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Forbes is now highlighting Governor Ducey’s forward-thinking plan to fund K-12 education without raising taxes. Read and share this column on how Arizona is leading the way with smart policy:

Back To School: Arizona Gov. Ducey's Smart Education Plan
Travis H. Brown
Forbes
9/14/2015

With a promising business environment and a governor who understands smart fiscal policy, Arizona is in a position to win big. This growth opportunity comes out of sound economic footing, thanks to Arizona’s decades-long knack for drawing overtaxed Americans to its friendlier climate. What matters most is that Arizona not grow complacent with its successes; the Grand Canyon State needs to capitalize on past wins as well as initiate new, pro-growth strategies. That’s why Governor Doug Ducey’s ideas for investing more in education are so encouraging – and why he should take this opportunity to do even more.

Let’s start with the recent past. Individual taxpayer filings with the Internal Revenue Service tell the story: between 1992 and 2013, Arizona gained $31.4 billion in net adjusted gross income (AGI) from other states. The three states that have lost the most net AGI to Arizona are three of the nation’s most oppressively taxing: California, Illinois, and New York. (Those three states gifted Arizona with the largest number of new residents, as well.)

Using data modeling to create taxpayer count projections for 2013 to 2016, we find Arizona in the winner’s circle. It’s in the top-five projected gainers, lagging only behind Florida, Texas, and North Carolina. Arizona’s projected gain in that period is $3.96 billion. For that same time period, the losses of the top-five projected losers are staggering – New York is on track to see about $12 billion in net AGI leave the state, while Illinois will lose about $6.28 billion (knocking out California for the inauspicious “honor” of being the second-biggest AGI loser in the nation). 

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by Jeff DeWitt

It has been an honor to serve Arizona as State Treasurer. I wanted to take a few minutes and thank everyone for their continued support. It is unbelievable how much my life has changed as I went from an everyday father working in the financial world to being elected as Arizona State Treasurer. The road here was not easy, but very worth it as I have been able to put my 23 years of financial experience to use in serving our community. I wanted to make sure you all know how grateful I am for your votes and support.

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By Dr. Kelli Ward

It’s official. As you read this, I am in Lake Havasu announcing my campaign for the U.S. Senate!

I’m ready to retire John McCain and give voters a fresh, courageous choice for new conservative leadership, and I hope you’ll join my effort. Together, we can disrupt the status quo and begin a new era of lower taxes, less spending, secure borders, and respect for the Constitution.

I made this video for those of you who couldn’t be here tonight. Please take a minute to watch it. Tomorrow, we begin the fight to shake up Washington!

This campaign is just beginning, but it’s the support and encouragement of tens of thousands of Arizonans like you over the last few months that have made it possible.

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Standard and Poor's recently assigned Arizona the strongest rating the state has had since 2008.

Commentary by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
June 22, 2015

When I was sworn in as Arizona's governor on January 5, the Super Bowl was set to kick off in our state just four weeks later.

Amid all the planning and upcoming festivities, there was a wrinkle: One of the state's regulatory agencies I inherited had been running sting operations against Uber and Lyft drivers, aggressively trying to shut them down. State regulators were out of control and using taxpayer resources to try to put the brakes on a wildly popular service.

We worried about what this might mean during a major event like the Super Bowl, when 100,000 visitors were on their way to Arizona.

So I took action, replacing the agency's leadership and immediately ending all pending regulatory actions against ride-share operators.

Next, we passed statutory language, making it clear these ride-share operators can do business in Arizona. And for good measure, we are in the process of abolishing the very department where all the regulatory mischief originated.

Breaking down these antiquated regulations made a lot of heads spin among entrenched interests. But the reality is that Uber and Lyft drivers are small-business owners—regular people who are just trying to make an honest living and, in the process, are changing the way we get around.

Our pro-business mind-set is paying off. Recently, Uber announced the opening of its first-ever Center of Excellence in downtown Phoenix. By the end of the year, the center will employ 300 people who will provide support to drivers and passengers.

