Korte on LGBT

April 24, 2015

This column by Virginia Korte was published anonymously under the “Voice of Scottsdale” moniker on April 9, 2015. I referred to it in my article, “Doubling Down on LGBT” the next day, and was recently asked by a reader to share the original column. Scottsdale Challenging Mesa For Coveted Political Crown One of the things […]

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Doubling Down on LGBT

April 10, 2015

Virginia “Brock Landers” Korte put out yet another anonymous Voice of Scottsdale editorial yesterday to bash the city council members who didn’t support her amateurish efforts to ramrod an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. In that column, Korte accuses those opponents of ‘playing politics,’ and pandering to right wing nut job constituents. She says, Scottsdale is supposed […]

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Scottsdale’s High Tax Burden

April 10, 2015

There’s good news and bad news. Scottsdale doesn’t have the Valley’s highest per-capita tax burden among the top 100 cities in the country. We are below Gilbert’s Number 6 rank, which is the highest in the Valley. The bad news is that Scottsdale taxpayers have the SECOND highest tax burden among Valley cities, 17th in […]

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LGBT One-Night Stand

April 8, 2015

Let me say up-front that I fully support the principle that no one should be subjected to discrimination  on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, income status, age, genetic gender, gender identity, or orientation. Furthermore, I believe such discrimination is plain silly, and it’s bad for business. I also believe Scottsdale (both […]

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Which Kills More: Guns or Cars?

April 8, 2015

In a classic example of using statistics like the drunkard uses a lamppost (for support rather than illumination), EJ Montini (@EJMontini) published on AZCentral a recitation of statistics from a lobbying group pretending to be a think tank, in which he and they claim that more Arizonan’s are killed in firearms-related incidents than in motor […]

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Scottsdale Airport Economic Impact

April 8, 2015

As I have long said, tourism is Scottsdale’s industry; the goose that laid the golden egg. By that I mean tourists have economic impact far in excess of the taxpayer-funded cost of the public services they consume, creating a fiscally-sustainable economy which permanent residents enjoy. While the majority of Scottsdale tourists arrive by means other […]

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Bar District: Bad Decisions

April 6, 2015

An AZCentral article last Thursday describes a case pending before the Arizona State Supreme Court in which hundreds of driving-under-the-influence cases could be thrown out because of faulty blood analysis equipment. This challenge started with a hearing a couple of years ago before the Maricopa County Superior Court. According to the Republic, The 2013 hearing […]

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More Millennial Muddling

March 26, 2015

Steve Goldstein (Twitter) hosted a conversation Tuesday on KJZZ’s Here and Now program with Ben Casselman about the “narrative”being advanced by “the media” (and developers) about the economic impact of the millennial generation, particularly their supposed preference for urban living. Casselman is the chief economics writer for Nate Silver’s Five ThirtyEight website (Twitter). You may […]

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Battle of Wits, Cave Creek and Scottsdale

March 18, 2015

I’ve been a little busy lately, but I have been recently amused by the news of the Cave Creek council recall that saw four incumbents dumped this week. The Arizona Republic covered the story (“Final results“) with a thin veneer of “journalism” that lacked any depth of the issues underlying the battle of wits–or half-wits, […]

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Bond Peddlers

March 4, 2015

David Smith wants to raise your taxes. Yes, the same David Smith who wants to cut your taxes. And the same David Smith who has no problem giving away millions of dollars of your tax money to subsidize private businesses like the National Football League, the Professional Golfers Association, the Scottsdale Cultural Council, and polo […]

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