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Scottsdale bond priorities emerge

Posted by   /  February 14, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Photo by Arianna Grainey By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent An outline of marching orders for the 58 approved bond projects is beginning to take shape a City Hall as Scottsdale officials define municipal priorities. During a Feb. 11 study session meeting Scottsdale city staff presented a timeline for the projects to be paid for […]

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Yavapai County P&Z delays religious building code change

Posted by   /  February 14, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Ron Eland | Sedona Red Rock News It was referred to as a housekeeping matter, but a proposed change to Yavapai County code has some concerned about the elimination of the public input process.  On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission chose to postpone any action on a matter to […]

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Mayor, city council races near starting line in West Valley

Posted by   /  February 13, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise has filed a statement of interest, the first step to candidacy. /West Valley View file photo By Tom Scanlon | West Valley View Managing Editor  8 hrs ago  In Goodyear, Mayor Georgia Lord and the city’s six council members are safe. Lord’s term runs through 2022 and the council seats are not […]

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Arizona’s U.S. Senators drawn into Washington political fights

Posted by   /  February 13, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Kyrsten Sinema asks DOJ to investigate handling of Trump ally Roger Stone’s sentencing; McSally campaign sbaped by impeachment By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Republic  In a short period, the Justice Department changed their prison recommendation for Roger Stone while four attorneys abruptly quit the prosecution team. USA TODAY Related: Kyrsten Sinema to […]

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Scottsdale mayoral race gets crowded: Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp is 4th to announce bid

Posted by   /  February 13, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Lorraine Longhi | The Republic  After 11 years on the Scottsdale City Council, Suzanne Klapp announced this week that she will run for mayor. The three-term councilwoman made the announcement at the Scottsdale Airport on Monday, according to an email on Thursday. Klapp began exploring a bid for mayor last March. She is the […]

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[GUEST COLUMN] I fight for the quality of life in Paradise Valley

Posted by   /  February 13, 2020  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Julie Pace By Julie Pace | Paradise Valley Independent I am proud to currently serve as your vice mayor. I am running for re-election to Town Council because I love Paradise Valley and have a passion for preserving our quality of life. Our town is at risk with the tensions of developers pushing for higher […]

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House panel OKs measure to cut Arizona taxes by $162 million

Posted by   /  February 12, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The biggest part of House Bill 2778, as approved by the Ways and Means Committee on a party-line vote, is an across-the-board cut in individual income tax rates. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star Saying the state has more money than it needs, Republicans on a House panel voted Wednesday […]

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Opinion: Outlaw Dirty Money gets a big lift from a Republican governor (read: not Doug Ducey)

Posted by   /  February 12, 2020  /  2020 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The Outlaw Dirty Money campaign snags a prominent Republican endorsement and already has 200k signatures, leaving dark money groups to plot how they can keep it from reaching voters. By Laurie Roberts | The Republic  Rejoice, Arizona. The campaign to rid our state of deep pocketed “dark money” donors — the ones who hide in […]

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[COMMENTARY] Arizona Legislature says let municipalities protect their citizens

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

A natural gas line that spans the Colorado River between Arizona and California. Photo by Charles O’Rear | U.S. National Archives / Arizona Mirror By Diane E. Brown | Arizona Mirror Arizona officials are often quick to tell the federal government to stay out of state business. However, when it comes to local government, Arizona legislators […]

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Mesa’s unusual — but longstanding — way of spending utility money could go to voters

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic Mesa has operated its finances differently from most Phoenix-area cities for the past 75 years. Residents don’t pay a primary property tax, but more than $100 million from their utility payments prop up other city operations. Photo: Jeremy Whittaker Nearly a third of the city’s utility revenue pays for […]

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