This is just the latest in a string of good news for our state and a loud message that Arizona is open for business.

See, while everyone was watching the Super Bowl, our office was working. The day after the big game, we announced that the most successful company in history—Apple—was making one of its largest investments ever right here in our state: a $2 billion data center to serve as a command center for the company's global networks.

A lot of what we're doing in Arizona is forcing our government to enter the 21st century so that 21st-century companies can operate here.

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by Rick Santorum

Fellow Conservative,

Yesterday, I officially announced my candidacy for President of the United States.

And now, I need YOUR help to take back America!

If you're ready to join me, will you please pitch in a generous financial gift right now to help me kickstart my campaign?

I believe that it's going to take a fearless, unapologetic, conservative leader to stand up to Hillary Clinton and win back the White House in 2016.

And I believe I am that leader.

As a United States Senator, I spent many years fighting passionately for conservative solutions to our nation's problems and policies that foster and strengthen working families.

And as the leader of one of the nation's largest grassroots organizations, Patriot Voices, my passion has only grown.

Unfortunately, the Obama-Clinton agenda has undone much of what we've fought for, and hard working Americans are paying the price.

But this doesn't have to be the end of the story. Together, we can take back America and build a brighter future!

Please pitch in whatever you can right now.
Our nation is hurting right now.

Working families are more heavily burdened than ever by excessive government intrusion, regulation, and bureaucracy.

Our national debt has skyrocketed at an unprecedented and dangerous rate as a result of Barack Obama's left-wing policies.

Our stature on the world's stage is embarrassingly weak. Our allies - and our homeland - are in grave danger from ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations.

And our freedom to practice our faith is under vicious attack in our communities, in our states, and even nationwide.

I'm prepared to answer the call and tackle every one of these challenges. I am determined to bring this nation back from the brink.

But I'm going to need your help to do it. Will you please pitch in a generous gift to help me launch this campaign right now?

This is going to be a long and grueling campaign.

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Improvements to Ariz. Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships await Governor’s signature

HB2483 and HB2153 offer accountability measures and expand the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit programs

PHOENIX (March 31, 2015) — The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Arizona Legislature for passing educational choice bills which increase transparency among School Tuition Organizations (STOs) and expand the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program to include donations from small corporations. HB2483, sponsored by Rep. David Livingston, passed the House this afternoon with a 41 to 19 bipartisan vote. The legislation requires STOs to report on their websites the amount of money awarded to low-income families through private school scholarships. HB2153, sponsored by Rep. Justin Olson, passed the Senate with a vote of 16 to 13. This bill brings parity for small businesses (S-Corps) to have the ability to donate to the state’s Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program which funds STOs.

“We applaud Reps. Livingston and Olson, as well as all of the legislators who voted in favor of improving this crucial scholarship program, which helps Arizona’s high-risk and low-income students,” said Kim Martinez, American Federation for Children communications associate. “The Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program brings opportunity to children who could never afford to attend private school otherwise. Adding more accountability and expanding the funding pool helps secure the program for current and future recipients.”

HB2483 requires School Tuition Organizations to disclose on their website and through Department of Revenue reports, how much money they are in fact using to scholarship low-income children. This transparency allows corporate donors to see which STOs are helping disadvantaged children the most and how much money they are actually giving in low-income based scholarships.

HB2153 allows S-Corps to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to school tuition organizations. This provides many Arizona small businesses with the opportunity to donate to STOs if they so choose and receive the same tax benefit as large corporations.

School Tuition Organizations are required by law to distribute 90 percent of the corporate tax credit donations they receive in the form of scholarships to low-income children.

HB2483 and HB2153 now go to Gov. Ducey for consideration.

The Arizona Federation for Children is a state affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

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Recently, Scottsdale Councilman David Smith lambasted SkySong and its purported voracious appetite for city favor.  But in criticizing process and politic he seemed to ignore purpose and triumph.

Once upon a time Scottsdale and McDowell was the heartbeat of the southern city.  There stood Los Arcos Mall.  Then time passed it by.  Scottsdale Fashion Square ascended.

