Smith: lack of Scottsdale election donation limits bolsters ‘dark money’ influence

The citizens of Tempe deserve credit for voting to preserve the integrity and transparency of their local elections. So too, their local elected [...] Continue Reading →

The photo radar quandary: for the love of money or the safety of motorists?

It’s not about the million of dollars retained by a municipality. And, it’s not about the millions of dollars given to the Arizona Legislature or [...] Continue Reading →

Arizona lawmakers introduce bipartisan LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination bill

This week, a group of bipartisan legislators introduced HB 2586, which would extend Arizona’s current non-discrimination protections to gay and [...] Continue Reading →

Arizona lawmakers introduce bill aimed to increase access to oral healthcare

State Sen. Nancy Barto, along with a bipartisan coalition of legislators, introduced legislation to create an allied dental professional to [...] Continue Reading →

Secretary Reagan formally declines federal voter data request

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has rejected a request for voter registration data from the Presidential Advisory Commission on [...] Continue Reading →

Smith: another right of an Arizona citizen is lost

Tensions sometimes arise between developers — driven to maximize their project’s profitability — and neighbors fearful a project’s [...] Continue Reading →

House Bill seeking end to photo radar in Arizona carries momentum

A proposed measure at the Arizona Legislature seeking to banish photo radar from local streets is picking up steam. Republican Rep. Travis [...] Continue Reading →

Opinion: minimum wage increase was what voters wanted

Regarding your Nov. 16 coverage of the Prop. 206 Minimum Wage results, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Hiegel says “government should not [...] Continue Reading →

Arizona citizens band together to address legislative powers of HOAs

A group of Arizona citizens are gathering at the capitol every month to force a conversation on the legal powers and lack of oversight and [...] Continue Reading →

SB 1350 likely to bring new dynamic to Valley of the Sun neighborhoods

Local leaders say SB 1350 has gut the ability for local municipalities to regulate short-term vacation rentals outside of commercially zoned [...] Continue Reading →