Ideas/Opinion

Ideas and opinion from a wide range of sources and view points including the campaign.  Ideas from Bob Karp will be shown with [Bob Karp] in the title.

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 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.  […]

Yuma Yes – Douglas No?

Douglas Arizona port of entry needs to be expanded to handle increased cross-border commerce.  This takes federal dollars.  For years local, state and our federal officials have said it was a priority.  Nothing much is done.  Now a 2020 appropriations bill has included about 152 million dollars for expansion of – the Yuma port of […]

Two Different Propositions

Two proposals that may make it on to the Arizona November 2020 ballot attempt to solve different issues facing Arizona state government.  The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act addresses sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.  Representative Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert is sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 2008 which would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit […]

Money for Rural Arizona Roads? – Not so much

There is a lot to be appalled by in this article.  The huge amount of dollars spent to build this highway.  How funding was provided by a mix of federal, state, and county monies, yet there is no money for small projects in rural southeastern Arizona.  But what really got me was a comment from […]

Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Leo Biasiucci has introduced legislation to make community service an option to paying a cash fine for traffic tickets. Right now that isn’t possible. This could be part of a larger conversation about reform of the state criminal justice code. Particularly where the judicial system ensnares the poor with fines and fees.  The […]

Lack of Courage

I don’t agree with Cochise County supervisor Peggy Judd on many issues, but I do support her attempt to bring various stakeholders together to discuss critical water issues facing the Willcox basin area.  I believe her proposal was modest:  hold a number of workshops/seminars over a period of three months in Sunsites and Willcox to […]