Various plans from hockey arenas to power centers promised renewal.  They didn’t materialize.  So ASU took a chance on the area with an “innovation” focus.  At a time when strip clubs and pawn shops were the most notable neighbors it was no small leap of faith.

Sure, SkySong took awhile to find its voice.  But now the chorus of buildings is impressive, as is its design.  It’s evolved over the years as any large project does and must.  To not allow the private sector to call audibles is to be an archair municipal coach of the wishbone.  That SkySong now includes housing is entirely understandable for students and employees that want to be near where they work.  Indeed, the unrelated Mark/Taylor Residential multi-family project nearby on McDowell has been so successful it’s acquiring nearby properties for more parking. 

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By Councilman David Smith

Dear Friends...

Scottsdale's fiscal year ended June 30, so it seems timely to share a report on some Council decisions over the past few months that will affect you and your city's livability.

Your Council adopted a Balanced Budget for next year...that's good! Unfortunately, the Budget isn't sustainable and hasn't been for several years. That's because the money we have for capital improvements is woefully short of the amount needed. The city was closely divided for/against the Bond Issue last November, so there's little new money for capital investments. For the third year in a row, your city's net depreciable assets declined, because we reinvested less than our assets depreciated. This problem will compound over time.

I tried to get rid of the city's sales tax on food, mindful that this most regressive tax costs every Scottsdale citizen about $50 a year ($200 every year for a family of four) and it hits hardest those citizens least able to pay. We managed a small step forward: over the next three years we'll pull food tax receipts out of the General Fund and put them into the capital program. Unfortunately, that won't give citizens the tax break they deserve. We'll try again next year.

Council took several actions that are going to increase density and congestion in your city:

More and more apartments were approved...sometimes with building plans; other times with only promises. Your Council seems determined to provide living quarters for newcomers, regardless of the effect on current citizens.

The ASU Foundation lease for SkySong was amended to increase the building height from 60 feet to 90 feet at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. Citizens will see a massive structure...and a precedent has been created. I argued for the City's 1.5 acre at SkySong to be designated as a city park on the corner, forcing the building back further from curb; I wasn't successful.

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Flamboyant boxing promoter Don King used this phrase liberally to describe his rise and that of fighters in his sted who found fame and fortune.

But it can also be said about Javier Munoz.  Son of a doorman.  Raised in a "scary" housing project in Brooklyn.  Openly gay.  H.I.V. positive.  Cancer survivor.  And now playing founding father Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.

Today, Munoz replaces Lin-Manuel Miranda, founder of the uber-hit muscial "Hamilton" as the show's title character.

Only in America.

Read more in today's New York Times.

 

 

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*There’s been a lot of talk (and evidence) of southern Scottsdale, specifically near and along McDowell Road, being the next hot Valley neighborhood. And here’s more evidence: Mark/Taylor Residential’s new apartment community on McDowell is so successful it’s started purchasing adjacent properties for additional parking. And up the street a respected developer is putting in for-sale, contemporary-style condominiums for upwards of $500,000 a pop . . . on Granite Reef.

*There’s a big disparity in cash on hand between the long-shot campaign of Bob Littlefield trying to unseat the popular current Mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane. Littlefield reports $24,000 whereas Lane has $140,000.

*The campaign to legalize marijuana is going to lose in November 53.5%-47.5%.

*After Lane defeats Littlefield for Mayor this year (and it will be his last term due to term limits) will Scottsdale’s 2020 race feature Virginia Korte vs Guy Phillips? Speaking of Phillips, is he going through a political transformation? Typically railing against any and all development proposals in the community he just voted to increase height and add 1,000 apartments to a well-connected developer in Scottsdale.

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We didn’t start this opinions courtyard years ago to belabor Bob Littlefield, a former Scottsdale City Councilman and failed Republican candidate for the Arizona State Legislature.

But his fodder has just become so rich, or rather so mendacious.

His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

He was for the Desert Discovery Center before he was against it.

