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

A Near Miss for Serious Financial Improprieties with the Maricopa County Republican Party, and a Story of Two Local Parties

Local parties have long been a little bit more on the political fringes than their statewide counterparts. Their ability to fly under the radar more than their larger counterparts often leads to some more questionable decision-making, and with fewer eyes on them grifters will often see opportunities for exploitation. It wasn’t very long ago that we were talking about just … Read More

Chaos at County Reorganization Meetings: What Does That Portend for Next Two Years?

The political election cycle is a standard and predictable one: first there are primaries, then there are generals. Then there is either celebration or disappointment, followed by co-opting of credit or the pointing of fingers. And then…re-organization. Where the parties signal their level of satisfaction or anger with the direction of their party and choose their leadership accordingly. As is … Read More