City Council Election: Seismic Sniffle

November 20, 2014

“Voice of Scottsdale” reported recently that …the seismic shift in how candidates finished in the Primary Election compared to the General Election was unheralded.  It was like a game of political musical chairs. Jennifer Peterson fell from second to fifth place.  David Smith jumped from fourth to second.  Kathy Little moved from fifth to third.  […]

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Super-Priced Super Bust

November 17, 2014

Two recent articles in the Arizona Republic ponder An inside look at how Arizona won the right to host Super Bowl and How big is the Super Bowl payoff? The answer to the first seems to be (if you read the article) a lot of fancy footwork by the Super Bowl host committee. I think […]

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More Bar District Mayhem

November 16, 2014

ScottsdaleArizonaNews.com relayed this from the Scottsdale Fire Department public information office about an injury incident last night/this morning: Scottsdale Fire paramedics treated and then transported to a trauma facility 2 females that were struck by at least one vehicle while crossing Camelback road around midnight last night. No other injuries to report and a great reminder […]

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The Best That We Can Do? Diane Douglass

November 12, 2014

Is this the best that ‘my’ Republican Party (and Republican voters) can do? From the Phoenix New Times (because the Arizona Republic apparently can’t do any better either): After ducking out on participating in more than a dozen political debates or public forums, Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, was […]

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A Slightly Different Lie

November 11, 2014

For the third article in a row since the election, Beth Duckett and her editors (including Chris Coppola) at the Arizona Republic have dishonestly portrayed the major differential in this race: Whether to follow the best practices of city planning and the voter-ratified organic law of Scottsdale’s 2001 General Plan. I raised this same objection on a previous AZR […]

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Growth vs No-Growth is a Lie

November 7, 2014

Or at the very least it is a naive perspective on what ails Scottsdale politics. In an AZCentral article a few weeks ago after the city council primary election, Beth Duckett proposed that A Nov. 4 runoff election in Scottsdale will pit three candidates who have defended downtown as a vibrant economic driver, against three candidates […]

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Operation Take Down (Public Schools)

November 6, 2014

Budget overrides won’t fix stupid. Scottsdale Unified School District taxpayers approved a budget override this week that will hopefully plug some holes…if it doesn’t get siphoned off for building new facilities to add to SUSD’s underutilized capacity. Since the majority of the funding for the Yes to Children campaign came from construction companies, we should all […]

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The Republican Woodshed

November 5, 2014

Instead of asking themselves why they can’t field better candidates, ‘my’ Republican Party leaders are taking their own people to the woodshed for not supporting the clowns they put into the political circus. This article by EJ Montini on AZCentral today provides a good example of several interrelated malfunctions of the Republican Party in Arizona […]

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Too Close to Call

November 5, 2014

With the race between Kathy Littlefield and Dennis Robbins for the third Scottsdale city council seat leaning only slightly toward Kathy by a couple dozen votes, 0.02% of total, the 2014 election may be bad or it may be worse. It all depends on the final count of provisional ballots, and an almost-sure challenge from the dark money liquor/development […]

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Political Go/No-Go

November 3, 2014

Ok, last election-eve post here, but one that I couldn’t let slide. There’s a concept in aviation called the “go/no-go” decision. Pilots train to recognize and act immediately upon one or more criteria to decide, for example, whether a takeoff can be continued given airspeed achieved and runway remaining. Not something you want to spend […]

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