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 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 […]

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 […]