He voted for the tallest and densest project in Scottsdale history before proclaiming he’s against such things.

He says he is for the people yet voted with powerful development interests to take away citizen’s rights when they wanted to challenge his supportlittlefield fb post for them.

We could go on.  And on.  And on.  Which is why it’s necessary to write about Littlefield so much.  He’s the ultimate politician.

But his latest campaign deceit may be the most repulsive yet, even worthy of a new nickname:  Lyin’ Bob Littlefield.

We hate to co-opt Donald Trump’s moniker for primary opponent Ted Cruz after his campaign was so dishonest about Ben Carson, but it’s justified.

Just take a look at this social media post from Littlefield on June 29th.

We get exaggeration in political campaigns.  But Littlefield just flat out lied about Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane on light rail.

Lane has repeatedly voted against light rail plans and proposals his entire time on the Scottsdale City Council and as Mayor.  He even did so just last month.  Lane was in the majority quashing plans for Scottsdale light rail. So how can Littlefield claim otherwise?  Only with a stunning lack of integrity that comes with a flailing campaign.  Littlefield knows better.  He should be better.

His claims about Lane on the proposed Desert Discovery Center are nearly as bad.  Lane supports a public vote on the project.  In fact, this is how he has laid out his position:

Public Needs Final Say On Desert Discovery Center
"The public should decide whether or not the Desert Discovery Center is built on McDowell Sonoran Preserve land and/or use Preserve funds. That’s my position. I want this process to be up front and transparent on this issue because that’s what our residents deserve before the city spends tens of millions of dollars on the project."

If Littlefield’s numerous flip-flops, hypocrisy and anti-business positions (which are almost autarkic) weren’t disqualifying enough, his latest antics surely do the trick.

 

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Former 12-year Scottsdale Councilman and failed state legislative candidate Bob Littlefield sounds more like he’s running for Mayor of Detroit than Scottsdale.

Everything is wrong in our fair city, his wonting bemoans.  And he alone is the guy to fix it.  He, the campaign trailing, self-professing walking combination of Bernie Sanders AND Donald Trump.

We digress in noting the stunning political gymnastics required of someone calling himself cousin to both a redistributionist and repulser of Mexicans, all the while lacking the philosophical consistency of Sanders and the business acumen of Trump.littlefield at desk

Yet, Littlefield waxes ineloquent to his audiences, trust him and utopia is just around the bend.

He’ll stop more development even though he approved the biggest one in Scottsdale’s history.

He’s anti-business now yet ran in 2002 as a pro-development substitute for George Zraket.

He stands for citizens yet took away their rights for a developer.

He’s for the taxpayer except when he’s voting for subsidies and spending on himself and financial backers.

For 12 long years Bob Littlefield sat on the Scottsdale City Council.  From 2003-2015.  Either he’s to blame for the purported problems, or he was wildly ineffective in being able to bring about the change he says is needed.

So, whether he was politically incoherent or a political invalid it certainly suggests he has little to no ability to actually do whatever it is he says he’ll do.  After all,  if a person can’t prove themselves after three Olympiads, there’s little sense in talking about them as captain of next year’s team.

 

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Containment.  Mutually Assured Destruction.  The Domino Theory. Balance of Power.  Trickle Down.  Vouchers.

These are the words of famous philosophies, some more than others, thought to describe the best governance for our schools, economics and foreign affairs. doug little

Here in Arizona a new philosophy by an unexpected voice is noteworthy.  “Gradualism” as proffered by Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Doug Little, seeks to change state energy policy gradually, not in whole cloths as utility companies are demanding.  They are doing so to both increase profits and deny customers a chance to save when rates rise via solar technology and other means.

Little’s is a voice unanticipated because heretofore he’d been thought to be a marionette of the Arizona Public Service monopoly.  But we can’t think of a better name than Little to espouse a common sense, mature philosophy like Gradualism for the little steps it espouses.

