Howard Fisher of Capital Media Services just posted a couple of back-to-back tweets alerting us to his stories about paradoxical actions by our geniuses at the Arizona State Legislature.

From the first story:

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal by [Arizona State] Rep. [and trauma surgeon] Randall Friese, D-Tucson, to require adults to wear helmets or to pay a fee into a special trauma-injury fund.

Source: House panel rejects trauma surgeon’s attempt to require motorcycle helmets |

And from the second story:

Saying Arizonans are one accident away from financial ruin, state lawmakers want to force motorists to buy more insurance to pay for the deaths and injuries they cause to others.

Source:  Arizona legislators want drivers to pay more for insurance |


2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family | WalletHub®

by John Washington on January 19, 2017

Arizona was below average in a bevy of indicators, according to WalletHub, including child care costs (33rd), infant mortality rate (29th), violent crime rate (34th) and unemployment rate (42nd).

Reporting in the Phoenix Biz Journal, Tim Gallen failed to note Arizona’s worst ranking category: “Education and Child Care.”

We’re #48 for that category, in case you are wondering.

Here’s a link to the original WalletHub article, which is also linked through Gallen’s report.

Source: 2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family | WalletHub®


Robbins: political gifts carefully weighed by Scottsdale’s electeds

January 13, 2017

In a recent interview that appeared in the Scottsdale “Independent,” questions were asked of former city council member Dennis Robbins about gifts he received and reported while in office a couple of years ago. The article says, in part that, The report shows members of Scottsdale City Council accepted $32,572 in gifts that primarily were […]

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Smart vs Brilliant

January 11, 2017

Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe. Robert Orben, (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional observational comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. Thanks to Calvin Peel […]

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Massive crime wave affecting one state legislator merits a whole new law

January 11, 2017

Just so everyone’s clear, if you voted your straight [Republican] party ticket and you live in Scottsdale, you voted for John Kavanagh. Because our state, presumably, doesn’t have some more pressing needs and all we hear about is a rash of flag theft. I would also like to point out that this man, who doesn’t […]

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Local Control: not a one-way precept 

January 10, 2017

I don’t always (or even often) agree with Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton. But as one Scottsdale political icon has stated, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. “Local control” is a precept often cited by Arizona governor Doug Ducey and Republican state legislators when pushing back against the Obama administration [disclosure: I […]

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Roberts: Diamondbacks sue for the right to abandon Chase Field (and taxpayers)

January 4, 2017

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San Marino, California – Wikipedia

December 30, 2016

The Huntington Library in San Marino, California The San Marino City Council page states: “San Marino was formed to protect your personal rights and to control the growth and activities of the City in such a way that each individual resident will be guaranteed a pleasant place in which to live with a minimum of […]

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Infrastructure needs, prospect of DDC vote top list of priorities for Scottsdale elected officials

December 22, 2016

“The clear, transparent and accountable path to the funding of the capitalization and recapitalization of the city’s capital infrastructure projects with voter-approved general obligation bonds,” would be [Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane’s] top priority he said during an interview Dec. 20. Well, if we are being “clear, transparent and accountable”… During Lane’s term on council and […]

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Scottsdale, Ariz., Pays Almost $751K to Settle Tax Dispute with IRS | The Bond Buyer

December 20, 2016

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