Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics. A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was ant ... More >>
State Treasurer Doug Ducey cruised to an easy win last night for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, and will take on Democrat Fred DuVal in November. The results were not so good for another pair of Republicans in state government -- scandal-plagued Attorney General Tom Horne lost his ... More >>
Doug Ducey has a lock on the Republican primary race for the next Arizona governor, judging by early results that show him trouncing his closest contenders. With about one third of voting precincts reporting statewide at 9 p.m., Ducey had 36.7 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for Mesa May ... More >>
Doug Ducey promised on Tuesday night to "set Arizona on a better path" following his decisive win in the state's GOP primary for the governor's race. Ducey spoke to an excited crowd of Republicans at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix after his closest competitor in the six-way primary race, Sco ... More >>
It's "Candidates Day" at North Scottsdale Christian, a conservative, non-denominational place of worship just north of Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard, where about 60 Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican candidates have assembled on a recent Sunday to introduce themselves. The politicians are a ... More >>
Now just four weeks away from the primary election, the latest poll of Republican voters shows half are still undecided on a candidate for governor.Of the Republicans who have made up their minds, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones is the leader with 18 percent, followed by Treasurer Doug Duce ... More >>
The primary election is only about six weeks away, but the latest poll in the governor's race shows about half the Republicans surveyed don't have a pick.The poll released today by local political consulting firm Highground shows Treasurer Doug Ducey in first, at just 17 percent.
Andrew Thomas, who infamously abused his power as Maricopa County Attorney and had his law license taken away, has qualified for $754,000 in public funds for his gubernatorial campaign. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office confirmed on Thursday that a supplemental filing of 259 five-dollar contr ... More >>
There are now six Republicans vying to be Arizona's next governor, as Senator Al Melvin says he's dropping out.Melvin released a statement saying he wasn't going to be able to collect the 4,500 contributions of $5 needed to qualify for Clean Elections funding, a sum of $750,000.
As expected, Governor Jan Brewer will not be seeking a third term in office.Although the Arizona Constitution prohibits a governor from holding that office "for more than two consecutive terms," Brewer has been insisting for several years now that she might be able to run for a third term. She annou ... More >>
Back in the dark ages, Republicans used to be all about the economy, stupid. A chicken in every pot, a home-entertainment center in every living room. Take, for instance, our last great Republican president -- William Jefferson Clinton. He demonstrated that a Democrat (in name) could be pro-busine ... More >>
See how the blind mice run...as far away from Senate Bill 1062 as they can get. This morning, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce officially joined the increasingly crowded bandwagon of opposition to the anti-gay "religious freedom bill" that Arizona Republi ... More >>
Apple will start manufacturing some of its products in Mesa.Governor Jan Brewer's office announced today that the plant "will create at least 700 quality jobs in the first year and generate significant capital investment."
Chad Campbell, the state House Minority Leader, has decided that he's not running for governor in 2014.Unless someone else with the ability to raise some money decides to get in the race, it looks like Fred DuVal is going to be the Democratic nominee in 2014.
Democrat Fred DuVal has made his candidacy for governor official, as one of only two Dems whose names have been tossed around in the media for the seat in 2014.DuVal has a lot of titles you could use to describe him, like former underling to President Clinton and Governor Bruce Babbitt, lobbyist, un ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is gettin' real popular with some in the pro-immigration reform crowd. Never mind that he collaborates with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in prosecuting undocumented workers, while ignoring those who hire them. See also: -Bill Montgomery's Victims Rot in Jail, While A ... More >>
Here's an oddity: Talmage Pearce, nephew of recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce and a stalwart defender of the Pearce clan, has been appointed to sit on the City of Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board. On April 1, the Mesa City Council unanimously approved Mayor Scott Smith's memo r ... More >>
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Rancho Pinot and Maya's Farm Team Up for Lunar Lamb Fest on March 26 Cullen Campbell's Crudo to Host a Late-Night Pop-Up Pizza Party Sweet Republic's special St. Patrick's Day ... More >>
Jan Brewer cannot run for governor again. There is no wiggle room in the Arizona Constitution. And if she tries, she is guaranteed to kiss the canvas with her plastic-surgery-gone-wrong gob, slapped down by the Arizona Supreme Court. See also: -Jan Brewer's Sniveling New Memoir Laughably Paints He ... More >>
Capitol Times' readers picked Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as Best Democratic Elected Official and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith as the Best Republican Elected Official. Great news for those guys, but even better for us is this video cooked up by the Cap Times and this bi-partisan duo -- complete with what ... More >>
A Worsley TV ad, part of a $10K ad buy, according to the Worsley campAs disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce recycles old signs from last year's historic recall election, his GOP primary rival Bob Worsley is running $10,000 ad buys on cable TV and racking up endorsements from Mesa Mayo ... More >>
Joe Ricketts -- whose family owns the Chicago Cubs -- is completely appalled at the government's frivolous waste of your hard-earned tax dollars. But, Ricketts' conviction to ending wasteful spending doesn't extend to his own billionaire family suckling on the government teat. Yeah, we're calling ... More >>
