Gannett Restructuring at the Republic, AGAIN

September 12, 2014

I’m astonished to learn that corporate owner Gannett’s has more restructuring in store for the ‘Arizona Republic’ (from the Phoenix Business Journal). They almost don’t publish a newspaper at all these days, and frequently bloggers and national newspapers like the Washington Post run very detailed stories on Scottsdale happenings that never get ink AT ALL in the […]

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Scottsdale Unified School District, Found Money?

September 9, 2014

It’s not really “found,” more like plundered by the State Legislature and ordered by the courts to be returned. But I’m glad to see this issue a little closer to resolution and to see more attention being paid by the Republic via this recent article Scottsdale candidates detail how they would spend inflation money Mary […]

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After the Rain: Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

September 9, 2014

Did you know that the word “mosquito” is derived from Spanish or Portuguese and means “little fly?” There are 3500 species around the world, only some of which suck blood from their victims. In those species, only the females are the blood suckers. The males consume nectar and other sugars. In one species, the larvae […]

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Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors Revisited

September 8, 2014

This open letter was sent to me by a local Realtor.   I continue to fight against the endorsement of candidates, higher property taxes for unnecessary city bonds, and political involvement in city government by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors. It’s a good fight because it doesn’t look like it’s going away soon. It’s quite […]

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Independent Voters and Messages

September 6, 2014

A couple of interesting letters appeared in the Scottsdale Republic today. As ScottsdaleTrails readers know, I’ve long advocated against disenfranchising voters who are not affiliated with one of the major political parties. I disagree strongly with state legislation and policies that have been implemented to accomplish that disenfranchisement, including the forced shifting of municipal elections from […]

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School Board Slug Fest Round 2

September 3, 2014

Terrance Thornton at the Independent just posted an article about the ongoing Scottsdale Unified School District governing board campaign incivility. In the article, Thornton quotes SUSD board VP Denny Brown: “He [SUSD board candidate Laddie Guy Shane] turns in absolutely bogus signatures and that fundamentally flaws the entire system,” [Denny Brown] said in a Sept. 2 […]

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School Board Slug Fest

September 2, 2014

Who knew that there’s a fight brewing among candidates for the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board? Not readers of the Arizona Republic, but what’s new? The short version is that there are two seats up-for-grabs, with Pam Kirby the only incumbent candidate. She’s joined in the race by Laddie Guy Shane, Francesca Thomas, and […]

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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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