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.

Arizona Moves Forward on Mail-in Ballots

“Election officials in Arizona are planning to send an application for a mail ballot to every voter who has not signed up to receive one, which proponents argue is one way of ensuring fears of the new coronavirus do not dampen participation in the 2020 election. President Donald Trump has assailed similar plans in other […]

A “Good Thing” – GOP Loses AZ Senate and/or House

“Republicans have held a majority in the House and  Senate since 1966.  While the odds favor the GOP maintaining that advantage at this writing, the margin is closer today than it has been in the past.  In the Senate, Republicans hold a 17 to 13 majority.  In the House, the GOP has a 31 to […]

Overthrowing Governor Ducey – The GOP Cabal

May 3, 2020 editorial in the Herald/Review brings up a couple of interesting points about the Republicans in the Arizona legislature that have decided to challenge Governor Duecy’s “stay-at-home” order. “Arizona will likely lose millions in federal aid if our State Legislature vacates the governor’s executive orders. Senate President Karen Fann announced this week that […]

GOP Needs to Get Real: 2020-2021 Budget is the Only Thing

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as of April 24, 2020 the Arizona state legislature current session is in temporary adjournment, with only a “skinny budget” passed and a few other bills.  This past week the Republican leaders of the state senate and house, with the approval of the Democratic leaders, agreed that both houses […]

Arizona Election Officials Want an All-mail 2020 Election Option

The people that know the most about running elections in Arizona have now spoken.  They are urging that “…the rest of the elections in 2020 are accurate, secure and safe for voters…” – Arizona Republic Opinion 4/8/2020 by Virginia Ross and Lisa Marra, Virginia Ross is the Pinal County recorder and president of the Arizona […]

Lame Reasons Against All-mail Voting

April 2, 2020:  Right now there are reasons not to obsess over small political issues.  However, making sure that the upcoming Arizona primary election on August 4, 2020 and the general election on November 3, 2020 can be conducted in a way that guarantees the broadest participation possible is certainly not trivial. I’m not surprised […]

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 […]