Take the Chairman’s recent approach to a Canadian utility’s attempt to impose “demand charges” in the Arizona territories of Lake Havasu, Kingman and Nogales.  Sure, Little’s rejection of the proposal was a reaction in part to the extraordinary public opposition to the idea that one’s utility bill should be based on the highest use in any one day.  But his approach also seemed to be firmly rooted in the concept of gradualism.  While it’s good to be first in the nation for some if not many things why is it necessary for Arizona consumers to be the laboratory rats for rate hikers, you could almost hear his thinking go.

The Little Doctrine runs contrary to this notion.  It does not forego big ideas – and we would argue demand charges are a bad, big idea – but as the concept goes if major change is to be undertaken it should be phased in so as not to shock the ecosystem. 

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One of the more effective Scottsdale citizen activists in recent years has been downtown business owner Bill Crawford.

He’s taken on some tough fights and special interests and come out the other side.  Most notably he raised problems the surging success of bars and restaurants in the Entertainment District were having on nearby neighborhoods several years ago.  He worked with Mayor Jim Lane and others to enact reforms to alleviate the problems.  The Crawford approach stands in marked contrast to former Councilman Bob Littlefield who has inanely suggested shutting down these small, locally owned businesses rather than be a leader and champion the change Crawford did.

Crawford’s successes are why he took a very hard look at running for Scottsdale Mayor.  He said his primary motivation was to deny Littlefield, who’s also seeking the post versus the well-regarded current Mayor.  But Crawford’s also a realist.  Despite running for the City Council previously Crawford has come up short. He knew that leap-frogging Littlefield, a former 3-term member of the City Council and failed Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, and into a run-off election would be a tall political order.

So he’s opted to align and endorse Mayor Lane in the upcoming November election.  Lane and Crawford don’t always agree but they share integrity and a commitment to moving Scottsdale forwards, not backwards as Littlefield wants to do.  Crawford and Lane also seem to be aligned on Lane’s call to reform Scottsdale government and create greater City Council representation in the southern part of the city, something Littlefield opposes.

In the end Crawford made the right call for himself, and for Scottsdale.  It’s a big boost for Mayor Lane’s candidacy and surely not the last we’ll be seeing from the conscientious Jack LaLanne of civic thought and leadership.

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By John McCain

My Friend,

Memorial Day is a time of solemn remembrance where we pause to honor the terrible sacrifice made by those who went off to war only to never return.

We remember through ceremony and by celebrating the freedom they fought to defend.

We must never forget what they did in our name. They were family and friends to some, heroes to all - who lived, fought and died for the safety and future of a great and good nation.

Today, Americans are fighting in faraway places most will never see. No matter how remote, no matter how long they are asked to go, it's our duty to remember they have volunteered to be in harm's way to protect us and the ideas and values we hold dear. They deserve our unending gratitude and support.

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Every day, I dedicate myself to ensuring that we continue to live in a country that's worthy of their great sacrifices.

Our fighting men and women deserve strong support from their leaders, the best resources and equipment and, most of all, a sound policy and a strategy that give purpose to their actions and return them home with speed and safety.

May God bless them, may we never forget, and may God bless America.

Sincerely,

John McCain

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With State Senator Adam Driggs retiring two seats are up for grabs in the upcoming race for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28. That’s because a current holder of one of those seats, Kate Brophy McGee, is running to replace Driggs as is the other State Representative, Eric Meyer, a doctor.

The House calls for their replacements are easy ones to make, both Republicans.

First up is well-regarded Paradise Valley Councilwoman Mary Hamway.  Her brand of character and communication is exactly what you want to have in the political arena.  She has consistently been a pro-tourism, pro-resort vote on her Town Council including the landmark decision to bring Mountain Shadows back to life as well as bringing the Ritz-Carlton to the community, a move that secures the town’s financial future.  We don’t always agree with Hamway.  Indeed, she’s rigid on preventing a medical marijuana dispensary in Paradise Valley even though it’s the law of the land and public support for the policy continues to increase since the measure’s narrow passage in 2010.  But her position shows spine.  And that’s something she and Arizona will need as the special interests come calling at the State Capitol.  Hamway narrowly lost her 2014 race for the same seat she is pursuing now.  We don’t expect the same outcome.  Indeed, Arizona would be the biggest loser were that to be the case. 

