I Support Mail-in Voting. Does David Gowan?

Today is August 4, 2020, primary election day here in Arizona which is a good moment for me to be unequivocal in my support for mail-in voting.  For several months President Trump has challenged the idea of mail-in voting, claiming falsely that the process creates fraudulent election results.  In the last week or so he […]

Arizona AG Attempts to Control Tucson Election Calendar Using Interesting Argument

According to the Capitol Times, the Arizona Deputy Attorney General is going to sue Tucson to repeal its odd-year election schedule.  That’s not the most interesting thing about this.  Rather it is the argument being used: Linley Wilson, the state’s deputy solicitor general, who works for [Arizona Attorney General] Brnovich, pointed out the latest bid […]

Groundwater Crisis in Southeast Arizona

Yesterday in the Rose Garden, President Trump talked about a lot of things including dishwashers, and the abundance of water “in most places”. “We made it so dishwashers now have a lot more water and in many places — in most places of the country, water’s not a problem, they don’t know what to do […]

Meet the LD14 Candidates (But not the Republicans)

Bob Karp, Democratic Party candidate for the Arizona State Senate, and Kim Mochetti, Democratic  Party candidate for the State House in legislative district join Luige del Puerto for a Q & A about their campaigns for the Arizona state legislature. A 15 minute conversation with Luige del Puerto, Associate Publisher & Editor – Arizona Capitol […]

Ducey Stiffs Small Cities & Rural Counties

This is a complicated story with lots of numbers.  The short answer is that Governor Ducey did not use the funding formula that was recommended in the federal CARES Act passed into law in March of this year.  Larger cities and counties, in Arizona this included Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson got direct funding from the […]

Reform Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS)

Small cities throughout Arizona continue to struggle to make minimum pension payments, required by law, to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).  As reported in the 6/7/2020 Herald Review, Bisbee faces a just under $1.5 million payment into the retirement fund this year.  Bisbee Mayor David Smith says PSPRS is “drastically under performing.” Various […]

A Good Idea: Community Colleges offer 4 Year Degrees

Since my first run for Arizona state legislature in 2018 I have championed the idea of lowering the cost of college for Arizona students.  One of the ideas I explored was free 2 year community college for students in rural counties that graduated from high school in that county.  I believe that a variety of […]

Douglas Still Waits for Port of Entry Expansion

At the beginning of the year I wrote about the Douglas Arizona port of entry (POE) being overlooked, again, for funding for an expansion that would bring more jobs and economic activity to the southeastern part of the state.  Yuma POE got $152 million for the project.  Douglas was still being “studied.” Now the 6/9/2020 […]

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 […]