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[COMMENTARY] The government shutdown through the eyes of Abraham Lincoln

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer What follows is a column I wrote in 2013. I find no reason to change a word. I look out onto the Reflecting Pool, and there are no reflections of visitors to this Capital. There are no people touching and tracing the names of the soldiers on the Vietnam […]

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News media feel the need to spoon-feed us

Posted by   /  January 10, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

From the Rose Law Group Growlery By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Pick up a newspaper or check a news website and you’ll find training wheels on how to read or understand a story. After all, we’re just like the people who, said a political operative, voted for Kyrsten Sinema: “Dumb asses!” One example is […]

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[COMMENTARY] The rigged investigation that blew up in NBC’s face

Posted by   /  December 11, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment, Transportation  /  No Comments

  By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) As we well know, President Trump calls any news story he disagrees with fake news.  First, it should be noted there is a wide difference between an inaccurate story and one that is out and out fake. In the […]

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Do you think I could get elected?

Posted by   /  November 9, 2018  /  2018 Elections, By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer A sizeable number of newcomers to politics were elected across the nation Tuesday, prompting me to believe I could be a winner too. In that vein, I am submitting a list here of the top 10 reasons you should vote for me in the next election, when I […]

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It is time to knock off all the unhealthy nastiness and chill out

Posted by   /  August 8, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

From the Rose Law Group Growlery By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older / Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long / And wouldn’t it be nice to live together / In the kind of world where we belong~ Beach Boys – 1966 The brilliant late physicist […]

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[OPINION] Ghosts of yesteryear need return to Congress

Posted by   /  August 3, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Rose Law Group associate George Seitts and I had the distinct privilege back in the ’70s of working on the Hill for U.S. Senators, George for Barry Goldwater and I for Gale McGee. Those were days when statesmanship, not […]

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Take this job and love it

Posted by   /  June 5, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer When I was a full-time journalist, I didn’t wait with bated breath for CareerCast’s annual listing of worst jobs; I knew where I would end up — near the bottom. Things haven’t changed much since 1970, when I earned $9,000 a year as a TV anchorman. As a comparison, […]

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Day’s coming when everything in sports will need one of those asterisk thingies: From the Rose Law Group Growlery

Posted by   /  May 19, 2018  /  Sports  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Sports record books will look as follows as long as we keep tinkering with the games, supposedly to increase ticket sales and TV viewing numbers: Diamondbacks 33, Padres 32*Highest one-game runs total since the low strike zone was altered in 2015. Cardinals 67, Seattle 34*Highest scoring Super Bowl game […]

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The right to try apricot pits, and the death of a friend

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Seventeen states including Arizona have approved “right to try” laws, giving terminally ill patients access to experimental and unapproved drugs as a last hope of survival. In April, The U.S. House this year approved a national version of right to try. Related: Judge throws out California law allowing life-ending drugs   […]

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Most people in Scottsdale eat when they’re hungry. Time to stop surveys before they get out of control

Posted by   /  May 15, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer A couple of years ago, there was quite a backlash from a survey that stated Glendale and Tempe were among the 10 most dangerous suburbs. And there was one that found Arizona among “normal” states. WalletHub in December declared Phoenix 116th among “safe” cities, while Tucson scored the worst at […]

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