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

Speaker’s Corner: Kate Brophy McGee

This is a place where free speech and public debate are welcomed and encouraged. The Speakers’ Corner originated in the mid-19th century at London’s Hyde Park. The concept spread worldwide both physically and now virtually. Here at the Arizona Progress & Gazette, we are presenting this platform in the form of question-and-answer style interviews with people who have had a … Read More

Guest Editorial: ICYMI A Year in Review: Looking Back at 2023

By Supervisor Thomas Galvin Hello Neighbors, Happy New Year! As we step into this promising year, I am filled with gratitude and pride for the remarkable progress we achieved together in Maricopa County. Serving as your County Supervisor in District 2 has been an incredible honor, and I’m enthusiastic about the opportunities to continue building a brighter future for all. … Read More

Statement from Supervisor Thomas Galvin on Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe Decision

“The Arizona Corporation Commission approved EPCOR’s application to construct a standpipe for water service to the Rio Verde Foothills community today. This is the long-term solution that I worked towards since becoming a member of the Board of Supervisors and serving District 2. I am happy that the good folks in Rio Verde Foothills will have a long-term, reliable water … Read More

Supervisor Bill Gates Not Seeking Re-Election: An Unfortunate Sign of Our Times

As a Maricopa County Supervisor, Bill Gates has been one of the steadiest rocks of local governance for years. He recently announced that he won’t be seeking re-election. While he certainly has earned more free time for himself, there is something larger and more insidious at play. It is an event where I am less prone to celebrating his service … Read More

More Changes in Our Elections: Is Less Messiness in Our Future?

Maricopa County elections have had a very interesting last few election cycles. They started in 2016 with a new County Recorder (Adrian Fontes) who was then in charge of all aspects of county elections. After a poor execution of in-person voting for the 2018 primary, Fontes then decided to punt responsibility of in-person voting to the Maricopa County Board of … Read More