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.

USA Today – Hidden Common Ground

USA Today is starting a rather ambitious series about where we are as a country on our political and cultural discourse.  The results are thought-provoking and may surprise you.  Today’s articles have an analysis of the Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll that is the basis for the Hidden Common Ground columns.  In 2018 when I ran […]

GOP Education Plan?

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, has filed a bill, HB2017 with the reference title ” schools; pledge; quiet reflection” attempting to make it more difficult for students to opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each day in school, or having a moment of “quiet reflection”.  I seem to remember the quiet reflection idea […]

Why state lawmakers should stay out of local zoning laws

During my time on the City of Sierra Vista planning & zoning commission I was skeptical of changes to zoning and building code amendments that made it much easier to build an Auxiliary Dwelling Unit (ADU) in a single family residential zone.  An Auxiliary Dwelling Unit is a fancy term for what we used to […]

A Challenge to Arizona Democrats

Here is an interesting challenge to Democrats in Arizona as well as other “red” or “purple” states. How to win! I’m going to quote directly from this opinion piece. “We know Democrats often forget about state races until Election Day comes and then quickly move on from the lessons learned in those campaigns. We urge […]