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Friends was one of the best and most successful television comedies of all time.  No one can say it didn’t have a great run.  From Phoebe Buffay to Chandler Bing the characters became a staple of American life.

Chandler, Arizona has also had a great run.  It is among Arizona’s most successful cities.  From Jay Tibshraeny to Jack Sellers it has been led by Mayors and members of the City Council who have largely made effective policy decisions.

385848 04: Actor Matthew Perry stars as Chandler Bing in NBC's comedy series "Friends." (Photo by Warner Bros. Television)

But just as Matthew Perry seemed askew in roles post-Friends so too was it odd to see stories like this one last year in which a well-connected developer and lobbyist conspired to sink a business’ aspirations in the Price Road Corridor. In any entitlement case there are typically good reasons to approve or reject an application but in this case the political games engineered by a nearby developer merely sinking to quash competition seemed more reminiscent of the dark hallways at the Arizona State Legislature than the home of Intel.

Fortunately, Chandler has a chance Thursday night to indicate it still is a city that’s headed in the right direction and that it rises above the politics of self-interest for the community interest.

On Thursday, a $500 million expansion of a successful, existing business park is on the docket.  Behind the scenes the same actors of a nearby, subsidized office building are again trying to undermine a competitor.  But this time they’re not just picking on an aspiring Korean businesswoman.  They are playing with fire.  For the project is quietly being considered by Fortune 500 companies surveying the Valley for new digs.  And speaking of surveys word is that one over the weekend of likely Chandler voters showed a whopping 85%-7% support for the project that could bring as many as 15,000 jobs and millions in new tax revenue for Chandler and local school district.  Proposition 123 may have squeaked by Tuesday night but public schools still need lots of help.  These are some of the reasons why the “Park Place” expansion is one of the most anticipated commercial developments in Arizona. 

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The Arizona Republic recently featured an impressive “land bridge” near Oro Valley, Arizona to facilitate highway crossings for wildlife and reduce car accidents with them.  Here is a link.

It prompted an idea.  Why not pursue something similar in Scottsdale for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which is bisected by Dynamite Boulevard?

It would be far less costly than the proposed Desert Discovery Center (DDC), and enrich the refuge.

The DDC is a specious proposal that seems more supported by inertia than merit.  The burden is on proponents to generate the necessary public support for the project, as preserve advocates once did in early 1990s.  Currently, that doesn’t exist.  Nor does a compelling policy rationale for magnifying the development footprint at the proposed Gateway location.

The city’s construction of trailheads and exhibits at hiking points in the McDowells was so superbly done with so few footprints in God’s desert sands that they have effectively become a desert discovery center unto themselves.

Precious tax dollars should be used for completing the preserve and enhancing that which is already within via things like a land bridge.

Put another way, does anyone go to the Grand Canyon because of the visitor center?  No, they do so because of the majesty.  And so it will always be, and should be, with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve where tourism officials should understand that better marketing of God’s great gift will be far more impactful than marketing towards a redundant facility that seeks to interpret that which people can see for themselves, unadulterated.

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By Virginia Korte

There is no bigger success story in the city than the resurgence of our downtown area.  It is truly inspiring.

Not long ago people joked that we rolled up our downtown sidewalks at sunset.    It was a short 15 years ago that our downtown had boarded up buildings and tumbleweeds were literally blowing down the street.  I even remember when the canal banks were just dusty trails full of trash.

All that has changed.

Today, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues have created a vibrant area full of energy morning, noon and night. Downtown has grown from what was once only a tourist attraction to where people now live, work, enjoy the finest restaurants and experience fine arts and culture (not to mention the best shopping in town!).

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It's been my honor serving as Paradise Valley Mayor these past fifteen months. Together with other elected and non-elected volunteers, staff and participating residents we've had significant achievement and are making progress on things that are important to Paradise Valley residents.

