Dark Money Matters

August 27, 2014

Last night’s primary election results were a little unexpected, but certainly not shocking: It was a bad day for the good guys. I was “hopeful” for a better result, but not “optimistic” about it…and I’m a strong proponent of knowing the difference between hope and optimism. I take some solace in the fact that Kathy […]

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Bobki Obamafield

August 24, 2014

Once again, the nation takes note of how stupid we are in Arizona, courtesy of the “Arizona Free Enterprise Club.” AFEC’s dark money mailer targeting Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield (now running for AZ state legislature in District 23) caught the eye of the Washington Post. The Post gave it a fair amount of attention in […]

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Election Recommendations: State Legislature

August 17, 2014

If you follow ScottsdaleTrails, you know that my focus is Scottsdale…the good and the bad. I’ve been very involved in city government and city politics. I’ve not been so involved in the state equivalents, but have noted a pattern over the years that many of our problems have rolled downhill upon us from the state […]

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True Colors

August 16, 2014

I caught a lot of grief for my city council endorsements a couple of weeks ago, particularly from candidate Bill Crawford. He was also pretty hard on Councilman Guy Phillips, whose endorsements mirrored my own. In fact, the atmosphere from the ‘activist community’ (whatever that is anymore) was so vitriolic and from so many ‘allies’ like […]

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Another Life-Altering Bar District Injury

August 12, 2014

A ScottsdaleTrails reader alerted me to this Scottsdale Police Department report about yet another serious golf-cart-related injury. No amount of regulation can anticipate all the stupid things people will do when attracted to an area where, by definition and zoning, normal behavior is no longer the norm: The driver was operating his golf cart westbound […]

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Guy Phillips on the City Council Election

August 12, 2014

I was copied on this message which was sent by Councilman Guy Phillips as a reply to a Bill Crawford supporter. I share with Phillips’s permission, in an effort to clear up any misunderstanding about why Phillips is not supporting Crawford and Smith. Phillips’s views are essentially the same as I expressed in my endorsement article ten […]

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When is Misinformation a Lie?

August 11, 2014

  There are a thousand ways to be dishonest without actually telling a lie. Tuyo Realmente A very clever campaign attack postcard dropped in Scottsdale voters’ mailboxes over the weekend. Using cute cartoon sheep, a group called Scottsdale United has portrayed Kathy Littlefield as, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” “a power-hungry liberal disguised as a […]

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SAAR–Can We Trust Them?

August 11, 2014

I was copied on this communique recently. While it is addressed to the membership of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors (SAAR), the information herein is highly timely for all of us weighing our votes for Scottsdale City Council.  If you are a Realtor and a member of SAAR, I encourage you to speak up. […]

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Culture Shift. Again.

August 5, 2014

The Scottsdale Cultural Council just announced the hiring of a new president. Woo hoo. Let’s go to Linda Milhaven’s bar district and celebrate. Then we can take a pedicab ride down Scottsdale Road at midnight and play dodge-the-drunk-driver. In all seriousness, “Welcome to Scottsdale,” Mr. Neale Perl. I hope you have a clear understanding of […]

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Election Recommendations: City Council

July 31, 2014

You haven’t seen much action on ScottsdaleTrails lately because I’ve been very busy with other very important activities. However, it’s not because I haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on in Scottsdale, and in particular with the upcoming elections. I’m going to focus my coverage on the Scottsdale City Council election, and the contest in […]

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