public affairs efforts in Maricopa, Arizona.  The review wouldn’t arise a rotten green tomato or tipped over popcorn bucket.  It would most likely transform the ratings service into a scratch and sniff variety in order to properly capture the stench.

But first, let’s remind readers of the issue.  It’s in Maricopa, a pleasant community south of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Pinal County, where a group of successful entrepreneurs has proposed a private motorsports park.  Think of it like a golf country club, but for cars.  Proposed for a plot of land well outside the city’s core not a single person had expressed opposition for the better part of its year-long application.  In fact, the opposite was true.  Community and business leaders expressed support and excitement about the use because it meant economic diversification and more tourism.

Then, one day, former Attorney General Grant Woods showed up spinning tales of how bad the project known as the Apex Motor Club would be for Maricopa.  He did so at the Planning Commission which summarily rejected him by a unanimous vote.  As did Mayor Christian Price and the entire City Council thereafter.   Woods would never say, despite repeated questions, who was paying him to be there. It is widely believed to be a rival project.

Contemporaneous to the Woods’ tripe anonymous advertisements started to appear online on local cable channels.  A Facebook page appeared too, all attempting to recruit what they clearly thought would be mindless Maricopans.  One of the ads even invoked the possibility of “heart attacks” if the Club were allowed to proceed.  That’s not a typo.  Some consultant actually got paid to suggest that people would die if the proposal were approved.  Other posts include citations of new companies and jobs being announced elsewhere in Arizona, asking why can’t Maricopa do such things rather automotive country clubs.  As if they are mutually exclusive?  As if that is not happening?  It seems everyone can walk and chew gum except the gadflies and goofs of the opposition.  A new level of hyperbole these items would represent if not for Woods’ hot air.  

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Scottsdale voters wisely increased its tourism tax on hotel rooms in 2010.  The increased revenues have been used to further showcase the city across the world, and also provided money to aid events big and small.  Sometimes those investments have paid off, and sometimes they haven’t.  Funding decisions are an inexact science.

But one big one made recently by the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission seems to be a sure bet.

That’s because Canal Convergence, which dramatically animates the Arizona Canal as it winds through the Scottsdale Waterfront, holds substantial promise as the community’s next Barrett-Jackson or Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

And that it happens in Scottsdale’s downtown emphasizing one of the community’s raison d’etre makes it even more worthy.

We applaud the group’s recent recommendation and encourage the City Council to soon vote likewise.

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Since it’s never too early to pontificate and prognosticate about politics, we thought we’d get a jump on a way too early look at possible successors to popular Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.  Due to the city’s three term limit for mayors Lane, who won in a landslide over Bob Littlefield in November, 2016, is ineligible to run again.

The odds proffered for each person are a combination of the likelihood of a run, and ultimate victory.

Virginia Korte (2:1):  She’s been running for Mayor in her own way since about the time Goldwater was nominated for President.  Korte wants the job badly and almost ran in 2012 and 2016 but wisely deferred to Lane.  There’s no question she can raise the funds necessary having raised over $200,000 for her 2016 council re-election.  And much of the Scottsdale “establishment” will be behind her.  But her re-elect numbers were sluggish.  Yes, she won but many had thought after a sterling 2012 performance the final tallies would have been better.  Perhaps that has something to do with bouts of alienation.  Korte is not one to shy away from taking a stand, whether it’s an ardent supporter of the Desert Discovery Center in the face of withering opposition or supporting a property tax increase for Scottsdale schools.  In many ways she’s like this year’s Cleveland Cavaliers:  a proven winner and Hall of Famer but whose second half (or term) underperformed, but not so much so to underestimate them come playoff time.

Suzanne Klapp (3:1):  By topping Korte in the 2016 council races in money raised and total votes Klapp showed significant political chops.  She is not saying no to a potential run but does she really want it beyond the flattery?  Klapp would be 70 plus by the time of the next race but she makes that age look like the new 50.  On the political spectrum she also occupies space right of Korte which would be helpful in a primary election coinciding with the GOP primary, though less so in a November run-off election.  Unlike the Lane-Littlefield mash-up where there were clear fault lines, Klapp and Korte occupy much of the same space on business and other matters, which means any potential race between the two would challenge loyalties and households.

Guy Phillips (6:1):  Never underestimate a guy who can get so many votes with so little in his campaign coffers.  And that would be Phillips’ challenge in a mayoral race.  Can he raise real money in a race where competitors will be able to?  Lane eclipsed $400,000 in 2016.  In Scottsdale the top two finishers, if they don’t get over 50%, advance to the General Election.  With Phillips originally emanating from the Tea Party and still loved by many in the GOP Phillips could and likely would be a strong candidate in the primary’s top two, for many of the same reasons Klapp would.  His greater challenge would be communicating with so many people in the General election, with so few dollars.

