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.

Now AZ Needs a Lieutenant Governor?

HCR 2020 would ask the Arizona voters to create the office of Lieutenant Governor.  The candidate for lieutenant governor would be nominated by the gubernatorial candidate AFTER the primary.  Then the two would run as a single ticket in the general election. Rep. Nutt is concerned about “consistency” if the governor either leaves office or […]

This is what our state legislature does

The Arizona House of Representatives faces many important issues during the current legislative session: the water crisis (yes there really is a water crisis), under-funding of public education, crumbling infrastructure throughout the state, criminal justice reform issues.  Yet the Republican majority seems to think that the public needs to be protected from transgender athletes competing […]

Down Ballot Candidates Need Love Too

Here’s a great opinion piece about the dilemma for Democrats who are not enthusiastic about the eventual presidential nominee.  There are other candidates you can support!  Many of them are “down ballot” races that could have a major impact on local government. Here in southeastern Arizona the Republican Party has an a vice grip on […]

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 […]

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 […]