Maricopa County Has a New Sheriff with a New Party, but Not Without Controversy

Maricopa County, you have a new head Sheriff. And as far as successions go, this one is a bit more controversial than most. In a surprise move, Democrat Paul Penzone announced that he was stepping down to take a community relations job with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Cleaning up after the myriad federal restrictions in the wake of former Sheriff … Read More

BOMBSHELL REPORT: What is the REAL Axon?

You are probably aware of the complete mess that Axon put itself in recently with its outrageous plan to dramatically alter zoning laws in order to put up some 2,000 apartments in an area that doesn’t want them and can’t support them (get up to date here). While on its face this attempt is bad enough, a recent bombshell report … Read More

Does Scottsdale Have a Problem with Human Trafficking?

While we love our city and it has an incredible amount of things going for it, I don’t think we would necessarily call it perfect. No place is perfect, after all…close but not quite there. And we are not completely exempt from crime, but typically we associate Scottsdale crime with drunken Old Town hijinks. A new development shows that that’s … Read More

Guest Editorial: Mayoral Announcement

By Mary Hamway Twenty years ago I began my journey in public service by running for Town Council. Today, I announce my candidacy for Paradise Valley Mayor. In 2011, as part of Paradise Valley’s 50th birthday celebration, I was honored to co-chair a visioning exercise where we learned about our past so that we could help guide our future. We … Read More

The WM Phoenix Open Needs Both Fixing and Defending

You almost certainly have heard the news; heck, it made international headlines…our shining crown jewel of a golf tournament, the PGA “party of the year”, got out of hand this year. A woman fell out of the bleachers, numerous fights broke out in the stands, people rushing in without tickets; in short, it was messy. The Party of the Year … Read More

Does Arizona Have a Satan Problem? One Legislator Thinks So

We don’t often talk about religion on this blog, because our political views are often divisive enough so why toss gasoline on that fire? But every once in a while, a religious topic comes up that is so absurdly amusing that we must talk about it. Apparently, according to the “Freedom Caucus” at the state legislature, Satan is a clear … Read More

Arizona’s Biggest & Best Kentucky Derby Party Returns With The Only Place In Arizona Where You Can Watch And Wager On Kentucky Derby And Live Local Horseracing Saturday, May 4th Starting at 10:45am

Arizona’s Only Track-Side Derby Party Offers Two Exciting Experiences At Turf Paradise It’s the only Kentucky Derby party in Arizona where you can watch and wager on a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby while also enjoying and betting on live local horseracing just a few feet away. Tickets are on sale now for The Stella Artois Derby DayClub presented … Read More

The Other Ortega is Off the Hook: Should He Be?

Many local folks are aware that there are two prominent Ortegas in the city of Scottsdale: not just the mayor (and former architect) Dave Ortega, but also art gallery owner Gilbert Ortega Jr.. It is hard to miss if you’ve spent any time in the shops in Old Town, as the name of the latter (technically, his late father Gilbert … Read More

Arizona Legislature Singing Kumbaya on Education…For Now

As this year’s legislative session kicks into full swing, one issue is front and center this year: education. And in a strange twist, Republicans and Democrats are actually somewhat united on this issue…for now. But as the fight for control of the legislature, which leans ever so perilously on the side of the Republicans, heats up this year these agreements … Read More

Guest Editorial: The proposed Axon development is the wrong fit for Scottsdale

By Jan Dubauskas You may have heard about the proposed Axon development, the largest apartment project ever proposed in the history of Scottsdale. The company’s CEO describes it as a live, work, and play campus. We’re proud to have Scottsdale’s own Rick Smith headquartering Axon here with their incredible safety and defense technology. In addition to 1,975 apartments, he’s proposing … Read More