Should Arizona Legislators Get Paid More?

Yes, I know this will not be popular – but Arizona state legislators (and by the way the Governor) are grossly underpaid for their services to the citizens of the state.  Annual salary is $24,000.  (By the way this is minimum wage in Arizona) Yes the legislature is only in session a little more than […]

Appointing AZ Corporation Commissioners

The Arizona Corporation Commission oversees many important tasks of government as well as providing regulation and rules for Arizona utilities.  There are five commissioners elected by voters who serve four year terms.  The elections for these positions has had a long and a bit controversial history culminating in a nasty election where APS, the state’s […]

Budget Transparency for Towns

A bill to that attempts to increase government transparency at the local level, it will require “town councils” to publish at regular intervals as well as prior to an biennial election what can be considered a financial statement.  That is a record of all monies received and their sources as well as expenditures and to […]

Time for a Pro Democracy Movement in Arizona?

What do HB 2461 and SB1434 have in common other than being proposed by Republicans?  They both attempt to restrict participation in the most fundamental democratic activities of citizens – voting and elections. In the case of HB 2461, Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff wasn’t happy when in 2016 the city voted to raise […]

Another Power Grab by Arizona State Legislature

As reported by “AZ Mirror” on 2/10/2020 “Senate Bill 1222 and House Bill 2686 would prohibit municipalities and counties from denying a utility a permit, even for safety or public health reasons. The legislation is written so broadly that it would outlaw a locality’s ability to adopt or amend ordinances or implement other measures that would allow […]

Endorsed by Stonewall Democrats of Arizona

I’m honored and excited to announce that I have been endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Arizona, the leading statewide LGBTQ advocacy group.  You can learn more about Stonewall Democrats of Arizona at their website. In 2018, when I ran for state representative in LD14 I stated that I would “champion diversity and inclusion.”  There […]

Another Reason to Flip the AZ Senate

The Arizona state senate is at it again.  This time moving to preempt local government on a climate change issue – building codes prohibiting new structures from having natural gas hookups.  Now I don’t think I’m ready to go to that extreme yet.  A few cities in California, Massachusetts and Washington state are considering restrictions.  […]