Law & Order David Gowan?

More details on SB1669:  $15 fine for speeds less than 10 miles over posted speed limit.  No criminal prosecution for speeding less than 20 miles over the posted speed limit.  Authorities would be prohibited from reporting violations to insurance companies. Well, I certainly have done a bit of stomping on the gas pedal when driving […]

It’s Time For Pressure – Support An Increase in the AZ Gas Tax

HB 2899, an 18 cent increase in the Arizona gas tax over 3 years, is making its way through the state house.  Virtually all Democrats are supporting the bill.  Republicans are more mixed on the issue.  According to the AZCentral.com many Republicans have a variety of objections to the tax increase, from indicating there is […]

I Support HB 2899 – Increase in Gas Tax

The last time the Arizona gas tax was increased was in 1991!  While in the last two decades the number of people living in the state and the number of “lane miles” has increased dramatically as well as miles per gallon efficiency, nothing has been done to increase revenues for the improvement and maintenance of […]

What is a Concurrent Resolution?

A concurrent resolution is a method to allow the state legislature to propose a change to the Arizona Constitution through a ballot referendum voted on by voters.  These resolutions have several features that make them very attractive to the Republican majority party that controls both the Arizona Senate and House.  Also known as consent resolutions, […]

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 […]