No Miracle In West Mesa

The 1988 Democratic nominee for President Michael Dukakis talked a lot about the “Massachusetts Miracle,” touting his perceived Bay State successes. But by the time the campaign ended voters weren’t looking so kindly on such claims. It’s a lesson that could play out this year in the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign, either by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith’s GOP opponents, or … Read More

Southern Scottsdale Should Be A Political Stepchild No More

Proximity to Sky Harbor, freeways, a great downtown, the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, the Indian Bend Wash. “South Scottsdale” should be a prideful label, not a derogatory one. Maybe the two strip clubs in the area advance the negative connotation. Or the automobile dealer departures along McDowell Road. Or maybe the big talk but little action from both public … Read More

Norma Alvarez: A Liberal, Glendale Voice For Good

With the exception of Bill de Blasio’s New York City where the mayor there is declaring war on charter schools, educational choice is gaining more acceptance across the country to the constant displeasure of teacher’s unions. They can block for a time but not forever the tide of history. This is the lesson of all civil rights, of which school … Read More

Perhaps Gilbert Mayor John Lewis Should Be Running For Governor & Not Mesa Mayor Smith

As the narrative goes Mesa Mayor Scott Smith single-handedly willed a backward East Valley behemoth into America’s most progressive city. That’s a slight exaggeration and there’s no doubt Mayor Smith has done a commendable job getting results. Additionally, he is an engaging fellow that’s got a little Chris Christie without bridges while being a tad more cherubic. But if the … Read More

Scottsdale Is Amazing Not In Atrophy

Recently an article in the Scottsdale Independent queried whether Scottsdale was losing its luster. It cited the election losses of the General Plan, a Scottsdale School District bond and the recent city bond package. But that’s a little like saying Kate Upton doesn’t like as good in a red bikini as blue. She still looks good. No matter what. So … Read More

Not So Super Bowl, Glendale Star Says

You don’t see this every day. And that’s the hometown newspaper of a Super Bowl host city harshly criticizing the costs of the event, as well as the local NFL team that makes landing the third largest sporting event in the world (behind the Olympics and World Cup) possible. But that’s what the Glendale Star, the long-timer paper of record … Read More

Phoenix: Ground Zero For The Future Of Public School Districts

School choice advocates are taking dead aim at what’s left of the public school monopoly. In the City of Phoenix. Courtesy of a front page article in today’s Arizona Republic (“New Charter School Push In Phoenix Core”) let there be no doubt about what’s taking place. Having pillaged upper income school districts like Scottsdale’s school choicers believe their moment has … Read More

Arizona Governor 2014: The Case For Ken Bennett

Such a case can really be found in 2004. In the form of John Kerry. Not loved but viewed as quite competent Kerry was a weak frontrunner for the 2004 Democratic nomination for President, kind of like Ken Bennett who sits atop most polls for Arizona Governor in 2014 but who most observers think we will toppled due to limited … Read More

More Mickelson. And Why Arizona Should Make A Pitch For Him

Our previous editorial focused on the wisdom of reforming tax policy to recruit the ultra-rich to Arizona like Phil Mickelson. And why shouldn’t the Grand Canyon State? After all, the competition is stiff with no income tax states like Texas and Nevada. Furthermore, the private sector constantly engages in a never ending quest to land the whales. At casinos. In … Read More

Luring Mickelson: Good PR & Policy For Arizona

At a time when Paul Ryan and others are smart to be channeling Jack Kemp and re-engineering GOP messages for the lower and middle classes, it is an appeal to the highest crust that could be a good move here in Arizona. This week Phil Mickelson is defending his Waste Management Phoenix Open. A Sun Devil, he is the most … Read More