Today I proudly volunteer to serve as your mayor for another two years!

I hope that I have earned your support. My performance and actions as your mayor, vice mayor, council member, and planning commissioner are well documented. I've provided examples at PVMayorCollins.com. You can watch my performance first hand on archived town council meeting videos.

Please do me three favors if you support my re-election as Paradise Valley Mayor.

  • REPLY to this email saying that you support my re-election.
  • SIGN MY PETITION. You can only sign one candidate's petition for mayor.
  • RE-ELECT MICHAEL COLLINS for Paradise Valley Mayor.

That's it. I'm not fundraising and I won't flood you with political advertising. My actions and achievements in office these past fifteen months should speak for themselves. I am a businessman not a politician. I seek no other office and feel that serving as your mayor is the ultimate honor that no other office could compare to.

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PHOENIX —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today endorsed Proposition 123 because it's a conservative plan that invests in our teachers and students, and will ensure Arizona's kids have the funding they need to receive a great education. 

“We can make Arizona safer by better educating our kids," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. "We need to invest in our teachers and students. That’s why I’m proud to support Prop 123. It’s a conservative plan to put $3.5 billion into public schools, and it doesn’t raise our taxes.”

"Sheriff Arpaio's endorsement furthers the argument that Prop 123 is a common sense solution to funding our schools," Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. "This initiative will put $3.5 billion into our classrooms over the next 10 years without raising taxes. It's a creative solution that even the most conservative Arizonans are supporting. Join Sheriff Arpaio and me on May 17 as we vote YES on Proposition 123."

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By Ken Bennett

I’m sure you’ve seen some of the news coverage regarding the presidential preference election on Tuesday. Numerous voters experienced long lines and waited hours to cast their vote, many staying at polling locations close to 11 PM. As Arizona election officials found out, conducting elections is a complicated and challenging task. Being Secretary of State isn’t easy.

Serving as the highest election official in Arizona is one of my proudest accomplishments. As Secretary of State, we efficiently conducted two primary, two general and a successful presidential preference election while ensuring we maintained the integrity of elections. I fought hard to protect voter ID laws in Arizona to prevent fraud and abuse all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I reduced our budget while maintaining efficiency and protected domestic violence victims with our “Address Confidentiality Program”.

But of all the things we got done during my time as Secretary of State, I’m most proud of our commitment to service. I was speaking with a former employee of mine recently and she told me what impacted her most was my decision to remove all automated menus from our telephone system. I made that decision because I was committed to ensuring every voter spoke to a live person when they called our office - because that’s the level of service voters deserve!

I am committed to providing that same spirit of service to you as your Congressman for Arizona’s First Congressional District. I will fight for you, each and every day, to make sure we get America working again.

God Bless,

Ken

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PHOENIX — State Senator Bob Worsley has endorsed Proposition 123 citing the massive influx of new dollars for K-12 public schools without raising taxes.

“$3.5 billion in K­-12 funding without raising taxes and nearly unanimous Senate and House support — It doesn't get any better than that," State Senator Bob Worsley said.  "Kids win with this plan. Join me in supporting Prop 123.”

“Our schools need more funding, and a YES vote on Proposition 123 will not only give them funding now, but it will provide our K-12 public schools stability for the next decade,” Sharon Harper, chairman of the Let’s Vote Yes for Arizona Schools said. “This initiative will help teachers and students across the state succeed in the classroom, and we are thrilled to have Senator Worsley's support.”

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PHOENIX — Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours has endorsed Proposition 123 citing that the measure will help Flagstaff schools succeed in the future. 

“Personally, I think Prop 123 is the right thing for Flagstaff and the state," Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours said. "In the last four years the city of Flagstaff has purchased $8.1 million of state trust land to preserve as open space. It is great to see that money invested in the land trust, and see some of that money come back to our schools in Flagstaff and other schools around the state. Prop 123 will distribute 3.5 billion dollars to teachers and students without raising taxes.  I'm voting yes."

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