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Phoenix, AZ, June 30, 2016 - Andy Tobin, the former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and Governor Doug Ducey’s appointee to the Arizona Corporation Commission, has received the endorsement of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce in his bid for election to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Tobin said the following, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Chandler is a state leader in technology and business partnerships. They represent the power and promise of collaborative relationships between government and private enterprise. I look forward to working with Chandler, and all Arizona communities, on growing our economy by promoting lean government and swift results at the Corporation Commission.”

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To learn more about Andy Tobin, his campaign for the Arizona Corporation Commission, or to make a donation, please visit www.andytobin.com.

 

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Scottsdale (June 29)   Today, Steve Chucri released his endorsement from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

"Steve Chucri has served Maricopa County well for the past four years, and I am proud to endorse him for re-election to the Board of Supervisors," said Mayor Lane. "Steve's district encompasses Scottsdale and it has been a pleasure to work with him for our shared constituents. I look forward to the continued leadership and partnership."

"I thank Mayor Jim Lane for his endorsement. Mayor Lane has been a tremendous leader for Scottsdale. Working alongside him for the benefit of Scottsdale residents is an honor," said Chucri.

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About Steve Chucri:
Steve Chucri is a native Arizonan who was born and raised in Mesa, but his family’s Arizona roots started in the mining town of Morenci. His family taught him the values of faith and trust, essential elements to running an honest and transparent business. In addition to serving on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, he is also President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, the key voice for the $11.5 billion restaurant industry in Arizona. Representing restaurants on a multitude of industry issues while maintaining small business success has proven to be one of his top strengths. Chucri resides in Paradise Valley with his wife of 17 years, Christine, and their two young sons.

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By Senator Marco Rubio

Friend,

In politics, admitting you've changed your mind is not something most people like to do. But here it goes.

I have decided to seek reelection to the United States Senate.

I understand my opponents will try to use this decision to score political points against me. Have at it. Because I have never claimed to be perfect, or to have all the answers.

Still, the people of Florida deserve to know why I've changed my mind.

I have often said that the U.S. Senate can be a frustrating place. And it's true. After witnessing the gridlock that grips Washington, I think just about every American - Democrat or Republican - would agree.

But the Senate is also a place from which you can perform great services for the people you have the honor of representing. And I am proud of the work we have done to help thousands of Floridians over the last six years.

The Senate can also be a place from which great policy advances can be made. I am proud that we have done that too.

But as we begin the next chapter in the history of our nation, there's another role for the Senate that could end up being its most important in the years to come: The Constitutional power to act as a check and balance on the excesses of a president. 

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by Maria Syms

Friends,

Thanks to all of you who took the time to take the quick issues survey last week! Your feedback means a lot to me so thank you again. Over the past week, more than 650 voters in Legislative District 28 took the issues survey. Improving Education was the top vote-getter with 29.2% of the vote followed by Creating Jobs.

As a mom to children who attend both public and charter schools here in LD28, I am vested in improving the quality of education for all. It is time to give Arizona children the best opportunity to reach their full potential. You can see the complete results below.

Respectfully yours,

Maria Syms

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE STATE OF ARIZONA TODAY?

Balancing The Budget = 2.1%

Creating Jobs = 22.9%

Eliminating Government Waste = 6.3%

Improving Education = 29.2%

Keeping Taxes Low = 12.5%

Reducing Crime = 8.3%

Securing The Border = 16.6%

Other = 2.1%

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by Biggs For Congress

GILBERT - Today, the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, representing over 9,000 members across the state, endorsed Andy Biggs for Arizona's Fifth Congressional District.

"Your endorsement by the F.O.P., one of Arizona's largest police organizations is based on your demonstrated support of significant public safety issues and reflects our beliefs that you best understand the difficult job faced by members of the law enforcement community", said John Orotolano, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Arizona State Lodge.

"I am honored to receive the support and trust of thousands of Arizona police officers," Biggs said. "I am grateful for the sacrifices that they make everyday to ensure that our families and communities stay safe and secure. There are many public safety concerns facing our country, and I look forward to working alongside the members of our law enforcement in the U.S. House of Representatives to ensure that they are empowered to do their jobs to the best of their abilities."

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Dear District 3 Residents,

It is a pleasure to have been selected by the Phoenix City Council to serve as your Councilwoman.  I have lived in the same area in Phoenix for 30 years and look forward to furthering the progress of District 3 and the city of Phoenix.

We are a special and unique community with diverse areas that include Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, North Mountain Business Alliance, North 32nd Corridor, Paradise Valley Mall, and our Phoenix Mountain Preserves.  My role is to represent you, and as your new Councilwoman, I want to ensure that there is open communication between the council district and its residents.

As Councilwoman, my priorities include:

  1. Promoting economic development while ensuring fiscal accountability
  2. Serving the constituents of the City, in particular District 3
  3. Streamlining regulations for residents and businesses while not compromising public safety
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