After the latest round of attacks and counter attacks by Republican and Democrat party leaders over the alleged unfairness of the draft congressional district map proposed by the Independent Redistricting Commission, I went back to read the actual requirements for redistricting in the Arizona Constitution.Read More »
It’s not because the lawsuit was politically motivated. Everyone knows how unapologetically brutal politics can be. And it’s not because the lawsuit was brought to defame Ms. Cortes, either. Placing your name on a ballot is the functional equivalent of sending the world an open invitation to attack your character.Read More »
The operative assumption of most observers of the Russell Pearce recall election has been that Pearce is the odds-on favorite to retain his seat. He hails from a heavily Mormon, conservative, Republican district and has, after all, regularly won elections handily.Read More »
For the past four months, the Independent Redistricting Commission has worked to balance the wants, needs and desires of the residents of Arizona. The problem is that Pinal County — Arizona’s fastest growing county — is being used as the bargaining chip to satisfy other constituencies.Read More »
Arizona’s fiscal 2011, which ended June 30, was expected to end with a $332 million shortfall. As it happens, the shortfall was instead around $30 million, mainly due to a big uptick in corporate income tax collections.Read More »
It’s been a quiet summer at the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, punctuated by some predictable partisan posturing. But now we are seeing the early outlines of maps, even before the draft maps are released. The commission is in the stage of the process where it is considering “what if” ideas about what the first draft maps will look like.Read More »
Those on the frontlines know them as one of the most dangerous drugs, and one of the most misleading terms. Bath salts: they are no day at the spa. They are a new synthetic drug, destroying lives and ripping apart families across the country.Read More »
America and Arizona are living in a new economic reality that has been shrouded in negativity. Yet dig a little beneath the headlines, and there is something incredibly innovative happening in the world of wireless communications that can transform our society.Read More »
Despite Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the national credit rating, the federal government’s rating is still better than Arizona’s.Read More »
This letter is in response to Mark Dobbins’ (chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry) commentary “Federal regulators are out of control” in the Sept. 2 issue of the Arizona Capitol Times.
The National Labor Relations Board recently released a new guideline to businesses which indicates that they are to post, conspicuously in the workplace, the rights of workers to form and join a union. This rule is long overdue in all practical purposes, and is not in the least “burdensome” or “job killing” in a realistic business world.