The campaign of Legislative District 25 state Senate hopeful Bob Worsley today announced a major endorsement, that of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, a GOPer many consider a future contender for Governor of Sand Land."I have known Bob Worsley for over 30 years," Smith states in the press release, which ... More >>
After the inauguration ceremony, audience members made their way into Phoenix City Hall for a reception, which included offering a 2012 wish for Phoenix and its elected officials.Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, ... More >>
Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, announced his plans to develop a second bio-medical campus in north Phoenix with the Mayo Clinic and creation of a "Mayors' Futures Forum on Education," a way for Arizona may ... More >>
Image: ForbesMesa - one of safest big cities in the country? Maybe, but nowhere near the safest in the Valley. Mesa ranks seventh in the top 10 safest U.S. cities, says a recent data-crunch by Forbes magazine."I think it definitely goes against the stereotype," Mesa Mayor Scott Smith told Cha ... More >>
Victor PalaganoMesa Ampitheater during a sold-out Kings of Leon concert in 2009. There was no pigeon shit, but no air-conditioning backstage, either.A story in today's Arizona Republic should worry all local music fans. The paper reports that Mesa Amphitheatre, a grassy 5,000-capacity outdoor&nbs ... More >>
www.cubsnet.comMesa voters essentially gave the Chicago Cubs a blank check on Tuesday, approving a measure that gives the team a boat-load of cash to build a new spring training facility.Yesterday, voters approved Proposition 420 (we know what you're probably thinking, but the medical weed propos ... More >>
Good to go: County Supervisors decide they have no conflict in deciding who will replace former County Attorney Andrew Thomas. We thought it was possible the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors had a conflict of interest in picking a new county attorney, with two of the five having be ... More >>
Two former Arizona governors jumped on board the McCain train, endorsing "The Maverick" in his bid to fend off former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, the senator's campaign announced today.Former governors Fife Symington and Jane Dee Hull will both back McCain in this year's Republican primary.Hul ... More >>
www.afeatheradrift.com"The maverick"A day after former Congressman J.D. Hayworth officially kicked off his campaign to unseat Senator John McCain as the GOP's candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, "the maverick" has received an outpouring of support from 31 Arizona mayors.Hayworth, on the other hand, ... More >>
www.podbean.comJust when we thought the whole Chicago Cubs spring training situation was sorted out, the Goldwater Institute has reared its ugly head to rain on the city of Mesa's parade.While the agreement between Mesa and the Cubbies to keep the lovable losers' spring training facilities in Mes ... More >>
www.the217.comA group of business fat-cats in Naples, Florida, are hosting a private reception this afternoon in what is the state of Florida's latest push to rob Mesa of Chicago Cubs spring training. The reception is hosted by big-wigs from Fifth Avenue Advisors and Esmark ... More >>
A possible extension of the Valley Metro light rail that would extend through Mesa is likely to get federal funding, according to Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Smith presented the project to officials in Washington D.C. last week and claims that federal officials are all but sold on helping fund th ... More >>
www.teesforall.comThere was a "happy ending" to the month of September for Mesa Mayor Scott Smith as his crusade against "rub-n-tug" massage parlor yielded some results.Since September, a police task force has made 20 prostitution busts related to massage parlors in Mesa.
from NewYorker.com William Finnegan, whose profile of Sheriff Joe is in the current issue of The New Yorker If you've read about the latest kerfuffle involving soon-to-be former Mesa Police Chief George Gascon and Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- a kerfuffle egged on by the Arizona Republic -- then ... More >>
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith owes $16,224 in a federal taxes, according to a lien filed with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. We asked Mesa spokesman Steve Wright about this -- here's his reply: That issue was resolved. The IRS has been petitioned to withdraw the lien.
Wikimedia Commons The owners of the Grand Ole Opry want to build a resort in Mesa with taxpayers' help.Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company has proposed building a mega-resort in Mesa that would include a convention space, retail shops, and an 18-hole golf course. But the company's d ... More >>
With budget cuts of biblical proportions being proposed to deal with a multi-billion-dollar state revenue shortfall, Arizona State University is contemplating the end of its East Valley Polytechnic campus.But hold on -- Mesa was banking on the vitality of the satellite campus to help prop up progres ... More >>
From left: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, and light rail CEO Richard Simonetta. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith called Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman a game show host, light rail CEO Richard Simonetta called Spawn's Todd McFarlane "Scott," and Hallman called potential light rail vandals pigs ... More >>
We couldn't help but raise an eyebrow when we saw the Economist's headline "City of the Future" and realized it referred to Mesa, the rather bland, ultra-suburban neighbor of Phoenix. But the international weekly seems to really dig Mesa's at ... More >>
By Ray Stern All outrage apparently gone, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith went to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office today in a move that reeked of capitulation. On October 16, the day Arpaio's troops raided Mesa City Hall and the city's public library, Smith talked tough, saying the city had been ... More >>
Mesa Plaza Building By Ray Stern It turns out the cleaning crew that got Mesa in trouble with Joe Arpaio had access to City Hall, after all. Maricopa County sheriff's deputies hit both Mesa City Hall and the library in a predawn raid as they hunted for unauthorized Mexican workers. But they only ... More >>
Letters from the week of March 18, 2004
Letters from the week of January 8, 2004
Working for the weekend, indeed