FORMER SCOTTSDALE MAYOR BILL JENKINS, RIP

I was saddened to hear of the passing of former Scottsdale Mayor Bill Jenkins this week. Mayor Jenkins was my government and econ teacher during my senior year at Scottsdale High School. Not only was he an outstanding teacher, but he encouraged me to pursue political...

THE SUPREME COURT

In the past two days the United States Supreme Court has decided two high-profile cases. In one, the Court overturned the ability of states to impose the death penalty on child molesters who rape small children. They did so by just one vote, somehow declaring that a...

THE PUSH FOR NEW TAXES BEGINS

You might want to get a tighter grip on your wallet. Here is the headline from Sunday’s front-page story in the Arizona Republic that tells us the chattering classes have decided we need to pay more income tax: “Low taxes: Your gain, Arizona’s pain....

KEEPING ARIZONA’S CHILDREN SAFE

This is from Gov. Napolitano’s website: Keeping Arizona’s Children Healthy and Safe Governor Napolitano believes Arizona must not only be a great state to grow old in, but also a great state to grow up in….That’s why Governor Napolitano has made important...

‘TEAR DOWN THIS WALL’

Twenty-one years ago today President Reagan delivered this speech in Berlin. Within a few years the wall was torn down by people on both sides, including many college students. Today’s college students are too young to remember the Cold War. They are unlikely to...

WE LOSE A GREAT ARIZONAN

Today we mourn the loss of one of Arizona’s last cowboy legislators, Sen. Jake Flake, who passed away this morning. Sen. Flake, a rancher who formerly served as Speaker of the House, was a solid, common sense conservative who was loved even by those who...

IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

I remember 1992. We had an incumbent president named Bush running for re-election, having successfully presided over the end of the Cold War and victory over a belligerent Saddam Hussein in Iraq. He was up against an inexperienced career politician — a...

COIN COMMISSION CONTROVERSY?

Amid much fanfare the newly minted Arizona quarters were put into circulation at the State Capitol today. When I watched the video of Gov. Napolitano’s remarks, I was struck by the similarity between her enthusiasm for the work of the coin commission and the way...

CONNECTIONS

In case you missed it, Richard D’Uriarte of the Arizona Republic put together a piece for Sunday’s paper about Arizona’s political tree that is probably interesting mainly to political junkies. I make a brief appearance in a section about...

WE ARE STILL AT WAR

It’s summertime, and between baseball, Indiana Jones and vacation plans we sometimes lose sight of the fact that there are millions of Islamic extremists who want to turn Washington D.C. into the wasteland depicted in this image posted yesterday by Al Qaeda...
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